Valerie 8

Lebanon | 25-34 | Female
About:  I'm a communication professor and my research focuses on rhetorical criticism of musical theatre productions. I see a lot of shows for my career, and I'm a stickler for good writing and structure in a musical. :)
Reviews (78)
98
Absorbing, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if You want to see the best show of the season. It's smart, cleverly staged, well-performed, and relevant.

Don't see it if You only like classic musicals - the score is very contemporary.

85
During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You're open to exploring controversial issues about race, history, and sex.

Don't see it if You're looking for fluff. This is not a light-hearted piece, but it raises important issues.

70
Entertaining, Indulgent, Fluffy

See it if you love Cher and Bob Mackie's costumes.

Don't see it if if you're looking for something deep. This is your typical biographical musical, as so many of them are nowadays.

Also Stephanie J. Block is fantastic as Cher, and all of the performers do ... Read more Read less

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Thought-provoking, Funny, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you're looking for something that's deep and thought-provoking with a tragic structure but comical moments.

Don't see it if you're looking for lighthearted fluff.

Also This might have been my favorite show I've seen this season. The actin... Read more Read less

95
All About Encores!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Enjoyable, Interactive

See it if you like learning about a particular show in a fun and interactive way.

Don't see it if if you're just looking for a lecture.

Also This was our first Show Score Experience, and we had a great time!

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing, Overrated, Dated

See it if you want to see some incredible performances and some great singing.

Don't see it if you don't like long, unnecessary dance numbers and important songs and scenes being cut.

Also I loved the performances in this show, but saying I was disappointed i... Read more Read less

94
Delightful, Great acting, Refreshing, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you like classic musicals and great acting. The cast is outstanding as a whole, but Harry Haddon-Patton is especially great as Higgins!

Don't see it if you're not a fan of classic musicals.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Masterful

See it if you like being completely immersed in a theatre experience. They will literally climb onto tables and sing right at you!

Don't see it if you get scared easily. Sweeney Todd is not for the fainthearted, but this production is especially intense because of the staging!

84
During previews
Clever, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a play that will make you think.

Don't see it if you want something with a happy ending.

84
For a previous production
Funny, Enjoyable, Creative

See it if you like farce - it reminded me a lot of "Noises Off."

Don't see it if falling set pieces make you nervous...

85
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see excellent performances and are a fan of the original Ibsen play.

Don't see it if you're anti-feminist. Actually, no, if you're anti-feminist, then you probably really need to see this play.

Also As someone who has taught women's studies before, I didn't find any of... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Masterful, Fast-paced, Relevant

See it if you're looking for an entertaining play with great acting and a message that is still relevant in today's world.

Don't see it if you don't like period pieces. But keep in mind even though it's an older play set at the turn of the 20th century, it's still relevant today

Also Another notable thing this production is that Laura Linney and Cynthia... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Unique

See it if you like bluegrass style music and are looking for a comical show.

Don't see it if you prefer a more classical-sounding musical.

90
On The Town
Midtown W
Entertaining, Dated, Absorbing

See it if you're looking for a great upbeat classic musical.

Don't see it if you prefer something more contemporary or dark.

89
Bright Star
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great music, Delightful

See it if you like bluegrass music and strong performers. It's worth seeing for the music alone.

Don't see it if you don't like far-fetched plots. This wrapped up a bit too neatly for my tastes.

88
Shuffle Along
Midtown W
Entertaining, Slow, Great dancing

See it if you want to see amazing performers tell a really interesting real-life story.

Don't see it if you want a show that moves quickly; this one is a bit long, and needs a little structural work.

94
Falsettos
Midtown W
Powerful, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you're looking to laugh and cry at the same show.

Don't see it if you need a happy ending.

91
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing

See it if you like operetta-style pieces and love Kristin Chenoweth!

Don't see it if you want something more serious.

90
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you love dance, Gershwin music, and classic musicals (even though this is new, it feels like a classic musical).

Don't see it if you like more contemporary-style musicals.

94
Daddy Long Legs
Midtown W
Enchanting, Great singing, Romantic

See it if you love Paul Gordon's music and a classic story. This is one of my favorite shows of the season!

Don't see it if you want flashy sets or a darker story. It's a small 2-person musical.

91
Noises Off
Midtown W
Clever, Funny, Fast-paced

See it if you want a good laugh - this play is hilarious! Especially if you've ever worked in any kind of theatre....

Don't see it if you're looking for a drama.

91
War Horse
Upper W Side
Clever, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you like dramas and creative staging - the use of the horse "puppets" is genius!

Don't see it if you don't like loud sounds and want something more light-hearted.

94
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like funny shows, creative staging, and classical-style music.

Don't see it if you're looking for something a bit more serious.

95
Epic, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you love classic musicals that are done in a new way. This is "Fiddler" at its finest!

Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals or you only like shows with happy endings.

Also We took 25 honors students to see this show and they LOVED it! The per... Read more Read less

90
The Elephant Man
Midtown W
Great acting, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you like dramas and love Bradley Cooper.

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighter.

88
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Classic, Great acting, Clever

See it if You're looking for fresh staging of a classic play.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Tennessee Williams.

75
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Disappointing book, Wonderful score, Great staging

See it if You want to hear a really good score performed by a talented cast.

Don't see it if You're not okay with lots of plot holes that oversimplify the legal system.

Also I feel like this was a missed opportunity to present a work that chall... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Clever, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy Sondheim, new and unique ways of staging older musicals, and musicals that don't follow a completely linear structure.

Don't see it if you dislike Sondheim's music, or find non-linear musicals frustrating.

Also This is a clever production of "Merrily We Roll Along" - it's staged v... Read more Read less

91
Intense, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Epic

See it if you want to see powerful performances, a unique storyline with an important message, and incredible staging.

Don't see it if the idea of sitting in a theatre for 8 hours in one day is too much to handle.

90
Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Relevant, Fluffy

See it if you love the movie, Tina Fey, or just need a good laugh!

Don't see it if you're looking for something a bit more serious.

92
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you're looking for a unique score. The music in this show is like nothing I've heard on Broadway to date!

Don't see it if you're looking for spectacle.

97
Clever, Enchanting, Creative, Absorbing, Must see

See it if you like creative staging. There is sand all over the stage and they include live animals in the performance!

Don't see it if maybe you're severely allergic to goats and chickens? I can't think of any other reason not to see this show.

92
Entertaining, Great acting, Epic, Great staging, Indulgent

See it if you like Harry Potter, don't mind a few plot holes and like to be immersed in the theatre experience.

Don't see it if plot holes bother you, or if you don't like to sit for long periods of time.

90
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Nostalgic

See it if you love classic musicals and well-known showtunes. This might be the best revue I've ever seen.

Don't see it if You are looking for something with more of a plotline.

85
Assassins
Midtown W
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense

See it if You love Sondheim shows, dark musicals, and history. It's a very intelligent show.

Don't see it if If dark shows make you uncomfortable. It's also not a fully staged production.

92
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy history, politics, and thought-provoking plays.

Don't see it if you're not the type to sit through an almost 3-hour play.

Also The performances in "Oslo" are incredible, and the piece moves quickly... Read more Read less

92
Indecent
Midtown W
Powerful, Unique, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if Everyone should see this show. Though it is set in the first half of the 20th century, its messages are so relevant in today's world.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light. This is a powerful piece of theatre.

Also They extended until August, and I think there are discounts out there ... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you're looking for a great all-day theatre experience.

Don't see it if you don't like history and don't like seeing two shows in one day (though you can see them separately).

89
Enchanting, Entertaining, Cute

See it if you like classic musicals - even though this is new, it has a classic feel.

Don't see it if you prefer darker or more contemporary shows.

87
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like classic plays.

Don't see it if you want something more contemporary.

89
Enchanting, Entertaining, Creative

See it if you like the movie and enjoy beautiful staging.

Don't see it if you need a happy ending.

92
The Humans
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Real

See it if you're looking for a great, very realistic play.

Don't see it if you like things neatly wrapped-up at the end.

82
Allegiance
Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if you're looking for a show about an important and not often acknowledged part of American history.

Don't see it if you're a stickler for lyrics. Though the performances are incredible and the book's structure isn't bad, some of the lyrics are terrible.

65
A Delicate Balance
Midtown W
Confusing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you want to see amazing performers and are willing to look past the vagueness of Albee's plot.

Don't see it if you don't like Albee's writing. I think you really have to be an Albee fan to love this, though the performers are fantastic.

92
Matilda
Midtown W
Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a great kids show, or you're just looking for a show with great staging and performances.

Don't see it if you don't like Tim Minchin's music or the "Matilda" book/movie storyline.

88
Memphis
Midtown W
Entertaining, Catchy music, Great singing

See it if you like 1950s-style music.

Don't see it if you're looking for a particularly unique plot. It's not a bad show, but it's not especially innovative.

93
Anything Goes
Midtown W
Delightful, Great dancing, Classic

See it if you like well-performed classic musicals with catchy songs. This was a great production of "Anything Goes!"

Don't see it if you don't like classic musicals or Cole Porter.

91
Pippin
Midtown W
Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you like creative staging and Stephen Schwartz music - this is a great production of "Pippin!"

Don't see it if don't like Schwartz's music, or have very young children - the plot may be difficult for them to follow.

93
Into The Woods
Midtown W
Clever, Innovative, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a classic show done in a very creative way!

Don't see it if you don't like creative staging or you're not a fan of Sondheim.

87
Enchanting, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you love Sondheim and are looking for an intelligent show with excellent performances.

Don't see it if you're not a fan on Sondheim. This is one of his sleepier scores.