Victoria 8155

Philadelphia | 25-34 | Female
About:  Scientist by day, theater-aficionado whenever else I can find the time
Reviews (71)
Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
Disappointing book, Dated, Great score, Great choreography, Great singing

See it if Jerry Herman’s best score performed by a great cast, an on-stage 28-piece orchestra, with fun choreography and classic comedic schtick

Don't see it if You need your romantic dramas to contain an ounce of believable romance or character development

Also Even putting the age gap of Mack and Mabel aside, considering that the... Read more Read less

New Brunswick
Profound, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if an intense legal drama exploring/questioning the ambiguity of medicine, the ripple effects of tragedy, and the very nature of justice

Don't see it if Triggered by depictions of difficult childbirth/blood. Seeking comedy. Not child-friendly

Also Yes, act 1 was almost entirely a dramatization of a troubled childbirt... Read more Read less

During previews
West Side Story
Midtown W
Poor staging, Ambitious, Great singing, Great acting, Great choreography

See it if a modernized reinterpretation of WSS with fresh choreography and sets that more realistically portray a harsh/ghetto vibe

Don't see it if a WSS purist, would be frustrated by too many scenes occurring completely off-stage, some distracting projections

Also I sat rear mezzanine and for certain moments, the 20ft-tall real-time ... Read more Read less

During previews
Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Fluffy, Great staging, Cliched, Funny, Great acting

See it if a sitcom-like exploration of marital dynamics with great acting and many humorous moments, especially from Michael Urie

Don't see it if Desire something more thought-provoking or would be uncomfortable with sexually explicit dialogue; not kid-friendly

Scotland, PA
Midtown W
Clever, Wonderfully dark, Great acting, Great singing, Hilarious

See it if a darkly comedic reinterpretation of MacBeth in a 1970's fast-food/stoner motif with a phenomenal cast

Don't see it if a Shakespeare purist, uncomfortable with death, murder, bloody visual effects, and suicide, especially when given a comical treatment

Also The score was clever and functional in helping to tell the story but a... Read more Read less

During previews
Edgy, Entertaining, Great acting, Outstanding original score, Great singing

See it if Joe Iconis' best score yet in a story that's feminist revolution meets one flew over the cuckoo's nest, powerfully performed by a great cast

Don't see it if looking for a classic love story or are turned off by themes of suicide or homosexuality

Also The score, containing at least five show-stoppers, really makes this s... Read more Read less

Last Days of Summer
New Brunswick
Underwhelming, Great acting, Cute, Funny, Great singing

See it if to experience a cute and touching 1940's themed coming-of-age tale with some great (albeit underutilized) singing and dancing talents

Don't see it if bothered by an emphasis on child actors, desire a memorable score, or need loads of big production numbers

Also There were definitely some fantastic singing/acting performances, espe... Read more Read less

During previews
Soft Power
East Village
Original, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if an original and thought-provoking piece that comically explores what it might be like if Americans were treated as 3rd world minorities

Don't see it if a MAGA acolyte or expecting a score as strong as that in Fun Home

Also Half of the appeal is in this show's uniqueness, starting with the str... Read more Read less

During previews
Broadway Bounty Hunter
West Village
Great writing, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Campy

See it if want to see theater tropes collide with kung fu and high crime in a campy and high energy show with absurd plot twists

Don't see it if Desire serious drama or something kid-friendly

Also This show relishes in its own ridiculousness, often explicitly acknowl... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Excellent sets, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if want to witness a historic sacrifice of morals and truth for the sake of profits that led to a pivotal shift in the nature of news reporting

Don't see it if seeking a comedy, have trouble with accents, or take issue with profanity

Also The talk back after the Saturday matinee was worthwhile. Both of the l... Read more Read less

Great dancing, Funny, Entertaining, Dated, Great singing

See it if interested in a slightly updated Broadway classic wonderfully sung, performed, and danced by all

Don't see it if you're expecting choreography of the caliber seen in the movie or a fully satisfactory feminist re-envisioning

Also The way they had been advertising this, I expected an emphasis on gend... Read more Read less

During previews
Smart Blonde
Midtown E
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

Midtown W
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

During previews
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
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

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

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

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

Medicine the Musical
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

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

Mother Night
Midtown E
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

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

The Nap (Broadway)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy, Slow

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

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

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

The Wrong Box
East Village
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

During previews
Great staging, Fascinating story, Great writing, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if a modernized true-ish telling of a remarkable woman's life in the 19th century, wonderfully portrayed with much vigor by Beth Malone

Don't see it if desire spectacle or a score that's more than merely serviceable, even if well-executed by all

Also Having never seen the original movie, I was thoroughly engrossed by th... Read more Read less

Funny, Lengthy, Great special effects, Great staging, Great acting

See it if to experience a phenomenally acted Shakespeare classic with some well-placed musical and other anachronisms to modernize the tone/humor

Don't see it if find original Shakespearean language difficult to comprehend

Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Great singing, Great book, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if A clever and hilarious modernization of the movie with bountiful insider theater humor, performed by cast with great comedic timing

Don't see it if The comedic songs were fun, but the rest of the score was utterly forgettable and failed to capitalize on the supreme vocal talents of leads

Very good singing, Uncomfortable subject matter, Fantastic score, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if to witness a full staging of one of Pasek and Paul's earliest works with a score as strong as that of Dear Evan Hanson

Don't see it if take issue with profanity or watching a group of immature men consistently and flagrantly disrespect women

Also I was already in love with this score before seeing the show, and it w... Read more Read less

During previews
Einstein's Dreams
Midtown E
Some great singing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if a trippy dream-like exploration of time and its various interpretations with some nice musical numbers and mostly great talent

Don't see it if an overall underwhelming and amateurish score, you actually expect to learn much about Einstein or his theories

Also Yes, they define E=mc2 and briefly address relativity at a very surfac... Read more Read less

Old fashioned, Great dancing, Great singing, Fluffy, Slow

See it if want a relatively saccharine telling of Garland's early days with fantastic vocals, superb choreography, and overtones of Oz throughout

Don't see it if expecting the density of big production numbers typically seen in "classic" MGM musicals

During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Thoroughly entertaining, Ambitious, Outstanding original work, Exquisite choreography, Great singing

See it if you desire an avant-garde sung-through musical experience with breathtaking choreography. The cast could not have been more perfect.

Don't see it if not a fan of interpretive dance, or you require splashy sets, costumes, or special effects

Also If I had to criticize something, it would probably be the imperfect rh... Read more Read less

Upstate New York
Entertaining, Great writing, Funny, Great acting, Clever

See it if to experience a classic made accessible through modernized dialogue, wonderfully performed by a cast with great comedic timing

Don't see it if would be bothered by a minimalist set, cast, costumes, and the occasional anachronism

Also Same cast/production, but at the Two River venue. ... Read more Read less

A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Unique, Great writing, Great singing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if interested in an innovative meta musical sung and performed by a fantastic ensemble and filled with original, sometimes scathing humor

Don't see it if turned off by raunchy humor, sexual content, or themes of homosexuality, religion, and/or black culture

Also This show was filled many a catchy song containing wonderfully witty a... Read more Read less

High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Dated, Fun, Great choreography and dancing, Great acting, Funny

See it if want to be thoroughly entertained by a wonderfully silly show with some fantastic dancing

Don't see it if Desire a score that’s more than simply pleasant and/or well thought-out characters and plot

Also Sure, it was dated, there wasn’t much of a plot, and the generic chara... Read more Read less

Benny & Joon
Cute, Quirky, Clever, Great singing, Great acting

See it if interested in a cleverly told and sweet story that tackles topics of mental illness and co-dependent sibling dynamics

Don't see it if you desire a memorable score, big production numbers, high belting, or fancy sets

Also Bryce Pinkham dazzles with his many impersonations, physical comedy, a... Read more Read less

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

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)

Call Me Madam
Midtown W
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

Noises Off (NJ)
Red Bank
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

The Hello Girls
Midtown E
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

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

Inner Voices 2018
Midtown W
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

Popcorn Falls
Midtown W
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

During previews
The Book of Merman
Midtown W
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

During previews
Ordinary Days
Midtown W
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

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

During previews
Final Follies
West Village
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

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

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.