Tina.H

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Reviews (46)
83
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Touching

See it if You want to see a gay life story which is not cliche and relatable to all people who knows love, loss, disappointment, despair and hope.

Don't see it if Some parts in act I are monologues. Some may find it draggy/lacking actions. No ‘twist’ elements. Notion of death of loved ones may trigger.

Also I thought it was another gay tragedy cliche when it was revived off bw... Read more Read less

75
Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Bad staging, Romantic

See it if You haven’t seen any production of this classic. You love Jessie Mueller and her lovely voice. The second act made up for the horrible first

Don't see it if You can’t stand modern(?) staging and choreography choices. Wooden ensemble. No chemistry among many of the actors-miscast?

71
Ambitious, Funny, Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Pros: diverse cast, new interpretation w/ rendered text, farce

Don't see it if Cons: over-acting, new interpretation...don’t think it’s better than the original, don’t like the overly comical tone

76
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Conversational

See it if You love Chekhov plays. You don't mind sitting through a 2h conversational play-1 climax towards the end. You love small, intimate theatre.

Don't see it if You want more actions in the plot-it mostly portrayed characters through endless talks. You prefer lavishing staging.

Also I always love Chekhov plays-you can't go wrong even if the acting is s... Read more Read less

60
Cliched, Disappointing

See it if You're not familiar with ancient Chinese culture and morality, but interested in learning about them. Want to support diversity in theatre.

Don't see it if You're born in an eastern culture environment...Then there is nothing new here. A mixture of Liang Zhu and the story of Chen Shimei together

Also The actors are mostly graduate students which gives this production a ... Read more Read less

83
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Overrated, Absorbing, Weak script

See it if You have some knowledge of the HP world. You want to see a spectacle. It's more Aladdin/Wicked style wise than a traditional play.

Don't see it if You prefer insightful writing and complex characters over visual thrill. But it's still entertaining enough.

Also The good: the whole theater...They should give whoever renovated the t... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a very well written and very well acted play. The pace, the layers of the characters, everything...Just perfect.

Don't see it if You just want some farce. But then...it also got satisfying amount of humor in it.

Also Seriously. Don't miss it. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Lobby Hero
Midtown W
Great acting, Hilarious, Insightful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play that depicts the damages hyper masculinity/aggressiveness caused in our society. Which is very relevant right now.

Don't see it if You prefer more drama or faster pace. The buildup is rather slow but effective. Though the ending is a bit lagging in my opinion.

Also Everybody is wonderful. Love Bel Powley's depiction of this vulnerable... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Exquisite, Great writing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You want to see a show that touches existence issues with subtlety/tenderness. I’m surprised the bitterness and soft undertone mixed up well

Don't see it if You don’t get that British/European subtlety. Some details are easy to miss if you don’t do some thinking. Or you don’t like period set.

Also This is really good. The set, the costume, the writing, the cast, the ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Entertaining, Cliched, Great staging, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if Gorgeous staging and delightfully amazing performance. A fairytale it is. It’s an entertaining, family friendly piece. Like Aladdin etc.

Don't see it if The only flaw was the story which I couldn’t care less about since it’s so shallow/cliched/stupid. No substance here.

82
During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Great band!, Delightful, Romantic

See it if You want to see a not so typical Broadway show. Unique Middle East music, universal theme-human connection. Boy the band was stunning.

Don't see it if You only respond to flashy story/ravishing numbers/extravagant set etc. This one is small, simple, but beautiful in its own way.

Also Especially I love the last number - "Answer Me". It was so beautiful a... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Energetic

See it if You want to have a fun midsummer night(excuse the pun). This is the most enthusiastic production I've seen with sparkling energy. Go see it.

Don't see it if You want to see something more substantial. It's a light comedy after all.

Also This is really great. Every role was well casted and well performed. B... Read more Read less

85
Aladdin (Broadway)
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if You want to see a family friendly long run that's still fresh and energetic. Beautiful, inventive staging and brilliant acting/singing.

Don't see it if You prefer substance to entertainment. A traditional Disney show it is.

77
During previews
My Eyes Went Dark
Midtown E
Great acting, Relevant, Dark, Ambitious, Slow

See it if You want to see a dark, serious drama with several intense scenes and especially a very strong female lead (the other one was great too).

Don't see it if You can't bear loud sound effect or strobe-ish light. Or you don't want to experience grief, depression or vengeance 90% time.

Also I saw this on June 11th. This is a two-person show with great acting. ... Read more Read less

79
The Lucky One
Midtown W
Dated, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Intelligent, Delightful

See it if You like good old British drawing room plays. It's about sibling rivalry in upper class, miscommunication and such. Great costumes.

Don't see it if You prefer short, intense plays. This is 2 hours long and got that British subtlety, not very dramatic. Felt acting could be more layered.

Also I love Mint with its rarely revived plays. Felt like browsing through ... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Great acting, Quirky, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You'd enjoy an absurd, b-movie styled yet delightfully satirical, humorous and entertaining production.

Don't see it if You want something serious and realistic. The acting and storyline are a bit more dramatized for the ridicule effects.

Also Just right amount of absurdity, very brilliantly done. The mother was ... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if You'd like to see an interesting take on how different choices, attitude and personality can affect one's life. And you love dark-ish humor.

Don't see it if You prefer in-your-face plays that have intense drama. This one is rather subtle. Or you expect a definitive standpoint from the material.

Also This one tackles some very interesting and important issues in a somew... Read more Read less

77
Seven Spots on the Sun
West Village
Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Spiritual

See it if You are open to metaphors(or magical realism?) and mysterious spiritual principles(read: karma). And willing to be educated a bit and think.

Don't see it if You expect something much lighter than exploring death/birth, war/peace, resentment/forgiveness etc.

Also I thought the best part was the script. Very beautiful words. But it's... Read more Read less

40
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if You want to see a new take on fairytale characters and would chuckle to sex jokes. And support young students in theatre.

Don't see it if You're expecting more than a high-school-ish production. And enjoy a sensible storyline.

Also To be fair the acting was quite good. And I like the idea of interview... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Refreshing

See it if You want to see new and dashing materials in traditional-ish settings-music, staging etc.

Don't see it if You are a Mormon? Or you are uncomfortable with vulgar filthy mouth-even that's for comedic purposes.

75
Cats
Midtown W
Great dancing, Fluffy, Disappointing, For kids, Catchy music

See it if You have kids then probably they would love it. If you are into tap dance, it got some great sequences(a highlight for me).

Don't see it if Boring, boring, boring. I nearly fell to sleep. Barely any storyline, endless hairy cats perform solo/dual etc. More like spectacular thingy

91
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Profound, Great acting, Epic, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if Glenn Close fans, rally up! If you are into profound character development and tragedies then this is for you. Music was superb.

Don't see it if You HATE orchestra on stage(I mean, come on! Although the 40-pieces music was brilliant) or prefer the full staging of original run.

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Must see

See it if Of course, Bette Midler fans must see. And if you are into old fashioned musicals, great dance sequences and a strong ensemble.

Don't see it if You would not like it too much if you are more "artsy" and looking for much artistic values. But you would still be entertained, guaranteed.

82
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if Superb acting by Glenda Jackson. Laurie Metcalf is also great but can’t compare. Astonishing staging.

Don't see it if The story might not resonate with someone in their early years. Story of one’s life, not complex relationships among different characters.

73
Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Come and have a good laugh!-this looks like the show’s spirit and I absolutely love it. Sci-fi setting for us quirks. Love Tom Roe.

Don't see it if You want a traditional play. This is more like a comedy show with plot.

82
Conflict
Midtown W
Great costume, Dated, Enchanting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You‘re into British dramas about 1920s social movement. And always the fine costume/staging at the Mint.

Don't see it if You want to see something more modern. Although it’s dated in some bits it is surprisingly intelligent and relevant even in today’s world.

82
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging, Slow

See it if I went to the final dress rehearsal. If you haven't seen any production of this remarkable musical then by all means go.

Don't see it if This one sticks to the original staging/dialogue etc so don't expect many changes. The talking part dragged, just as it did in other prod...

Also The simple but powerful staging still gives me thrills although it's 4... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Intense

See it if Top notch acting and writing. An 80s American society panorama. Politics, relationships, religion, eternal struggle and hope at all times.

Don't see it if You just want to have fun. It is not entertainment, it's art and it's heavy work for the mind and emotion even for the audiences.

Also If you haven't seen it, by all means go. And read the script after. It... Read more Read less

82
During previews
Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Disappointing, Some great acting

See it if you haven't seen the original/film/other revivals. A classic it is, the astounding staging and beautiful costumes alone worth the see.

Don't see it if the ending's changed-though I don't hate it and it's more realistic actually, it makes the whole thing weirdly unbalanced. Weak female lead.

Also For me the highlights: first and foremost, Norbert LB! He was such a s... Read more Read less

78
Shooter
Midtown W
Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a downtown-feel play that deals with imminent issues in our society. The writing and the thoughts put into it really shines.

Don't see it if The flaws: acting was sometimes wooden and/or uneven, the pace was a bit slow, the ending monologue felt forced though beautiful.

76
Great staging, Refreshing, Entertaining, Innovative, Great acting

See it if An intimate/immersive production, minimal props, modern costumes, great acting(esp. Christopher Ryan Grant), clever use of music/puppet

Don't see it if You prefer a full, traditional production.

82
During previews
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant

See it if A political thriller w/ some witty lines and a twist. Kudos to Uma, Josh, Blair and Pippa. Actings were impeccable. Love the transition.

Don't see it if You just want some escape not constant reminder of the current political environment.

Also This is a very interesting piece. So contemporary but not boring, cumb... Read more Read less

76
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Great writing, Profound, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Lacking

See it if A play that's profound and honest with all the issues it addressed. An example of how to do "mysterious east" perspective the right way.

Don't see it if The set was innovative, but not effective. The acting(especially the lines) sometimes fell flat. I didn't see chemistry b/w the two leads.

Also The set. Oh boy it's not disastrous but worse enough. I felt Clive Owe... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Great costume, Great staging

See it if you want to see a rarely revived period drama about dysfunctional rich British family and its inescapable fate. Awesome costume and staging.

Don't see it if Seriously, don't. I guess it's not revived much for a reason. The pace is killing me and it said absolutely nothing although tried so hard.

Also Casts were great, costumes were beautiful and the staging was wonderfu... Read more Read less

83
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Enchanting, Exquisite, Confusing, Edgy, Great dancing

See it if you are into immersive theatre and abstract dance. It's a unique experience-the birth scene was a highlight.

Don't see it if You have problems with strobe light, have mobility issues or expect to see a linear, complete plot.

Also Tips: ... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Hilarious, Profound, Long

See it if You love Shakespeare plays(with the original text! Modern costumes though). And you want to see brilliant acting and staging.

Don't see it if You can't stand (very) long plays. It's 3.5 hours with 2 intermissions. But then again, it's Hamlet. Or you haven't read Hamlet before.

Also This production got everything in it. Light comedy and serious drama m... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Invincible
Midtown E
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a social commentary about class, political standing, lifestyle and relationship with layered, believable acting.

Don't see it if You have a hard time understanding northern England accent like Manchester accent. Or you don't like morally ambiguous characters.

Also This is a great piece that has everything about the imminent issues of... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if you haven't seen The Seagull, or other Chekhov plays before. You like small, intimate downtown theatre and a bit innovative staging.

Don't see it if You want to see full staging or well balanced acting.

Also The staging was not extravagant but very effective. You would feel lik... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Relevant, Slow, Ambitious, Banal

See it if You'd like to see a modern version of a classic and don't mind some parts not adapted well to the metro city high school setting.

Don't see it if You prefer original dialogue/set/costume etc. And aren't a fan of direct address to audience by a narrator.

Also The acting was good, nothing outstanding though. The idea of modernizi... Read more Read less

90
Costume, Set design, Video record, Script, Poster

See it if You want to know more about Broadway history and production details such as costumes, set design models/drafts, scripts, posters, videos etc

Don't see it if You want to see a play/musical. It's an exhibition.

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if You are eager to see some great solo acting and are prepared to be emotionally exhausted after the show.

Don't see it if You don't like very basic staging or prefer interactions between actors to one-woman show.

Also Wow. I thought I digged up a hidden gem here. Sophie Melville was fant... Read more Read less

81
Enchanting, Romantic, Exquisite, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You love a good romance story-with dramatic yet relatable characters. Or love beautiful period costumes and staging. Music was great.

Don't see it if You want to see breakthrough performance. Staging, costume, music, lyrics, all fantastic-but I'm not very engaged. Acting could be better.

78
Wicked (NYC)
Midtown W
Hilarious, Great staging, Delightful, Creative, Cliched

See it if You are a teenager or in early 20s then you might feel more related to it. Also if you are a hardcore fan of the oz. Staging was stunning.

Don't see it if You like the original roles better(I know, not fair to compare the newcomers to Kristin and Idina) or not fan of teenage struggle thingy.

82
War Paint
Midtown W
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Mediocre writing

See it if Patti and Christine! An opportunity not to be missed. Patti was fantastic and at her best voice-wise. Wonderful costumes.

Don't see it if The music was bland(other than "Pink"), the dance sequences repetitive, story need to be polished more(I would love to see more Revlon).

85
Absorbing, Dated, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You are into mega-musical then good to go. Melodrama but with much depth character and theme wise. Dramatic emotions will move you to tears.

Don't see it if You are looking for comedic other than serious tone. And not a huge fan of extravagant staging. The viewpoint still so WRONG, so watch out.

Also Keep in mind there could be some very rude people near you. A bunch of... Read more Read less

90
Great singing, Great staging, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite

See it if You are someone into lavish staging and immersive experience, with beautiful voices and a sensational touch.

Don't see it if You are more traditional character-story people and looking for complex characters and emotions.