ToastTheKnowing

Yonkers | 35-49 | Female
About:  In my own private Idaho. Shan't be gone long. You come too. A Bonnie and caretaker to the long-running 56 yo (in blog years) Irish Stage NYC.
Reviews (43)
90
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of the Talking Heads

Don't see it if You are expecting a theatrical experience. This is basically a concert.

85
During previews
Must see, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy historical plays with wit and a bit of the unexpected. A must see to add to your Shavian checklist

Don't see it if You like your history plays straight up

81
Little Gem
Chelsea
Well directed, Quirky, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You love Marsha, Marsha, Marsha Mason. She and the other actresses elevate well worn material

Don't see it if Alternating monologues are not your thing. The lack of interaction, at least in the beginning, can be trying

75
Little Women
West Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Banal, Absorbing

See it if You want to revisit this streamlined classic. Production highlights the feminism of the original work.

Don't see it if You find Jo March annoying. She’s doubly so here. Beth is exponential as well

85
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You are a Malloy fan. Some of the songs are reminiscent of Great Comet

Don't see it if You are impatient with musicals

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Open to visceral, immersive theater. And if you are a Cillian Murphy fan! Performance of a lifetime

Don't see it if Looking for linear plot and more deliberate pacing. Very loud and a bit overproduced

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy immersive theatre

Don't see it if If classic musicals are sacrosanct

90
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Immersive theatre delights you

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with the source material.

90
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You want some Beckett without the spoonful of medicine. Funny without trivializing the weighty issues

Don't see it if You like your Godot with celebrity actors. This is more in line with original intent than Sir Pat Stew & co’s comedy

85
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Entertaining

See it if you have an interest in Irish history and theater

Don't see it if You have little tolerance for accents or rambling family dramas

90
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing

See it if You love Stoppard, James Joyce or great acting

Don't see it if Realism and subtlety is more what you like

75
Hangmen
Chelsea
Entertaining, Indulgent, Overrated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You’re anxious to add to your McDonagh library and the set design is fabulous. There’s potential here but ultimately disappointing.

Don't see it if Impatient with thick accents or you want to stay with McDonagh’s better plays. This is a B effort

90
Ballyturk
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if If you want to be challlenged

Don't see it if You hate the word Beckettian

60
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating

See it if Want to see a lead actress's profile in courage. Nothing else of worth here except the onstage musicianship

Don't see it if Value your time. This is a complete disappointment considering who is involved (looking at you DB).

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Must see

See it if You enjoy something completely different. This is an electro pop opera that is truly a spectacle in the positive sense of the word.

Don't see it if The literalness/literariness of the lyrics will bother you. The characters refer to themselves in the third person & this can be distancing

90
Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy dark humor and if you are patient with broad accents and stagy Irish characters

Don't see it if You are squeamish or if the Quiet Man is your favorite movie

96
During previews
The Dork Knight
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You have an interest in how pop culture frames conversations about larger issues in life

Don't see it if You have no interest in Batman

85
For a previous production
Crackskull Row
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if If you enjoy dark comedy, you want to be challenged.and you like to analyze themes and motifs

Don't see it if If you prefer a linear structure and don't think much of updated Oedipal themes

85
Romantic, Must see, Great staging, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if If you haven't added this classic musical to your bucket list. Beautifully staged and a trip to Lincoln Center at that. Much better than TSq

Don't see it if If you're not wearing waterproof mascara. You won't have any make up left after the March of the Siamese children

90
Shining City
Chelsea
Great staging, Great writing, Original, Resonant, Exquisite

See it if You want to see a better version than the Broadway one of ten years ago

Don't see it if Lots and lots of unfinished sentences bother you

85
Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Relevant

See it if If you want to see Gabriel Byrne at his finest

Don't see it if A show longer than 90 minutes no intermission isn't for you

90
The School for Scandal
West Village
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Must see, Great acting

See it if If you are interested in classical theater

Don't see it if If you are impatient with character and plot setup

80
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You need to add to your Brian Friel bucket list or even if you don’t. Beautifully written and well performed

Don't see it if Alternating monologues are not your thing and you have no patience for uneven accents

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if You’ve seen this play done before. Fresh take on the Benedick Beatrice battle.

Don't see it if You have little patience with outdoor theater. A little hard to hear from the last row. But we know the story, right?

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You are open to a folk and jazz musical. Not your typical bway songs

Don't see it if You’re not patient with storytelling.

90
Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if You love immersive theater and welcome a fresh look at a classic

Don't see it if You like your icons treated with careful reverence

90
Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You’re a HP fan, of course, but it stands on its own as a theatre accomplishment

Don't see it if Looking for high fidelity to the HPverse. This is more about loving the theater

90
Ambitious, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful

See it if You are interested in Irish theatre, any theatre in fact. Rarely staged play. O’Casey’s first & relevant today with its nationalist theme

Don't see it if Accents and/or melodrama aren’t your thing

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if Want a little boost in the Christmas spirit. Beautiful staged and the carol singing is lovely

Don't see it if You can’t take a little sentimentality in your Christmas cup

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You have a checklist of Irish masterworks that needs to be completed

Don't see it if You’re impatient. It’s very talky and it can sometimes feel a bit long

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You’re a romantic

Don't see it if One person show is not your thing

80
Innit
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You’re interested in coming of age stories, everyone's, not just your own

Don't see it if If you find teenage angst a bit tiresome

80
During previews
Great staging, Intelligent, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You don’t want to miss a chance at a classic Lerner and Lowe with an update that GB Shaw would have condoned

Don't see it if You can’t look past the Audrey Hepburn Eliza Doolittle

90
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are interested in an early work by a genius playwright always experimenting with narrators and their storytelling

Don't see it if You don’t like accents and experimental language and movement

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if Love Mark Rylance

Don't see it if If you are inpatient with period pieces

85
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant

See it if If you are familiar with the expressionism of this rarely produced O'Neill play. Creatively staged

Don't see it if You like your plays more literal

70
Ambitious, Overrated, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You want to see spectacle

Don't see it if You have little tolerance for repetition. Although the stars worked very hard & were obviously talented, this was too familiar and overdon

93
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if If you have the slightest interest in what all the buzz is about

Don't see it if I can't think of a single reason why someone should not go

86
Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if If you're interested in classic comedy and origin stories for the great comic characters in theater

Don't see it if Have no patience for mistake identity stories

85
Quietly
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Poignant, Provocative

See it if If you are interested in the lingering Troubles in Northern Ireland

Don't see it if If you like current rather than past action

95
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are not even a fan of Jane Austen. This adaptation works on every level.

Don't see it if You're impatient with silliness

70
Sleep No More
Chelsea
Ambitious, Dizzying, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You're adventurous and have a broad definition of theater

Don't see it if You don't like to wear masks

84
The Crucible
Midtown W
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if If you want to see a classic in a new (smoky) light

Don't see it if If you don't care for Philip Glass