TheatreLover311

New York City | Female
About:  A Theatre & Music lover.
Reviews (90)
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

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
Great acting, A timely broadway stage production, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

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

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

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

85
Where We Stand
Upper W Side
A musically rhymed play that used the audience as both jury and brethren, An epic poem to the dynamics of small-town rural living, Original but moved too fast at times

See it if You enjoy well written and masterfully performed one-person plays. Be prepared to hum along and be an active participant from the get go.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person plays that don’t adhere to standard stage and narrative style of performance. You prefer to be a passive audience.

Also This was my first one-person show where much participation was require... Read more Read less

75
Look Back In Anger
East Village
At times intense, at others insipid, A story of disaffected youth who cannibalizes its chance at happiness, From the 1950s cold war to the 2020s new age of anxiety

See it if you like plays about unhealthy relationships, male angst and inability to cope with trauma and grief in a time of high general anxiety.

Don't see it if you don't care for plays about toxic relationships between men and women as well as female relationships that covet the dysfunction you have

Also This play spoke to me of male anger, unresolved childhood grief at a f... Read more Read less

90
American Tranquility
East Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing

See it if You like well-written one man shows that resonate with our current state of affairs. Each of the 4 characters is a recognizable archetype.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows that provoke thoughtful discussions & democratic debate. What you see on the surface isn’t always what you get.

Also With this one man show Mr. Damiano created 4 very recognizable America... Read more Read less

69
Tape
West Village
Relevant, Speaks to the ‘woke’ millennial experience, Thought-provoking, A play worth re-staging, Liked the play, but the acting was uneven

See it if You like to see plays that don’t adhere to stereotypes.

Don't see it if You have no interest in plays that deal with millennial topics such as date rape and drug & alcohol addiction and female empowerment.

Also I really enjoyed watching this play, in spite of its very uneven perfo... Read more Read less

80
Intellectual and ambitious in its quest to disarm global antisemitism, Entertaining, Bridging the cultural and religious divide through humor

See it if You are interested to hear about the nuances of daily life within the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community told with self-effacing humor.

Don't see it if You don’t want to know information about the Orthodox Hasidic Jewish community who by choice and tradition lives with its own strict laws.

Also Mr. Ashley Blaker is a comedian on a mission: to share his experience ... Read more Read less

95
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Speaks eloquent truth to women’s lack of reproductive rights, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Feels like an epic poem to irish womanhood

See it if You feel strongly about women’s reproductive rights and appreciate great writing and acting. You could hear a pin drop. It was that quiet!

Don't see it if You live in a bubble of privilege & abortion or the right of a woman to end a pregnancy legally doesn’t interest you in the least.

Also This two actors play was loosely framed as an epic recited poem dedica... Read more Read less

77
During previews
A misogynistic approach to telling your mother’s story, One of those plays that makes you go: hmmm..., As a lover of the history of science, intriguing...

See it if You like plays that navigate the lives of individuals who contributed to the advancement of the field of human science. There's much to like

Don't see it if You skip quirky familial plays about too many psychologically unresolved issues. This play will make you ask more questions than it answers.

Also I found the playwright's effort at writing this play worth the 90 minu... Read more Read less

90
A name that belongs on all history books, A joyous celebration of an african american self-taught genius, A multi-media thunderous fun fest!!!, Enchanting

See it if You enjoy biographical innovative story-telling told in narrative, drum voices, dynamic dance, and beautiful puppeteering performances.

Don't see it if loud drumming marching band sound and multi-media, creative, original story-telling is not your style.

Also Wow, what an amazing experience seeing this show was! It started with ... Read more Read less

68
Soul Survivor
Greenwich V
Hints of brilliant writing, but still rough as a whole, A comedy in search of its identity: dark or silly, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You are not easily offended or put off by prolonged on stage nudity and references to hell.

Don't see it if Nudity, drug references and simulated gore and violence are not to your liking.

Also I found Mr. Dante Piro’s play spirited and original, though still in a... Read more Read less

70
She Waits
East Village
Speaks to difficulty of creating meaning out of existence, Veers between the absurdist and the despairing of modern living, The feminist millennial generation’s version of ‘waiting for godot’

See it if If you support original theatre with new voices and millennial perspectives.

Don't see it if You don’t easily empathize with life perspectives other than yours.

Also I liked these 3 one-act plays. They felt fresh with the female perspec... Read more Read less

88
Cartography
Midtown W
Profound, Relevant, Soul-baring, Intense

See it if you want to be moved to tears and step into the shoes of a human being running to a better life and away from war & lack of opportunity.

Don't see it if You couldn't care less about the plight of the world's displaced citizens from wars, violence, poverty, natural disasters.

Also Seeing this very well written, produced and acted first hand historica... Read more Read less

85
Boats - trains - walls references to the underworld are all in!!!, Incongruent story lines make great easter eggs for those who pay close attention, An absolute crowd mesmerizer and pleaser!, Original take on a familiar mythological story

See it if You love original musicals

Don't see it if Broadway musicals are not your thing

Also After all the buzz, I finally got a chance to experience what the exci... Read more Read less

72
A sweet-natured and reverent love letter to the world of christmas, Loved the mash-up of 'it's a wonderful life' & 'a christmas carol', 21st century reincarnation of the three stooges, Funny and delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like quirky skit comedy.

Don't see it if You wouldn't be caught dead wearing a colorful and jingly Christmas sweater.

Also I confess: we came to this performance wearing our Christmas sweaters.... Read more Read less

85
Loved the set design and the costumes, Moliere was an evident inspiration of boucicault, Actors had fun with roles and were fun to watch, A great revival theatrical production

See it if You love physical comedies and farces that showcase actors ' physical and verbal comedy skills. ~180 Year old play that is still fresh today

Don't see it if Historical farces are not to your liking

Also I really enjoyed this play. The terrific acting, great set design and ... Read more Read less

95
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Great staging, Yet another brilliant new play from a young and prolific playwright, Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want to see an amazing new play from a master young genius playwright who knows all the crevices of the human condition intimately well.

Don't see it if You don't wish to descend into the mine shafts of your buried emotions.

Also This is a rare play where we become intimately acquainted with the emo... Read more Read less

80
ray gun say0nara
West Village
Delightful cast of 25 in their costumes is why you should see this show!, Too meandering: too easily lose audience's short attention span, The costumes alone could catapult this show into cult-status cosplay!!!, Story needs to be tightened and shortened, Hilarious but long-winded

See it if You like creative, experimental theatre that is not afraid to mash styles, eras, plots, motifs, etc. You are sure to connect with something.

Don't see it if You like predictable plots anchored to reality. A melting pot of Sci-fi is not your preferred theatre diet. BUT the Costumes are worth it!!!

Also I loved, loved, loved Ms. Janet Mervin's costumes. They keep the audie... Read more Read less

85
Where Are We Now
East Village
Mr. ratzke is living his dream, Entertaining, David bowie would still approve, A certified audience seducer!

See it if You love the David Bowie oeuvre, BUT, even if you don't, you will still enjoy the show and all the songs will seem even fresher and relevant

Don't see it if Cabaret and night-club-like music acts are not to your liking.

Also Mr. Sven Ratzke goes beyond paying tribute to the songs of Mr. David B... Read more Read less

65
Interesting, Too jumbled / rough flow from one topic to another, Too many f-bombs, It lacked polish

See it if You want to hear what Mr. Daisey has to say as he makes some good points and offers some insights/warnings into too many topics to mention.

Don't see it if You feel there are way too many people already expressing unwanted opinions in the social media labyrinth of pundits and monologuists.

Also Hmmm...where do I begin? I expected a much more polished and well orga... Read more Read less

80
Wonderful singing and performances!

See it if You love musical theatre.

Don't see it if You want a storyline along with singing. This is strictly a musical review of Mr Maury Yeston's greatest successes.

Also The ensemble cast of five broadway singers delivered a fun and enterta... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You love Paul Simon and appreciate great singing in general. No one will come out of this show disappointed. A great musical tribute concert

Don't see it if You're not into Paul Simon.

Also I loved Mr. Gary Edward Jones's performance. Mr. Paul Simon couldn't h... Read more Read less

75
The actor playing the improv legend needs a strong director's disciplined approach, Holds great potential but still very rough!, A show that is still searching for its true identity: one-man show or ensemble cast?, Needs a professional playwright's intervention

See it if You loved John Belushi the comedian who died too young. The show barely hints at the real man behind the outrageous behavior and drug abuse.

Don't see it if You expect a polished, thoroughly workshopped show. What's on display is still a very rough draft on what could become a good bio-pic film.

Also The Blues band that accompanied this show was so phenomenally good we ... Read more Read less

75
Held my attention like a needy child, Cathartic & numbing at the same time, One marathon therapy session, An intimate actors’ workshop play

See it if You like plays filled with run-of-the mill everyday familial dysfunction. You’ll want to know a lot more about very funny Art Therapist Dave

Don't see it if You’re too preoccupied with your own problems to give a darn about what’s wrong with Tommy. His brother’s disappeared and he’s acting funny.

Also I enjoyed this play, though I confess I felt like a fly on the wall of... 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

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

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

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
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

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

95
During previews
Deserving of a long and successful broadway run!, Tony worthy singing and performances, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you like musicals with very strong, charming and modern female leads based on real life women who were ahead of their time.

Don't see it if you prefer plays to musicals and don't care for issues like equality among the sexes, voting & union rights and american immigration issues.

Also I have not seen past productions of this musical, but from what I read... Read more Read less

95
Border People
Midtown W
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, A great work of journalistic theatre that gives voice to the voiceless

See it if You like journalistic theatre that filters the experience of the every man/woman who deal with cultural and real borders. It’s a must see.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a journalistic style of theatre that gives voice to countless experiences of what it’s like to be an outsider.

Also If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to feel like you don’t belong, ... Read more Read less

95
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, A celebration of what it’s like to be human, Great singing

See it if You understand the terrible injustice done to immigrants who flock to the US for economic reasons & to escape violence.

Don't see it if You don’t want to hear stories of people who risk their life to come to this country.

Also On the eve of a NYC planned ICE raid, a community center is the gather... Read more Read less

88
A brecht mini-fest, Thought-provoking, Timely & highly relevant

See it if You’re a fan of Bertolt Brecht and enjoy plays that air societal ills. Hate in Nazy Germany; present misogyny & a dystopian future scenario.

Don't see it if You veer right politically. You wouldn’t get anything out of these three short but sharp one-act plays which denounce hate and injustice.

Also The first of these 3 one-act plays was Brecht’s “The Jewish Wife”. Wit... Read more Read less

70
The Shadow Box
East Village
Well performed by a talented cast of character actors, Characters as written have not aged well, Seems to speak to those old enough to have been adults in the 70s., A 1977 play whose context is out of focus with today’s modern society

See it if You like revivals of 40+ year-old plays that deal with death with characters who are not particularly easy to like or feel compassion for.

Don't see it if Death is not a topic you wish to be entertained by.

Also This play was written in 1977. And the characters & their stories are ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
A revival that will sweep the 2020 tony awards, The director’s vision is brilliant from every seat in the theatre, A phenomenal cast delivers in every way!!!

See it if You loved the original but are curious about how much better the new one can be with Mr. Bernstein’s same old great score.

Don't see it if New or old make no difference, you have no appreciation for the musical genre.

Also I loved the revival of this musical. I see this as a potential vehicle... Read more Read less

95
Plasticity the Play
West Village
It touches that gap between science and the unknown, Thought-provoking, A one-man show that's crowded with personalities, It felt like a new yorker story come alive!!!

See it if Intellectually stimulating thought provoking stories intrigue and entertain you. Science, ethics, the g-d particle interest you deeply.

Don't see it if you prefer light and fluffy subject matter that doesn't delve on life and death, science, morality.

Also This one-man play is where theatre is heading and the audience approve... Read more Read less

90
Funny, Educational, Entertaining, A true delight for audiences of all ages!

See it if You’re young no matter what your age, but the singing, and comedic acting and beautiful costumes will transport you to 17th century China.

Don't see it if You don’t wish to see a play especially written for an under-10 audience.

Also Seeing this play made me appreciate it as if I were a child. I loved t... Read more Read less

85
During previews
17 Minutes
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, 17 minutes separate a hero and a coward, A study of cowardice on duty, when courage is a required quality for a law enforcement job, Perfectly illustrates what living with ptsd is like, Cathartic

See it if You enjoy plays with ‘ripped-from-the-headlines’ dramatic story-lines.

Don't see it if You get easily overwhelmed watching actors playing distressed characters on stage.

Also This play transported the audience into the mind of a school-based law... Read more Read less

95
One talented actor = 25 years of personal and common world history, Best concept idea / best writing / best staging / best performance, Best one-man show i’ve ever seen!!!

See it if You enjoy original well-written and performed one-man shows.

Don't see it if Seeing talented people perform is not your thing

Also I loved this show so much. It is hard to describe the concept, but if ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Many thought provoking subjects remained unexplored, Playwright went for the easy laughs, Well acted

See it if You are interested in plays that involve family, marriage, aging handled in a light-hearted manner.

Don't see it if light-hearted plays are not to your liking.

Also I applaud yet another play that deals with the baby boomer generation,... Read more Read less

85
Superb and fun ensemble cast performance!, A new musical destined to become a favorite, A wickedly ingenious choreography that will deceive your eyes, A live cinematic experience, A new cyrano custom-made for the millennial crowd

See it if it's too late for this one, but I recommend catching this new musical iteration of an old classic, if and when it will be staged again.

Don't see it if well-written, acted, sung, choreographed and orchestrated musicals based on an old literary classic are not to your liking.

Also I decided to see this show on its last performance, and with patience ... Read more Read less

80
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Thought-provoking, Is this a play? challenges our concept of democracy, Interesting

See it if You follow current events and are a fan of the rule of law and support a strong democracy.

Don't see it if Provocative political performances based on FOIA FBI transcripts disturb your carefully constructed facade that all is okay in the world.

Also I was familiar with the events surrounding the case of a contract ling... Read more Read less

75
Intimate and insightful!

See it if You're a fan of the 1940s actress known professionally as Deanna Durbin who succeeded to make it out of the Hollywood machine alive

Don't see it if You don't like cabaret biographical storytelling and singing about an actress who walked away from fame and fortune & a sure early grave

Also As a child I saw all the movies of Deanna Durbin. I loved her voice, h... Read more Read less

70
A good conversation starter on any human topic that somehow connect to life, love, and death, Felt intimate, confessional and soul baring, No number score on this one, A number score seems inappropriate for this kind of show

See it if you find yourself in a contemplative mood & want to hear an artist's intimate thoughts & reflections on 4 special women in her family circle

Don't see it if you're not the kind of person who likes to reflect on family, relationships, life, illness and our finite time on this planet.

Also This was a very intimate if too brief reflection that focused on Casey... Read more Read less

75
The Listening Room
West Village
Play seems to mainly cater to a ya (young adult) audience, The set-design scores a bull's eye on dystopian sci-fi!, Well-acted by a young and promising acting quintet, Great tumbling fight scenes!

See it if You're a consumer of Young Adult (YA) literature. If you liked The Hunger Games, this play is definitely for you.

Don't see it if Young Adult Dystopian Sci-fi is not to your liking.

Also I lack the gene that makes me appreciate 'dystopian Sci-fi', which I c... Read more Read less

90
Great singing & acting, The orchestra's performance was excellent, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You love Louisa May Alcott's classic novel and enjoy great singing.

Don't see it if You're indifferent to the original novel and musicals are not your thing.

Also I really enjoyed this musical. I read the novel as a teenager and have... Read more Read less

75
Desperate times call for desperate fringe shows: police cops deliver plenty of distractions from the present, Very funny and lovable trio of improv actors, Was it an acid trip or is that ace ventura speaking from his bum cheeks?, Appeals to the teenage boys sloppy blender psyche inside all of us, Raunchy

See it if You could use a one-hour distraction from the exhausting daily headline grabbing political mayhem. You are sure to get mooned into oblivion.

Don't see it if You frown upon silliness and improv comedy. You prefer to stay home and feel sorry for yourself for the total lack of a sense of humor.

Also My teenage son loved this show more than I, for the obvious teenage th... Read more Read less

90
The show that should become a yearly new york city xmas tradition!, Loved it all: the staging, performances, singing, dancing and choreography!, Must see, A very intelligent new york adaptation of the dickens classic, A xmas show that very much deserves a broadway venue

See it if You love a Christmas Carol but are open to seeing it adapted to a New York City Ebenezer Scrooge as a greedy & opportunistic rent slumlord.

Don't see it if Yet another adaptation of Charles Dickens's 'A Christmas Carol' leaves you with a 'buh humbug' feeling of wretchedness.

Also People of all ages who make it a yearly tradition to see a christmas s... Read more Read less

88
Orpheus & Eurydice
Soho/Tribeca
Entertaining, Original, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You like original theatrical performances that descend from a long tradition of oral story-telling of a classic greek mythological story.

Don't see it if You don't like small intimate venues or story-telling blended with re-purposed familiar lyrics fit into the threads of a mythological story.

Also This was a great and refreshing way to reimagine the classic mythologi... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You're a baby boomer, a gen-X-er or a millennial human. This story will either mirror your present circumstance or a probable future one.

Don't see it if You don't like dialogue-heavy plays filled with banter about a father-son family relationship. You don't like plays about aging with dignity

Also There is something to like in this play for everyone. It's about being... Read more Read less

85
She has her funny bone on the pulse of modern society's slow walk to doomsday, Loved her very intelligent songs' lyrics. she should release them singly and in an album, Must see, She deserves and should get her own netflix special!, Funny for its self-deprecating analysis of the state of modern 1st world society!

See it if You're young and tethered to your smart phone. Anya will set you straight on how you're more like a dog on the leash of social networks.

Don't see it if You couldn't care less of 1st world problems & live too inside your own head to care for global climate, political and sociological affairs.

Also Anya and her Russian very talented musician side-kick were refreshing,... Read more Read less