Toelieb.

Manhattan | 65+ | Female
About:  I have been a theater goer and lover for many years....love a good musical but also love a fine play and many off-broadway productions. Especially enjoy productions at Second Stage and 59 E 59th St...but also member of Lincoln Center Theater and MTClub.
Reviews (105)
85
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are a Broadway fan, familiar with many of the current productions and appreciate great spoofing!

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with most of today's Broadway shows..or prefer theater with serious plots!

Also The writing was clever, staging was excellent, the cast members were t... Read more Read less

80
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Th actors were quite good...especially the young man., Enchanting, Ambitious, Edgy

See it if You don't mind concentrating really hard to understand the brogue, and are interested in what motivates people to become activists.

Don't see it if The brogue will be too hard to understand, and you prefer plays with larger casts and more action.

Also The actors were quite good, especially the male lead.

90
During previews
Masterful, Absorbing story and magnificent acting!, Slow, Intense, Great acting

See it if You re interested in stories of those who overcome difficult family lives and appreciate Laura Linney's superb talent.

Don't see it if You do not like slow, thoughtful, one person productions.

80
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You are ready for some good laughs(aren't we all these days) and some excellent singing and dancing

Don't see it if You prefer more serious theater

85
Resonant, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You need a good laugh...and have ever had or been a mother (need not be Jewish!) It's a one woman show...and Judy is a good actress & comic.

Don't see it if You prefer a play: cannot identify with having had or been a mother. Don't like jokes making fun of Jewish mothers.

40
During previews
Slow, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if You can't find anything else to see. Or you are such a Kushner fan that you cannot resist. Michael Urie did a good job, other acting Ok..but

Don't see it if You expect an interesting evening at the Public. You cannot sit for a long rather boring play.

Also There was an attempt to update the topic to relate the rise of Hitler ... Read more Read less

80
Meticulously staged and well acted, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy small, well crafted productions and are not easily impacted by talk of suicide

Don't see it if You prefer larger casts, and less depressing content when you attend a theater production.

75
Overrated, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You are curious about the impact of race on sexual relationships

Don't see it if You are easily offended by nudity and sexual acts on stage

Also Second act was a bit long...full of some "psycobabble" that might occu... Read more Read less

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in a detailed account of life on Riker's Island..and white privilege. SUPERB acting by Connor Chase Stewart!

Don't see it if You are not interested in grasping the inequities of prison life...and do not care to be reminded about it.

80
Profound, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy one man plays (the second man had a tiny role) and appreciate fine acting. Keith Cobb was superb.

Don't see it if You are totally unfamiliar with Othello and do prefer more action.

75
During previews
The Great Society
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You need a reminder of the turbulence of the late '60's...or if you are too young to remember at all.

Don't see it if You cannot sit for almost 3 hours....or are not interested in the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam more debacle.

Also The second act needs to be 15-20 minutes shorter!

90
Handbagged
Midtown E
Masterful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want a good history lesson about the the Margaret Thatcher period in the UK, presented with clever staging and good acting.

Don't see it if You prefer fluffier stuff..musicals, or less serious content.

65
Raunchy, Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy farce..and vulgarity...as well as superb acting...especially by the two females who spar with Nathan Lane.

Don't see it if Vulgarity and farce put you off.

88
Romantic, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You can enjoy well written personal descriptions, from the heart, about the difficulties of living through WW2.

Don't see it if You prefer full blown plays with more characters...and less personal dialogue.

Also The writer's daughter and her husband gave lovely, relaxed performance... Read more Read less

75
Ink
Midtown W
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if You are interested in learning about Rupert Murdoch's rise in the news industry and can deal with thick English accents.

Don't see it if You would like to know more about the Murdoch empire...including TV..and you find it difficult to understand thick English accents.

90
Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Broadway musicals with excellent singing and terrific dance numbers. And topical, to boot,

Don't see it if You prefer theater with a little more gravitas and are not comfortable with the idea of homosexuality.

Also I suspect we will see more of the young star, Caitlin Kinnuen, in year... Read more Read less

65
Daddy
Midtown W
Intense, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You appreciate fine acting, and have no problem with nudity and blatant male sex.

Don't see it if You can't sustain attention for 3 hours...and are offended by nudity and sex on stage

Also This was a fascinating adventure with excellent acting. Topics include... Read more Read less

75
Superhero
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy fantasy, good staging, good singing, mixed with some true emotional gravitas.

Don't see it if You expect it to be another Evan Hansen...and won't be too dispirited by a disappointing second act.

Also This is more like an operetta..the voices are good, the acting is fine... Read more Read less

90
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy superb acting and staging, and want a better grasp of "the Troubles"...and how hatred for others is passed down along generations.

Don't see it if You cannot sit for 3+ hours and have difficulty understanding brogue

Also It is important to pay strict attention, or the plot may become confus... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if You are a Nottage fan and can't stay away: VERY different from Sweat and Ruined....a real parody with excellent acting ...

Don't see it if Parody make you squirm.

Also While the first scene put me off, the parody of "Black Bourgeoisie lif... Read more Read less

65
Days of Rage
Midtown W
Cliched, Dizzying, Disappointing, Dated, When there is so much to protest in today's politics, we need a more level handed reminder of the history of protest..

See it if You want an over the top depiction of what '60's "revolutionaries" might have been like and enjoy a certain amount of freneticism on stage.

Don't see it if You are very familiar with the history of the 60's protestors and do not like cliched representations.

85
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if You are at all interested in the history of the women's movement and want more historical background. Christine Lahti and cast were terrific

Don't see it if You have no interest in the women's movement or are a very conservative thinker/voter and anti-abortion. You might be offended

35
Mother Night
Midtown E
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if You are a Vonnegut fan, enjoy long hours of confusing dialogue and ensemble casts

Don't see it if you want to avoid over 2 hours of tedium, confusion, and rather poor acting.

85
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Relevant

See it if You enjoy excellent acting on a pertinent, but difficult topic:dementia, and it's impact on a family (with a touch of humor thrown in.)

Don't see it if You prefer upbeat, lighter entertainment and avoid heavy topics such as dementia

85
During previews
Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You appreciate superb acting and are interested in in the history of theater...especially women in theater. McTeer is terrific!

Don't see it if You have no interest in Shakespeare or the role of women in theater...or have difficulty hearing and processing talky productions.

70
During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You have never seen this wonderful show before, or, if you have, love the music and dancing and are prepared for it to be different.

Don't see it if You are not ready to adapt to a modern version of the original

Also The music, the singing, the dancing were wonderful, but having a simul... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Cliched, Funny

See it if You want a few good laughs at the expense of a family in turmoil

Don't see it if You are not a sit-com fan and are not interested in family dynamics.

Also Yes, there were some very clever lines and references to long time mar... Read more Read less

85
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in family dynamics, were disturbed by the Kavanaugh nomination, enjoy rock music and good dancing.

Don't see it if You prefer productions with superficial storylines or you will be disturbed by very loud music which sometimes obscures the words.

65
Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy big shows in a large setting. The scenery is very interesting...more than the plot and the dialogue.

Don't see it if You want to experience some real theater minus overacting characters. Without the clever scenery, it would really fall flat.

20
During previews
Quirky, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You have nothing better to do but try to comprehend a story about life that tries to be profound but misses its mark.

Don't see it if You have trouble following actors who change roles and characters who change genders in every new scene.

85
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if If you are interested in the history of the gay community in NYC in the '80s and its impact on future generations of the LBGT population.

Don't see it if You are homophobic or squeamish about male sex (very well coreographed) and have trouble sitting for a long time.

Also The writing, acting and staging were terrific! Worth all that "sitting... Read more Read less

85
Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are a Chalfant fan and if you have some knowledge of Emily Dickinson's history...(this helps.)

Don't see it if You do not enjoy one woman performances and have no interest late 19th century poetry

Also Chalfant is superb and the small venue makes the experience even more ... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever

See it if You enjoy sleight of hand performers and or illusionists who are very talented.

Don't see it if You prefer a play or show with a plot

75
Fern Hill
Midtown E
Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy the banter of millennials contemplating the best way to live out their later years...with friends.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable hearing about sex and extra marital adventures.

Also All the actors were fine but Mr. Glover was especially good in his rol... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Resonant, Confusing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You appreciate extremely fine acting by the entire cast..in a beautiful set.

Don't see it if The topics of old age, death and dementia overlayed with some intentional confusion in the plot will upset you.

85
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Riveting, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You appreciate very fine acting and need a reminder of the obstacles faced by homosexuals...not only in Uganda but in the US at one time.

Don't see it if You are tired of stories about homosexuals...and may be offended by pointed criticism of evangelical christianity.

60
Dying City
Midtown W
Intense, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are interested in family drama..and the impact of war on families (in this case, the Iraq war) The actors did a decent job.

Don't see it if You have difficulty following "muddy" plots. The back and forth in time, and twin issue took a while to sink in.Overall disappointing.

75
Long Lost
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Great staging

See it if Your are a Donald Margulies fan..with an interest in the psychological intrigue of families and don't expect an upbeat evening.

Don't see it if You are not especially psychologically inclined and prefer more uplifting entertainment when you go to theater

Also The actors did good job...I found them fairly believable. The scenery ... Read more Read less

100
Profound, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Whether or not you've seen previous productions. This one is unique. With superb music, excellent acting, singing, dancing, and sad ending

Don't see it if You're not interested in Jewish tradition, otherwise, no reason! You don't have to understand Yiddish to appreciate this masterpiece.

75
Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You are a Kelli fan, appreciate Cole Porter's music, and enjoy excellent dancing

Don't see it if You expect it to be as entertaining as the original or are uneasy with the sexist message of Taming....

100
Must see, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You don't mind climbing to find your seat...(very comfortable!!) and really appreciate theater at its finest

Don't see it if You can't sit for three hours including two intermissions) which pass very quickly.

Also This is a great example of theater at its best: great writing, superb ... Read more Read less

45
Marys Seacole
Upper W Side
Intense, Excruciating, Confusing

See it if You like wild, loud, indulgent, experimental theater with a strong, well acted main character.

Don't see it if You have difficulty understanding accents and do not like to be screamed at from the stage by a group of wild characters.

85
The Cake
Midtown W
Relevant, Great acting, Funny

See it if You have an interest in learning more about religious based objections to Gay marriage....and can appreciate a good laugh at the same time.

Don't see it if You will be offended by criticism of religious based opposition to gay marriage

Also While perhaps not an entry into the "serious theater" category, this t... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You are or are not familiar with the novel and movie. This tour de force..reminds us not to forget about racial hatred ..then and now.

Don't see it if You expect it to be exactly like the book or movie...or if you are not interested in life in the deep south in the early 1930's.

80
Absorbing, Resonant, Intense

See it if You want a poignant look at a working class family's struggles as they grapple with the intensity of an adult child with special needs.

Don't see it if You prefer to be entertained at theater with more light hearted topics,

75
The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if You enjoy over the top humor..and quirky plots

Don't see it if You have difficulty with accents...and do not appreciate British farce.

80
During previews
Good Grief
Gramercy
Ambitious, Confusing, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy coming of age sagas with interesting twists and charming actors.. (sometimes confusing, and gladiator scene was unnecessary)

Don't see it if You prefer plays which are strong on intellect rather than emotions

85
Clever, Great singing, Resonant

See it if You appreciate excellent singing, new music, and the tender story of a homosexual relationship in the 1980's ......with all its challenges.

Don't see it if You prefer shows with larger casts and have no interest in the challenges faced by the homosexual population

75
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You are interested in how much fact checking is required of what comes out of Washington these days and like very talkie plays.

Don't see it if You prefer plays with more character development and more depth.

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are familiar with I.B.'s music...or if you are not and would like to learn more. Interesting historical facts presented in a unique way.

Don't see it if If music of that genre is not to your liking and you reaquire more action in the theater.