TheaterLady

New York City
About:  Constantly seeking truth and... something profound in writing, direction and performance. Can be found seeing Off-Off Broadway theater 70% of the time, Off-Broadway shows on special occasions, and Broadway ones when I win some kind of lottery.
Reviews (58)
80
Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, High energy, Sweet

See it if you're a fan of the score, of Mr. Iconis, of shows about / primarily for teenagers, you're young at heart, you love catchy tunes.

Don't see it if you need your shows to always have depth, you resent being in an audience full of teens who scream with delight at what's going on on stage.

Also Delightful show. May it be a huge success on Broadway.

70
Absorbing, Ambitious, Uneven acting, Creative

See it if you're interested in seeing a non-traditional interpretation of a masterpiece. Can handle uneven acting - Marin is amazing, the rest...?

Don't see it if you can't stand minimalistic, non-traditional takes on classics. You hate this play and Williams.

90
Absorbing, Enchanting, Masterful, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you're interested in a beautiful, poetic, sharp, sparse, detailed, heartfelt story that proves theater only needs words & hearts.

Don't see it if you need huge production values, are not in the mood to be told a story. But there's really no reason not to see this - affecting & moving.

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Wonderful, Magical

See it if you grew up with Harry Potter and want to experience the magic in a delightful new way through a new medium. Or if you're an HP newbie!

Don't see it if you're feeling particularly protective about the Harry Potter canon and don't want to broaden it to new characters & stories.

Also A unique, thrilling show - some of the stagecraft is truly astonishing... Read more Read less

98
Lured
East Village
Great acting, Relevant, Edgy, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in a powerful piece about horrific real events, that pulls no punches and leaves you thinking. Terrific young cast.

Don't see it if you'd prefer not to be exposed to nudity, realistic violence, scenes of humiliation and vulgar language up close.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Masterful

See it if you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime, glorious embodiment of this epic play.Want to be blown away by Andrew Garfield's outstanding Prior.

Don't see it if you can't conceive of sitting through an eight hour play.

Also Enthralling. My first "Angels," and truly an unforgettable experience ... Read more Read less

15
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This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Cliched, Heavy handed, Unconscionable, Manipulative, Excruciating

See it if can't think of a single reason, except perhaps if you believe that MAKING theater is always better than NOT doing so.

Don't see it if you object to cliched, manipulative, atrociously acted, vaguely directed, sorely underdeveloped "topical" pieces.

Also I walked out of the theater irrationally angry at having wasted 90 min... Read more Read less

80
After the Blast
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Indulgent, Quirky, Profound, Slow

See it if you love Zoe Kazan's work or are fans of the talented actors. You are up for a slow, smart foray into post-apocalyptic living conditions.

Don't see it if you have no patience for dialogue-heavy, slow burning dramas.

Also Seeing such talented actors in such an intimate setting was thrilling ... Read more Read less

80
Cats
Midtown W
Funny, Great singing, Dated, Delightful

See it if you know and love Cats from your childhood and want to be taken back there by a delightful, faithful revival.

Don't see it if you've had no prior contact with Cats and expect anything resembling plot / depth / meaning / innovation / non-80s cheesiness.

Also Frankly, this show is preposterous and frankly, I couldn't stop beamin... Read more Read less

75
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Dizzying, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you're a fan of Kate Hamill's adaptations, Eric Tucker's direction or the original material. You're up for a high-energy, inventive show.

Don't see it if you like your adaptations traditional.

Also I basically worship everything that Hamill & Tucker so much as touch, ... Read more Read less

80
Fragmented Frida
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Intelligent, Refreshing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you love masterful acting. This is a real tour-de-force solo masterclass.

Don't see it if one-woman shows bother / annoy / bore you.

100
Indecent
Midtown W
Ambitious, Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are human. run run run run.

Don't see it if you lost some sort of strange bet.

Also a heartbreaking, enlightening, life-affirming (eeek I know, but honest... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if you're open to theatrical experiences that wash over you in flashes of feelings and emotions without explaining themselves.

Don't see it if you need a linear plot.

Also Beautiful performers, an ambitious, poetic piece.

75
T.B. Sheets
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you're open minded about your theatrical experiences and don't mind thinking "WHAT THE..." every 3 seconds (in a good way:))

Don't see it if you need to understand every little thing that goes on in front of you.

Also An utterly original, whimsical, ambitious, very funny, beyond insane p... Read more Read less

49
The End of Longing
West Village
Banal, Cliched, Excruciating, Indulgent, Why???

See it if you absolutely must see what Matthew Perry has been working on lately, and don't mind discovering that it's... nothing good.

Don't see it if your heart is going to break over a mediocre script, shockingly lax direction, 1-dimensional acting... and the whole audience cheering (...)

Also As far as anything in art can be objective, I'd argue that this show i... Read more Read less

90
Lucky Penny
Chelsea
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Heartbreaking

See it if you have a beating heart and want to go on an unforgettable journey with a performer who gives 100000% of his soul.

Don't see it if you're not up for a rollercoaster of emotions, or if you absolutely can't stand autobiographical one-man shows.

Also David is an exceptional performer and writer. Every word and look and ... Read more Read less

80
Blueprint Specials
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great singing

See it if you are looking for a completely unique experience that aims to go beyond pure entertainment and make you think.

Don't see it if no reason not to see it unless you can't handle sitting on uncomfortable little wooden chairs for two hours!

80
In the Room
Chelsea
Clever, Indulgent, Relevant, Interesting, Promising

See it if you're a writer / artist / interested in watching artists struggle with themselves and their art. You like skilled, smart writing.

Don't see it if you can't handle (yet) another story about troubled artists. You expect something ground-breaking. You need high production values.

Also clearly written by an extremely skillful writer, and directed with gre... Read more Read less

70
Blackbird
Midtown W
Great writing, Indulgent, Uneven acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to be troubled and provoked by great writing and an intense story; you enjoy seeing film celebs on stage.

Don't see it if you're looking for truthful performances. the over-the-top, "theatrical" nature of most of the performances kept me totally detached.

65
The Crucible
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you want to be wowed by beautiful staging, sets, technical proficiency, intellectualized performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for real heart in the direction or performances, or truthful behavior.

87
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to experience a veritable master-class in acting by the young lead actor.Enjoy autobiographical pieces that are beautifully written

Don't see it if you don't want to be faced with morally ambiguous characters.

75
Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to be touched by a masterful performance by Mr Langella which will stay with you for months.

Don't see it if you don't want to experience some existential dread as a result of your theater-going experience.

60
Safe
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Uneven acting

See it if you're interested in the issues of teenage girls, you don't mind a slow pace with some cliches and some over the top acting.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span, you want to be surprised.

Also a piece with a lot of potential but not fully realized. the performanc... Read more Read less

80
Then She Fell
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Masterful, Original, Enchanting

See it if you want to have a completely original theater experience that puts you at the center and is masterfully directed at every turn.

Don't see it if you need high production values (this is very DIY compared to other immersive shows in NYC)

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining, Poetic

See it if you want to be entertained by strong acting, relatable characters, good dialogue.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate things taking a turn for the "magical." You need high production values.

70
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you're interested in supporting the work of emerging artists who are ambitious, skilled and very brave.

Don't see it if you don't have patience or an interest in bold explorations of gender, family, destiny.

75
She Calls Me Firefly
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Refreshing, Slow

See it if you're interested in scrappy productions set in untraditional spaces, and want to support downtown theater & a brilliant company.

Don't see it if you need big production values, or truly original source material.

75
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Intelligent

See it if you want to spend a quick hour & change on a funny, clever, unexpected show that flies by. Some terrific performances.

Don't see it if you expect a deep experience or a show that will stay with you & be remembered.

Also I'd been looking forward to seeing this show for a long time, and was ... Read more Read less

60
Funny, Indulgent, Relevant, Overlong

See it if you're interested in themes of social media gone wrong and young people fighting to define their identity in the confusing world of today.

Don't see it if you don't have patience for a play that's rooted in an interesting premise but is overlong and unevenly performed.

70
Clever, Funny, Dizzying, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you enjoying seeing early-career artists experimenting. You're OK with being yelled at for over an hour!

Don't see it if you're not in the mood to be entertained by fast paced action and hijinx.

85
Pygmalion
East Village
Delightful, Absorbing, Funny, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if you love Bedlam and their style, you want to see a literal acting MASTERCLASS by Ms. Sharma. She lifts & carries the whole piece.

Don't see it if you've had enough of Bedlam-style quirks, you can't stomach sitting through this play once again, you expect very experimental choices.

Also A solid piece, not as creative or realized as some past Bedlam product... Read more Read less

65
Banal, Quirky, Slow, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if you love Sarah Ruhl's work and want to experience it no matter what. An understandable point of view!

Don't see it if you are after profound revelations, high-caliber acting, excitement.

Also A strangely dull and meandering piece that has "magic" inbuilt and yet... Read more Read less

100
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Epic, Masterful, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you have any way of getting a ticket. Exceeded all expectations, absolutely thrilling. Flew by at nearly 3 hours. Smart. Brilliant. Funny!

Don't see it if ALL OF THE HYPE has already pre-ruined it for you, and you're inclined to dislike it just because of that. (The hype is justified, though.)

Also It's all true, folks. Epic, epic, epic. Even with a few understudies /... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Profound, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in discovering the work of some great Italian playwrights. You enjoy watching powerful acting in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you need B'way production values. This is really all about the actors and the playwrights' words. You aren't into plays that make you think.

90
Cry Havoc!
West Village
Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Epic, Heartbreaking

See it if you're open to having your mind blown and heart shattered by an incredible performer tackling some heavy autobiographical themes.

Don't see it if you hate shows where the performer speaks directly to the audience. You don't have a beating heart...

Also Incredibly powerful show by a masterful, generous, skilled, talented p... Read more Read less

100
Clever, Epic, Mesmerizing, Exciting, Brilliant

See it if you like to be amazed, kept on the edge of your seat, & screaming HOW DID - WHAT DID - THAT'S NOT - HOW!!! (hopefully silently in your head)

Don't see it if you hate joy.

Also Derren Brown is a mind-blowing treasure. Run to see this immediately a... Read more Read less

80
Luft Gangster
East Village
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a solid, well written and well acted drama about WWII.

Don't see it if no reason not to (oh wait except it's already closed and I'm a couple months late on reviewing it oops)

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Beautiful set, Exciting

See it if you want to support an exciting new company. you're open to seeing this play once again.

Don't see it if you hate the play or off off broadway theater.

Also a lovely, promising production. beautiful use of the space, solid dire... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Puzzling

See it if you'd like to see what all the fuss is about. You're a fan of the source material or of the actors.

Don't see it if honestly, as the only living human in New York who didn't love this play - I'd say go see it, I'm probably wrong.

Also I was personally left with the impression that what I just saw was a t... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Clever, Uneven acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to get caught up in this powerful piece by the leading ladies' fantastic performances.

Don't see it if you'd rather not sit through a somewhat slow-moving drama in which each act seems to follow the same dramatic structure.

Also Saw Cynthia Nixon in the lead role - absolutely phenomenal. Laura Linn... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Dated, Fluffy, Indulgent, Great singing

See it if you are looking for nothing more than old-fashioned musical theater.

Don't see it if you're looking for anything remotely clever, deep, current or provoking.

70
Clever, Intelligent

See it if You're a fan of the three playwrights and don't want to miss out on their latest work.

Don't see it if You're looking for provoking or meaningful work for this day and age.

Also Uneven quality across the three plays - worth checking out if you're a... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you're interested in Chaplin. You enjoy slow-burning plays with 1-2 characters and very solid and affecting acting.

Don't see it if you need high production values, fast-paced plot-driven plays.

75
Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant, Romantic

See it if you're looking for a relevant, thought-provoking musical theater experience with remarkably truthful acting.

Don't see it if you're looking for exceptional tunes.

85
Enchanting, Delightful, Dated, Funny

See it if you are seeking an enchanting, comforting, sparkling musical theater experience with supremely talented performers and amazing music and set

Don't see it if you're expecting anything new, contemporary, relevant, ground-breaking, diverse.

70
The Judas Kiss
Brooklyn
Intelligent, Ambitious, Uneven acting, Interesting

See it if you're interested in Oscar Wilde's life, want to see Mr. Everett at work albeit surrounded by disappointing actors.

Don't see it if you mind a direction that drives all characters except for Mr. Everett to become two-dimensional cartoons.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Indulgent, Uneven acting

See it if you want to reflect on the impact of social media through a highly personal story.

Don't see it if you mind almost every actor except for the lead playing emotion for the duration of the piece, over the top tears etc.

60
The Red Room
Midtown W
Ambitious, Uneven acting, Entertaining

See it if you're into family dramas, have a high tolerance for actors yelling / crying / talking at super speed for 90 minutes.

Don't see it if you don't like the above.

Also One of the most beautiful sets I've seen Off Off Broadway.

75
Funny, Edgy, Promising, Has potential

See it if you're into edgy 2016 dialogue between teenage girls, which is always entertaining (and occasionally feels truthful!)

Don't see it if you're expecting anything groundbreaking.

100
You Are Perfect
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you're interested in a new perspective on the infamous Manson family.

Don't see it if you are repulsed by anything Manson-related.