The Portrait of Ana

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  I love stories. I read them, I write them--and, of course, I see them in the form of shows. I love the way that each show finds a new way to tell a story, so I see as many of them as I can.
Reviews (80)
73
Moving, Dark, Funny, Emotional, Fascinating

See it if you're interested in a triptych of storytelling that blends surrealism and reality.

Don't see it if you don't like intensely emotional dramas or plays that break with traditional structure and narrative.

Also It doesn't feel like a unified play, but I didn't mind that. It feels ... Read more Read less

15
Dated, Boring beyond belief, Terrible score, Unapologetically bad, Disappointing

See it if you like fluffy shows that parrot the movie they were based on.

Don't see it if you have any level of taste when it comes to music or scripts. This was maybe my least favorite musical of all time.

Also I want to preface this by saying: 1) that I've never seen the movie an... Read more Read less

100
Great score, Must see, Resonant, Incredible performances, Absorbing

See it if you want an all-around incredible folk opera with compelling performances. You want to get chills just thinking about it afterwards.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows. You don't want to pay close attention and think a little.

Also Complex, moving, passionate--this is one of my favorite shows of all t... Read more Read less

75
Innovative, Clever, Great acting, Fast-paced, Quirky

See it if you like horror classics, but with a more humorous take. You want to see two incredibly talented people deliver a rapidfire performance.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood for something funny. I wasn't as into the comedic interpretation, much as the two cast members were SO fantastic.

Also Watching this pair of actors/writers portray an array of characters, f... Read more Read less

49
Fluffy, Boring, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you're really nostalgic or love musicals that focus on dancing.

Don't see it if You are looking for a great plot or a really special, memorable show. I think that Cats really overstayed its welcome on Broadway.

Also This musical has some great little tunes, but oh my gosh, does every c... Read more Read less

80
Confusing, Intense, Great staging, Surreal, Thought-provoking

See it if you like existential dramas set in a surreal dystopian landscape. You're interested in the physical aspect of theater.

Don't see it if you want a fun, easy-to-follow plot with solid conclusions. You don't like surrealism. You can't get past the idea of a talking dog.

Also This dark and engaging play had me captivated from the first moment. S... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Forgettable score, Over the top, Great singing, Funny

See it if you enjoy a dark yet funny character-driven show with great voices and upbeat music. Unexpectedly great!

Don't see it if you're expecting serious drama. You really can't stand one more high school show. (Okay, I fall in this camp, but I liked it anyway.)

Also I'm a sucker for a musical with a murder, and this one didn't disappoi... Read more Read less

77
Relevant, Unusual, Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like magical realism used as a lens for examining difficult themes and concepts. You're interested in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Don't see it if You're looking for a very polished show. You want something quick and easy. You don't enjoy magical realism.

Also While I definitely think there is still a little work to do on this pr... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Great singing, Great acting, Dark, Uncomfortable

See it if you love the book Lolita and you're interested in truly hidden gems of theater.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with a story told from the perspective of a pedophile and murderer. You don't enjoy stripped down versions of shows.

Also Wow, what an incredible experience. I was stunned by how much I enjoye... Read more Read less

68
Slow, Tedious, Disappointing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you adore Sondheim or have a particular affinity for this show. You don't mind a stripped-down version of a musical.

Don't see it if you were excited about the way the refugee resettlement camp would frame the plot in a new, refreshing way. It just didn't play out.

Also Turns out, I just don't like Into the Woods. I wish I could, because I... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you want a rich, original coming-of-age WWII story told through an allegory of an even more unusual Alice in Wonderland.

Don't see it if you like easy plots with cheerful subject matter. You're bothered by a more experimental approach to theater.

Also I was so enchanted by this show in a way I didn't anticipate. I'm not ... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you like to have your beliefs challenged and consider the world in a different way. You like irreverent subjects and humor.

Don't see it if you are a devout follower of a religion and are easily offended.

Also While not totally groundbreaking, this short 1.25-hour play offers an ... Read more Read less

82
Absorbing, Slow, Resonant, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if you like political and romantic conflicts delivered as a metaphor. Fantastic score, and this group had some talented singers.

Don't see it if you can't handle long shows that maybe need to be cut down a little bit.

90
Slow, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great score, Great singing

See it if you want to become entwined with the existence of each character. You want to feel immersed in a setting and in music. GORGEOUS score.

Don't see it if You can't get past slow, drawn out dialogue and few plot points.

82
Long, Excessive, Great writing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want to see a truly engaging and compelling story about a family with ties to the IRA. You want your shows to end with chills.

Don't see it if You don't have 3 hours to kill. You're dizzied by the sheer number of children on stage at once.

60
Confusing, Dizzying, Messy, Disappointing, Creative

See it if You enjoy immersive theater experiences that allow audience interaction.

Don't see it if You expect polished acting, a coherent plot, or you hate nudity.

Also I wanted to like this so badly. Houdini? Immersive theater? Fun costum... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Conflicting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you'd like to experience something poignant, fresh, and different from what you know.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in learning about the Deaf community. You're into super feel-good shows.

97
Immersive, Unique, Experimental, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if you want to walk around in a mask, exploring unusual spaces and watching the story of Macbeth told loosely in dance.

Don't see it if you need a cushy seat and a central plot.

95
Dizzying, Great staging, Great singing, Masterful, Overrated

See it if you need to know what all the fuss is about. You liked Les Mis, but you wish it had more rap.

Don't see it if You don't have hundreds of dollars to blow on a ticket. Just wait a few years, and one day, you, too, will be in the room where it happens.

Also I have to say, I did love Hamilton, but it took me a while to get ther... Read more Read less

78
Fun, Simple, Charming, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you want a sweet, lovely show that will remind you of a childhood favorite (although sans Bartok). You're okay with something light and fun.

Don't see it if You expect a theatrical masterpiece. You're upset by projected/animated backdrops and prefer more clever stage magic.

Also I was pleasantly surprised by Anastasia. I never actually saw the movi... Read more Read less

100
Great singing, Great staging, Resonant, Profound, Ambitious

See it if you want a musical experience like no other. You want a cast who inhabits each character fully. You love complicated Russian family trees.

Don't see it if You want fun little tunes to hum in the shower. You want something light and funny.

Also This might be one of my favorite shows of all time. With its unique im... Read more Read less

81
Quirky, Great acting, Hilarious, Raunchy, Clever

See it if You miss the '90s and know every episode of Friends by heart. You love irreverent humor and bawdy jokes.

Don't see it if You're easily offended or prudish. Maybe don't bring your grandma.

Also The cast is really fabulous. I was super impressed by their singing an... Read more Read less

82
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Dark

See it if You like reading drama and are curious to see a stage production of a staple of literature. You don't need frills. You like a little opera.

Don't see it if You like showy productions or want an easy, thought-free production. You hate opera. You aren't into low-budget theater.

Also Loved the acting and the presentation of the story. It didn't need any... Read more Read less

24
During previews
Disappointing, Confusing, Slow, Chaotic, Unsurprising

See it if you think 80s references are inherently funny (returning VHS tapes--HILARIOUS!). You like forgettable songs and bad dance parties.

Don't see it if you thought this might be a darker, wittier Sweeney Todd. You want twisted, horrifying murders. You expect songs with character development.

86
Charming, Slow, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like classic musicals taken to a new level with a beautifully-orchestrated score, amazing choreography, and a stunning cast.

Don't see it if you don't want to walk around humming "Tradition" for the next week straight. You want a big spectacle or intricate set design.

83
Great choreography, Classic, Great score, Great singing, Dated

See it if you enjoy traditional shows with a phenomenal cast.

Don't see it if you can't get beyond some old-school sexist themes--keep in mind it's a show of its time.

Also These types of older shows always feel more like a musical showcase/re... Read more Read less

83
Black comedy, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want a fun, entertaining show that brings all the Beetlejuice nostalgia but with some originality and creative changes.

Don't see it if you're expecting a serious show or only see musicals for fantastic scores. The songs are catchy, but nothing too memorable.

Also What a really great cast! Every single person was so entertaining to w... Read more Read less

72
During previews
Funny, Predictable, Great acting, Heartwarming, Cliched

See it if you want to believe there's hope in the world and that people can really change.

Don't see it if you're expecting your views to be challenged. If you're seeing this show, I'm guessing you're already liberal-minded.

Also I enjoyed this show sort of in spite of myself. I thought that the sub... Read more Read less

76
Confusing, Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Inventive, Tense

See it if You liked Eternal Sunshine, but thought it was too straightforward.

Don't see it if You want conclusive, easy-to-watch shows that don't push boundaries.

Also Although there were moments where I found certain elements a little to... Read more Read less

86
Ridiculous, Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Funny

See it if Honestly? If you've never seen the movie! I hadn't, and this actually wound up being really funny and fresh. Tim Minchin's lyrics are great.

Don't see it if You're looking for a super serious play and don't want to have any fun.

45
Quirky, Overrated, Messy, Loud, Dizzying

See it if wow, I don't know. You have some time and money to kill? You like high school and science fiction?

Don't see it if you're expecting strong songs, good choreography, stellar performances, a good plot, relevant humor, a realistic portrayal of high school...

Also I didn't *hate* it. But yikes, I don't get what all the fuss is about.... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Unbalanced, Great acting, Funny, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you like shows with a positive message even in darker scenarios; things neatly wrapped up; philosophical questions about innate goodness.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a spiritual/Christian slant or moralizing.

Also Maybe I should have done a little more homework, but the premise sound... Read more Read less

85
Preachy, Intense, Masterful, Masterful performance from cranston, Great acting

See it if you want to see Cranston doing what he does best: displaying an incredible, believable range of emotions from a unique character perspective

Don't see it if You're looking for any groundbreaking revelations about the world. This play tries to be hard-hitting with its parallels to today, but eh.

Also Thank goodness for the innovative staging on this one: on-stage camera... Read more Read less

87
Great writing, Hilarious, Dizzying, Chaotic, Ridiculous

See it if you're a superfan of The Office who wants to relive some of your favorite series moments, all packed into a wildly funny couple of hours.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of The Office. You're looking for something even remotely serious.

Also I think it's very hard to take anything (a TV show, movie, etc.) that'... Read more Read less

85
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky, Charming

See it if you'd like a lighthearted fractured fairy tale with charming, vividly painted characters and catchy tunes. Great cast, staging, and music.

Don't see it if you like more serious drama. Or if you absolutely need comfortable chairs, because you won't find them in this theater.

Also This is my third time seeing something by the Gallery Players, and I t... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Messy, Slow, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you don't mind shows that are a front for long philosophical musings. You're okay with metanarrative and plots going off the rails.

Don't see it if You prefer linear, carefully thought out drama with a focused message and narrative.

Also There were some positive things about this show. The cast did a good j... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Irreverent, Black comedy, Ridiculous

See it if you want a lighthearted look at suicide. You don't mind musicals that still feel like they're being workshopped.

Don't see it if You're looking for a really polished piece by experienced musical writers.

Also A fun, dark-humor filled show that could blossom into something more. ... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Entertaining, Great singing, Uninspired, Great acting

See it if you have Mean Girls nostalgia. You want a fun, light show with some surprisingly killer voices! The cast is phenomenal!

Don't see it if you're expecting great music or lyrics. Both are pretty uninspired and disappointing--could have been more creative. The book is good though

88
Charming, Adorable, Catchy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like fun, slightly fluffy musicals that have a hidden layer of empowering women. You like the smell of pie.

Don't see it if You're turned off by themes of adultery, abuse, etc. Also, the sound felt really muffled and I had trouble understanding certain lyrics.

86
Great staging, Incredible sets, Great acting, Enchanting, Bad plot

See it if you're a Harry Potter fan. You live for visual effects and magic tricks on stage. you want to have chills at the end of each act.

Don't see it if you expect good writing or an original plot. You won't find it here.

85
Funny, Great writing, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you like absurdist or magical realist shows that look like a simple package but have layers of wrapping. You like your comedy with a twist.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of repetitive dialogue.

Also While this show is brief, and in some ways you can guess what might ha... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if you read Harry Potter and thought "there are a lot of plot holes. I wonder if anyone ever rounded them up and made a parody play of them?"

Don't see it if you never read Harry Potter or saw the movies.

Also This was so unexpectedly funny. I expected the jokes to be a little te... Read more Read less

68
Dated, Disappointing, Great singing, Slow, Melodramatic

See it if you love the brilliant music of Boublil and Schönberg.

Don't see it if You loved the passion and authenticity of earlier recordings of this show. You won't find it here.

Also I was so saddened not to love this production of Miss Saigon (2017). I... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great singing, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want a show that immerses you by the talent and authenticity of its cast.

Don't see it if You're sick of books and shows about suicide.

Also I really think that everyone should see this show if they can. I didn'... Read more Read less

92
Charming, Profound, Heartbreaking, Funny, Repetitive

See it if you are looking for a musical that catalogues unique human experiences in a touching, original way. You love authenticity and heart.

Don't see it if You are looking for a score that knocks you off your feet with a lot of variety. You're looking for a big, stunning show.

Also Come from Away is truly a special show and one worth seeing, although ... Read more Read less

81
Confusing, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you love gems of local theater, have a good sense of humor, and are open to unusual plots that wildly vary from downer to campy in seconds.

Don't see it if you hate when endings go on too long. You can't deal with weird. You are looking for an over-the-top set or fantastical experience.

Also The cast was phenomenal, and I will definitely be seeing something els... Read more Read less

91
For a previous production
Funny, Great staging, Hilarious, Farcical, British

See it if You love British slapstick comedies, sight gags, and clever (sometimes corny) humor.

Don't see it if You don't crack a smile at wordplay. Onstage chaos upsets you.

48
During previews
Great acting, Confusing, Forgettable, Dull, Unfunny

See it if you're impressed by one man talking to himself on a telephone for a whole show. You want something light.

Don't see it if you're looking to see more than one set, character, or dramatic developments in plot.

69
Improvisational, Great cast, Entertaining, Overdone, Cheesy

See it if you like improvisation, audience participations, and the classic small-cast whodunit. You don't take theater too seriously.

Don't see it if you are looking for original jokes, characters with depth, or an ending that ISN'T decided by popular vote.

92
Entertaining, Dazzling, Great dancing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like a fun and fabulous show with an embedded moral that doesn't bash you over the head. You love drag queens. You want a spectacle.

Don't see it if You hate progress, understanding, and positivity. Actually, do see it--you change the world when you change your mind!