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 (75)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy Tracey Lett's writing,appreciate excellent acting, and can deal with many scenes not in chronological order.. for the full story.

Don't see it if You are offended by promiscuity, or might have trouble concentrating on an unusually confusing plot.

80
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You appreciate actual persons with disabilities playing their own roles, and enjoy a parody of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if You cannot empathize, or prefer pure fluffy entertainment

Also Lead Actor and Actress were terrific, two of the others were a bit "ca... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Clever

See it if You are interested in a glimpse into the mind and heart of an ultra conservative Supreme Court Justice.

Don't see it if You cannot overcome your hostility to an ultra conservative Supreme Court Justice to enjoy a well written and well acted play

Also I just wonder if the portrayal of Scalia was close to reality.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if You were a "challenging teenager" or parent of one.. if you enjoy pop culture music sung by four very talented women

Don't see it if You are homophobic, offended by cursing, or are a devout evangelical christian.

Also This show was a delight....a fascinating intergenerational tale highli... Read more Read less

80
Clever, Great acting, Indulgent, Ambitious, Funny

See it if If you appreciate excellent acting and are somewhat knowledgeable about the 3 characters in question. Do your research!! Acting was superb.

Don't see it if If historical figures are of no interest and you have no patience for a lot of talk!

Also Tom Hollander was terrific....a bit confusing at first but then quite ... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if You have never seen it before .(you will probably enjoy it.)

Don't see it if You might be distracted by innumerable, awkward scene changes and heavy handed choreography.

Also Col Pickering and Freddie were excellently played and the music and ly... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Staging int the round was interesting, but sometimes it was difficult to hear all the dialogue

See it if You want a reminder of why the difficulties of the Reconstruction period continue to taint racial relations in this country.

Don't see it if You would rather be entertained with out doses of harsh reality.

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Cliched

See it if You want to think about the impact of Affirmative Action on both "whites" and "people of color" and some of the hypocrisy it engenders.

Don't see it if You are too sensitive about the hypocrisy issue!

60
During previews
Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if You just want to add another play to your list...but do not care about great depth. Actors were OK...plot was spread too thin.

Don't see it if You want to "get your teeth" into a real story and do not appreciate cultural stereotyping re: Jews and Chinese.

75
For a previous production
Funny, Hilarious, Excruciating

See it if You love slapstick humor and sight gags. The cast works VERY hard.. Couldn't help but laugh many times, but.....?

Don't see it if You do not like slapstick sight gags and would prefer humor of a more clever mode.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You appreciate superb acting, comedy and pathos in a very meaningful story...even if you saw the original many years ago.

Don't see it if You have no empathy for the struggles faced by the gay community..."back then" and even now.

60
During previews
Disappointing, Overrated, Clever

See it if you love good music, don't mind a thin plot, and can get seats in the first few rows

Don't see it if you expect theater to have more depth, and have the slightest bit of hearing loss as the dialogue is not always distinct.

50
During previews
Banal, Funny, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if You enjoy slapstick comedy and an occasional good laugh.

Don't see it if You do not appreciate banal slapstick and predictable outcomes.

Also Acting was good, but what a disappointment from this writer.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy theater related to racial and familial issues and want a taste of the struggles of students of color in public and private school

Don't see it if You prefer theater to be entertaining in a light hearted manner

Also We were very moved by the story and the terrific acting.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy sharp clever dialogue and a feminist point of view

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment and do not appreciate the feminist point of view.

Also Best if you are familiar with the original Doll House story...you can ... Read more Read less

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
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
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
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
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.

90
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You have fond memories of Carole King's music and are interested in learning a little of "her story."

Don't see it if You do not enjoy music of the 60's-70'sand prefer more of a dramatic production.

70
Entertaining, Romantic, Cliched

See it if You want to be entertained by good acting but do not expect a great production

Don't see it if you only enjoy really professional productions.

Also Lead actress and actor were quite good in their roles.terrific, Story,... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Exquisite, Great singing

See it if You have not seen it before OR you have, and still appreciate beautiful songs, well sung, along with excellent staging and choreography

Don't see it if You do no like traditional musicals or cannot temporarily put aside your distaste of domestic violence.

80
Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy character development of people not usually depicted on stage.Excellent acting.

Don't see it if You prefer plays with less talk and more action

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Must see

See it if You appreciate superb writing, acting and directing, and are interested in the serious issue of elephant poaching. Lynn Notage is a genius.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it!..unless you prefer musicals.

90
Clever, Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate superb acting, clever staging. ...and are open to the variety of attitudes and views held by different generations

Don't see it if Getting old and disabled worries you!

75
Relevant, Resonant, Edgy, Indulgent

See it if You have have been given hope by the latest student marches and upset by the hypocrisy of many adults

Don't see it if You are easily offended by liberals and atheists...or if you do not like very "talky "plays

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if You enjoy thought provoking drama about universal issues: elderly parents needing care: family conflicts: racism from a black point of view

Don't see it if You prefer more lighthearted entertainment which avoids serious topics

Also This provocative play was well written, well directed, and well acted.... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You do not mind a heavy, slightly depressing evening and are ready for a different type of interesting story than usual.

Don't see it if You prefer to be entertained with more upbeat topics than nuclear disasters or aging.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see

See it if You are open to a powerful "In the trenches" war experience and a better understanding of how the Vietnam war impacted American families

Don't see it if You are squeamish and unduly affected by occasional loud noise and strobe lights..and action within inches of the audience.

Also This was a real tour de force. don't miss it.

75
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Edgy

See it if You can never get enough of he greed and machinations of Wall Street and appreciate interesting staging.

Don't see it if You are not totally familiar with Wall Street terminology and are turned off by the greed that is so prevalent.

90
For a previous production
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You are up for a fun evening of refreshing entertainment with a lot of fine talent and good music

Don't see it if If you prefer heavy theater or super polished stage sets

Also We had no expectations and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Some wonderfu... Read more Read less

65
During previews
Great staging, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy a review of well known Broadway musicals of the past and some fine singing and tap dancing.

Don't see it if Prefer shows with a plot

60
Clever, Entertaining, Disappointing, Relevant

See it if You are open to being entertained by a fairly talented cast....with some clever songs, and don't mind a less than professional production

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for a slightly amateurish production in a very tiny theater....despite some fun lyrics and some good performances.

88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting

See it if If you are ready for an in depth look at the lives of people with disabilities...and the resulting challenges to their relationships.

Don't see it if You are squeamish and prefer light entertainment in the theater

Also Well written with fantastic acting...This was a very satisfying and th... Read more Read less