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 (82)
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.

84
Fish in the Dark
Midtown W
Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Clever, Overrated

See it if You want a long, stage version of Seinfeld or Curb your Enthusiasm. You like the hilarity of dark, quirky family dramas.

Don't see it if You're made too tense by conflicts that could be easily resolved at any point along the line. You're expecting the funniest show ever.

84
Funny, Hilarious, Great writing, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like the crazy premise of a town where urination is regulated--and the satire it creates. Surprisingly good songs in a funny show.

Don't see it if The absurdity of the premise doesn't appeal to you.

86
Hilarious, Entertaining, Silly, Funny, Delightful

See it if You loved Monty Python & the Holy Grail and always thought there should be more songs. You love when plays don't take themselves seriously.

Don't see it if You want something new, original, or serious.

99
Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Must see, Great acting

See it if You love gallows humor and stories of revenge. You want the best Sweeney/Lovett combination ever. You're hungry for a little priest.

Don't see it if You are squeamish. You are not a fan of vigilante justice. You are a judge.

84
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Dark

See it if You want your perspective on love, musicals, theater, communication, and everything changed. You like the unique blend of signing and song.

Don't see it if You are expecting a campy show about sexual awakenings. My mistake.

89
Allegiance
Midtown W
Funny, Winning cast, Heart-wrenching, Weak score, Resonant

See it if You love Lea Salonga and want to hear big, Broadway voices. If you want your heart to be broken over and over, but to laugh in between.

Don't see it if You're looking for a highly original score. The music is good, but not wonderful. The cast and story more than makes up for it.

100
Cabaret (Broadway)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Exquisite, Raunchy, Dark, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a deceptively campy show gradually fall apart into a dark, broken, sinister mess. Beautiful, sensual, and haunting.

Don't see it if You want something light and fun. Your hopes will be dashed as the plot begins to settle in.

98
Absorbing, Edgy, Hilarious, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You want your world transformed by a wig in a box and a heartbreaking story of a man-turned-woman.

Don't see it if You're offended by anything out of the mainstream.

88
Chicago (NYC)
Midtown W
Raunchy, Must see, Funny, Edgy, Delightful

See it if You want jazzy tunes, great dancing, and a little bit of a murderous twist. A darker look at the time of swing.

Don't see it if You saw the movie and hated it. Your husband recently ran into your knife ten times.

95
Exquisite, Indulgent, Masterful, Must see, Romantic

See it if You want the classic show of shows. You want brilliance, tragedy, horror, and spectacle. Even if you think you don't want to, see it anyway.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of all-sung scores, sopranos, or if you're thinking of sitting in the Phantom's reserved box.

98
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Irreverent, Must see

See it if You know how to laugh at others--and at yourself. You like surprisingly good music in the context of a hilarious, irreverent show.

Don't see it if You don't like South Park. You are easily offended.

95
Matilda
Midtown W
Enchanting, Exquisite, Quirky, Great writing, Magical

See it if You like heartwarming, tear-jerking, and slightly dark stories that will downright enchant you and stay with you forever. Totally beautiful.

Don't see it if You don't like listening to children sing. But who am I kidding? Even if you don't, see it anyway. They're amazingly talented.

97
Hand to God
Midtown W
Jaw-dropping, Edgy, Great writing, Original, Must see

See it if You want to laugh, scream, and gasp all within the same ten-second period. Unexpected, dark, hilarious, and moving, with a great cast.

Don't see it if You're scarred from the puppet shows at your childhood church camp. You hate dark and irreverent religious family comedies.

24
Long, Slow, Fluffy, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You like syrupy-sweet, over-the-top productions. Or if you love one of the cast members (for me, that was Anthony Warlow, who was amazing).

Don't see it if You appreciate nuance, pacing, subtlety, or great writing/composition. Or if you like shows that know how to end 15 minutes sooner.

100
Riveting, Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious, Clever

See it if You want to see the best comedy on Broadway. The funniest lines, the catchiest songs, and the most talented cast. Unforgettable. Hilarious.

Don't see it if You're the current Earl of Highhurst and have a long-lost cousin named Monty.

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!

95
The Visit
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Quirky

See it if You like revenge stories about powerful women. You love the richness of Kander and Ebb. Men in falsetto get you going. You love Chita.

Don't see it if You want dynamic sets or a perfect, flawless story. There are issues, but it's brilliant.

78
Hairspray
Midtown W
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining, Great staging, Cheesy

See it if You want a fun, silly musical that covers important themes, such as body image, race, and prejudice. You like old-style musicals.

Don't see it if You're not into big dance numbers, neat resolutions, and campy songs.

95
Rent
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Original, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want the classic rock opera that shaped the 90s. Intense relationships, heartbreaking scenes, catchy tunes. Art, AIDS, music, mortality.

Don't see it if You're really sick of entitled twenty-somethings complaining about basic adult responsibilities.

82
Intense, Moving, Overdone, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You want an absolutely gut-wrenching portrait of a family affected by mental illness. You want powerful Broadway belts that give you chills.

Don't see it if You hate when things get a little melodramatic. You dislike musical soundtracks that never really get their feet off the ground.

98
During previews
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Funny

See it if You want a family drama taken to the next level. You appreciate actors who don't seem like they're acting. You wonder if humans are monsters

Don't see it if You are tired of plots that revolve around family conflict. You are not interested in dialogue-driven plays.

93
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if You like well-written, classic family drama with developments that pack a punch. Minimal staging with dialogue that holds you captive.

Don't see it if You are looking for a flashy show, dynamic sets, or a good laugh. And maybe don't sit in the balcony--it's a bit hard to hear.

70
Mercury Fur
Midtown W
Violent, Dystopian, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Twisted

See it if You want a dark vision of a future where drug-addicted perverts act out their sick fantasies. Brave New Word meets A Clockwork Orange.

Don't see it if You just ate. You have a sensitive constitution or are easily offended.

89
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Epic, Indulgent, Masterful, Resonant, Enchanting

See it if You want a big story, big voices, and are curious about the witch before she was Wicked. Original and compelling.

Don't see it if You aren't into long shows about green women and their pixie-like friends. You're not in the mood for a bit of melodrama.

89
Clever, Dizzying, Funny, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You have an open mind about what theater should be. You've seen a lot of improv and you want to know what lies beyond. You want to think.

Don't see it if You want a show with structure. You like stability. You are a traditionalist. You are afraid to get hit in the face with chopped onions.

100
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Profound, Intense

See it if You want a life-changing story about a boy trying to fit in. You want to get chills whenever you think about it for the rest of your life.

Don't see it if You have no heart. You hate shows with incredible staging, amazing writing, and great acting. You don't want your life transformed.

69
Funny, Great staging, Entertaining, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You like big-stage choreography and songs that poke fun at Shakespeare and other musicals. You like musical comedy.

Don't see it if You're sick of cliche jokes about Shakespeare, theater, sex, gay people, etc. There was nothing refreshing or daring about the comedy here.

95
Must see, Masterful, Exquisite, Ambitious, Emotional

See it if You want to see an elaborate, classical production with the best score, best orchestrations, and best vocals. You like opera-style shows.

Don't see it if You don't feel like crying today. You don't have 3+ hours on your hands. You're on the run from the law for stealing a loaf of bread.

79
Confusing, Intelligent, Original, Poignant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a thoughtful, original show with an incredible cast and deep, personal subject matter. A memorable, beautiful experience.

Don't see it if You don't like shows that are staged in the round or scores that feel a little like they're rambling on from one song to the next.

91
Avenue Q (NYC)
Midtown W
Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever, Different

See it if You thought Sesame Street could use a maturity makeover, or if you always wanted to know which Muppets were racist and watch porn.

Don't see it if You hate irreverent parodies of beloved children's shows.

83
39 Steps
Gramercy
Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Madcap, Clever

See it if You love campy, madcap mysteries and are in the mood for a fast-paced, head-spinning, hilarious show with a versatile cast.

Don't see it if You don't like goofy jokes, puns, or don't have a sense of satire and parody. It also helps to have seen a few noir-type mysteries.