Thalia and Melpomene

New York City | 25-34
About:  Dramatis personæ.
Reviews (30)
91
Dracula (CSC)
East Village
Fresh, Funny, Anachronistic, Feminist, Thrilling

See it if you want to see a feminist adaptation with some great performances 🧛🏻‍♂️ (Hamill and Dukes - excellent, Curran and Saldivar - wonderful).

Don't see it if you’re a sexist Gothic purist.

Also ... a couple uneven performances and a stage combat sequence that goes... Read more Read less

85
Great lyrics, Witty, Clever, Hilarious, Satirical

See it if you’re a Broadway fan. Alessandrini’s writing features so many clever and comic lyrics you’ll wish you could remember them all!

Don't see it if you can’t appreciate parody. This is a harmless send-up of the current and recent Broadway seasons.

Also great, fun performances! Excellent impersonations include Chris Collin... Read more Read less

92
Great score, Captivating, Culturally important, Resonant, Human

See it if you want to be bewitched by Tony-winner Katrina Lenk (who makes it look effortless) and if you need more music in your life. (You do.) 🎻🎺

Don't see it if ... I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this to.

Also ... a resonant, romantic, HUMAN “slice of life” story set in “nowhere,... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Charming, Nostalgic, Feel-good, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see a small new musical with a great big heart ... featuring wonderful, funny performances and great barbershop harmonies!

Don't see it if you’re not looking for 75 minutes of lighthearted fun peppered with puns and NYC humor.

92
During previews
Long, Powerful, Masterful, Great staging, Excellent directing

See it if ... Shakespeare In The Park is an important, longstanding theatrical tradition in the city. A must-see for any theatregoer.

Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare.

Also ... Chukwudi Iwuji gives a masterful and powerful performance as Othel... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Goldstein
Midtown W
Great singing, Refreshing, Great lighting, Great staging, Musical domestic drama

See it if you want to see a fantastic cast of 7 in a new musical with a GREAT score, chronicling three generations of a Jewish American family.

Don't see it if you don't want to kvell.

Also the last quarter of the show suffers slightly from two or three too ma... Read more Read less

95
Delightful, Tried-and-true, Broadway gold, Feel-good, Nostalgic

See it if you're looking for a quintessential Broadway musical. This is American musical theatre gold.

Don't see it if you don't want to catch yourself laughing and smiling for 2 ½ hrs.

Also ... Bernadette. Peters. Victor Garber. Kate Baldwin. Gavin Creel. Char... Read more Read less

65
This is an art installation, not a theatre piece.

See it if you want to experience an art installation in an interesting format. Unique storytelling ... but not a theatre piece.

Don't see it if you're expecting a theatrical performance.

Also to me, this is not theatre (hard to score). FLIGHT is the story of two... Read more Read less

93
Resonant, Relevant, New, Heartfelt, Moving

See it if Ben Platt.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of contemporary musicals or cannot lend yourself to a show involving teen issues and the effect of social media.

Also ... Ben Platt achieves transcendence as Evan Hansen. His physicality, ... Read more Read less

86
Great staging, Unconventional, Allegorical, Quirky, Absurdist

See it if ... a rare opportunity to see a classic of the American theatre examining humanity and the human spirit. Brilliant costumes. Incredible set.

Don't see it if you can't bring your sense of humor to a convention-breaking play dealing with humanity's Biblical struggle through Ice Age, flood, and war.

Also despite a few untidy moments (it's a hard play and difficult to make t... Read more Read less

97
For a previous production
Masterful, Great singing, Emotional, Artful, Excellent music

See it if you are an artist, or if you are prepared to see Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford shine.

Don't see it if Sondheim doesn't suit you.

Also I saw the production at City Center and wept through "Beautiful" and "... Read more Read less

73
Candide
Upper W Side
Dated staging, Clichéd, Satirical, Delightful, Ineffective staging

See it if you are a fan of the score or a fan of Director Hal Prince.

Don't see it if a remount of Prince's 1982 staging doesn't appeal to you. Some delightful moments, but on the whole, an out-of-date production.

Also Meghan Picerno and Jay Armstrong Johnson give stand-out performances w... Read more Read less

59
Signature Plays
Midtown W
Slow, Absurdist, Ill-conceived, Awkward, Good staging

See it if you are a fan of these plays/playwrights. The ONLY thing unifying these one acts is the playwrights' time in residence with Signature.

Don't see it if … THE SANDBOX was great, DROWNING morose and ineffective, and FUNNYHOUSE OF A NEGRO was like watching someone's poorly executed nightmare.

89
During previews
The School for Scandal
West Village
Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging, Delightful, Funny

See it if you're looking for an inspired production - expertly acted and cleverly designed - of a comedy that passes the test of time.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious drama.

88
Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Ambitious, Intense

See it if you're looking for outstanding performances in an incredibly original, unconventional Broadway musical with a beautiful score.

Don't see it if you're looking for a conventional musical.

84
During previews
Ghost story, Fun, Great acting, Theatrical, Entertaining

See it if you want to see two stage actors (Acton and Porter) in top form, performing a Gothic ghost story play-within-a-play.

Don't see it if ... not as spine-tingling as I’d hoped, however what it may lack in suspense is more than made up for by the two performances.

Also (POSSIBLE SPOILER?) the title role leaves much to be desired.

85
All-inclusive, Ambitious, Epic, Great score, Delightful

See it if ... Jelani Alladin is outstanding. Krysta Rodriguez, wonderful. Alan Menken's score (featuring 5 great new songs!) is as excellent as ever.

Don't see it if you can't get over the community theatre aspect of Public Works: a beautiful pageant of 200+ professional and community performers!

90
Slow burn, Quirky, Funny, Great writing, Visceral

See it if … Ethan Hawke is excellent. Paul Dano subdued and understated (which mostly pays off in the second act). Music/sound design also excellent.

Don't see it if Sam Shepard, estranged brothers, and sibling rivalry aren’t for you.

Also I'm thrilled to finally see a production of TRUE WEST! Roundabout's st... Read more Read less

80
Uneven, Spirited, Relevant, Resonant, Timely

See it if you are interested in theatre history/like a good "showbiz drama"/are a fan of Janet McTeer.

Don't see it if you don't want to wonder at least once during the performance if they had to cast an ensemble to match McTeer's height 🤔 ...

Also Theresa Rebeck’s overfull play (commissioned by Roundabout) is good, b... Read more Read less

75
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Witty, Uneven, Delightful, Entertaining, Overrated

See it if you're interested in an adaptation of an 18th century French comedy. The cast's handle on the clever verse is impressive.

Don't see it if you're not about that rhyming couplet life. Ives' infrequent contemporary references seem to happen by default.

Also in his program note, David Ives shares that the author of the original... Read more Read less

49
During previews
The Stone Witch
Midtown W
Banal, Imprecise, Disappointing, Bad writing, Slow

See it if 🤷🏽‍♂️

Don't see it if you prefer inspired plot and dialogue. The material is lacking and clichéd.

Also the relationships between the three characters lack depth, the actors'... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Witty

See it if you want to see this three-hander superbly acted. The first major NYC revival of an Albee play since the playwright's passing.

Don't see it if you don't like Edward Albee or are uncomfortable with sensitive topics/adult themes.

Also I love Albee. I'm fascinated by this play and loved the opportunity to... Read more Read less

86
The Children
Midtown W
Well-crafted, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate a REALLY well-constructed new play.

Don't see it if you don't like dark British comedy. The action is contained, but unlike some other reviewers, I did not find the play slow.

Also ... 3 nuclear engineer retirees on the post-apocalyptic British coast ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absurdist, Existential, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambiguous

See it if you are a fan of - or are curious about - Beckett. Dianne Wiest is exceptional. Another rarely-done play given life at TFANA!

Don't see it if Beckett bores you. True, the middle of the (much shorter) second act is "slow" ... but that's inherently Beckett: tedium is essential.

Also with credit to Dianne Wiest and director James Bundy, I found comfort ... Read more Read less

83
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Macabre, Dizzying, Sexy, Sensory, Overrated

See it if a voyeuristic Hitchcock-meets-MACBETH choose-your-own-adventure set in 1939 entices you. A sensory theatrical experience like no other.

Don't see it if you cannot open yourself to the experience. You may wish to avoid if you are uncomfortable with darkness, nudity, or are unadventurous.

Also wear comfortable shoes. Explore at your own pace. Best enjoyed indepen... Read more Read less

84
Feel-good, Fluffy, Colorful, Entertaining, Nostalgic

See it if you like jukebox musicals or hits from the '50s and '60s. A wonderful Off-Broadway production full of "girl group" charm.

Don't see it if a colorful, campy musical revue of '50s and '60s pop is not for you.

96
Sexy, Exquisite, Inspired, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if an ultimate "power play"/battle of the sexes featuring masterful performances piques your interest. Provocative, absorbing, and gorgeous.

Don't see it if you can't handle aristocratic sexcipades or a play adapted from a 1782 novel.

Also Janet McTeer is impeccable and dazzling, and Liev Schreiber deserves F... Read more Read less

69
For a previous production
Fluffy, Indulgent, Slow, Children's theatre, Enchanting for families

See it if you're taking children who appreciate theatre and fairy tales and can disassociate this from "the Disney version."

Don't see it if you can't appreciate the "let's put on a show" mentality. Charming but amateur and stagy.

82
Colorful, Quirky, Energetic, Lighthearted, Folksy

See it if a youthful, cozy production with sonnets set to acoustic guitar is your style. Accessible, enchanting, and FUN!

Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare served in a doublet and hose.

89
Funny, Hilarious, Delightful, Campy, Ridiculous

See it if you enjoy high-camp, shameless satire, and a quick-change tour de force!

Don't see it if you take yourself too seriously.