TheAureaT

New York City | 35-49 | Female

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Reviews (67)
90
Intense, Profound, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking
December 28th, 2022

See it if you are ok being confronted with difficult questions about morality and your own belief system, you are open to exploring ambiguity

Don't see it if you are triggered by descriptions of or conversations about pedophilia and pederasty, you're looking for a feel-good piece....this is not it

Also This has been widely praised across the board, and with good reason. I... Read more Read less

79
The Far Country
Chelsea
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
December 28th, 2022

See it if you are interested in often overlooked aspects of American history involving immigration, you want to see some amazing acting.

Don't see it if you want to see something that's a bundle of laughs, you don't have patience

Also I really liked this show, and I was sad to see that the theatre was on... Read more Read less

74
Great singing, Dated, Delightful
December 16th, 2022

See it if you like old-fashioned Christmas shows, you want to see something short and sweet that gets you in a holiday mood.

Don't see it if you're interested in something plot-based with an actual story, if you are already over Christmas and Christmas musice3

Also This is a sweet show, but completely forgettable. The Christmas music ... Read more Read less

76
During previews
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
November 4th, 2022

See it if you enjoy intense two-handers, stories about young love (or what passes for love), plays that introduce lesser-known aspects of history.

Don't see it if you are triggered by someone saying "Heil Hitler," you don't have the patience to sit through a gradual, subtle unfolding of character.

Also I found this play to be thought-provoking and intriguing. The lead act... Read more Read less

69
Dizzying, Great acting, Masterful, Edgy, Confusing
October 9th, 2022

See it if you have a familiarity with the subject matter and you want to see a solo actor engage in a stunning feat of making the senseless make sense

Don't see it if you need a story arc, any sort of cohesive plot, or even actual recognizable characters. I would consider this intellectual experimentation.

Also I went into this show pretty much blind. I'm not familiar with the ori... Read more Read less

94
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing
October 9th, 2022

See it if you want to see two masterful actors playing off each other flawlessly, if you appreciate difficult topics being addressed unflinchingly.

Don't see it if you want to keep everything light and fluffy, if you'd rather pretend that racial trauma and generational trauma are not a thing.

Also I've read this play multiple times and seen it produced regionally, so... Read more Read less

85
Intense, Great acting, Entertaining
April 20th, 2022

See it if you can deal with pitch-black dark comedy, you are ready for some masterful and nuanced acting dealing with difficult topics, you love MLP.

Don't see it if you are triggered by sexual abuse, grooming, pedophilia, or anything like that. If you are expecting something lighthearted and fun.

Also Woof. No matter what, this play is a tough one. The acting is pretty b... Read more Read less

75
Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking
April 20th, 2022

See it if you like Camille A. Brown's work, you are interested in movement-based theatre

Don't see it if you are expecting something plot-based, or even character based. This piece is often characterized as a choreo-poem.

Also I was pleasantly surprised when I heard that this was being mounted on... Read more Read less

79
Quirky, Relevant, Great acting
April 1st, 2022

See it if You’re interested in political maneuvering, meditations on America’s troubled history, you love Austin Pendleton.

Don't see it if You’re not in the mood to listen to people talk…it is A LOT of talking.

Also First, Austin Pendleton is a national treasure. All of his acting choi... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
October 22nd, 2021

See it if You enjoy plays that ask you to consider the grey shades of right and wrong.

Don't see it if You need to escape from the gruesome reality of this political moment. This play forces you to consider true uncomfortable individual choice

Also I was very impressed by the technical aspects of this play— I loved th... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
September 30th, 2019

See it if you like seeing actor-centric work. These are three clearly accomplished artists plying their craft. The nuance they capture is amazing.

Don't see it if You are triggered by infidelity. If you are annoyed by long scenes or a lot of talking that demands you actually pay attention.

Also I've never seen any Pinter onstage before, and I thought this was a lo... Read more Read less

69
Dust
East Village
Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Edgy, Clever
September 21st, 2019

See it if I saw it because I read the review in the New York Times and because I am interested in one-person shows. I was disappointed on the whole.

Don't see it if You are triggered by suicide, strobe lights, direct address to the audience, incoherent plots, unnecessary fixation on vaginal penetration.

Also Having read the New York Times review prior to buying my tickets, I al... Read more Read less

77
During previews
Intelligent, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
July 23rd, 2019

See it if you're interested in theatrical adaptations of works of literature, you think that it's important for black authors to receive wider regard

Don't see it if you are turned off by implied violence, you are triggered by systemic racism, you can't follow non-linear timeline action, you want comedy

Also I was really excited to see this, and I am stunned that The Acting Co.... Read more Read less

75
Dying City
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting
July 1st, 2019

See it if you are interested in seeing one character play two different characters, but not very well. You are interested in the implications of PTSD

Don't see it if you need fireworks and special effects. This is literally two actors talking onstage for 90 minutes. Some of it is interesting.

Also I had read this play before but never seen it. My first thought upon l... Read more Read less

85
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Clever
June 23rd, 2019

See it if you are a fan of classic works reimagined, if you want to see some really fine acting, if you feel lost and want theatrical commiseration.

Don't see it if you hate direct address and/or audience involvement, if you value action over discourse, if you hate Chekhov to begin with.

Also I'm a fan of Wheelhouse Theatre already, and this production did not d... Read more Read less

79
Public Servant
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Thought-provoking
June 14th, 2019

See it if You like theater based in realism where characters explore relevant issues like abortion, women's relationships with their bodies, power

Don't see it if you don't enjoy moral quandaries. Definitely don't see it if you are rigid in a solidly pro-life stance.

Also I was very pleasantly surprised by this play. I didn't know what to ex... Read more Read less

82
Queen of Hearts
Brooklyn
Raunchy, Edgy, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful
May 26th, 2019

See it if you're up for a titillating night of sexy circus arts and dance.

Don't see it if you want more than a passing thematic connection to Alice in Wonderland.

Also I've seen several of Company XIV's productions now, and they are, with... Read more Read less

79
BLKS
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Raunchy, Edgy, Entertaining
May 21st, 2019

See it if you want to support more mainstream theater that celebrates diverse stories, if you like seeing fresh young talent onstage

Don't see it if you are bothered by sex, sexiness, smart black women, queerness, etc etc.

Also Full disclosure-- I am friends with an actor in this cast so I may be ... Read more Read less

74
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great staging
April 26th, 2019

See it if you enjoy the artistry of solo shows, you are interested in the current conversation about the fluidity of borders

Don't see it if you need bells and whistles, you want something with an actual cohesive story-- this show is more vignettes falling under a topical heading

79
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Great acting, Dizzying
April 4th, 2019

See it if you do not care about plot, like, at all.

Don't see it if you have control issues or you absolutely need things to make sense. You don't want to risk being showered with sand.

Also This play is so unusual, and it wouldn't ordinarily be my cup of tea, ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Vilna
Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Thought-provoking
March 18th, 2019

See it if you are interested in historical drama, the Holocaust, how history can teach us lessons about the present and the future

Don't see it if you need razzle dazzle. The play is pretty bleak with a simple set and not much in the way of bells and whistles.

Also I went to see this play because I had several friends performing in it... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
February 3rd, 2019

See it if you like intimately staged Shakespeare, you like Shakespeare at all-- because this production is exceptional for an off-off Broadway space.

Don't see it if you want some distance between yourself and the action, you don't want to travel to Queens, you are tapped out on watching Shakespeare

Also This was one of my favorite productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream t... Read more Read less

77
Juliet + Romeo
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Funny, Quirky
January 24th, 2019

See it if you are interested in fresh takes on Shakespeare, you find teenage angst compelling

Don't see it if you mind walking up 4 flights of rickety stairs to see a show, you're expecting polish, you prefer your Shakespeare to be traditional

Also The conceit of this story is that a young teenage girl who is sufferin... Read more Read less

75
During previews
God Said This
West Village
Cliched, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Emotional
January 24th, 2019

See it if you like three-tissue family dramas, you want to support Asian-American playwrights and actors

Don't see it if you are triggered by plays dealing with cancer, a parent's imminent death, 12-step programs and alcoholism, incontinence. Lots of triggers.

Also Watching this play was an interesting experience. Being Asian-American... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Blue Ridge
Chelsea
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intense
January 3rd, 2019

See it if you're interested in the different ways people express and work through their trauma, you want to see some grade-A acting across the board.

Don't see it if onstage sex acts bother you, if you are turned off by 12-step programs, you don't like to listen to a lot of talking about hard stuff

Also I REALLY enjoyed this one, up until the very, very end. I thought the ... Read more Read less

70
Selkie
East Village
Edgy, Confusing, Quirky
December 20th, 2018

See it if you are into fever-dream, magical realism where seals can be women and every hotel room looks exactly alike except for where the bed is.

Don't see it if You need a clear-cut linear plot with fully-fleshed out, well-rounded characters. You are turned off by implied drug use.

Also Krista Knight's play was interesting, but also inscrutable. If you wer... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Noura
Midtown W
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking
December 4th, 2018

See it if you are interested in timely productions that deal with current events, you like strong female protagonists

Don't see it if you need flashy theatricals. This show is a lot of talking about a lot of complex subject matter.

Also I saw this while it was still in previews at Playwrights Horizons, so ... Read more Read less

90
Nutcracker Rouge
Brooklyn
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Raunchy, Exquisite
December 1st, 2018

See it if you want to watch beautiful people doing amazing things with their bodies, you enjoy spectacle, you have a sense of humor

Don't see it if you're lame, you hate people who have muscles and no body fat, you're scared of sexiness

Also I've been to Company XIV's new venue twice now, and it continues to as... Read more Read less

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky
September 23rd, 2018

See it if you like to see casts of kickass women onstage, you like queer-centric stories, you have a silly side, you have a crush on Lea DeLaria

Don't see it if you're solidly homophobic, you need a linear plot that makes perfect sense, you hate when actors break the 4th wall and talk to the audience

Also I had a GREAT time watching this show, for the most part. There were m... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Confusing, Entertaining, Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting
September 22nd, 2018

See it if you are interested in experimental theatre, you have deep abiding love for either of the works being used, you don't mind weird.

Don't see it if you prefer straightforward, linear plots and ideas; you don't want to have to think too hard;

Also I've wanted to see a Bedlam show for a long time, but this is the firs... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Unraveled
Midtown W
Slow, Indulgent, Sentimental
September 2nd, 2018

See it if You like fairly straightforward family tearjerker type stuff. Might appeal to fans of the TV shows Parenthood and This Is Us

Don't see it if You’re looking for anything groundbreaking. If you’re triggered by people dealing with cancer or dementia

Also I saw the second preview of this show, so odds are that it will improv... Read more Read less

85
Surfacing
Lower E Side
Quirky, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing
August 16th, 2018

See it if you like character-driven, dark comedies dealing with interpersonal relationships, you have a love-hate relationship with your sister.

Don't see it if you are scared of examinations of mental illness and suicidal tendencies, you are offended by casual sex, you hate millenials.

Also This play was surprisingly robust for a short-run festival. The bag is... Read more Read less

79
The Gentleman Caller
West Village
Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Romantic
May 26th, 2018

See it if you are titillated by long, drawn-out seductions; you are a fan of Tennessee Williams and/or William Inge; you like to listen.

Don't see it if you want more action and less talking, you are opposed to gay romance, you get bored when nothing happens

Also I really enjoyed this, but it almost seems to me like Dawkins might ha... Read more Read less

79
During previews
The Metromaniacs
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Intelligent
April 16th, 2018

See it if you love witty word-play, jokes coming so fast that you miss a dozen if you spend a second trying to figure out that last one.

Don't see it if you have no patience for rhyming, witty or not, you are looking for depth or sincerity, you are annoyed by period pieces

Also I wasn't sure what to expect from this David Ives farce, but I did tho... Read more Read less

85
This Flat Earth
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant
April 14th, 2018

See it if you enjoy fresh, timely theater that examines what is happening in our world now. If you are ready to laugh and cry at the same time.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch characters confront dark, complicated emotions. If you are turned off by anything having do to with shootings.

Also I think this play deals with the current topic of gun violence in scho... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Slow, Romantic, Thought-provoking
April 4th, 2018

See it if you love Joshua Jackson. He's just as charming as always. Or if you are a champion of the underserved and underrepresented.

Don't see it if you have a short attention span or need pacing to move quickly. If you are made uncomfortable be people struggling to overcome obstacles.

Also I really wanted to like this. The show is advertised as running 2:35, ... Read more Read less

75
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Relevant
March 9th, 2018

See it if you like fresh takes on old stories, you enjoy seeing good work produced on a shoestring budget

Don't see it if you're expecting to see a recreation of the movie "Troy," you prefer when classical text stays classical

Also This play has a lot of potential, which was not quite realized by its ... Read more Read less

65
Cliched, Fluffy, Funny
November 19th, 2017

See it if You're in the mood for light-hearted escapism that requires zero thinking, you love music from the 50s and 60s, you don't care about plot.

Don't see it if You desire depth or realism, you have an aversion to bright colors and high pitched squeals/screeches, you get bored with repetitive jokes.

Also This isn't bad, for what it is. The ladies in the cast are obviously t... Read more Read less

60
Lost and Guided
East Village
Slow, Intense
August 7th, 2017

See it if You enjoy devised theatre informed by real-life interviews, you want more information about the Syrian refugee crisis.

Don't see it if You prefer plot-based and scripted theatre, you're in the mood for a comedy.

Also The play, while socially relevant and timely, was a slog to get throug... Read more Read less

65
Confusing, Indulgent, Intense, Relevant, Dizzying
July 28th, 2017

See it if you enjoy seeing American classics reworked and reimagined in ways that may or may not serve the script, you think weird is good.

Don't see it if you prefer more straightforward treatment of the classics, you think directors should leave well enough alone

Also I wanted to like this, but there is just way too much going on. If The... Read more Read less

73
In a Word
West Village
Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Wordy, Dark
June 21st, 2017

See it if you enjoy absurdist elements in your family dramas, you're into weird wordplay or child abduction mysteries, you love Laura Ramadei's acting

Don't see it if adults playing kids bothers you, if you have an aversion to cramped or uncomfortable seating, you like metaphors to make sense.

Also This show is fairly short-- less than 90 minutes, which is good, becau... Read more Read less

79
During previews
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging
June 19th, 2017

See it if you enjoy challenging and potentially disturbing theater, you are a fan of the book, you want to see how much worse it can get.

Don't see it if you are negatively affected by bright, flashing lights. I am incredibly surprised that they didn't have a warning about this in the lobby.

Also This is a difficult show to score because I wouldn't say it was enjoya... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Intense, Riveting
May 8th, 2017

See it if you have an interest in how the human mind works. You are fascinated by mentalists, psychic manipulation, hypnosis, the power of suggestion

Don't see it if you're expecting a play or something involving a plot. This is much more akin to a magic show involving lots of audience participation.

Also I had an absolute blast watching this show, and I recommended it to se... Read more Read less

60
Our Trojan War
Brooklyn
Confusing, Great staging, Relevant, Slow, Thought-provoking
May 4th, 2017

See it if you enjoy comparing ancient Greek epics to modern-day conflicts, if you don't think cohesive plots or linear story lines are important.

Don't see it if you tend to tune out when there is no driving action on stage, if you prefer concrete characters.

Also I think the premise of this project was interesting, but ultimately un... Read more Read less

90
¡Figaro! (90210)
Midtown W
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Relevant, Funny
April 11th, 2017

See it if You enjoy seeing classic works modernized and reworked. You are interested in a marriage between opera and musical theatre.

Don't see it if You are an opera purist. If raunchy, broad humor bothers you. If you are looking for subtlety or realism.

Also i know Mozart's original work well enough to appreciate the finesse wi... Read more Read less

69
Slow, Disappointing
March 26th, 2017

See it if You like intimate spaces and/or Shakespeare in modern dress. See it if you want to get up close and personal with Austin Pendleton.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to tight, uncomfortable seating. If you dislike poorly executed Shakespeare. You can't tolerate shows over 3 hours long.

Also This is the second Shakespeare I have seen at The Secret Theatre, both... Read more Read less

79
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Entertaining, Clever, Epic, Indulgent, Intense
March 25th, 2017

See it if You are dying to see Glenn Close in sparkly robes and turbans. If you love Andrew Lloyd Webber. If you aren't looking for huge spectacle.

Don't see it if You expect any actual depth or real human emotion. If all you can afford is a super-far balcony seat. This would have been better up close

Also I saw Close in this in the mid-'90s, and it pains me to say it, but I ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Bull in a China Shop
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
February 22nd, 2017

See it if You want to see a fresh take on women's rights and how different women fought for them. This is shockingly relevant, considering.

Don't see it if You are bothered by sapphic love, non-traditional casting, and bare-bones production values. The set is non-existent.

Also I am surprised the current score for this show is so low. I thoroughly... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Beardo
Brooklyn
Riveting, Raunchy, Quirky, Great singing, Great acting
February 9th, 2017

See it if you are into irreverent, historically-inspired musicals. This musical is not for the faint of heart-- murder, sex, infidelity, power grabs.

Don't see it if You are bothered when you don't have a clear sightline 100% of the time. The seating is flat because it's being staged in a church.

Also This show was SO much fun. The performers' enjoyment was palpable and ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting
February 5th, 2017

See it if You enjoy dark, dark comedy. This is typical McDonagh-- funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. The actors are amazingly specific.

Don't see it if Your ears are lazy and you don't want to have to decipher heavy Irish accents. Family violence, abuse, and in-fighting turns your stomach.