Theatre Cat

New York City | 25-34 | Female
About:  I see a lot of shows. I have a lot of opinions.
Reviews (113)
70
Picnic
West Village
Intimate, Great acting, Flawed, Dated

See it if you've never seen Picnic before and want to do so where you can watch the actors up close. Skinner and Patterson give the best performances.

Don't see it if you want to see a perfectly cast production or you're uninterested in dated material that doesn't argue for its relevance. Two intermissions

Also While not offensive, I didn’t agree with much in this play and I’m not... Read more Read less

60
9 Circles
East Village
Boring, Poorly acted, Aimless, Unsympathetic, Long

See it if you enjoy network TV procedurals that present big issues through the simplified lens of individual experiences. You like sparse staging.

Don't see it if You like above average acting and you don't have the patience for a show without much to say that still goes on for almost 2 hours.

Also It’s probably not a good sign when you’re counting what “circle” you’r... Read more Read less

60
Tedious, Pretentious, Empty, Shallow, Dull

See it if you want to see some character actors make the most of the material they're given and want to do the playwright's interpretive work for him

Don't see it if a few amusing moments and decent costuming won't make up for a cliched, derivative play that has nothing to say, new or otherwise.

Also When a play presents itself as being intellectual or allegorical, you ... Read more Read less

83
For a previous production
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if you like smaller musicals about human beings with complicated, if undramatic, lives. You like ensemble shows and great music.

Don't see it if you dislike ensemble shows and small stories. You need all the story lines to be wrapped up at the end. You don't like seeing the musicians.

Also I loved this show. Yes, they were able to build this fantastic, creati... Read more Read less

80
Matilda
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to be entertained by some adorable maggots and over the top shenanigans. The set is gorgeous and the material is winning.

Don't see it if you hate child actors and busy (colorful, kinetic) productions. You can't suspend your disbelief & go along with where the story takes you.

Also I am so glad I was finally able to see this show. It's so charming and... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Sweet, Simple, Pleasant

See it if you're familiar with Gorey and want to see an intimate take on what he was like as just another human being.

Don't see it if if want to learn a lot about Gorey or see something really exceptional in terms of theatre.

Also Plays like this are a little tough to critique. They don't offend you ... Read more Read less

70
Sweet, Charming, Delightful, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if you understand what you're going into and you want to see an old-fashioned musical with some great dancing & none of that problematic stuff.

Don't see it if you're expecting more than that. This isn't a show that's making a statement or trying something crazy or impressive or new.

Also This show was a wonderful night out. I would take my parents or a date... Read more Read less

64
Cliched, Dated, Contrived, Fluffy, Cute

See it if you want the storytelling of Jersey Boys with the female friendships of The Marvelous Wonderettes and a lackluster original score.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged. I admire all the awesome female energy behind the show but the material was convoluted and too safe.

Also Shows like Jersey Boys and The Marvelous Wonderettes know what they ar... Read more Read less

67
Inner Voices 2016
Midtown W
Great acting, Intriguing, Unique, Refreshing, Mixed

See it if you want to see two great actors bring some interesting new musical theatre work to life and you are very patient.

Don't see it if you can't stay focused for 2 hours and 10 minutes of three wildly different musical monologues.

Also The nature of a production like this means it's not going to be able t... Read more Read less

67
The Layover
Midtown W
Absorbing, Cliched, Disappointing, Ambitious, Dark

See it if you like crime stories and trying to figure out mysteries. You like plays about affairs and their attendant drama. Fantastic set.

Don't see it if you don't like dark material. You don't like plays that try to do too much and then fail. Kernels of brilliance, ultimately banal.

Also I really wish I'd been able to see this show with Annie Parisse. This ... Read more Read less

65
The Encounter
Midtown W
Long, Dated, Cliched, Overrated, Different

See it if a one-man show that starts like a Ted Talk and transitions into a radio play sounds enjoyable. A sound-based play trying something different

Don't see it if you don't want to wear headphones for 2 hours with no intermission. A John Smith story with noble savage mysticism sounds played out.

Also I saw a Wednesday matinee with Richard Katz. For the most part, I thou... Read more Read less

49
Lamia (FringeNYC)
East Village
Messy, Entertaining, Confusing, Dated, Indulgent

See it if you enjoy seeing people try things and really want to support young, less experienced creators and performers.

Don't see it if you enjoy shows that are actually good and dislike shows that are not. Also, don't see it if you're not a patient person.

Also This production was a complete mess. It was such a simple story and th... Read more Read less

75
The Good Earth
Soho/Tribeca
Simple, Honest, Heartfelt, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy straightforward stories about how families and communities can react to outside pressures. A talented company of actors. Good book

Don't see it if Low budget staging with tables and chairs. Interstitial staging between scenes weak. You don't like mood singing during plays.

Also Unless it was based in fact, I found the final resolution of the last ... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Great singing

See it if you enjoy fabulous productions of average material. It was hilarious and the performances were great. It was handled as well as it could be.

Don't see it if you don't like simplistic yet convoluted morality tales. It's hard to say where this goes wrong. It just doesn't pack the punch it should.

70
Icon (NYMF)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Cliched, Scattered, Messy, Great singing

See it if you enjoy very flawed shows with gorgeous singing and costumes. The cast was very talented and I'd like to listen to the score again.

Don't see it if you can't appreciate the good parts of flops. This show is a mess of any princess story from Grace Kelly to Diana to Anastasia.

75
The Golden Bride
Financial
Dated, Charming, Fluffy, Romantic, Great singing

See it if you're a theatre buff or love opera. This is a great history lesson that happens to be intimate, charming, funny, and beautifully sung.

Don't see it if you hate amplified opera. Or if you need a big flashy, glamorous production. The costumes have improved but the choreography is lackluster.

65
For a previous production
Significant Other
Midtown W
Repetitive, Well-acted, Cliched, Banal, Overrated

See it if you want to see Gideon Glick and Lindsay Mendez give very capable performances. You enjoy watching people dance at weddings.

Don't see it if you don't want to wallow in someone else's misery over being single. There's no insight and there are no solutions.

65
Himself and Nora
West Village
Shallow, Entertaining, Passionless, Superficial, Heavy-handed

See it if you like investigating flawed material. Bashor has shades of Benanti and sings beautifully. Hardworking ensemble. Bogart charming but flat.

Don't see it if This is unquestionably a flop score. Actors SO STIFF. High school blocking. Vulgar but inoffensive. Sexual w/o heat. Priest is too obvious.

45
Cliched, Mumblecore, Excruciating, Indulgent, Unoriginal

See it if you want a quirky indie YA approach to mental illness and sexual assault. A retrograde neurotic male lead from an 80's-90's teen movie.

Don't see it if sudden loud noises (e.g. shouting & banging around the set) bother you. 2h45min is too long for you. You like specific, meaningful dialogue.

85
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great acting, Great tapping, Masterful, Worthwhile

See it if Audra gives another beautifully rendered performance. AMAZING tap dancing. Clever costumes. Great lighting. Smart, funny dialogue.

Don't see it if Tells instead of shows. Lack of character development. The affair story line is weak. Some sound issues. But heck, see it anyway!

70
American Psycho
Midtown W
Silly, Tame, Shallow, Funny, Overrated

See it if Benjamin Walker. He has so much charisma in this role and is totally present in every scene. Great renditions of pre-existing pop songs.

Don't see it if PB has millenial ennui & a romance plot to make him more sympathetic. It muddles the original material. Poor choreography. Mediocre songs.

Also Jennifer Damiano was fantastic but her character didn't fit in this st... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Funny, Clever, Cute choreography, Great harmonies

See it if you have nostalgia for the squeaky clean version of the 50's-60's. The Wonderettes "sparkle" and there's no question that they're marvelous.

Don't see it if This is a concert strung together with bits, not a play. But if you love this music, it's very enjoyable. Two audience participants.

40
Amateurish, Flat, Dull, Uninspired, Pointless

See it if you hate reading. You would be completely entertained just seeing a show in a church. Lots of people took photos before the show.

Don't see it if you could stand just reading the original stories. There is nothing to the lighting/sound. The acting is bland and amateurish. I left early.

65
Crude
Midtown W
Cliched, Funny, Muddled, Thought-provoking, Fine

See it if you're a fan of Nico. He's good. You want to provoke a conversation about the subject. With low expectations, it's funny. Solid, not boring.

Don't see it if offended by a bit of language and drug use. You want fully realized characters with coherent arguments. Lots of cliches. Mixed messages.

75
The New Morality
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like 1930's-1940's movies full of wit and banter about morality that touch on gender roles. You like drawing room plays performed well.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a slight play extended with two intermissions so they can change the set over. The show was good but it still dragged.

65
Classic, Challenging, Well acted, Straightforward

See it if you're fluent in French and want to see a pretty straightforward staging or if you're familiar with the play and want to see it in French.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy low-budget downtown theater or reading supertitles. You need good sight lines at all times and dislike hard folding chairs.

Also I would compare this to seeing a Shakespeare play or a Greek tragedy i... Read more Read less

75
Beardo
Brooklyn
Unique, Promising, Entertaining, Cliched, Nontraditional

See it if a nontraditional site-specific show that approaches Russian history and religion in an irreverent, anarchic way sounds exciting.

Don't see it if a three hour production all the way out in Greenpoint that is vulgar, sacrilegious, crass, juvenile in humor, and meandering sounds hellish.

Also The show assumes that you’d get bored with Russian history & so it ser... Read more Read less

75
Sweet, Charming, Dated, Relevant, Pleasant

See it if you like more intimate productions and revivals of work that's relevant and charming but very much of its time. Great songs. Lovely set.

Don't see it if you're expecting Broadway quality vocals, performances, production, etc. It's charming and sweet but not vital or dynamic or exciting.

Also Full disclosure, I'm short and had a very obstructed view during the s... Read more Read less

60
The Portal
West Village
Unintentionally hilarious, Banal, Cliched, Shallow, Dumb

See it if you can go with friends and not take this show seriously at all. Tear it apart later over drinks. Make it an inside joke.

Don't see it if you're expecting a really deep exploration of the Divine Comedy or religion/death/spirituality. You get offended at cultural appropriation.

Also When it started I instantly knew what I was in for. This production is... Read more Read less

80
Sweet Charity
Midtown W
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Disappointing, Must see

See it if you love Sutton Foster and you're OK with seeing a production that mostly works. It also helps if you love this show.

Don't see it if you love this show and know it well and it would bother you to see it hampered by a smaller production and some weak direction/choreography.

Also I'm bringing a lot of baggage to this. I love Sweet Charity. I've seen... Read more Read less

65
Entertaining, Great singing, Fun

See it if you like audience interaction and you'd like to see a holiday concert that combines Western and African musical traditions.

Don't see it if audience interaction makes you uncomfortable, you don't like sing alongs, and you need a story.

Also I'm only rating this show low because I had my own expectations after ... Read more Read less

78
Falsettos
Midtown W
Hilarious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you've never seen this show before. I loved the way it was staged with the foam blocks and the cast was fantastic, particularly the ladies.

Don't see it if you don't like neurotic types. You're expecting a great deal of character depth.

Also I found the show very charming. I laughed a lot. Stephanie J. Block's ... Read more Read less

80
Funny, Sweet, Honest, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to hear a smart, funny comedian talk about his life and depression for a little under 2 hours. It's a great night out.

Don't see it if You can't find the humor in mental illness and depression. Also, if you sit in the first row, he may make eye contact or engage with you.

Also Full disclosure, I'm predisposed to like a show like this. I like stan... Read more Read less

70
Promising, Earnest, Shallow, Amateurish, Enjoyable

See it if the idea of an a capella musical written and performed by earnest theatre majors sounds appealing. You like simple, serviceable music.

Don't see it if you're expecting something as dark and incisive as Side Show. Or if you don't like simple romances without much depth or conflict.

Also I really struggled with this one. Its heart is in the right place and ... Read more Read less

65
Aubergine
Midtown W
Disappointing, Family-oriented, Cliched, Great acting

See it if you like stories about chefs with family drama and/or plays about illness/death and acceptance/grief. Diverse cast. Great set. Solid acting.

Don't see it if you don't like plays where characters monologue to the audience. You don't like plays full of watered down cliches.

Also Aside from the end of act I, this play wasn't enough of anything to pr... Read more Read less

65
Funny, Entertaining, Disappointing, Mediocre

See it if you love Sean Hayes. You lean towards agnosticism. You enjoy humorous plays on Broadway that are more like stand up or nightclub acts.

Don't see it if you're expecting something terribly biting or insightful. If you're very religious, it could offend. If you're not, it's a bit weak.

Also I thought it was funny and I had a good time. Sean Hayes was fantastic... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Entertaining, Fabulous singing, Must see, Hilarious, Weak book

See it if you enjoy amazing gospel and rock & roll singing and guitar and piano. You want a funny, entertaining, and occasionally moving night out.

Don't see it if you need a strong book. This is a jam session with a smattering of story. Also, avoid it if you don't like 2 person shows with a static set.

Also The characters are forced into slightly stereotypical parts because th... Read more Read less

84
Amazing musicianship, Entertaining, Great costumes, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you love country music. You'd like to see a diverse cast of "sinners" who were left out of shows like Bright Star. Fantastic score.

Don't see it if you hate actors playing instruments. The second act drags for plot reasons. Might work better with stronger, older actors. Abstract lyrics.

60
Lazy, Cliched, Dated, Offensive, Great singing

See it if you thought Honeymoon in Vegas was hilarious but wished the music and lyrics were dumber. Decent vocals and lots of dancing. Not a bad cast.

Don't see it if you thought Nick Bottom was incredibly annoying. You don't like repetitive songs that seem endless. You expect a Scrabble show to be clever.

87
Fabulous music, Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Memorable

See it if a folk, pop, retro jazz/soul score sounds like a good time. Be, Gray, and Page are unique voices we need in musicals. I loved the experience

Don't see it if performed in the round/actors moving through the audience. You prefer more lavish sets/choreography/costumes. The book is a little muddled.

Also I don't think I was supposed to find the Orpheus character as grating ... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Thoughtful, Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and Broadway classics. Cariou has thoughtfully curated both elements and his performance is that of a true star.

Don't see it if you're expecting something revolutionary. This is more of a twist on a nightclub/cabaret act.

68
Radiant Vermin
Midtown E
Well-acted, Thought-provoking, Rushed, Tedious, Entertaining

See it if you want to see three excellent actors grapple with this material. You like artificial, meta thought experiments over personal, real stories

Don't see it if you don't enjoy modern morality plays. If you're already "woke" this play will just get a bit tedious as it problematizes without solving.

70
During previews
Bad script, Expensive, Conservative, Flashy, Entertaining

See it if you love the Rockettes who shine in the 2nd half. Danny Gardner is a delight. Kacie and Lilla are game. Costumes & set. Big orchestra.

Don't see it if you can't stomach the bad SYTYCD choreography in the 1st half & cheesy script. Policy allows photos during the show. Very little diversity.

74
War
Upper W Side
Smart, Thought-provoking, Funny, Compelling, Slightly cliched

See it if you appreciate smart writing doing interesting critical work. Williams and Woodard are particularly strong. Racial issues handled deftly.

Don't see it if The ideas sometimes seem more effective than the play itself. Much 4th wall breaking. Family/death content can be cliched. Slightly miscast.

75
Eclipsed
Midtown W
Long, Topical, Well acted, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if This is an incredibly well-acted production of a very good play from a relatively new writer. It's long but doesn't drag too much.

Don't see it if I applaud the attempt to address this subject and tell this story exclusively from a female POV but the script isn't remarkable, just good.

75
Peer Gynt
East Village
Mostly successful, Funny, Allegorical, Engaging, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in classics made accessible. Solid performances, especially from Gabriel Ebert. Surprisingly funny and easy to follow.

Don't see it if you hate nonlinear storytelling and sparse staging. You don't like allegories about the self and morality/religion. Refreshed, not new.

65
Blackbird
Midtown W
Natural, Solid acting, Weak beginning, Slightly flat, Unsure

See it if Harrower seems to have the best grasp of Una at 12. When Williams taps into her, the play comes alive. Natural, not romantic or sensational.

Don't see it if Williams uses a weird voice a lot. Both actors choose to stumble over their lines. No confidence in any aspect of execution. Mild language.

75
Do I Hear a Waltz?
Midtown W
Fantastic music, Tonally muddled, Dated, Worthwhile, Charming

See it if The music. So many gems. Cute costumes. Charming and funny if lacking depth and understanding of material. Worthwhile for theatre buffs.

Don't see it if you want a perfect show. This production also struggles with tone and direction. The performances are just OK. Weak choreography.

60
During previews
This Time
East Village
Soap opera, Bad projections, Flat acting, Dull serviceable writing, Glamorous, compelling lead

See it if Costumes on point. Dual portrayal of Amal is worth watching. You like cheesy family dramas and soap opera romances. Practice your French?

Don't see it if you like reading. After Act 1 I predicted it was a book adaptation. It's a weak one. Projections as set. You're tired of dementia plays.

70
Death for Five Voices
East Village
Good score, Lacking heart, Weak performers, Problematic female characters, Disappointing

See it if you want to hear a good score, mainly reminiscent of Lucy Simon but borrowing from many places. You like musicals about religion and/or art.

Don't see it if you like musicals about people. Carlo was erratic. Fabrizio was shallow. Older characters are Disney villains. Acting was distractingly weak