TheatreLover311

New York City | Female
About:  A Theatre & Music lover.
Reviews (104)
65
Washington Square
West Village
A missed opportunity, Disappointing

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

70
Economic justice theatre, Informative

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

85
Great writing, Great ensemble cast acting, Cacophonous, stark and raw, Edgy

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

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

90
During previews
The Minutes
Midtown W
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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