Victoria 8155

North Brunswick | 25-34 | Female
About:  Scientist by day, theater-aficionado whenever else I can find the time
Reviews (49)
72
During previews
Not the most interesting story, Great staging, Great acting, Great singing

See it if want to see a phenomenally versatile and talented cast dramatically portray the major events of Judy Holliday’s life

Don't see it if you expect Ms. Holliday’s life story to be especially interesting

Also The acting and impersonations were superb, but unlike 59E59’s previous... Read more Read less

82
Clever, Relevant, Slow, Great singing, Great acting

See it if would like a beautifully performed mother-son drama with an interesting superhero theme

Don't see it if expecting the score to be as strong as that of Next to Normal, or even If/Then

Also Bryce Pinkham has a true talent for portraying awkward which made for ... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Great singing, Ambitious, Enchanting, Wonderful choreography, Great score

See it if want a wonderfully imaginative interpretation of a children’s story with messages about love, life, loss, etc, brilliantly performed by all

Don't see it if You you want one cohesive message delivered in a clear manner

Also Having read the source material in preparation literally hours before ... Read more Read less

96
Exquisite, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Outstanding

See it if excited to experience a modernized reimagination of a classic that’s brilliantly executed by all

Don't see it if Your idea of good theater involves spectacle and/or you’re not a fan of Lerner & Lowe

90
Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if want a well-written and thoroughly absorbing thought piece on racism, justice, and the conflicting roles of idealism vs. pragmatism

Don't see it if you’re a Mockingbird purist, or are generally not a fan of Aaron Sorkin or plays with serious/dark content

Also Certain events of the book were re-ordered (effectively IMHO) to allow... Read more Read less

74
Endearing, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if Interested in witnessing a series of cute interactions between old/young characters with different world views

Don't see it if you’re expecting deeply thought-provoking material or you wouldn’t enjoy a 9-year-old delivering a majority of the lines

66
Cliched, Fluffy, Fun, Energetic

See it if an original medical concept musical with some peppy songs, enjoyable choreography, occasional humor, and a mixed-talent cast is enough

Don't see it if you also desire a strong book, lyrics, or character development

91
Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if interested in a sincerely laugh-out-loud funny and satirical exploration of cultural sensitivities in modern society

Don't see it if you don't enjoy satire/comedies or you're fundamentally opposed to the idea promoting a diverse representation of voices

83
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if interested in a dramatic thought-piece on morality and the consequences of one’s actions

Don't see it if you want something light, fluffy, or funny

Also It followed the basic plot of the Vonnegut novel, but with a serious r... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Great staging, Relevant, Soulful, Entertaining

See it if interested in witnessing a historical account of women’s struggles beautifully told through gospel/blues/jazz music

Don't see it if looking for something light and fluffy, or would be disappointed by minimalist set that requires some imagination

Also This review is of the traveling production

72
Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Slow, Interesting plot

See it if you like zany characters and fun, light, shows that don’t require too much thinking

Don't see it if Your concept of British humor is as an oxymoron or you simply have trouble with British accents

Also Rather than laugh-out-loud funny, it had some nice one liners and mala... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Educational

See it if you’d enjoy a one-woman monologue that contextualizes the US constitution through a mixture of personal anecdotes and historical examples

Don't see it if turned off by feminist ideas or you’re expecting a proper play with a linear plot

Also Similar feel and organization to Leguizamo’s Latin History for Morons,... Read more Read less

70
Great singing, Great music selection, Slow, Relevant, Not enough actual dancing

See it if you’d like to see an ensemble of supremely talented dancers artistically interpret a range of socially relevant issues

Don't see it if you’re expecting dancing throughout, comprehensive choreography, and clear cut story lines

Also As the creative director described pre-show, it’s 20% choreographed an... Read more Read less

69
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Energetic

See it if you’d enjoy seeing great acting talent run away with an original and madcap Victorian plot

Don't see it if you think you might get bored with a somewhat homogenously bland score

Also The lyrics seemed clever, but without any miked performers, they were ... Read more Read less

35
Slow, Mediocre acting, Uncompelling story, Confusing

See it if You want to support a new work of art

Don't see it if You’re expecting writing or acting quality superior to that found in a high school production

Also There was a lack of a compelling central conflict, and thus the take-h... Read more Read less

82
Great singing, Uplifting, Funny, Entertaining, Heart-warming

See it if you'd like an uplifting, funny, and original story about facing and being changed by the hardship of cancer

Don't see it if you'd be turned off by a satirical interpretation of medical treatments and chemo symptoms

Also Even though it was just a reading, the dialogue, acting, and singing w... Read more Read less

93
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Woody Allen-like humor, stories of evolving relationships, and unconventional plot structures

Don't see it if you want something more straightforward, and you don't enjoy comedies

Also It's a play about the making of a play, which itself is a semi-autobio... Read more Read less

87
Intense, Intelligent, Dark, Unconventional, Entertaining

See it if you like intelligently written character-driven shows that take an emotional toll

Don't see it if you're just looking for escapism, don't enjoy dysfunctional family dramas, or dislike shows with LGBTQ themes

Also The unique story structure of essentially non-linear flashbacks perfor... Read more Read less

97
Exquisite dancing, Must see, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dated

See it if you love Gershwin, a full orchestra, and a classic piece of musical theater performed to perfection

Don't see it if you dislike musical theater

94
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Indulgent, Dazzling

See it if you enjoy original shows, big production numbers, clever songs, and the opportunity to laugh at musical theater cliches

Don't see it if you prefer heart-warming shows that make you think

96
Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you love original works with strong scores performed to perfection

Don't see it if you expect big production numbers and fancy sets

95
Enchanting, Masterful, Great singing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a show that's outstanding in every category: score, dancing, singing, staging, plot, and depth

Don't see it if you hate musical theater and the circus

76
Funny, Indulgent, Great singing, Great acting, High-energy

See it if you like high-energy shows like Hairspray with fun songs and big dance numbers performed by a talented cast

Don't see it if you're expecting something thought-provoking with nuanced discussion of important social topics

Also It was an original and fun, though somewhat predictable, story that in... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Great dancing, Great singing, Indulgent, Dizzying

See it if can appreciate great singing and high-energy, large ensemble dance numbers set to pop music

Don't see it if you want a show with character development or any sort of emotional depth

76
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Clever

See it if you want to laugh, witness great singing and acting, and generally be entertained by a show that's light and quirky

Don't see it if you want splashy sets, big production numbers, and deep, thought-provoking material

82
During previews
Original, Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if interested in a modernized and original greek comedy with fun special effects performed by a wonderful cast with fantastic comedic timing

Don't see it if seeking serious drama

Also Brad Oscar as Dionysus truly embraced the opportunity to show off his ... Read more Read less

80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Great singing

See it if interested in wonderful singing/acting plus a soulful & intelligent examination of the struggle for acceptance and its ripple effects

Don't see it if don't enjoy weighty material, LGBTQ themes, acapella singing, or are expecting a musical (it's really a play with music)

80
Entertaining, Dated, Great acting, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if love Irving Berlin & would like a flashback to an era where gentle satire was sufficient to capture the most egregious of political faux pas

Don't see it if you dislike predictable plots or minimalist sets

83
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Silly, Great sets

See it if would like to see a cohesive and talented cast with impeccable comedic timing give their all in a fantastically farcical show

Don't see it if Not a fan of door-slamming absurdist British comedies

Also Similar in content and premise to David French's Jitters, though I fou... Read more Read less

93
Great singing, Inspiring story, Refreshingly original, Great lyrics, Great staging

See it if you appreciate well-written original scores, multi-talented actors, interesting historical stories, or feminist themes

Don't see it if you desire spectacle or splashy sets and choreography

Also The score as a whole felt a bit upbeat for a war musical, but was neve... Read more Read less

78
Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Fun

See it if you want a truly laugh-out-loud experience that pokes fun at parenthood

Don't see it if you don’t like one-man shows

Also While there was a nice central theme and a loose chronological “plot”,... Read more Read less

83
Great singing, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Entertaining, Unique

See it if you would enjoy exploring the internal thoughts of three very different characters in unique situations

Don't see it if You desire hummable tunes, or simply aren’t a fan of minimalist solo performances

Also Window Treatment was an incredibly unique and quirky concept exquisite... Read more Read less

83
Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if interested in a theatrical experience that's pure fun as executed by two supremely versatile and talented actors

Don't see it if you desire a thought-provoking work of art

Also The quick character changes were half the fun and allowed for a well-p... Read more Read less

64
During previews
Funny, Great singing, Fluffy, Insipid, Silly

See it if you’re a Merman fan and would enjoy hearing parody versions of hers and other classic songs

Don't see it if you’d be disappointed by less than masterful, and not always comical, lyrical substitutions in said parodies

Also What there is of a plot mainly serves to introduce the various songs. ... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing, Touching

See it if you’d like to see an original, well-written, and emotional score performed by a committed and talented cast

Don't see it if you don’t appreciate minimalist shows or crying in public

90
During previews
Great singing, Great acting, Wonderful original songs, Funny, Great staging

See it if you’d appreciate a great score with clever lyrics performed by a dynamic and incredibly talented cast

Don't see it if you’re looking for splashy sets, big production numbers, or a serious drama

Also Max Crumm and Allie Trimm were especially talented vocalists. The stor... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Refreshingly unpredictable

See it if You’d enjoy seeing a talented and versatile cast portray WASPish charcters who explore their inner desires in three amusing short plays

Don't see it if turned off by themes of marital infidelity or absurdist comedic plots

Also The first (final follies) and last (love course) short plays were the ... Read more Read less

74
During previews
Great singing, Funny, Fluffy, Nostalgic

See it if you’d like to see a wonderful cast sing a love letter to Broadway

Don't see it if you’re seeking something profoundly thought-provoking

Also This work is essentially a vehicle to showcase songs commenting on eve... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Delightful, Great piano playing

See it if you would be interested in learning the inspiration behind Berlin’s famous hits as well as many more of his less-recognizable tunes

Don't see it if you’re hard of hearing. Felder was outstanding, but at times the volume of his singing was too low.

77
Great singing, Great dancing, Fluffy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoyed Mamma Mia but wished it had a better plot and more dancing

Don't see it if you don't like fluffy jukebox musicals

65
During previews
Great singing, Quirky, Disjointed, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you'd like to see some very talented vocalists sing a mixed-quality (some songs were really great) original score with some occasional humor

Don't see it if you need a well-written book, more than just a piano, or don't appreciate raunchy humor.

Also Surprise guest Ariana DeBose was outstanding! There wasn't much of a p... Read more Read less

76
Silly, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Clever

See it if you'd enjoy a silly re-rendering of a Shakespeare classic with a Western twist

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious drama or something family-friendly

85
Great dancing, Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Great singing

See it if you love the music of Cole Porter, classic musical theater, and fantastic dancing

Don't see it if you can't appreciate some silly/corny humor and/or want a show with some deeper meaning

82
Great dancing, Thought-provoking, Enchanting, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of the book, want an evening of light entertainment, and you'd like to witness masterful use of dance to tell a story

Don't see it if you seek scores that showcase high belting or don't appreciate (even very talented) child actresses singing a good number of key songs

Also It's worth seeing if only for the ballet sequence at the very end-- yo... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Delightful, Great singing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy original, clever, character-driven a cappella songs performed by an exquisite ensemble

Don't see it if you enjoy more traditional linear plots and an orchestra

93
Clever, Great singing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if you love original musicals that keep you entertained but also make you think

Don't see it if you need straight-forward plots or extravagant sets

94
Must see, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Enchanting

See it if you have a heart and want to experience something that's not only profoundly entertaining, but thought-provoking

Don't see it if you hate musical theater

Also A tremendous improvement on the Maguire novel

93
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy original musicals with well thought-out characters, music, and story-lines.

Don't see it if you want extravagant sets and dance numbers and/or you can't handle some darker themes

85
Delightful, Great singing, Great writing, Heart-warming, Funny

See it if you want to laugh and be entertained by a superb score

Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedies

Also A significant improvement on the movie (which I found slow, depressing... Read more Read less