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Brooklyn | 25-34 | Female
About:  Queer Southern ex-pat who sees too much theater for my nonprofit budget... I generally prefer musicals over plays, and I'm always on the look-out for shows with dynamic female and/or queer characters!
Reviews (112)
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During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you're interested in comic books and superhero themes, or if Bryce Pinkham's voice gives you chills (that solo at the beginning of Act II!)

Don't see it if you expect brilliant songs, or have recently lost someone & are not yet ready for a show about the ways loss can reverberate thru the years

Preview blue ridge
70
Relevant, Intense, Great acting

See it if you like realism & plays with slow builds, where no one is necessarily right & it's up to you to decide if you think anyone is wrong.

Don't see it if you only enjoy lighthearted musicals & comedies (though there are moments of lightness & comedy in this!) or dislike plays about addiction.

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Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like shows that challenge you to keep up (you don't have to have a strong grasp of Irish history, but just know you won't be spoon-fed!)

Don't see it if you're unwilling to tune your ear to Irish accents for a night, you don't have the patience for long plays, you prefer lighthearted plays

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Cathartic, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you find it cathartic to find some humor in the horror of situations like Parkinson's or if you read the Modern Love column and wanted more.

Don't see it if you would be frustrated by the focus being less on the person with Parkinson's than on the marital dynamic, or if you hate one-person shows.

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During previews
Intense, Funny, Great acting, Provocative, Ambitious

See it if you’re interested in bold writing and performances tackling the intersection of sex, race, oppression, and desire, even when you don’t agree

Don't see it if you are unwilling to sit through aggressively uncomfortable scenes, are squeamish about nudity/sex on-stage, or need everything to be PC

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Great acting, Great writing, Provocative, Must see, Intense

See it if you appreciate smart, sharp, and funny portrayals of girlhood and growing up without shying away from the hard stuff

Don't see it if the exploration of sexually and racially charged experiences would be triggering instead of validating/healing/thought-provoking for you

Preview waverly
76
Bleak, Excrutiating but in the way it's supposed to be, Funny, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like heartbreaking (but still funny!) realism and are ready for a tour-de-force performance by Elaine May

Don't see it if you would find the process of watching someone's slow, torturous mental decline to be... well, slow and torturous.

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Depressing, Relevant, Intense, Manipulative, Ambitious

See it if you like realism; plays about racial violence/police brutality that are also family dramas; and abrupt endings that don't sugarcoat

Don't see it if you question the dramatic value of plays that are one long, realistic scene; you don't like being emotionally manipulated by "shock" endings

Also There are several places where the play feels a little plot-device-y, ... Read more Read less

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Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if you appreciate sharp, smart plays that treat teenage girls, their dynamics, & their traumas with respect, warmth, & humor (a la The Wolves)

Don't see it if you find accents difficult to understand during quick dialogue and are unwilling to put in the effort to try to keep up

Preview fireflies2
84
During previews
Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense

See it if you enjoy strong performances in shows that grapple with race, gender, power, sexuality, and family - and the intersections of these issues

Don't see it if you're looking for a lighthearted piece of entertainment and currently crave theater as escapism - which is valid, but this show is not that

Preview only 2
69
Frustrating, Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in tragic family dramas with intersectional issues, imperfectly done but thought- and reaction-provoking nonetheless

Don't see it if depictions of self-harm upset you, if you hate framing devices, or if you're expecting the shadow cast to be more than glorified translators

Also I was surprised by how much this show felt aimed at hearing audiences,... Read more Read less

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93
During previews
Relevant, Sharp, Smart, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want a masterclass in “the personal is political,” where constitutional law is accessible and funny and moving and yes, also theatrical.

Don't see it if you are anti-choice or anti-feminist to the point where even just listening to one woman’s personal and familial history could offend you.

Preview mpm2
91
Well constructed, Absorbing, Refreshing, Masterful, Great writing

See it if you enjoy thoughtful & carefully constructed meditations on life & being a woman in America, where the sharpness is all between the lines.

Don't see it if you prefer linear chronology & things spelled out for you (having multiple actresses play MP works surprisingly well, but takes some focus).

Preview tyt1
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Refreshing, Delightful, Tender (to, er, be on the nose about it), Great acting, Great writing

See it if you like coming of age stories, esp. ones empathetic of teenage girls and all of their complexity, and don't mind a little magical realism.

Don't see it if you prefer loud, showy dramas, can't stand even the hint of magical realism, or prefer to feel hidden the audience of a large theater.

Preview myfairlady
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Surprisingly not dated!, Delightful, Entertaining, Great set design

See it if you're eager to see a revival that actually holds up and feels relevant and worth having been revived! And also some damn fine set pieces.

Don't see it if you've got a sharp ear for accents and would be bothered by that (they seemed good enough for me, but I imagine they're fairly Americanized)

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Delightful, Must see, Clever, Great staging, Brilliant design work

See it if you're looking for a masterclass in what design, staging, and choreography can do for non-musicals (and also you like Harry Potter, duh)

Don't see it if honestly, if you're either a fan of HP or a theater nerd, you should see it, but if you aren't a HP fan, read a primer so you aren't lost

Also for those who are worried about the script, yes, it's trash. But the s... Read more Read less

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Excellent moments of levity, Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you would like to see a smart playwright take on a hard topic in a mostly successful way, with great young actors at its heart.

Don't see it if a disappointing final 15 mins would ruin for you what is otherwise a very solid show or if you can't handle a show about a school shooting.

Also the show is only set in the aftermath, and not at the school, but if t... Read more Read less

Preview rhc1
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Visually stunning, Overrated, Great staging, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you love Joshua Henry (and don't mind that the role isn't redeemable even by him), creative choreography, and beautiful sets/lighting.

Don't see it if you're expecting Jessie Mueller's role to actually showcase her voice or if you have any qualms about this being revived in the first place.

Also just because a play was a classic and is historically important does n... Read more Read less

Preview angels
79
During previews
Thought-provoking, Epic, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you're looking to see a solid production of a classic and like your magical realism to be creepy.

Don't see it if you get bored easily / have a short attention span, you find magical realism frustrating, or you get annoyed by quirky characters.

Also unpopular opinion, but I strongly believe Andrew Garfield is miscast a... Read more Read less

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Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you like ambitious dramas even when they don't succeed & you enjoy plays that make you think even when your thinking doesn't provide answers

Don't see it if you struggle with non-linear plays or if you want to understand what you watched by the time you leave the theater (or even weeks later...)

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Disappointing, Great design work, Dated, Overrated

See it if you like old-school Broadway style, love the current lead(s), and want to be blown away by how fantastic the set pieces and costumes are.

Don't see it if you want something modern and are skeptical of the value of reviving a show like this.

Also My score is only as high as it is because the design work and the gene... Read more Read less

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Thought-provoking, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in an ambitious show about women and agency, despite a script that isn't fully successful in realizing its ambitions.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to use your brain (this show doesn't fully explain itself, and you'll get out of it what you put into it).

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...with a pretty major caveat on the double-casting, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like slapstick or physical comedy (there's a bit w/ a chair that's roll-on-the-floor hysterical) & don't mind your Austen untraditional.

Don't see it if you don't like the above! Also, see my, er, "see also" for a pretty strong caveat on the gender politics of the double casting.

Also I'm struggling with this show, because it really is a mixed bag. 25% w... Read more Read less

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67
During previews
Unoriginal, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if you're looking for cheap laughs about current politics and don't mind that the show is basically just an alternate version of House of Cards

Don't see it if you dislike the trope of the manipulative bisexual woman or if you want smart, non-surface-level commentary on modern American politics

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During previews
Great acting, Funny, Smart, Ambitious, Charming

See it if you want to see an amazingly talented and diverse cast of young people, which grapples with heavy issues and yet somehow still feels light.

Don't see it if you're expecting easy answers, if you want model minorities or if you're uncomfortable w/ the complexities/shifting sands of teen identities

Also this play takes your politics of respectability and sets them on fire.... Read more Read less

Preview nassim
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Brave, Relevant, Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you’re interested in what it means to communicate, to put words into someone else’s mouth on a stage... or you just love that night’s guest!

Don't see it if you dislike experimental theater, have no tolerance for the unpolished, or prefer shows that simply entertain and do not make you think.

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Disappointing, Great staging, Ambitious, Overrated, Didactic

See it if you love Aaron Sorkin and accept upfront that it's going to be preachy or you want to engage in two hours of nostalgia for the book.

Don't see it if you can't stand when adults play children or you think it's weak writing when a play doesn't just have a message but *tells* you it has one.

Preview choirboy
65
Disappointing

See it if / I don't think I can rate this fairly, for reasons I explain below, but director/producers should think twice before allowing this again.

Don't see it if / see below.

Also I must have seen it on an off-night, because everyone raves about this... Read more Read less

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Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you love any of the actors enough (Radcliffe is lovely) to not mind that the script and its "insights" might leave you luke-warm

Don't see it if you're expecting real insights on the value of / what counts as the truth (if you want to save money, just re-read The Things They Carried)

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Fluffy, Indulgent, Entertaining, Cliched

See it if you’d be tickled by a light-hearted show that pokes as much fun at East Coast theater snobs as it does socially conservative Midwesterners.

Don't see it if you’re expecting the emotional focus of the show to be the teen lesbian characters — they are lovely, but the show’s not really about them.

Also if you’re a queer woman who came of age before the It Gets Better/Glee... Read more Read less

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90
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Great writing, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you're interested in seeing a very promising and already very polished new musical, with strong performances all around.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span (it's doesn't feel long, but it definitely isn't short) or have no interest in historical themes.

Preview pposd1
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Explicit, Valuable, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you'd value seeing a conversation on-stage unlike anything you've probably heard on-stage before; are seeking unique, nuanced queer stories

Don't see it if you need a play to have slightly more dramatic structure to merit being staged than this play does / are squeamish about frank sexual convos

Also as a queer woman who has dated trans men, I can confirm that this show... Read more Read less

Preview es1
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Promising, Imperfect, Provocative, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if you're curious to see a promising, provocative, but imperfect attempt at wrestling w/ racial violence, queerness, and the meaning of safety

Don't see it if you only have patience for perfect plays and don't find any value in the grappling

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Ambitious, Dabbles in a few cliches, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you're interested in historical gay male dramas, intriguing framing devices, and newly written cabaret/Cole Porter style music/musicals

Don't see it if you would get frustrated by a show that reveals its complications somewhat slowly and that can feel a little too simple/cliched at times

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Must see, Raunchy, Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you want a sharp, smart, feminist show w/ characters so endearing & keenly crafted you'll find it shockingly easy to tell five Betties apart

Don't see it if you're easily offended by coarse language, queerness, diversity, feminism, or any of the other good things in life

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During previews
Overrated, Great singing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you’re such a fan of Bob Dylan that a play using his music would be enjoyable to you no matter how well-integrated or relevant the music is.

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally moved by the theater you see or if you’re expecting the music to give you insights into the characters.

Also I sat through the whole production trying to figure out why someone de... Read more Read less

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Raunchy, Knowingly silly, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you’d enjoy a delightful, diverse, & low-stakes playfully-gendered Elizabethan romp that knows it’s silly & isn’t trying to be anything else

Don't see it if you want a self-serious production — I love a serious drama as much as the next person, but this is a show for when you want to break loose

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But great costumes, Disappointing in some ways, Silly, Fun, Entertaining

See it if you just want to indulge in the fun of an old favorite movie (if you can, sit close enough to see the costuming details -- they're amazing!)

Don't see it if you need insightful lyrics or groundbreaking music (also, perhaps don't see it if you don't love the movie? not sure if it would hold up...)

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Offensive, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind problematic tropes and unlikable characters who are clearly plot devices instead of fully embodied personalities

Don't see it if you're a queer woman or trans person (this play was not written with us in mind, and you are likely to find yourself majorly offended by it)

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Confusing, Quirky, Funny, Strange, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in quirky, off-beat shows telling stories in unexpected ways, and you're okay being made uncomfortable by adolescence.

Don't see it if you'd uncomfortable being uncomfortable & you prefer straight-forward stories with actors who map closely onto the age of their characters.

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Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you've never been exposed to nuanced conversations about deaf culture and deafness in a hearing world and would enjoy this as an entry point

Don't see it if you'd be bothered by a script where hearing characters basically repeat what the deaf characters sign, to "translate" for hearing audiences

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During previews
Funny, Great lighting, Great set design, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see a masterclass by Condola Rashad in a super solid production of this GBShaw play, or if you're just fascinated by Joan of Arc

Don't see it if your attention wanders during long talking scenes (most are well-paced but there are a few moments that currently drag)

Preview we live by the sea
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Thought-provoking, Creative, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in theater featuring autistic individuals and their family members, and if you like creativity and live soundtracks.

Don't see it if you suspect you'd be frustrated by a narrative where a stranger ("fixes" is too strong a word...) makes things better for the female leads.

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Overrated, Dated, Great design work, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're interested in the staging/design of it (and the novelty of involving a live goat) and in the attempt to salvage an outdated script.

Don't see it if you are skeptical about whether this script is worth reviving and want to see something that will have a long term impact on you.

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Nerdy, Informative, Delightful, Exciting

See it if you want the chance to ask questions of the curator and to hear about the inner workings of the NYPL collection. The curator is great!

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the archival material that remains behind after a show has closed or prefer to experience things passively.

Also It is what it says on the tin -- but at the same time, it is what you ... Read more Read less

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Resonant, Relevant, Clever, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if you're looking for something fresh as well as a new classic (but also, come on, my opinion is the last one you need to hear about Hamilton).

Don't see it if you like musicals old-school and "classic," where only white people have agency and no one deviates from the Rodgers & Hammerstein sound.

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Indulgent, Delightful, Charming

See it if you're looking for a mindless and beautiful night at the theater, swept up in a familiar story that doesn't require intellectual engagement.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for a sickly sweet heterosexual romance or if you'd prefer a more original/untraditional night at the theater.

Also the lighting/projection work is stunningly gorgeous.

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Disappointing, Fluffy, Plotless

See it if you really love Cheryl Strayed and don't mind a plotless show that doesn't quite earn the emotions that it tries to pull out of you.

Don't see it if you need a play that has plot, or if you prefer your tears to come about through true theatrical catharsis.

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Moving, Entertaining, Imperfect, Fun

See it if you want to see a cross between a classic, heterosexual Broadway romance and a smartly-choreographed commentary on PTSD, veterans, and war.

Don't see it if you would be triggered by representations of PTSD or if you don't want a show that ties things up in a nice little bow by the end.

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Creative, Unsatisfying, Ambitious

See it if you like unique Fringe festival offerings, all-female casts, and theater that creatively utilizes shadow-work and paper cut-outs.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with typical narrative structure (this is very vignette-based) or are expecting it to live up to its premise.

Also after each vignette, the women broke into smiles and hugged, which was... Read more Read less