VSG

Long Island City | Female
About:  I've been called a "culture vulture" by some, and my tastes run the gamut. No genre of theater is excepted, but being a Virgo, I do tend to appreciate excellence regardless of category. I admit to having a weakness for "schmaltzy" fare as well and have a pronounced romantic streak. Love the bal... Read more Read less
Reviews (145)
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75
During previews
Entertaining, Delightful, Slow

See it if You're an admirer of the many things the Mint does well-costume, sets, choice of material, acting. Here acting and material not their best

Don't see it if 100 y.o. plays dealing with moral and philosophical issues not your thing-still an enjoyable polemic of $ vs. other values-always relevant

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76
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you would like to see how women scientists have been overlooked in history and particularly the obstacles faced during the Enlightenment

Don't see it if You find Newton, Voltaire, Leibniz and their concerns too esoteric-much of play is theoretical discussion of physics, rest is romantic tngl

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86
Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Co-joining of people in small southern town who have wildly different world views but are "friends" with excellent presentation of opp POVs

Don't see it if U can't muster sympathy for a conservative Christian or a foul mouthed lesbian activist,or might find play's apocalyptic close too extreme

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75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if your idea of fun is creating a narrative from puzzling fragmented scenes of a woman's life played w 6 actors portraying her at 6 ages

Don't see it if the conceit of creating a linear story with cause and effect sounds like work especially given that the protagonist is not that interesting

Also I am a counselor/therapist and the play reminded me of how a life may ... Read more Read less

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77
Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Slow, Clever

See it if you might enjoy confessional story-telling which may be truth or illusion leading up to 6 acts of magic or illusion with a wow ending.

Don't see it if you dislike one handers and slow pace, if you might be bored by long lead-up to the tricks, or a sometimes sullen sometimes cocky performer.

Also I think this show needs to be more focused and better directed. There ... Read more Read less

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70
During previews
Great blues guitar, Slow, Disappointing, Confusing, Great singing

See it if you might like a one man show about blues sensation Blind Lemon Jefferson portrayed and sung with great skill by Akin Babatunde.

Don't see it if you won't enjoy sitting through a slow, meandering rendition of an important blues-man's life despite Babatunde's excellent acting, singing.

Also As others have mentioned, the elevator not working is a real drag-4 fl... Read more Read less

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84
Entertaining, Edgy, Clever, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like Dido and Anaeis tale/baroque opera and want to see contemporary take on theme of love triangle-great acting, scenic design. writing

Don't see it if You might feel the production is a bit histrionic, and a fight scene too violent and graphic, but this is an interesting new play-go anyway.

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76
During previews
Poor direction, some good performances, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You are an adoring fan of one of R&H's very best and want to immerse yourself in the brilliant songs, and a few outstanding performances

Don't see it if You want your theater piece to have cohesion - this has different styles of performance with no real director's POV resulting in a mishmash.

Also Although Kelli O'Hara was fantastic in the Met's recent Cosi Fan Tutti... Read more Read less

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81
During previews
Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You want to see a live production of the marvelous MFL even if is in most ways a mediocre revival-nonetheless it is Lerner and Loewe's score

Don't see it if You can't tolerate less than wonderful lead performances, dizzying but beautiful sets-more dynamism in stagecraft than in sluggish direction

Also I'm usually a big fan of LCT revivals, but this one doesn't hold a can... Read more Read less

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91
Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like history, music, great staging and singing and can forgive weak script in which King Phillip V mental illness healed by castrato.

Don't see it if Your idea of fun is not Mark Rylance being cured from manic-depression by gorgeous Handel counter-tenor arias by Iestyn Davies-beautiful set

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92
Must see, Riveting, Resonant, Profound, Intense

See it if You want to experience the vast reservoir of talent and energy latent in inner city kids who with a bit of help can enhance society.

Don't see it if You want to miss an hour long tale created by a youth who raps and dances and monologues his story of redemption into our hearts and minds.

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70
During previews
Interesting failure, important subject matter, misguided direction, inadequate script and so-so acting

See it if you are interested in political history and musical legends -the subject of Heifetz and the Sharrett's role in Israel's birth is fascinating

Don't see it if you abhor slow, low action plays that are over-intellectualized and somewhat bloodless- the intent of the writer while good is not realized.

Also there is nothing worse than pretension without chops. This play needs ... Read more Read less

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91
Fluffy, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want simple old-fashioned fun with fabulous costumes, great set, enjoyable performances from Peters, Garber, Creel and great dancing.

Don't see it if You expect a primo revival - this one is quite good - and don't relish escape from the seriousness of these times into silly tuneful fantasy

Also Every Dolly, like every Mama Rose, brings her own interpretation. Pete... Read more Read less

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85
Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brian Friel is music to your ears, (his language is so poetic and extremely well performed here); the script is fascinating and unusual

Don't see it if you're not interested in 19th c. Anglo/Irish relationships, find eugenics a dated concept, want to miss a rare op to see Friel's final work.

Also Excellent production, beautiful set, great acting and excellent opport... Read more Read less

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88
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Romantic, Profound, Intelligent

See it if you like offbeat, improbable romances b'twn intellectuals who say more than "please pass the salt", & actually enjoy intellectual discourse

Don't see it if you want to miss a very well acted, well written revival or don't care for C.S. Lewis's writings and not interested in his bio,

Also Unfortunately, this show is now closed and so this review which slippe... Read more Read less

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68
During previews
Charming, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal, Entertaining

See it if You like sit-com level writing about mothers and daughters, psychological trauma, repression and denial well acted but underdeveloped script

Don't see it if You are interested in humor that is more than cursory about mental illness, infidelity, buried grief - quite cookie cutter, but some charm.

Also Hayley Mills is still adorable, but the material is not worthy of her ... Read more Read less

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92
For a previous production
Wonderful music, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want to see a totally original musical comedy with terrific performances and a clever book- really clever, fun and most enjoyable.

Don't see it if You only like musicals from the heyday and Golden Age - this is not a Great Musical in that sense but a wonderful night out of new material.

Also Enjoyed this far more than I had anticipated. You can forget the fact ... Read more Read less

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78
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You like shows which attempt to answer big questions and have a spiritual perspective-I would like more of these even when not perfect.

Don't see it if You are sure "other dimensions" don't exist and aren't interested in the idea that "there are no accidents." and that there is a plan...

Also Very good writing in that the various individual stories are interwove... Read more Read less

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Dated, Raunchy, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like drag, stupendous acapella singing, heartfelt messages re: AIDS, human rights, the current political climate, gay history

Don't see it if you are intolerant of "preaching to the choir", scatalogical humor, lack of real edginess, and want something other than an eve of bawdy fun

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Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in themes of "crime and punishment", religion/ redemption, individuals vs. the system, questions of free will/ god's will

Don't see it if the above subjects are not your idea of a fun night out (although the play is highly entertaining/ quite funny) don't like coarse language.

Also Allowing for the fact that this is early Guirgis, it is still brillian... Read more Read less

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89
During previews
Thought-provoking, Great staging, Profound, Great singing, Ambitious

See it if You are open to hearing Bengsons' own story told through incredible music brilliantly sung and played with theme of opening to love/loss.

Don't see it if You expect a standard musical, unwilling to confront fears engendered by surrendering to love, always see autobiography as self-indulgent.

Also Aside from the brilliant music, lyrics and performances, I was moved b... Read more Read less

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71
Disappointing, Refreshing, Overrated, Funny

See it if you wish to see one of the more lightweight Japanese art forms with simplistic stories drawn out almost ad nauseam with little ay off.

Don't see it if if ur tastes run to serious Japanese theater traditions like Butoh, you are not a Japanese child, you know something about Japanese culture

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Trip down memory lane, hilarious, humane

See it if You want to be very entertained by witty writing and relatable subject matter regardless of sexual orientation. Third act w Ruehl best.

Don't see it if You think homosexuals are a different species and don't share the universal emotional travails of the majority, ohave no sense of humor.

Also Although I feel that Urie has great acting chops, it often felt as if ... Read more Read less

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60
Disappointing

See it if Like me, you have interest and nostalgia for that time and place in theater history.

Don't see it if You want a meaningful exploration of the rich world that is barely evoked by this very messy and inept effort.

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89
Despite flaws, entertaining, provocative, intelligent, worthwhile,

See it if You are willing to overlook shrill British accents, and spotty acting for an interesting combo of drawing room drama and exploration of Time

Don't see it if Not interested in either family drama, upper-class Brits, dated material, or metaphysics despite some excellent acting particularly Boyers.

Also Wow! The reviews here are all over the map. I was enchanted by the pro... Read more Read less

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60
Excruciating, The games people play(ed)

See it if You want to be exhausted by the cat and mouse game of romantic love in one of Strindberg's densest and least successful plays.

Don't see it if You want to sit in a cavernous, hot, black box straining to get every tick and twist of plot- could possibly come alive with the right cast.

Also The Strindberg play has some interesting ideas about marriage and the ... Read more Read less

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85
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if you like old musicals, scaled fit a tiny stage with great tunes and a somewhat hokey (to most)book- t'was a sincere exploration for Lerner.

Don't see it if You feel antipathy towards hypnosis, ESP, reincarnation, pint sized productions with meager production values, but lovely score and singing.

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74
During previews
Raunchy, Confusing, Intense, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like 1 handers exploring coming of age not just sexually, but intellectually and philosophically with literary speech mixed w vulgarity

Don't see it if you don't like the f-bomb mingling with abstract ideas and rarefied references; formidable, nuanced acting but poor articulation a problem.

Also Very helpful if you feel that classical music and philosophical inquir... Read more Read less

Preview conflict
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Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you love the work of the Mint and appreciate great farce, fine acting and production values in which theme of privilege resonates today. A+

Don't see it if If you don't like English plays of yore, and don't appreciate plays where characters actually discuss things and feelings in depth not texts

Also Feel so grateful that the Mint keeps unearthing wonderful vehicles to ... Read more Read less

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Intelligent, Enchanting, Exquisite, Fantastic dancing, Mesmerizing

See it if brilliant music by Kander, choreography by Stroman, exquisite dancing by Yazbeck and Dvorovenko -inspired by H. James novella is your cup 'o

Don't see it if you are "dance blind", unsympathetic to inner wounds that might prohibit commitment and deep love, if you are anti-romantic and need lyrics.

Also This is one of the most affecting and beautiful pieces of theater I ha... Read more Read less

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89
Great writing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if If you are tickled by word play and want to see a tres silly piece that is guaranteed to float you away from the the world's woes, go now.

Don't see it if If you abhor the farcical and the fey, and don't realize that a nonsensical plot exists solely as scaffolding for Ives' brilliant word play.

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75
During previews
Banal, Disappointing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Sharon Washington's lovely presence and animated physicality forgive the rather superficial telling of her story and poor direction.

Don't see it if you will be disappointed by a lost opportunity to tell the fascinating story of a family living above a library on UWS-far from deep enough.

Also This piece could be so much more if it were allowed to be more profoun... Read more Read less

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95
Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You enjoy great dancing, great singing, great production values - all in all the best Encores revival I have every seen and I've seen dozens

Don't see it if Multiple story lines, lack of familiar songs to sing along with bother you, have antipathy to Weimar Germany, or if u are dance blind.A Must

Also This was a thrilling experience, practically perfect, will likely tran... Read more Read less

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89
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Refreshing, Funny, Clever

See it if You are a Beckett fan, know Waiting for Godot, a bit of theater history & theory and are open to protagonists "waiting" in their underpants.

Don't see it if You are a strict traditionalist, object to male nudity, are not interested in ideas regarding playwrights' intentions/modernization of plays

Also Very funny meta-theater, with good writing and very minimalist staging... Read more Read less

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95
During previews
Intense, Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if want to see Albee at his very best-acting, staging-better than the original in '94. Jackson powerful/brilliant, Metcalf and Pill excellent.

Don't see it if Weighty matters, i.e., life and death, are not your cup,you care to miss one of the great stage performances of our time, amazing production

Also A must see for folks who like serious theater. Nothing more to say oth... Read more Read less

Preview until the flood
84
Intense, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can bare looking at the horrific events in Ferguson with an open mind-DO brings to life 8 characters who give us their POV on the event.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a profound exploration from many differing perspectives of the recent tragedy in Missouri, you don't do non-fluff.

Also Dael Orlandersmith's methodology is reminiscent of Anna Deavere Smith'... Read more Read less

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Profound, Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if you want to live with eyes wide open to the stories of 5 homeless characters portrayed at breakneck speed by a virtuostic writer/performer.r

Don't see it if theater is your favorite escapist means - this is very compelling portraiture drawn from the author's experience with real people in the 80s

Also The actor is quite charismatic, and clearly cares about his characters... Read more Read less

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85
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well directed and acted original play dealing with sex in the internet age - plot twists and turns surprising, riveting.

Don't see it if You find mother/daughter relationships overdone, and this one somewhat inappropriate-the teen girl is her mother's pal and in ways wiser.

Also Overall, I enjoyed this production. The first act is somewhat slow, bu... Read more Read less

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Riveting, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You are a fan of Mnouchkine's Theatre du Soleil which specializes in a unique brand of spectacle, here with a multi-global troupe of actors.

Don't see it if you object to fragmented, episodic material about the meaning of theater in world's current state and historically-must like Indian music.

Also I love the work of this company which is fond of long playing times, t... Read more Read less

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85
During previews
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy the combo of historical record and speculation, in this case the question of who assassinated Malcom X in BS's imaginary court.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in the Nation of Islam, Malcom X's rise to power, the history of racism in the US -you will miss an outstanding piece

Also Of particular delight to me was the atmosphere and ambience created wi... Read more Read less

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Disappointing, Dated, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if You haven't seen the original production but remember that this one is on steroids-everything is writ large, a shame for this lovely tale

Don't see it if You eschew the tendency to over-amplify everything, as everyone dances too hard, sings too forcefully ruining what's delicate, simple & sad

Also I really like this piece and it's calypso rhythms, and old-fashioned s... Read more Read less

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91
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You want to enjoy another winning production from the Mint, HW more than 100 years old and still relevant in re: marriage and morality.

Don't see it if You object to leisurely pace, unusual North English speech patterns and accents, and want to miss a rich theatrical experience.

Also I was delighted by this production. Everything worked for me -sets, ac... Read more Read less

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60
Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Banal, Relevant

See it if You want to be bored to tears by the self-indulgent story of a soul suffering from OCD, his attempt to cure himself with mushrooms and cacti

Don't see it if You're interested in the real potential of hallucinogens to help in remediation of many mental illnesses. Stand-up Strauss isn't up to job.

Also This was one of the most meandering, repetitive 100 minutes I've spent... Read more Read less

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87
Elegant, minimalist, sweet, refreshing, relevant, unusual

See it if You want to see a musical unlike usual Broadway fare that has heart and soul and does it with simplicity, restraint and humor. Great message

Don't see it if You expect hoop-la and and razzmatazz. This is a very gentle show, well acted and directed, but un-presupposing and delicate. Great music!

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83
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You enjoy non-traditional takes on classics, like farce and silliness, can forgive slightly cynical perspective on love and marriage.

Don't see it if you are immune to the real creativity behind a low budget production such as this, with great acting and ingenious stagecraft from f. POV.

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85
Exquisite music and singing, adequate choreography and great dancing. silly book even for the time, a mixed bag

See it if you have affection for gorgeous ballads exquisitely sung especially by O'Hara, so so Wheeldon choreography fabulously danced by Fairchild.

Don't see it if you can't give yourself over to dated and silly book, poor production values even for Encore, not moved by probably best revival psbl of

Also Wonderful classic ballads have become standards for a reason and are g... Read more Read less

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93
Profound, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to be enraptured by a brilliant actor and a mesmerizing script with Nicholson a knockout in this 1 hander about the black journey

Don't see it if the idea of time travel or reincarnation through various epochs of black history is not your cup. Same characters appear in many guises.

Also This is an a clever and thought provoking production, mesmerizing to w... Read more Read less

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72
During previews
Disappointing, mildly entertaining, cliched, trivial, pleasant

See it if You want yet more true-to-life political comedy 'though there are a few unexpected plot turns here and want to see Uma in her stage debut.

Don't see it if You expect deep cutting humor, subtly in acting, direction, or writing; this a tepid TV-like satire might have been truly farcical. Alas!

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Intense, Dizzying, Intelligent, Overrated

See it if You are a Gogol fan and like his heavy handed critiques of class and modern society with its disrespect for individuals. Quite over the top.

Don't see it if There is a limit to your tolerance for unrelenting intensity, overacting, and perhaps overwriting. I have been sufficiently Gogol-ized!

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91
During previews
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if you enjoy partially fictionalized, partially factual scripts about historical events in this case the tragic Triangle Fire, and want drama!

Don't see it if you can't follow a narrative that goes back and forth in time, involves multiple roles being played by same actor, and is heart-wrenching.

Also I loved this play and was riveted throughout it's 90 minutes which are... Read more Read less