TheatreLover311

New York City | Female
About:  A Theatre & Music lover.
Reviews (134)
95
El Quijote
Gramercy
An amazingly fun ensemble cast, Ambitious, A great adaptation of a literature masterpiece, A must see, Entertaining
September 19th, 2022

See it if You enjoy Spanish language theatre adaptations of classic Spanish literary masterpieces.

Don't see it if You don’t understand Spanish and don’t like seeing theatre in translation.

Also ‘El Quixote’ was my first live theatrical experience of Cervantes’ cla... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Disappointing
September 14th, 2022

See it if You like comic plays based on historical US foreign policy interventions which led Chile to decades under dictatorship. Laughs are optional.

Don't see it if You can’t find the irony in a piece of US foreign policy intervention history that still feels raw today.

85
EVA LUNA
Gramercy
A picaresque journey through south america, About politics & female’s ability for reinvention, Isabel allende’s south american tale staged
September 12th, 2022

See it if You enjoy and wish to support Spanish language theatre.

Don't see it if Avant-garde Spanish language theatrical productions are not your thing.

Also I enjoyed this Spanish language production of Isabel Allende’s novel ‘... Read more Read less

91
Breaks all conventional boundaries!, Entertaining, Shocking & confessional
September 11th, 2022

See it if You like to be entertained by original trend setting musicals that defy comparisons or explanations and flood your senses with empathy.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional musicals that always deliver the standard feel-good expected pretty as a picture entertainment.

Also I’m neither black nor LGBTQIA, but for an intense 2-plus hours, I felt... Read more Read less

78
Burbank
East Village
Presents a slice of disney history, Informative, Insightful
September 10th, 2022

See it if You like plays that inform on the dark side of the now global ubiquitous Disney entertainment history.

Don't see it if You prefer happy plays or musicals.

Also This play dramatized a dark period in Disney’s studio history, a union... Read more Read less

75
Los Otros
Midtown W
A mexican immigrant musical tale, A rough sketch of a promising new musical, Entertaining
September 8th, 2022

See it if You like new musicals which narrate the immigrant experience. You like strong characters narrated by two talented seasoned Broadway actors.

Don't see it if You prefer spoken word plays to musicals.

Also The episodic musical story-telling felt like the embryo to a new music... Read more Read less

85
Reveals the humanity in us all, Uncomfortable and poignant, Very powerful storytelling!
September 4th, 2022

See it if You are at ease seeing plays which narrate the dark side of universal human nature, with all its vulnerabilities & dark sexual proclivities.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained by superficial and funny plays. This is not one of those.

Also Beyond the country-specific story of this play, which was based on a b... Read more Read less

85
A talented cast powerhouse, As timeless and relevant as ever, Entertaining
September 4th, 2022

See it if You want to be entertained by a musical that is a broadway classic and won’t disappoint.

Don't see it if You prefer plays to musicals.

Also I had seen Funny Girl the movie as a young girl and knew that I wouldn... Read more Read less

88
She-Wolf
Midtown W
A shakespearean character adapted to the 21st century, Creative and fun, Lovely, intense and a feminist feast
August 14th, 2022

See it if You like Shakespearean female characters who’ve been but a side note in past productions, acquire pathos, fierce strength and joyful stamina

Don't see it if Shakespearean plays in Early Modern English are not yr thing. Give it a try anyway, this jewel fringy production is a burst of deep pleasure

Also I confess I’m not a fan of William Shakespeare the man. Ever since I r... Read more Read less

95
POTUS
Midtown W
Rachel dratch is the queen of improv, ‘cliched’ - but that’s the point!, Funny, A 21st century vaudevillian play
August 10th, 2022

See it if You want to be anesthetized by laughter for a couple of hours. Laugh you will, right after you cringe a little - or a lot!

Don't see it if You’ve had facial surgery and doctor’s orders are not to laugh, lest you undo his brilliant work. If you feel defiant - go see it anyway!

Also A new play with a beating heart of vaudeville. But even in an all fema... Read more Read less

80
Interesting, Creative new musical staging breathed new life into a classic, 80s rock anthems refreshed monotonous dialogue
July 9th, 2022

See it if You wish to see what an unconventional staging of a classic play might look like.

Don't see it if Anton Chekhov’s plays are not to your liking.

Also The roots of American Modern Theatre can be traced directly to Anton C... Read more Read less

80
Chains
Midtown W
Felt unfinished and anticlimactic, A timeless philosophical treatise asking for whom shall we live: for ourselves or for others?, Makes you ask: are you a wanderlust wonderer or a sisyphus clerk?, A deep meaning hides behind the simplest of stories
June 24th, 2022

See it if You enjoy plays that are subtle but thought provoking.

Don't see it if You lack the patience to sit through a four-act play.

Also Understanding the time frame of this play matters. In the early 1900s ... Read more Read less

85
Thought-provoking, Must see, Alice childress's broadway debut 64 years in the making, A time-capsule of a play that feels just as raw and relevant today
December 13th, 2021

See it if you enjoy seeing period plays that still feel relevant today. 1950s Black Voting & civil rights hover over every word recited in this play.

Don't see it if you prefer plays and musicals with non controversial subjects.

Also This play's debut on Broadway is 64 years overdue. The play is very wa... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
This one is a must for the holidays, until january 2!, You need more than two hands to applaud so much talent in singing dancing and the eternal talent that is irving berlin, Spectacularly entertaining!
December 3rd, 2021

See it if You're a romantic at heart & you love amazing dancing and singing, and timeless music from the most prolific Broadway genius, Irving Berlin.

Don't see it if hearing Irving Berlin's music make you say: Bah Humbug! Too much of this kind of sweetness will make you descend into a diabetic coma.

Also Cheek-to-Cheek couldn't have come at a better time. Just when yet anot... Read more Read less

80
Approval Junkie
West Village
Finding funny in the crevices of one's life, Faith salie is a master storyteller and comedian, A great one-woman show for npr fans, A brutally honest look back at 50 years of life
November 19th, 2021

See it if You enjoy one-woman shows that trace the journeys of a life with humor, poignancy and perspective.

Don't see it if You are of a conservative bend and dislike progressive feminist comedians who overshare their sufferings, and triumphs over bullies.

Also I enjoyed listening to and watching Faith Salie trace her half a centu... Read more Read less

90
An amazing cast is a joy to behold, A time-capsule ripe for an update, A perfect spanish language adaptation
November 15th, 2021

See it if You enjoy comedies where gender roles are strictly segregated to their two classic stereotypes: the womanizer and the scheming sinful woman.

Don't see it if You feel offended by comedies that continue to celebrate stereotypical gender roles.

Also I enjoyed seeing this excellent Spanish version production of the clas... Read more Read less

90
Medicine
Brooklyn
The thumping of the heart and mis-firing of the synapses have an amazing drum soundtrack, Original in its ordinariness, An interplay between exterior reality and the mind without clearly defined edges, A play that explores the brokenness of the human mind
November 15th, 2021

See it if You like plays that explore the fringe of theatrical experience. If you are interested in the loquaciousness of mental illness.

Don't see it if Edgy plays that push boundaries of the ordinary theatrical experience are not your thing.You don't like visiting the dark spaces of the mind

Also If schizophrenia could express itself in a play, it would be this one,... Read more Read less

88
A pleasant, brechtian theatrical experience not to be missed!, A musical philosophical bio with important lessons for our times, Back on stage for the enjoyment of new fans, Times of turmoil call for a bertolt brecht theatrical bio review
November 12th, 2021

See it if You are a true Theatre-phile, and can appreciate being let inside how the magic happens and how a Brecht Bio review show comes together.

Don't see it if Experimental theatre is too raw and unfinished for you. You prefer traditionally staged sets and performances.

Also I am a Bertolt Brecht fan and I very much enjoyed this well synthesize... Read more Read less

95
Pulls you in and doesn't let go, Amazing performances by a great ensemble cast!, Performances are turbo charged, Almost perfect...with some caveats
November 12th, 2021

See it if You love original musicals that tell original stories within a historical context.

Don't see it if It's quite hard to think of a reason not to see this musical. It is that good.

Also I saw this musical last week and it's taken me a week to reflect on it... Read more Read less

80
Personal emotional context faces societal rigid structure, Most whites didn't rebel against status quo, Small town white european values go up against racism
November 1st, 2021

See it if You enjoy plays that barely touch the surface of racism during the early 1960s great awakening led by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that deal with issues not resolvable at the family level. Humans do as they are taught to do. Change is hard work.

Also This is a simple story about a PA pastor and his wife in the 1960s in ... Read more Read less

85
Un-repenting, un-transformational, no lessons to be learned here, Really? dirty politics in the halls of ny government?, A self-pity party fest put to great lyrics and singing!, A dirty-laundry-washing musical!
October 31st, 2021

See it if You enjoy great singing & love musical theatre. The ensemble cast is nothing less than phenomenal. A great musical if only w/out self-pity.

Don't see it if You hate NY politics even those delivered with great music, lyrics and staging. There is no redeeming of politics and unethical behavior.

Also Coming to see this musical I had low expectations. For the story I mea... Read more Read less

90
And So We Walked
West Village
One proud cherokee woman channelling the wisdom of her ancestors, Where is the money promised for land seized from the cherokee nations?, A history that is forgotten is a trauma that doesn't heal, The ghosts of collective trauma come alive in this play of one
October 30th, 2021

See it if You want to learn Native American history through personal narration. Be prepared to suffer with the protagonist the inequities of racism.

Don't see it if The history of the death marches the Cherokee Nations people were forced by the US Government to undertake is still too shameful to process.

Also First to the technical merits of this one-person play. The production ... Read more Read less

80
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Will runaway bare-arsed father reunite with prodigal wife?, An unadorned slice of modern irish life, Unprocessed trauma of maternal abandonment rears ugly head, Grumpy & fed up with paternal sickbed filial duty
October 24th, 2021

See it if You enjoy Irish plays

Don't see it if Irish brogue is not to your liking or understanding

Also I enjoyed this play. It was fun deciphering the common Irish expressio... Read more Read less

80
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Worth every penny for all the singing and dancing, As close to a live disney cartoon as it gets, Glittery costumes galore!, A great show that delivers to kids of all ages
October 19th, 2021

See it if You loved the animated version of this iconic Disney classic. The singing, the carpet ride and the sumptuous costumes will make you swoon.

Don't see it if Disney entertainment isn't your thing.

Also Michael James Scott was a pleasure to behold in the role of the long-s... Read more Read less

65
A 90-min flow-of-consciousness that left your brain deprived of all oxygen, A masterful technical display of the acting technique of script recall, What an interior dialogue of a billionaire might sound like, Self-flagellating, exculpatory, 90-minute diatribe
October 19th, 2021

See it if You enjoy words, words, words, and psychoanalyzing their meaning.

Don't see it if you don't like words words words and psychoanalyzing their meaning.

Also The fever is a misnomer for this 90' discombobulated word fest. It fel... Read more Read less

80
American literature classic cannon come to life on stage, Very cohesive ensemble cast, A slice of what america was not so long ago, Back on broadway and deeply grateful
October 15th, 2021

See it if You enjoy familiar books you read in school well staged and acted. You will NOT be disappointed. Prepare to be bathed in an empathy fest.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with lighter topics and singing and dancing.

Also I first saw this play in November 2018 but wanted to see it again afte... Read more Read less

98
A superb broadway experience, Nothing like you expect, Director sam mendes delivers yet another original
September 30th, 2021

See it if You are interested in American history and the origins of Wall Street Brokers.

Don't see it if You have no interest in getting to know the origins of the Lehman Brothers company.

Also I loved this play because it was nothing like I expected. American his... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Letters Of Suresh
Midtown W
The play for the ‘thinking’ theatre goer, Equally original and universal, A perfect post-pandemic play!, Cerebrally spiritual
September 20th, 2021

See it if You want to see an original contemporary play that speaks to issues that ail modern society today.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals.

Also This play manages to subtly touch on most of what ails modern society ... Read more Read less

65
Existentialism or racism?, Characters stuck in the wrong play, Confused & confusing, Racial-profanity laced, Derivative
August 23rd, 2021

See it if You want to support a young up and coming playwright and you miss sitting inside a Broadway theater. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Don't see it if Being inside a theater for two hours has you concerned. You hate racial profanity spoken as part of how the characters address each other.

Also I find it hard to be critical of the first play to open on Broadway af... Read more Read less

75
A parody musical that will make you laugh and smile throughout!, Great ensemble cast to sing us back to a new normal, Best 1st show to see post-pandemic!
June 21st, 2021

See it if You are vaccinated and eager to get back to seeing fun shows on and off Broadway. I'm pretty certain you won't be disappointed.

Don't see it if You are not ready to resume life as close to a new normal as possible. Long running sit-com parodies are not to your liking.

Also This was my first in-person theatrical show since March of 2020, and I... Read more Read less

65
For a previous production
Washington Square
West Village
A missed opportunity, Disappointing
March 12th, 2020

See it if You like adaptations of classic novels

Don't see it if You like musicals or upbeat comedies

Also The adaptation of this Henry James novel by the same name left me unde... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Great writing, A play that recalled '12 angry men' in the emotions it elicited, A play made up of universal archetypes we all know intimately, If you've ever lived in a small town, the politics will seem familiar, Exquisite
March 9th, 2020

See it if You like well written & acted plays that comment on the nature of historical collective right and wrong of a community with a dark history.

Don't see it if dialogue heavy plays are not to your liking and you prefer musicals.

Also After I saw this play, I came to the conclusion that it could only hav... Read more Read less

80
Faculty Portrait
West Village
Life-affirming and quietly reassuring that trauma can heal over time, Well written and performed by a cast that does justice to it, A quiet gem of a play
March 7th, 2020

See it if You wish to see the kind of play that tackles the trauma of a school shooting in the quiet routines of the school a year after the tragedy.

Don't see it if The topic of school based violence and shootings is not to your taste. You don't wish to contemplate lives of those who die & those spared.

Also I liked the playwright's approach to writing this play. Mr. DeMers dec... Read more Read less

80
A literal & narrative quilt to find purpose & meaning in injustice, Gets at the heart of an unjust drug laws system: incarceration = slavery, Poignant & raw
March 7th, 2020

See it if want to know what it’s like to live within an unjust drug sentencing system that metes 2jail sentences: long ones for blacks, but not whites

Don't see it if The American Criminal Justice System is not a topic you wish to delve into and explained to you in a very intimate witness & undeniable way

Also Ms. Liza Jessie Peterson is a master orator and story-teller. She mesm... Read more Read less

80
Each of the plays deserved its own staging, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, 2 plays overladen with philosophical and religious content
March 7th, 2020

See it if You enjoy philosophical and faith heavy plays, with two master storytellers' short stories adapted to short plays.

Don't see it if You prefer musicals or plays with lighter topics than man's state of being in the world and what he needs to live by: thinking and love.

Also I enjoyed this philosophy with a dose of faith dual play staging by tw... Read more Read less

60
During previews
The Karamazovs
West Village
None of the characters inspired any emotions, Liked the rich ethnic costumes and the dance choreography, Plot and action felt irrelevant, More focused on theatrical multi-media experimentation
March 5th, 2020

See it if you are interested in experimental theatre.

Don't see it if You expect traditional story-telling.

Also Although I applaud Ms. Brenner's effort at tackling this Russian liter... Read more Read less

92
Two Can Play
Midtown W
From 1970s jamaica to the world: a screaming call to gender equality for womanhood, Must see, Ms. sylvester and mr. rogers' acting is as good as live theatre gets., The set design was the best i've seen in a long time!
March 2nd, 2020

See it if You're a discriminating theatre goer expecting a well-written play, well acted on a beautifully set designed stage w/ great lighting+sound.

Don't see it if You have no interest in seeing a play about a woman's late blooming awakening and emancipation written and set in Jamaica in the 1970s.

Also I expected a much fluffier and funny play than what I saw and experien... Read more Read less

80
Actors had great comic timing and worked very well with each other!, Bring the whole family to this one!, A perfectly cast delightful ensemble cast, Entertaining, Funny
March 1st, 2020

See it if You like comedies and wish to support great regional theatre. Bring your whole family to see. It is old fashioned wholesome entertainment. .

Don't see it if you prefer dramas or musicals instead. Reaching the Queens Theatre venue may require driving, as is not easily reached by public transport.

Also This was a fun way to spend a Saturday evening: going to the Queens Th... Read more Read less

55
The Sickness
Soho/Tribeca
Uncomfortably-numb & compassion-free for 80 minutes, Felt banal and wasteful of acting talent
February 28th, 2020

See it if You’re curious about heroin addiction: a death trip on a long bath tub ride to nowhere, escorted by a Peewee Herman look-alike Grim Reaper.

Don't see it if You don’t like shows that make you feel uncomfortably numb & lacking in compassion for those who stumble into the death spiral of addiction.

Also The story started well enough, with a dramatic bang. But it all went n... Read more Read less

85
A lesson that de-humanizing anyone brings about hate and cruelty, Felt like a slow descent from purgatory to hell, A playwright's warning of the future that might be, Shocking and surreal
February 28th, 2020

See it if you like meaningful theatre with dystopian warnings of the direction our country might take without the intervention of our justice system.

Don't see it if you don't like political theatre which deals head on with the current cruel conditions of detaining undocumented immigrants in private jails

Also Staying after the performance for the talk-back with the stars and the... Read more Read less

70
Economic justice theatre, Informative
February 27th, 2020

See it if You want to know how broken the US Healthcare System really is.

Don't see it if You prefer to see more upbeat and fun shows.

Also The show felt irrelevant to me because it didn’t add anything new to t... Read more Read less

75
Incantata
Chelsea
This production's tone felt different from my reading, Great acting though nothing like i expected!, A low simmering anger seem to blanket the staging of this masterpiece
February 26th, 2020

See it if You like one person poetry performances within a story context.

Don't see it if You prefer more upbeat shows like musicals and comedies.

Also The staging of this poem felt unrecognizable to me. The driving emotio... Read more Read less

85
Great writing, Great ensemble cast acting, Cacophonous, stark and raw, Edgy
February 24th, 2020

See it if you are intrigued about how a playwright tackles the topic of suicide.

Don't see it if the topic doesn't interest you.

Also Playwright Alice Birch uses the technique of contemporaneously having ... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny but dead serious about kant philosophy, Must see, Daring and shockingly original
February 24th, 2020

See it if you want to see original & creative theatre that's inspired by Immanuel Kant's concept of how countries can reach & maintain perpetual peace

Don't see it if you prefer musicals and classic theatre to actors playing dogs aggressively competing for the top job is not your kind of theatre.

Also I was blown away by the reverse personification enacted in this origin... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Rules of Desire
Midtown W
I loved the set and sound design - and the high heat turned the whole room into a pressure cooker!, Appreciated the writing very much, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intelligent
February 23rd, 2020

See it if you want to see a play covering topics like the dynamics of the chain of command that hyde opportunities for abuses of weaker subordinates.

Don't see it if you've no interest in seeing plays about the military and the hornet nest that arises on a ship when five thousand people sexually abstain.

Also I appreciated the twist in the action of this play that changed the wh... Read more Read less

85
During previews
You’ll follow him to the dark corners of his mind, A man's inner voice made manifest, Original, A life deconstructed by mourning, physics, philosophy and literature, Daring in its structure
February 21st, 2020

See it if You like daring one-man shows which explore life sideways through contemplative musings about physics, literature, relationships love & loss

Don't see it if You prefer more upbeat plays unlike this exploring a man's life crisis & mental journey brought on by the loss of his young child to cancer.

Also The description of this theatrical performance piece was vague enough ... Read more Read less

85
Great acting, A timely broadway stage production, Intense, Great writing, Great staging
February 20th, 2020

See it if You like plays about historically accurate racially discriminatory conditions of African-American soldiers leading up to World War II.

Don't see it if You don't like historically inspired detective plays about a black soldier unit in the lead up to America's intervention in Europe's WWII.

Also This is a timely adaptation of the 1982 Pulitzer winning play by Mr. C... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Masterful, The ensemble cast was phenomenal, Loved this show!, Great singing, Exquisite
February 20th, 2020

See it if You like musicals with great songs and storylines. If you are a fan of Bob Dylan's lyrics, this is a can't miss show.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals that take place during the Great Depression, or you expect to recognize the lyrics by Bob Dylan's familiar voice.

Also I'm a long-time fan of Mr. Bob Dylan's song lyrics. I love poetry, and... Read more Read less

80
Funny, poignant & therapeutic, A vivid portrait of extreme narcissism, A biographical exercise in forgiveness and redemption
February 20th, 2020

See it if You like biographical one person shows. You will laugh, you will wince & be moved by the story Ms. Grant shares about life with her mother.

Don't see it if You don't care for biographical one-woman shows.

Also This was a very well written, staged and performed one-woman show. It ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Occupies a space between a concert, a musical and a one-woman play, Clever, Death is never fair but the music is quite good!, An unstructured narrative concert to teach millennials about the finality of life, Unconventional
February 17th, 2020

See it if You like new show formats that challenge convention. Without expectations, you won't be disappointed. A millennial exploration of death.

Don't see it if You have no interest in exploring death as a musical subject. This show's clearly not for everyone but for those willing to hum death along.

Also You have to be in the right frame of mind to see this show. I recently... Read more Read less