VictoriaOrdin

Manhattan | 35-49 | Female
About:  Hello! My name is Victoria. I review theater as well as cabaret. And I only learned about Show-Score in February, when I reviewed Siobhan Loughlin's "Broken Bone Bathtub." One of the guests said he discovered the show through this blog. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (83)
91
Rock of Ages
Midtown W
Hilarious, entertaining, great cast, great band, borritt sets!

See it if You want to see a fun, tongue-in-cheek tribute to the 1980s.

Don't see it if You don't like 1980s music and have no sense of humor.

Also I never saw Rock of Ages when it was on Broadway (or on tour). It was ... Read more Read less

91
Dana H.
Gramercy
Harrowing, brilliant acting, unbelievable true story

See it if You want to see Deirdre O'Connell in a tour de four performance (lip syncing to taped interviews with Hnath's mother).

Don't see it if You're fragile and can't handle stories about kidnapping and abuse.

Also Lucas Hnath's play about his mother's 5 month ordeal is riveting. When... Read more Read less

82
Talented cast, amusing, slight

See it if You idolize Suzanne Vega and want to see her on stage acting as well as singing/playing and you adore Michael Zegen.

Don't see it if You require big excitement and splashy musical numbers.

Also I'm glad I saw this but it's slightly disappointing. I haven't seen th... Read more Read less

88
Hilarious, irreverent, smart, poignant

See it if You like Jewish humor---and not like typical Woody Allen/Larry David--and want to see another side of Orthodox Judaism.

Don't see it if You don't like standup comedy, one-man shows, or are terribly PC

Also I saw a review of this show and bought a ticket on a two-show day. And... Read more Read less

70
During previews
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Slow, disappointing, good actors, shallow

See it if You are a theater geek who sees everything at the major OB theaters and want to see a Hnath play, even one that isn't very interesting.

Don't see it if Unless you see everything and have already seen about 20 other things currently playing.

Also A Doll's House, Part 2 was one of my favorite plays in five years. I s... Read more Read less

76
Great acting, long, predictable, excellent sets, slow

See it if You want to see an early Kushner play with frightening parallels to present day.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through three hour play that is highly self-conscious.

Also As everyone has said, this is early Kushner. Michael Urie is magnifice... Read more Read less

35
Excruciating, horrible musical, terrible acting, great dancing, bizarre sets

See it if You don't hate Evita.

Don't see it if You hate Evita and don't want to see the worst sets, awful acting, and some bizarre choices that make a bad musical worse.

Also There is only one really great thing about this musical: dancing. I do... Read more Read less

94
Subtle, brilliant, cerebral, modulated, funny

See it if You enjoy literary, cerebral plays with a slow build. Or love Mary Louise Parker.

Don't see it if Require a play to be loud and exciting.

Also This is a must see for anyone who cares about literature or writing. F... Read more Read less

92
Powerful, great acting, great singing, relevant, well-written

See it if You want to see a well-written, beautifully acted show about tough questions about life in contemporary (post 9/11) America.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with justice, terrorism, race, and religion.

Also Bars and Measures is a powerful, well-written show with two phenomenal... Read more Read less

97
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Searing, brave, brilliant, hilarious great music

See it if You want to see the most original musical on or off-Broadway in years.

Don't see it if You are a prude uncomfortable with strong sexual content, easily offended, and dislike hard topics.

Also Absolutely floored. I went in with high expectations and this exceeded... Read more Read less

90
Smart, original, fantastic acting, funny, delightful

See it if You want to see something truly original and want to see Daniel K Isaacs in a small play.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky vignettes within a one-act narrative.

Also I had a blast at this show. I went in not knowing much beyond the basi... Read more Read less

84
Nomad Motel
Chelsea
Ambitious, outstanding acting, sad, long, original

See it if You want to see some outstanding young actors in a play about families struggling to keep the lights on and rent paid.

Don't see it if You are easily depressed by people who can't make ends meet, and by the plight of high schoolers whose parents can't pay the bills.

Also I am glad I saw Nomad Motel. The acting was really first-rate. And the... Read more Read less

93
Burn This
Midtown W
Great acting, wonderful writing, hilarious, poignant, nostalgic

See it if You like talk-y plays featuring New Yorkers in their early 30s coping with tragedy. And are a fan of Driver.

Don't see it if You don't like the 1987 play or are overly sensitive to not PC language.

Also I LOVED this play. Driver is luminous and Brandon Uranowitz is perfect... Read more Read less

78
High Button Shoes
Midtown W
Dull, great cast, great orchestra, terrific dancing

See it if You want to see Sammy Cahn and Jules Styne in their first collaboration, enjoy great dancing, and don't expect good music.

Don't see it if You aren't a theater nerd.

Also There's a reason this is a "rarely-seen" musical. High Button Shoes is... Read more Read less

97
During previews
Hilarious, entertaining, great acting, great singing, heartwarming

See it if You want to see consistently funny show with great music and acting. And enjoy Jewish humor/stories.

Don't see it if You hate musicals.

Also I loved this show SO much and will probably go again as I'm a York mem... Read more Read less

93
Dizzying, edgy, intense, thought-provoking, well-acted

See it if You like word-heavy plays about deeply damaged, high IQ, witty people in toxic relationships. Labute, Mamet etc

Don't see it if You are averse to plays that push envelopes, feature serious illness, infidelity, and difficult aggressive men.

Also I loved this. I could not bear her movie "He's Way More Famous Than Yo... Read more Read less

96
During previews
Brilliant, great acting, thought-provoking, hilarious, entertaining

See it if You like Lucas Hnath, want to see great acting and laugh about serious matters.

Don't see it if You hate the Clintons.

Also A worthy successor to ADH2. Laurie Metcalf is a genius. I could not lo... Read more Read less

98
Well-written, great music, great acting, fun, heartwarming

See it if You love a well-crafted pop-rock musical with terrific acting, writing, and music.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals. That's the only reason not to see this show. If you're anti-gay this show may help you.

Also It's strange to see a musical for the very first time when you know ev... Read more Read less

93
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Brilliant acting, relevant, funny, great direction, creative sets

See it if You aren't wedded to the movie, want to see a bevy of brilliant actors doing their thing, hate the current POTUS. Or just love Cranston.

Don't see it if You can't sit for 2 hours and 10 minutes sans break. Or are a MAGA hat snowflake who will get hives. On second thought, go. Get hives.

Also I got to see this in one of the best seats in the house. When Cranston... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Brilliant, funny, moving, brave, perfect

See it if You are a compassionate intelligent human who appreciates exquisite writing and acting.

Don't see it if You are a bitter class warrior who thinks only poor people are allowed to experience pain or tragedy, like so many on the NYT FB thread.

Also This is a perfect play. I would not change a single syllable or line r... Read more Read less

96
Lolita, My Love
Midtown E
Ambitious, daring, phenomenal acting, historically important , great singing

See it if You are interested in complex musicals, Broadway history, and Alan Jay Lerner. I LOVED this show and would go again if I could.

Don't see it if You are a shallow person without a sense of humor, nuance, or ability to deal with complex material.

Also I have not shut up about Lolita, My Love all week. I saw all three Ala... Read more Read less

95
Carmelina
Midtown E
Delightful, funny, clever, great acting , great singing

See it if You love Alan Lerner (and if you don't there is something very wrong with you), you enjoy light, funny, sweet musicals.

Don't see it if You require musicals to have a deep message or dislike staged concerts of musicals .

Also Carmelina is pure joy. Wonderful singers and actors perfectly cast, wh... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Eddie and Dave
Chelsea
Side-splittingly funny, ambitious, top-notch lighting, sets, costumes, writing

See it if You care even a little about Van Halen, grew up watching MTV in the 1980s, and want to see talented actors with extensive Bway/OB credits.

Don't see it if You are so rabid fan that you can't laugh about your idols, object to women playing men, hate rock, and lived under a rock in the 70s/80s.

Also I love this show and want to see it again. When I posted on Facebook, ... Read more Read less

85
Fluffy, funny, great acting

See it if You love SATC and enjoy silly raunchy comedies.

Don't see it if You hated SATC or dislike puns.

Also Kerry Ipema is an immensely talented, appealing performer. It takes 10... Read more Read less

86
Phenomenal choreography, luminous dancing, funny, original, weak songs

See it if You liked Beast in the Jungle, love ballet (ABT principal star 13 years), enjoy ghost stories blended with typical infidelity set in NYC.

Don't see it if You are a dance philistine, dislike the gothic genre, demand great songs from a musical.

Also If I were reviewing this (for Broadway World, which doesn't pay of cou... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, uneven, interesting in parts

See it if You want to see two short plays (85 minutes total) by Chekhov and Tolstoy.

Don't see it if You require great acting to feel a play is worthwhile.

Also I didn't know either of these stories as Russian lit is not really my ... Read more Read less

89
Great acting, great singing, funny, moving, uplifting

See it if You want to see a Tony-winning actor in a role unlike her past roles, like/know the story, and enjoy upbeat musicals.

Don't see it if You like short musicals or a purist. It does go on a bit. Also, if you're a Trumper and anti-immigrant.

Also I had never seen this story in a prior incarnation but I had a BLAST a... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Deadly dull, brilliant cast, depressing

See it if You liked the Grapes of Wrath and want to see a musicalized version of a grim Depression-era tale.

Don't see it if You'd rather rearrange your closet than sit through a depressing musical about Duluth in the 1930s set to Dylan tunes

Also I walked out at intermission and did not return. ... Read more Read less

97
Magical, joyful, brilliant cast, great dancing, hilarious

See it if You want to see five phenomenal musical theater singers perform the brilliant songs of Maury Yeston.

Don't see it if You don't like musical theater.

Also I saw this show at the Triad (twice) and didn't think it could improve... Read more Read less

95
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Brilliant, profound, subtle, great cast, beautiful writing

See it if You want to see one of the great stage and film actresses of our time, enjoy subtle character studies, particularly about small-town people.

Don't see it if If you need fireworks and excitement or lack the patience /maturity for a three act play (which goes by fast).

Also I'm baffled by the low score by members. Show-Score must be full of AD... Read more Read less

94
Inspiring, funny, moving, intellectual, relevant

See it if You want to see one of the most powerful , positive depictions of female friendship, empowerment, achievement and sexual desire.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with two women or are a sexist dope.

Also I do not like science. I studied English literature (PhD. Candidate) a... Read more Read less

96
Seared
Midtown W
Hilarious, smart, great writing, great acting, fantastic sets

See it if You have a sense of humor. That's it. You don't even have to care about restaurants and food.

Don't see it if You have zero sense of humor

Also I wish I could see this play five times. It is PURE joy. I am a foodie... Read more Read less

89
During previews
Relevant, great singing, strong dancing, long, funny

See it if You love or like Alanis Morrisette, like loud music, and want to see some great young performers/Elisabeth Stanley at top of game.

Don't see it if You dislike Alanis, loud musicals, or shows that are heavy message and verge on preachy/on the nose.

Also I have no doubt this show will be nominated for a slew of Tonys and ma... Read more Read less

96
Hilarious. great music, great costumes, clever, fun

See it if You like musical parodies and appreciate smart lyrics and no pulled punches.

Don't see it if Parody isn't your thing. Or you haven't seen half or more of the shows satirized.

Also Forbidden Broadway is comedy platinum. The audience is a part of the s... Read more Read less

92
King Lear (BAM)
Brooklyn
Great actors, inventive, intense, long, daring

See it if Well, it closes on Sunday so this is more "you should have seen it" than "go see it it." But Jackson is a revelation.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays, hate King Lear or object to daring choices (there is a string quartet).

Also I am so glad I saw this. A free ticket came my way (not by being a plu... Read more Read less

91
Long Lost
Midtown W
Great acting, great writing, gorgeous sets, funny, moving

See it if You like watching some of your favorite TV stars acting their a**** off and like stories about 1% New Yorkers and black sheep relatives.

Don't see it if If you hate rich people (even if self-made and workaholics) and their psychological/family issues.

Also I would never have missed a chance to see Kelly Aucoin in an MTC produ... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Public Servant
Midtown W
Slow, forgettable, unoriginal, timely, good actors

See it if You want to see a not very original message play about women's rights (abortion) and plight of the middle class (also fertility problems).

Don't see it if You are a theatergoer accustomed to more original, higher-quality off-Broadway productions.

Also I saw this for free. I'd have been pretty upset had I paid 60--or even... Read more Read less

80
Phenomenal acting, bizarre, edgy, scatological, interesting sets

See it if You want to see three brilliant comedic performances and are okay with scatological humor and daring/unconventional plays.

Don't see it if You don't like fart and poop and dick humor or are uncomfortable with experimental theater.

Also Someone gave me a ticket to see this play, which is why I went. And I ... Read more Read less

87
Funny, brilliant acting, troubling, great writing

See it if You like Sam Shepard and want to see a funny, well-acted play about dysfunctional people without money.

Don't see it if You don't like stories about poor people even if it's not overly depressing.

Also I don't usually go in for plays about highly dysfunctional alcoholics ... Read more Read less

86
Brilliant cast, entertaining, funny book, impressive sets

See it if You want to see one of Broadway's young superstars killing it and want to see a great cast in a fun show with some snarky, relevant jokes.

Don't see it if If you only like musicals with lots of memorable songs you want to hear again.

Also Alex Brightman. Alex Brightman. Alex Brightman. ... Read more Read less

85
Benny & Joon
Millburn
Great cast, strong book, sweet, funny, weak music

See it if You know and love the movie, like stories that deal in a lighthearted but truthful way about mental illness.

Don't see it if You want a high-energy musical with big production numbers. This is more like a play with music. It's more play than musical.

Also I enjoyed Benny and Joon. The lead, Hannah Elless, is exquisite. A fin... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Great singing, outstanding sets, original, long, great ensemble

See it if Well just see it because it's going to be nominated, there are some phenomenal people in it, and some killer numbers.

Don't see it if You hate musicals or require a musical to be full of hits. Some numbers are a snooze. Act II drags. But it's original and worth seeing.

Also I know people who think this is the best musical of the season and des... Read more Read less

100
Epic, brilliant acting, riveting, ambitious, great sets

See it if You are a sophisticated theatergoer who appreciates first-rate acting, direction, and writing.

Don't see it if You aren't a mature theatergoer who can sit for 3 hours and 15 minutes and don't care about American history or finance.

Also I just read Ben Brantley's review in NYT and the review in the WSJ, pl... Read more Read less

83
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Great acting, funny, meandering, plotless

See it if You enjoy long plays about the Irish (and IRA) that go on 3 hours without much plot but feature exceptional actors (kids and adults both).

Don't see it if You don't like character studies without much of a plot.

Also I'm glad I saw the Ferryman because everyone has made such a fuss abou... Read more Read less

77
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, uneven acting, repetitive songs, ridiculous premise, boring

See it if You are a kid or with a kid and don't mind some truly awful acting plus a loose baggy monster of a show.

Don't see it if You are an intelligent , adult theatergoer who appreciates musicals that make some kind of emotional sense.

Also I am a Flaherty and Ahrens fan but boy, I really didn't like Anastasia... Read more Read less

76
Alice By Heart
Midtown W
Brilliant cast, gorgeous sets, great costumes, dull songs, boring

See it if You want to see some of THE finest young singers and actors on and off -Broadway. Plus Colton Ryan and Zachary Downer (genius dancer)

Don't see it if You want to see a compelling musical with great lyrics and musics and book.

Also I didn't pay for Alice By Heart--and I'm glad about that. Colton Ryan ... Read more Read less

97
About Alice
Brooklyn
Flawless, moving, funny, heartbreaking, uplifting

See it if You love Calvin Trillin or, shamefully, do not know him. You can start making up for lost time with this play.

Don't see it if You are an illiterate, insensate philistine, with no taste, no brain, and no heart.

Also I spent a breakfast with Calvin Trillin in 1993 while at Yale and livi... Read more Read less

86
Edgy, phenomenal actors, uncomfortable, entertaining

See it if You like Neil LaBute, you want to see top actors (working on major TV shows but with theater lives too), you enjoy one-acts.

Don't see it if You don't like LaBute's verbal style, you dislike short plays.

Also This is hard to score because it's three short one-acts. The Fourth Re... Read more Read less

97
Perfection, best sets, wonderful acting, beautiful music, ambitious

See it if You want to see the best revival of this classic, haven't seen Laura Benanti (or have and madly in love with her).

Don't see it if You hate all musicals and have no taste whatever.

Also This has always been my favorite musical. It was my father's favorite ... Read more Read less

100
Hilarious, edgy, honest, arch, poignant

See it if You want to see a consummate comedian who is also a Thurber award winner at the top of his game. Also if you don't want/have kids.

Don't see it if You're a humorless parent who has to pretend that being a parent is perfect and easy and joyous. And you're can't hack honesty re parenthood

Also The first thing you will think when you leave this show: WHY HAVE I NO... Read more Read less