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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 (156)
83
Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

88
Fairview
Brooklyn
Relevant, Must see, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in one of the smartest, sharpest examinations of race currently happening on the American stage.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to engage with issues of race or to be made to feel uncomfortable/awkward by art -- this show is not playing around.

43
Bar Dykes
Soho/Tribeca
Awkward, Unique, Slow, Dated

See it if you're curious about a rarely produced and moderately charming lesbian one-act that is a unique product of its time

Don't see it if you want prize-worthy dialogue, a fast-paced drama, or convincing acting/costumes/wigs (all of which were very uneven in this production)

Also I'd read this play before, and look, it's not a great play, but it has... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Disappointingly insipid lyrics, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to enjoy some wonderful singing and a relatively loyal adaptation of a beloved book

Don't see it if you find insipid lyrics/elementary rhymes distracting—there are some smart lyrics about race happening elsewhere off-Broadway, but not here.

76
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see supremely talented actors showcase their talents & are okay with the 1st and 2nd halves of the show being different tonally

Don't see it if you want a show that’s either 100% comedic or 100% serious / don’t want to think about race as it pertains to the musical theater industry

70
Confusing, Intense, Brave acting, Funny

See it if you liked Slave Play and/or are interested in conversations about the bearing history still has on interracial dynamics in modern America.

Don't see it if you’re uncomfortable with onstage nudity/sexual situations/violence, or you disliked the gimmick of Slave Play (they have a LOT in common).

96
Great lighting, Great acting, Funny, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want the most powerful production of Fiddler you'll ever see -- the set is beautifully simplified, putting the focus on the music/story

Don't see it if you're unfamiliar w/ Fiddler + a slow reader (the subtitles move somewhat quickly, might be hard to follow if you don't know Fiddler at all)

68
During previews
Little Women
West Village
But still moving, Disappointing, Preachy, Slow

See it if you like stories about stories, and about loss/change/letting go, and don’t mind that it’s currently a bit slow and unpolished

Don't see it if you want slapstick comedy of the variety of Hamill’s previous adaptations, or disagree with a slightly stronger take on Jo/gender than usual

79
BLKS
Midtown W
Imperfect, Hilarious, Raunchy, Delightful

See it if you enjoy laugh-out-loud comedies featuring women of color, queerness, and everyday life, and don't mind a little roughness around the edges

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with explicit discussions of the female body and a clear focus on female pleasure

87
Must see, Great singing, Dark, Unnerving, Impressive

See it if you want an interpretation that digs into the heart of the script to expose a toxic portrayal of masculinity and American expansionism.

Don't see it if you want your classics left alone, where you can pretend Oklahoma! is still the same, saccharine romance you thought it was in high school.

60
The Appointment
East Village
Provocative, Comedic but one-note, Rough around the edges, Creative, Quirky

See it if you enjoy shows that aren't afraid to try new things stylistically / aren't afraid to provoke an audience

Don't see it if you would be annoyed by the same joke over and over again, or if you dislike early-stage, unpolished comedy or shows w/ audience interaction

75
White Noise
East Village
Great set design, Intense, And also more generally provocative, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want a unique theatrical exploration of racism in America & the intersection of the legacy of slavery w/ white guilt & white nationalism

Don't see it if you dislike gimmicks, and you're uncomfortable with frank / provocative / at times purposefully unrealistic talk about the legacy of slavery

75
Great staging, Ambitious, Fine

See it if you like revivals that shake up the original show a bit (as I understand it, this was somewhat reimagined).

Don't see it if you feel "eh" about Sondheim in general. I never love his shows, but I keep trying! No fault on the production that I don't love Sondheim...

45
I Carry Your Heart
Midtown E
Poor writing, Slow, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if you're a writer who finds writing The Most Important Thing & want to watch a show about writers who think writing's The Most Important Thing

Don't see it if you value your time / shows where good actors have good material to work with. If this had had an intermission, I would have left then.

82
Great potential, Great set design, Ambitious, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if you want to see the most eye-popping set change you'll ever experience, alongside some humorous skewering of office culture and gender roles

Don't see it if you have no interest, even via satire, in watching men be whiny babies about feelings (this show needs some work, but has SO much potential)

87
During previews
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Midtown W
Great design work, Great acting, Funny, Risqué, Delightful

See it if you're interested in a smart, respectful take on BDSM, queerness, & sexuality -- & the ways those can, but also sometimes don't, intersect.

Don't see it if you would be uncomfortable with frank discussions of sexual dynamics and with acted-out depictions even of non-sexualized BDSM.

87
During previews
Great lighting, Moving, Gripping, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a masterfully staged production ("Wait for Me" is truly breath-taking) about grief, loss, letting go... and also politics?

Don't see it if you love Trump and want to build walls, or you can't get behind a show removing the violence from the Hades/Persephone origin story

Also if you loved the off-Broadway production / concept album, be aware tha... Read more Read less

69
Daddy
Midtown W
Confusing, Provocative, Intense, Great sound design, Great acting

See it if you want to see Alan Cumming in a role that was basically written for him and you like provocative pieces that leave you lingering over them

Don't see it if you like a playwright's message to be clear to the audience or you dislike onstage nudity (also, note the first few rows are a splash zone!)

Also Honestly, I can't tell if this show is more complicated than I'm curre... Read more Read less

46
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Painful, Pointless, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you’d like to see talented performers doing their best with what they’re given, or you can never get enough of Alice in Wonderland stories

Don't see it if you value your time (music is bland or sometimes just bad, choreography is repetitive, plot is half-baked) - it makes for a very long 90 min

64
During previews
Superhero
Midtown W
Great staging, Great singing, Disappointing, Cliched

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

89
Nassim
Midtown W
Delightful, Clever, Funny, Relevant, Brave

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.

70
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Great acting, Intense, Relevant

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.

60
Didactic, Overrated, Ambitious, Great staging, Disappointing

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.

92
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

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

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