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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 (180)
82
Quirky, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
November 7th, 2022

See it if you want a joyful, playful queer-as-fuck romp that grapples with big ideas while also having a tremendous amount of fun and providing laughs

Don't see it if you dislike productions that are still in-development and in need of some trimming, or if you require your humor to take itself seriously

89
Powerful, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing
October 9th, 2022

See it if you want to experience tour-de-force performances grappling with the tough realities of being human, of having a body, and of having a heart

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighthearted and easy -- this show will (rightfully!) challenge you and make you uncomfortable

69
american (tele)visions
East Village
Creative, Repetitive, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting
September 18th, 2022

See it if you like A+ casts (shout-out to Haddad as an absolute scene-stealer!) giving their all in experimental shows w/ excellent production quality

Don't see it if you like to come out of shows understanding what you saw or if you like linear narratives (LOTS of confusing jumping back and forth in time)

75
Mister Miss America
West Village
Predictable, Entertaining, Funny, Charming
September 18th, 2022

See it if you want a fun, low-stakes comedy that provides both easy laughs and also the occasional niche joke that only a few will (delightedly) get

Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows or want something particularly insightful and/or provocative -- it's all fun, but ultimately plays it safe

72
Unpolished, Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking
July 3rd, 2022

See it if you're interested in inter-generational conversations about queerness and race, and you like shows that prompt post-show discussion

Don't see it if you're looking for a show that offers true insights or that has truly polished and refined the ideas that lie under its surface

85
Wish You Were Here
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing
July 3rd, 2022

See it if the intersecting complexities of friendship (or more than?) dynamics, war, political turmoil, and the concept of "home" interest you

Don't see it if you dislike slice-of-life style plays or if you're uncomfortable with frank discussions of sexuality or with candid talk of war/emigration

91
Funny, Intelligent, Refreshing, Riveting, Must see
July 3rd, 2022

See it if you're interested in a fast-paced, smart, sharp comedy that engagingly grapples w/ the lives of teenagers & the social forces acting on them

Don't see it if you're seeking a theatrical escape from reality where you don't have to think about racism or other societal inequities for an hour or two

70
Bizarre, Disappointing, Funny, Well-intentioned, Thought-provoking
July 3rd, 2022

See it if you can see the humor in the trappings of a small town city council meeting, and are also good with a turn toward the bizarre at the end...

Don't see it if you're disinclined to hear what a white author has to say about colonialism or to witness a show dive off the deep-end in its final moments

69
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Triggering, Ambitious, Slow
July 2nd, 2022

See it if you're interested in this unique period of Irish/Australian history and want to support a feminist production still in need of development

Don't see it if you're disinclined by the trigger warnings below -- no matter how good the play may be (which, eh), if these would upset you, avoid it

Also Please note the following trigger warnings: gay bashing and attempted ... Read more Read less

73
Circle Jerk
East Village
Great staging, Great acting, Bizarre, Funny, Confusing
July 2nd, 2022

See it if you like innovative staging and -- if you aren't the very niche in-group* -- don't mind a variety of jokes/references going over your head

Don't see it if you like shows with a clear message (the point of view is clear, but like... wtf was the show trying to say? what was the point?)

Also *For reference, I am a cis queer white woman who's very liberal in my ... Read more Read less

75
Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Overrated, Great staging, Entertaining
July 2nd, 2022

See it if you're interested in seeing a well-staged gender-swapped production and accept, going in, that it could have pushed the boundaries further

Don't see it if you're middling on Sondheim or you'd be bothered by a gender-swap that refuses to budge from heteronormativity, even when it really should

Also If you, too, have always been baffled by why "Ladies Who Lunch" is a c... Read more Read less

95
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Refreshing, Great design work (costumes! sound! lighting!), Great singing, Delightful
July 2nd, 2022

See it if you want to see an innovative, modern musical with infectious energy, where the creators' queer sensibilities are woven into the design work

Don't see it if you're not interested in straying from what might be considered "classic" Broadway musicals, either in plot or musical styling

Also Major shout-out to the design team for the string of lights around the... Read more Read less

34
Boring, Confusing, Insipid, Disappointing, Excruciating
July 2nd, 2022

See it if you're okay with a level of "creative liberties" that renders the plot no longer intelligible, and w/ seeing the same dance moves ad nauseam

Don't see it if you're a fan of The Little Prince or aerial work (this is neither of those things), and is truly an embarrassment to the name of both

89
During previews
Funny, Great staging, Delightful, Creative
July 2nd, 2022

See it if you're interesting in a creative, almost black-box-style staging of a classic, but at Broadway level-caliber (and w/ goddess Patina Miller!)

Don't see it if you're going in hopes of seeing "that cool staging thing" you heard happened during Children Will Listen at City Center -- it doesn't happen

Also Be very wary of the partial view seats in the front orchestra. They ar... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting
April 24th, 2022

See it if you want to see a remarkable production of a play overdue for a B'way run - w/ added gravitas brought by OG stars returning to their roles

Don't see it if you're not up for heavy subject matter and/or would find yourself triggered by the frank (but not graphic) depiction of grooming/incest

83
To My Girls
Midtown W
Entertaining, Resonant, Funny
April 24th, 2022

See it if you're a queer millennial -- the humor is very targeted, and if you're in the right demographic, it's a thoroughly enjoyable, relatable ride

Don't see it if you thought Kurt Hummel was a cliche (everyone deserves to see themselves humanized-if you only see stereotypes in this show, that's on you)

93
English
Chelsea
Must see, Resonant, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you enjoy whip-smart plays, small but vibrant casts, and are interested in the concept of "home" and how "leaving home" complicates that

Don't see it if you want a show chock-full of song and dance numbers?? (Honestly, there's no good reason not to see this show -- it's incredible!)

85
Confederates
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see fantastic performances in two separately engaging plotlines, with creative costume and staging work tying them together

Don't see it if you're expecting it to be clear what the two plotlines have to say to each other, or if you're white & unwilling to feel uncomfortable

69
Help
Chelsea
Great set design, Beautiful lighting, Disappointing, Ambitious
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you haven't spent much time thinking about racism and white supremacy -- this show is (surprisingly and bafflingly) a gentle introduction

Don't see it if you're expecting deep insights about racism and white privilege -- the show edges up against insights here & there, but backs away too soon

72
Black No More
Midtown W
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Great singing, Uneven, Ambitious
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see the (mostly) fantastic first act of an innovative new musical and don't mind a second act that goes off-the-rails a fair bit

Don't see it if you dislike seeing shows before they've ironed out their kinks or expect a faithful book adaptation (it diverges significantly in Act II)

66
Shhhhh
Chelsea
Uneven, Ambitious, Repulsive (purposefully so), Great acting, Edgy
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see some fantastic acting in a fairly experimental work, regardless of how much it succeeds (which it does, here and there)

Don't see it if you have any issues w/ misophonia, are sensitive to the smell of incense, are generally prudish, or want a play w/ a clear point of view

91
For a previous production
Wolf Play
Midtown W
Clever, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a show that's everything experimental theater should be and that isn't afraid to dig into the morally grey

Don't see it if you dislike experimental theater, are homophobic and/or transphobic, or if you want something light-hearted and/or morally clear

75
Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting
April 3rd, 2022

See it if you want to see a long-overdue Broadway production of an Alice Childress play and enjoy plays about plays, that take place behind the scenes

Don't see it if you want a super lively and/or showy piece of theater, or you don't want to engage with racism & reflect on how Broadway has/hasn't changed

43
Suffs
East Village
Cringey, Formulaic, Shallow, Sophomoric, Disappointing
March 26th, 2022

See it if you're a white feminist who wants to see a Hamilton knock-off & be reassured that you're doing (+ that white women have always done) enough

Don't see it if you're expecting good songs, a show that belongs in 2022, or non-surface-level acknowledgment of racism within the suffrage movement

Also To say I was disappointed w/ this show is a massive understatement. I'... Read more Read less

83
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining
December 12th, 2021

See it if you want to experience live theater again in a safe environment, through a charming and whimsical adaptation of the original Shakespeare

Don't see it if you have trouble w/ accents or expect this to actually be Merry Wives of Windsor, just in a random setting as Shakespeare companies often do

92
Sanctuary City
West Village
Great acting/writing/staging/lighting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see, Intense
December 12th, 2021

See it if you appreciate tightly choreographed shows, small casts, short scenes and time jumps, and the political made (very, very) personal

Don't see it if you’re expecting an easy watch (issue-wise or structure-wise), or if you don’t like vignette-style plays (which this is for the first half)

65
Intense, Heavy-handed, Overrated, Great acting
December 12th, 2021

See it if you’re interested in Waiting for Godot meets police brutality, and you find deep meaning in Issue Plays, even when heavy-handed

Don't see it if you dislike being hit over the head (er, pun intended?) w/ a message, or aren’t up for engaging w/ art about police brutality & Black bodies

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious
December 12th, 2021

See it if you enjoy comedies written with an impeccable ear for dialogue and for balancing characters that are simultaneously realistic & over-the-top

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding accents or if you want a serious drama (or even a serious comedy — this show is very lighthearted!)

85
Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious
December 12th, 2021

See it if you want to experience an undersung show by a fresh comedic voice, and you enjoy dark humor (it’s set at a funeral!) and family comedies

Don't see it if you’re white & uncomfortable sitting through jokes that might go over your head (this show wasn’t written for you — get over it or get out!)

73
Morning Sun
Midtown W
Confusing, Slow, Moving, Great acting
December 12th, 2021

See it if you like character studies and actors shifting btw multiple characters, and don’t mind some obvious tugging on your heart-strings at the end

Don't see it if you dislike mother/daughter stories, are sensitive to vaguely anti-choice undercurrents, and dislike any amount of emotional manipulation

73
Unnecessary, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging
December 12th, 2021

See it if you want to see a beautifully staged and performed production of a show you’re already a fan of

Don't see it if you’re skeptical about the choice to revive, in 2021, a show about a Black woman that was written by two white people

Also With any revival, the question should be, “Why this? Why now? Why give... Read more Read less

78
Clyde's (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Confusing, Great acting, Funny
December 12th, 2021

See it if you’re up for a moderately funny show with compelling, well-acted characters, that might leave you wondering what the hell that ending meant

Don't see it if you’re expecting Uzo Aduba to be the star of the show (she’s really not), or if you don’t like one-act, one-location shows

92
Selling Kabul
Midtown W
Great sound design, Great lighting design, Masterful, Intense, Absorbing
December 12th, 2021

See it if you want an edge-of-your-seat experience that, even with a few clunkier moments, builds and builds until it releases you back into the night

Don't see it if you don’t like your theater to deal with political issues (from a personal lens — this isn’t Oslo) or you’re looking for an easy night out

59
Disappointing, Great singing, Spectacular (in the literal definition of the word), Indulgent, Bloated
February 20th, 2020

See it if you enjoy a true spectacle! The lights, costumes, and sets are AMAZING, and the performers are incredible dancers, singers, and acrobats.

Don't see it if you're attached to the original soundtrack (they've "modernized" it, resulting in a butchering/watering down of what made the movie great).

Also key to note is that Elephant Love Medley has been absolutely gutted. T... Read more Read less

65
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Great lighting design, Great sound design, Disappointing, Indulgent, Boring
January 29th, 2020

See it if you don't mind shows that feel dated, and if you can enjoy a show for having good design elements even when the rest of it is lacking

Don't see it if you're expecting a great Armory production that will prove why this show should actually be produced more than it is (it shouldn't)

49
Disappointing casting choices, Great set choreography, Cliched, Ambitious, Entertaining
January 27th, 2020

See it if you have any nostalgia for Alanis Morrissette's music or if you want to support a cast with several non-binary/trans ensemble members

Don't see it if you've no tolerance for after-school special territory or if you're personally not able to engage with theatrical takes on sexual trauma

Also be aware that the show has rewritten the character of Jo (all indicati... Read more Read less

78
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Resonant, Funny, Great writing, Great staging
January 27th, 2020

See it if you've ever visited a retirement community and thought, "well, f*ck" -- also, the shock end of the first act is worth it in and of itself

Don't see it if you dislike dark comedies, slice-of-life plays, and a stage full of characters who are all a little bit selfish (but real, in that way)

83
Relevant, Funny, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great writing
January 27th, 2020

See it if you like comedic but depressing slice-of-life shows that deal with the intersection of racism and poverty

Don't see it if you prefer sweeping, epic dramas or if you like your plays to provide you with answers and not just questions

82
During previews
One in Two
Midtown W
Rough around the edges, Innovative, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious
December 5th, 2019

See it if you'd like to see three actors absolutely nail what must be very challenging performances, in an innovatively constructed but imperfect play

Don't see it if you need a neat and tidy ending -- this show doesn't quite know how to end itself, but that's fitting, b/c the story it's telling is ongoing

68
Quirky, Slow, Great set design, Entertaining
December 1st, 2019

See it if you like slice-of-life plays that, er, play out in real time, mostly as a character study, but also don't mind a bit of magical realism

Don't see it if you're expecting something to "happen" during the play - the main action here lies in what happens off-screen and what doesn't happen at all

72
The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Dragged by the end, Thought-provoking, Great acting
December 1st, 2019

See it if you're looking for an intimate, somewhat untraditional, but also unabridged staging of a classic - the first act is especially strong.

Don't see it if you forgot the unabridged text of the Crucible is borderline slut-shaming and aren't up for that (or if you'll be restless at a 3+ hr show!)

83
Funny, Confusing, Great costumes, Great acting, Great staging
December 1st, 2019

See it if you're interested in a unique play that demands unconventional staging techniques, is well-acted, and is aesthetically exquisite.

Don't see it if you need a show's meaning spelled out for you (honestly, I still don't know what I saw... but somehow I still enjoyed it?)

58
Indulgent, Gratuitously sexual, Cliched, Banal, Disappointing
December 1st, 2019

See it if you like theater that portrays real, sometimes unlikable, mostly white people who are feeling stuck in their lives

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a play about a middling middle-aged white man and the women who take too long to realize they're better than him

70
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Uneven, Intense, Moving, Ambitious
December 1st, 2019

See it if you're interested in a powerful story [in Part 1, see caveat below] about the legacy of AIDS & inter-generational gay politics / dynamics.

Don't see it if [you insist on seeing both parts and] you can't handle a lackluster Part 2 (again, see my note below)

Also Part 1 is incredible, and honestly, it could stand alone, which is goo... Read more Read less

85
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 19th, 2019

See it if you're interested in shows about the feeling / fear of being stuck somewhere and how that can eat away at you and turn you into someone else

Don't see it if you are frustrated when a character's motivations aren't spelled out clearly, or if you need your minority characters to be above reproach

65
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Raunchy, Funny, Great acting
October 19th, 2019

See it if you enjoy realistic takes on the lives of ordinary people, and don't mind some very real sexism and toxicity as part of that portrayal

Don't see it if you cannot handle drawn out scenes of simulated sex or if you're expecting inner complexity for the lead role, a la Mary Page Marlowe

75
Little Gem
Chelsea
Absorbing, Slow, Relevant, Great acting
October 19th, 2019

See it if you're fond of Irish monologue plays and would like to see a clever take on that genre, focused on the lives of three generations of women

Don't see it if you dislike monologue-based shows: though there are 3 cast members, they mostly orbit around each other in their monologues & don't interact

45
Wives
Midtown W
Simplistic, Disappointing, Banal
October 19th, 2019

See it if you're looking for a light-weight show about the patriarchy and for tidy little nuggets of feminism through an avant garde theatrical lens

Don't see it if you're expecting a deep meditation on the patriarchy beyond the simplistic thought, "we need to tell our daughters they can be anything!"

87
Relevant, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking
October 19th, 2019

See it if you're interested in seeing five powerhouse performances of a script that should repulse and frustrate you, but instead challenges you

Don't see it if you are unwilling to sit through Yet Another Play About the White People Obama's America Forgot (this is that, but also this is not that)

87
Refreshing, Resonant, Masterful, Raunchy, Hilarious
October 19th, 2019

See it if you want incisive and witty commentary on gender and sex, ranging from the purely raunchy to philosophical digressions on language and power

Don't see it if you're easily offended/made uncomfortable by frank talk of sexual behavior, your masculinity is fragile, or you're sitting next to your mom