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 (54)
80
Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 28th, 2022

See it if You’re interested in seeing a historic, Pulitzer winning play, staged with its original cast! David Morse especially is not to be missed!

Don't see it if Sensitive to the subject of abuse. Play is not linear so some may be impatient with the jumps in time.

80
Relevant, Great singing, Great acting, Dated, Entertaining
January 22nd, 2022

See it if You’re interested In the history of theater and/or theatrical history. Irish Rep does a great job of refreshing Dion B’s melodramas.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a melodrama. This is 19th c NYC and a 19th c story.

76
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining
November 18th, 2021

See it if You love the Irish Rep, don't we all? Great space, great acting, great staging.

Don't see it if particularly Irish humor is a concern. Issues of eldercare are universal but many of the jokes are local.

85
Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Delightful
March 1st, 2020

See it if You have an interest in the Irish Theatre awakening. Lady G was an integral part but doesn’t get enough credit.

Don't see it if You are impatient with history plays or frequent 4th wall breaks.

80
Incantata
Chelsea
Intense, Dizzying, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
February 27th, 2020

See it if You have a deep foundation in the Irish lit canon. If you appreciate the Enda Walsh school of Irish theatre.

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional theater experience. This is spoken word with potato stamps

80
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Great singing, Absorbing
February 17th, 2020

See it if You’re a Dylan fan or not. Music goes deep into his catalog. Our Town and Steinbeck themes swirl among the many characters.

Don't see it if You expect and enjoy a Disney musical.

80
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining
January 25th, 2020

See it if You’re a certain age that the album is formative

Don't see it if You don’t have patience for nostalgia

85
Enchanting, Dated, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining
December 22nd, 2019

See it if You wish to see where early Shaw and Wilde came from. Boucicault was a big influence on those theater giants

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for farce

90
Must see, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing
November 25th, 2019

See it if You are a ALW fan or even if you are not. Masterful production and so much more than a staged read. Great Che and Eva

Don't see it if You’re not a fan of ALW or Eva Perón. She’s quite sympathetic in this version

75
Disappointing, Romantic, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
November 20th, 2019

See it if you’re not even a Game of Thrones fan. Peter Dinklage offers a not to be missed performance although the production wastes a huge oppty

Don't see it if You’re a Cyrano purist (is there such a thing) or a show tune purist (there’s definitely that)

80
Intelligent, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious
November 20th, 2019

See it if you want to see an updated Richard III. Druid offers us a villain surrounded by strong women defenseless against the politics of the day

Don't see it if Looking for something light. This is a tragedy in every way. There is wit and humor, but it’s dark

90
Must see, Intelligent, Great singing, Funny, Delightful
October 27th, 2019

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.

80
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 10th, 2019

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

85
During previews
Must see, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
September 16th, 2019

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

80
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Clever
August 22nd, 2019

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?

81
Little Gem
Chelsea
Well directed, Quirky, Resonant, Great acting, Entertaining
August 3rd, 2019

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

85
Refreshing, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious
June 14th, 2019

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.

75
Little Women
West Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Banal, Absorbing
June 5th, 2019

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

90
Great staging, Great singing, Epic, Edgy, Ambitious
May 27th, 2019

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

85
During previews
Octet
Midtown W
Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing, Ambitious
May 14th, 2019

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
For a previous production
Resonant, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious
May 9th, 2019

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
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious
May 1st, 2019

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, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful
February 14th, 2019

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
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing
January 28th, 2019

See it if You enjoy immersive theatre

Don't see it if If classic musicals are sacrosanct

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Romantic, Enchanting
December 27th, 2018

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
The Dead, 1904
Upper E Side
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking
December 26th, 2018

See it if Immersive theatre delights you

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

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent
November 18th, 2018

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
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing
November 8th, 2018

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

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Romantic
October 22nd, 2018

See it if You’re a romantic

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

85
During previews
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Epic, Entertaining
October 20th, 2018

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

80
Innit
Soho/Tribeca
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking
August 6th, 2018

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

90
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great staging, Great writing
May 10th, 2018

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

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

80
During previews
Great staging, Intelligent, Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining
March 27th, 2018

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

75
Hangmen
Chelsea
Entertaining, Indulgent, Overrated, Great acting, Great staging
March 5th, 2018

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
Disco Pigs
Chelsea
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Relevant
February 23rd, 2018

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
Ballyturk
Brooklyn
Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Profound
January 15th, 2018

See it if If you want to be challlenged

Don't see it if You hate the word Beckettian

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious, Great singing
January 8th, 2018

See it if Love Mark Rylance

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

60
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great singing, Excruciating
April 20th, 2017

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).

85
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great staging, Relevant
April 16th, 2017

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

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Great staging, Must see
April 3rd, 2017

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

70
Ambitious, Overrated, Dated, Cliched, Banal
March 29th, 2017

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

90
Great acting, Edgy, Funny, Intense, Absorbing
January 16th, 2017

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

93
Absorbing, Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant
January 14th, 2017

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

96
During previews
The Dork Knight
West Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see
January 14th, 2017

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

86
Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Funny
October 19th, 2016

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
For a previous production
Crackskull Row
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense
September 23rd, 2016

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
Quietly
Chelsea
Absorbing, Ambitious, Relevant, Poignant, Provocative
September 18th, 2016

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

85
Romantic, Must see, Great staging, Enchanting, Great singing
June 11th, 2016

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

95
For a previous production
Sense & Sensibility
West Village
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting
June 11th, 2016

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

90
Shining City
Chelsea
Great staging, Great writing, Original, Resonant, Exquisite
June 10th, 2016

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