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 (210)
80
Song of Joy
Midtown W
Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious
January 21st, 2023

See it if you can appreciate yet one more coming of age/coming out tale by yet another smart, sincere, talented young man, this time of Indian descent

Don't see it if u might be impatient w his somewhat overwritten journey from Austria to Texas to find authenticity in NYC -I look forward to future chapters

82
Heaven
Midtown E
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Absorbing
January 16th, 2023

See it if u are interested in how people seemingly ill-suited to each other end up in long term marriages stifling their essential natures/basic needs

Don't see it if u find 2 separate monologues insufficiently theatrical, Irish brogue undecipherable or lives of quiet desperation not worthy of exploration

88
During previews
Resonant, Refreshing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
January 14th, 2023

See it if you can handle whimsy and dystopia simultaneously, serious themes of global destruction filtered through ingenious puppetry and humor.

Don't see it if you aren't into a wacky, out of the box view of the state of our planet. it conveyed t's message while still being charming and clever. Go!

95
During previews
Relevant, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
November 18th, 2022

See it if You have seen previous production-I did -and this is even better. Skybell is an outstanding Tevye, and Grey did an awesome job directing

Don't see it if U think Fiddler is passe. Themes are especially relevant today. Translations may be distracting for some. You don't have to be Jewish!!

73
During previews
Jack Was Kind
Chelsea
Slow, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
November 12th, 2022

See it if Fantastic performance by Tracy Thorne of her own material condemning the old boys network and dangers of privileged women becoming complicit

Don't see it if While well written,nothing particularly new here.It's basically retread - full of explanation but lacking in insight.TT's acting is worth it

86
The Unbelieving
Midtown E
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent
November 4th, 2022

See it if you are interested in how identity forms us and then traps us. Clergy who once were Believers now facing losing belief and therefore status

Don't see it if u don't like docu-theater (individuals really confessed their non-belief) and faced the destruction of their personal lives and careers.

Also this play has far wider implications than clergy who no longer believe... Read more Read less

71
During previews
Good Enemy
West Village
Confusing, Disappointing, Relevant, Intelligent
October 31st, 2022

See it if interesting subject matter-intergenerational misunderstandings resulting from different experiences in historical contexts-Chinese American

Don't see it if daughter, father a product of Mao's Revolution attempting healing. Play replete w meandering-flasbacks, changes of locale.A bit dizzying.

65
The wrong play for me!!!
October 31st, 2022

See it if British farce is your cup o' tea. Noises Off infinitely superior in this genre. Acting and comic timing excellent as well as stagecraft.

Don't see it if Insipid, dumb, one note, sophomoric. Couldn't stand being pummeled and forced to laugh so left at intermission to get some space and air.

94
Shared Sentences
East Village
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting
October 31st, 2022

See it if you want to see an excellent ensemble bringing you into the lives of their incarcerated loved ones written with great heart and compassion.

Don't see it if u want mindless fluff and don't want to be made aware of the societal implications of the prison industrial complex. Heartbreaking-must see

70
MONSTRESS
West Village
Intense, Disappointing, Great singing, Confusing, Ambitious
October 28th, 2022

See it if wonderful bluegrass music, brave attempt to retell Greek myths from feminist POV with astoundingly talented cast but doesn't congeal.

Don't see it if overly ambitious despite all the excellent elements and abundant talent and creativity - there were too many confusing/cringe-worthy moments

76
During previews
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Creative,
October 25th, 2022

See it if you like the disparate elements- father/son relationship, immigration stories, folk music both Ameicana and Hatian (less) which don't jell.

Don't see it if can't tolerate lack of cohesion of stories (2 monologs) music which is of itself interesting but doesn't fit the themes presented.1/2 baked.

88
Magical, Masterful, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
October 10th, 2022

See it if you can simply allow yourself to be fooled by one charming, well studied and lovable master of card tricks and mind reading. So sweet!

Don't see it if you don't like card tricks, intimate low-budget entertainment or can't see the deeper messages of human connectedness and healing.

90
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
September 19th, 2022

See it if truly original, tour de force writing acting and directing is your cup o'. Jason Woods has a creative mind unparalleled. Multi layered,

Don't see it if can't appreciate an 80 minute monologue with many characters all played beautifully by JW. A hero's journey par excellence-so glad I saw it

70
Banal, Ambitious, Overrated, Great singing, Disappointing
September 18th, 2022

See it if you appreciate excellent voices singing mediocre music to a poorly scripted and directed riff on THOND with imaginative staging and costumes

Don't see it if you don't like operatic voices, can't tolerate a script which virtually ignores Quasi in favor of Esmeralda, are impatient with exposition.

75
During previews
Overrated, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
August 14th, 2022

See it if you buy into ease of hypnotic (in)trancement even given the self-selecting group of volunteers; Colin makes the most of audience suggestions

Don't see it if It was silly fun, and a relief from these serious times. Felt that some subjects were not in a hypnotic state, just wanted to be on stage.

78
HEART
West Village
Clever, Dated, Great acting, Appealing,, Disappointing
July 18th, 2022

See it if you want a one hander with self-discovery motif that's well performed in poetry and movement but her narrative isn't unusual or interesting.

Don't see it if you've heard a zillion coming out stories. The performer is engaging, her use of language interesting all with good intention, but...

60
During previews
53% OF
Upper W Side
Excruciating, Confusing, Disappointing, Cliched, Great acting
June 20th, 2022

See it if you just fell off a cabbage truck and unaware of current political zeitgeist. Painted with broad and shallow strokes characters are insipid

Don't see it if 3 acts going from bad to worse parody-ing various demographics' take on current events. Some cute/clever costume changes by actors but...

Also In the end, for me this wasn't funny or enlightening in any way, and t... Read more Read less

84
During previews
Riveting, Raunchy, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing
June 11th, 2022

See it if you want to see a no holds barred performance of part of MB's soliloquy, the final chapter of Ulysses. Moloney's acting chops-sensational!!

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows, sparse set, few props (although very well utilized.) Excellent direction. Still some may find stream of conscious,

Also and overtly sexual material and interiority of the monologue off-putti... Read more Read less

71
Half-baked, Clever, Old hat (yarmulke), Ambitious, Disappointing
May 23rd, 2022

See it if you know nothing about Jews, the Jewish religion, and Jewish history. The project of addressing the many big issues inherent here is worthy

Don't see it if but this production is shallow and not fully ready for the stage. I generally like solo shows but Takiff doesn't shed much light on the big

Also questions he tackles. His conflicts (and there is much to be conflicte... Read more Read less

82
Belfast Girls
Chelsea
Slow, Ambitious, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing
May 22nd, 2022

See it if a fascinating depiction of little known chapter of mid 19th c. Irish history when thousands of poor girls were sent to Australia post famine

Don't see it if you hate Irish brogues and can't appreciate long expositions (Act 1) of how the 5 women got to be passengers on the ship, excellent acting.

Also This production is not flawless, but there is so much energy displayed... Read more Read less

81
During previews
Clever, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
May 15th, 2022

See it if you can tolerate a fair amount of cheesiness and tropes about Italo-Americans. Great performances and music, but book is like Swiss cheese

Don't see it if Any of the above is a turn off. Talent galore and fun even if premise is weak. Definitely enjoyable and wonderful escapism in these times!

88
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Riveting, Relevant, Must see
April 25th, 2022

See it if you want to be moved to tears one moment and laughing hysterically the next. The Black woman's experience in dance and poetry rocks!

Don't see it if You are not interested in the female African -American dilemma in our racist society and don't want to feel rather than think. Please go...

Also I am an elderly Caucasian woman who saw the original production over 2... Read more Read less

86
Heartland (59e59)
Midtown E
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing
March 25th, 2022

See it if interested in how the political is personal -critiques the US involvement in the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Shows consequences for NE

Don't see it if scholar, his adopted Afghani daughter, her b-friend.Illness,death,love,loss,regret all there with some Rumi and history of the region. Go!

81
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing
October 21st, 2021

See it if you want to see a tour de force lip-synced performance of transcript of a woman held hostage for months by a psychotic patient of hers.

Don't see it if you would be averse to such material whether it is totally credible testimony or not-still harrowing. Playwright Lucas Hnath, son of victim

Also shaped the piece after the fact. She protected him during the months l... Read more Read less

83
Relevant, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing
October 17th, 2021

See it if you like theater of ideas, can handle a 90 minute well delivered monologue on inequity on the material plane and are able to listen closely

Don't see it if you aren't into "heavy" thought provoking content about 1st world privilege or would find getting inside another's head boring.

Also Yes, this could be called "self-indulgent", un-theatrical, didactic an... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
October 16th, 2019

See it if A three hander done in alternating monologues wouldn't be a turn-off when the subject matter , writing and acting are glorious; so well done

Don't see it if U take theme literally- the restoration of sight to a person blind from early infancy-really bout selfish "interventionism" in other's lives

Also I was engaged to the max for the entire 2.5 hours even though there is... Read more Read less

90
Ludwig and Bertie
East Village
Deserves a better production, Relevant, Superbly acted, Emotionally engaging, Intellectually stimulating
September 28th, 2019

See it if you want to luxuriate in the brilliance of two great philosophers of different culture and temperament seeking to understand Essential Truth

Don't see it if u r uninterested the heady brew of such questions as the nature of ''fact", the primacy of the scientific world view, the role of language

Also Lest you surmise that this piece is dry and bloodless, let me disabuse... Read more Read less

82
During previews
The Rose Tattoo
Midtown W
Confusing, Dated, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining
September 25th, 2019

See it if only for the funny, sensual performance of Marisa Tomei who leaves it all on the stage, and the attempt to create atmosphere over verisimo.

Don't see it if you don't like Williams (not at his absolute best here), remember Magnani and Lancaster although the leads here DO have chemistry to spare.

Also This production exceeded my expectations. Yes, it is dated, sometimes ... Read more Read less

84
Raunchy, Intense, Edgy, Great singing, Ambitious
September 22nd, 2019

See it if you are willing to see a completely revisionist take on this oft revived bit of Americana and won't object to it being sexualized and dark.

Don't see it if You want OK! to remain in your memory as a romantic, idealized take on American expansionism sans the anger and baseness at its underbelly.

Also The music is iconic but often the crux of the book plays second fiddle... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Relevant, Must see, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy
September 16th, 2019

See it if you want to see truly original perspective on core themes of dominance/submission, gender and race and be captivated by acting & production.

Don't see it if You might find simulated sexuality of various kinds unpleasant, won't like the bifurcated structure of the play -depicts and then analyzes.

Also This was one of the most surprising,interesting and provocative experi... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Delightful
September 16th, 2019

See it if you would like to be steeped in Shaw's world view with delightful performances of historical characters/events to make philosophical points

Don't see it if you don't appreciate Shavian POV, can't get past the fact that this was never primo Shaw, cast is of varying ability and text is altered.

Also I found the piece to be absolutely true to the intention of Shaw despi... Read more Read less

79
Relevant, Intense, Cliched, Clever, Great acting
September 16th, 2019

See it if you are interested in the power/racial dynamics between a nerdy white director and a strapping African-American who is type cast as Othello

Don't see it if if you expect anything new being brought to the conversation; although the concept is clever and acting superlative, t text is repetitive.

94
Eureka Day
Soho/Tribeca
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny
September 1st, 2019

See it if you have ever experienced trying to reach consensus in a group and realized that even like-minded folks can hold very divergent POV's

Don't see it if you think CA left leaning parents dealing with issue of mandatory vaccination is beyond tedious and endless parsing of the subject boring

Also I found this play excellent in every way. Wonderful writing albeit gar... Read more Read less

75
Quirky, Refreshing, Confusing, Delightful, Clever
August 28th, 2019

See it if Clever, quirky, message inflected musical might be your cup o'-shows what talent and imagination can yield without necessity of gazillions.

Don't see it if You want a totally polished production-this is antithesis of Bway blockbuster in every way, yet could end up with wide audience if sharpened

Also There was so much pleasure to be found in this meandering, unfocused, ... Read more Read less

82
Tootsie (NYC)
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dated, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining
August 25th, 2019

See it if willing to see a show about which you are likely to be ambivalent -singing, acting, lyrics wonderful, but very dated and cliched.

Don't see it if you can't forget the mediocre score, the dated and problematic premise, and be entertained to the hilt by the amazing talent on stage. I was

Also The sexual politics don't work here as many others have pointed out, a... Read more Read less

84
For a previous production
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing
August 24th, 2019

See it if u are looking for one white guy's experience at 92% black and latino Rikers Island as he awaits release after having killed while DUI

Don't see it if u want an indictment of entire criminal justice system or deep insight into race relations & white privilege in largest penal colony n world

Also The piece for what it is, a first person monologue about a life changi... Read more Read less

69
Indulgent, Cliched, Disappointing, Confusing, Quirky
August 23rd, 2019

See it if you want to see late TW in an experimental mood in a semi-autobiographical play based on his real life relationship with his mad sister

Don't see it if you want to see everything Williams wrote despite the failure of this piece to impress audiences or critics; well acted despite C- material

70
The Exes
Midtown W
Insipid, Fluffy, Disappointing, Funny, Entertaining
August 21st, 2019

See it if you can imagine what this potentially campy and farcical romp might have been had the writing been sharper and the execution better.

Don't see it if you expect to find this play funnier than it actually is, don't like old-fashioned situation comedy, can overlook the differences in talent.

Also Kudos to the "house manager" actor and the set designer. I actually wa... Read more Read less

69
Talent is Sexy
Midtown W
Marred by over-the-top acting, Relevant, Disappointing, Slow
August 21st, 2019

See it if you want to support community level theater, and don't mind that two of the actors scream their lines; subject matter is real, needs work

Don't see it if don't want to be subjected to over-acting and slow but obvious denouement; sensitive situation of how & when to shatter illusions of others

88
Funny, Absorbing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful
August 17th, 2019

See it if you have a thing for 30's and 40's movies, the star systems exploitation of female actors esp in light of current mores, terrific 1 wmn show

Don't see it if you don't care about BD, strong women who survive in male dominated world, think BD was childish when she lost 1940 Oscar to Vivien Leigh.

Also I saw this show almost a year ago and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I tri... Read more Read less

79
Indulgent, Awful book, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining
August 16th, 2019

See it if You need to kick start your inner Temptations discography though you won't hear a single complete song, and and want to remember their moves

Don't see it if You detest jukebox musicals, might resent that this is a vanity piece for the only original Temptation alive, Otis Williams, who is'''godly"

Also The talent onstage is enormous in both singing and dancing departments... Read more Read less

83
Little Gem
Chelsea
Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever
August 5th, 2019

See it if interested in three generations of Irish women telling interrelated monologs mostly about their relationships with men during "their" times.

Don't see it if you don't want to fill in the blanks about their relationships with each other because these are "serial" stories which although well told..

Also are still monologues. The acting is great especially Marsha Mason, but... Read more Read less

87
Rinse, Repeat
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
August 4th, 2019

See it if you are interested in the many ways that dysfunctionality can express itself in upper middle class families-anorexia being just one of them.

Don't see it if you don't like "kitchen table" (literally) psychological dramas, dilemmas of the privileged, transference of pathology through generations.

Also This is a very reality based play and the writing has the ring of trut... Read more Read less

82
The Rolling Stone
Upper W Side
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Disappointing, Relevant
July 28th, 2019

See it if you are interested in the demonization and oppression of those who differ from the dominant culture whether political or religious in origin

Don't see it if you can't imagine that this play is about more than the persecution of gay men in Uganda, but about all considered to be "outsiders"

Also the script is the weakest element here and the ending as others have p... Read more Read less

93
Slow (in a good way), Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Brilliant writing, brilliant acting, masterful in every way
July 19th, 2019

See it if McNally's poetic exploration of desire for intimacy and fear and resistance to it-raw, honest, universal, &relevant despite current mores.

Don't see it if You don't want to go deep or object to frank sex talk, or if you want to miss the beauty of the dance between Frankie and Johnny. Must see

Also Despite having been written in the '80s, McNally's text gets beneath a... Read more Read less

50
Insipid, Indulgent, Disappointing
July 18th, 2019

See it if U must see every show that deals with paranormal experiences, abusive childhoods, coming out, justifications for criminality soaked in camp

Don't see it if U want serious exploration of any of the above topics, instead of pathetic unprofessional presentation by someone who claims unique talents.

Also I do tend towards acceptance of psychic phenomena, reincarnation ,and ... Read more Read less

85
During previews
I Spy a Spy
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great singing, Entertaining, Silly
July 16th, 2019

See it if you want a charming, overlong, tuneful, madcap experience of immigrants in the Big A - at first paranoia abounds, then is resolved in Act 2.

Don't see it if you want a finished work, although this has potential if trimmed by a third, and sad that if it should transfer leads who aren't names won't

83
Preexisting Conditions
East Village
Quirky, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Clever
July 13th, 2019

See it if you'd like to see a piece where the way to deal with lack of health care is to get married. Skewers many major social issues of our times.

Don't see it if u are tired of Bachelor/Bachelorette themes, even w a twist and don't like small productions even if clever & well acted; quirky take on Now

80
The Comedian's Tragedy
Soho/Tribeca
Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever
July 9th, 2019

See it if you like Greek mythology with a twist, fantastic acting (Amendt and Menzel) and verbal sparring asking what if Aris(tophanes) wrote tragedy

Don't see it if you don't know some Greek mythology, can't appreciate ingenious staging on a shoestring, can't sit for 2.5+ hours in sauna-like conditions.

85
During previews
No One is Forgotten
West Village
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting
July 9th, 2019

See it if u want to see excellent acting by two women playing captors in an unknown place and situation doing what any two might do in such conditions

Don't see it if you can't deal with "raw" and "intense" and need to know where and why they are imprisoned - for me the play was aiming for the universal.

Also To a certain extent, according to this playwright, we are all imprison... Read more Read less