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 (192)
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

Belfast Girls
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

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!

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Eureka Day
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Little Gem
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Comedian's Tragedy
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.

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

Midtown W
Intense, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
July 7th, 2019

See it if you want to hear some of the best a cappella music ever and might find addiction to internet a suitable subject for such exquisite sounds.

Don't see it if you have no patience for 12-step like recovery as material, low budget staging and some overlong monologues. Otherwise this piece compels.

All My Sons
Midtown W
Overrated, Relevant, Dated, Great acting, Entertaining
July 7th, 2019

See it if you like everything Miller and can't imagine Bening and Letts being anything less than fabulous - the material is second rate Miller, &B &L.

Don't see it if you might find the whole production too pat, too un-nuanced and the color-blind casting confusing and disorienting esp. given time & place.

Also I love the actors but this is not one of Miller's best. The usual mora... Read more Read less

Working: A Musical
Midtown W
Relevant, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal
July 6th, 2019

See it if you appreciate the desire to revive a musical from the original Studs Terkel book of the same name, and you want to support the 99% who work

Don't see it if you expect wonderful music, or performances - these were just okay - and find the attempt to modernize and update this tired piece to fail.

Also While it was interesting to hear from folks who work in various capaci... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever
July 6th, 2019

See it if you enjoy (mostly) one woman shows, this one detailing the debating career of Ms, Schreck who paid for college by participating.

Don't see it if you are uninterested in the foundation upon which our country has been built, are anti-feminist or not into a mock debate w a high-schooler.

Also Heidi Schreck's presumably autobiographical material is quite interest... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great staging, Great acting
July 6th, 2019

See it if you are interested in difference between true journalism and the rise of tabloid newspapers courtesy of Murdoch and his hires, great acting

Don't see it if You find Murdoch too repugnant to want to be in his world for 2hrs45; you are a Fox fan or a NY Post devotee; you are sensitive to screaming

Also So much to appreciate in this production: ingenious staging which almo... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
July 5th, 2019

See it if you are an O'Casey fan, are amenable to Irish historical material, enjoy great acting esp. Plunkett who is a joy, overall fine production.

Don't see it if you are up to your eyeballs in revivals of classical Irish plays, can't manage varying degrees of brogue, have no compassion for the poor.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing
July 5th, 2019

See it if you like one person's creative, interesting retelling of difficult childhood and how impact of events led him to relative freedom as adult

Don't see it if you are averse to depictions of dysfunctional family life, might find the piece indulgent (I didn't), Cale's singing and music tangential.

Also This is a very well conceived piece of autobiographical story-telling,... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing
June 24th, 2019

See it if u want to witness the life of a young Hassidic schizophrenic boy and his relationship with a secular Jewish social worker who tries to help.

Don't see it if You are averse to seeing a lot of primitive behavior acted out, or do not wish to engage with beliefs and lifestyle of a closed community.

Also The author and woman who plays the social worker obviously has had som... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Entertaining
June 23rd, 2019

See it if You like a multi-talented. multi-lingual young woman trying to find direction in her artistic life and her relationship to her Jewish roots.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, have no patience with many-faceted young people trying to be authentic and find a career path that fits.

Also Lea Kalisch is one extraordinary ball of fire full of ambition and gut... Read more Read less

Brilliant, Profound, Relevant, Hilarious, Great acting
May 28th, 2019

See it if You grok the "down-town" sensibility of the great Taylor Mac, and would enjoy a brilliantly acted, ribald farce w profound pacifist thrust.

Don't see it if you don't want to pay close attention to every word, have no appreciation for couplets and rhyme and are offended by comedy about sex &death

Also I was surprised by how much I liked this play, given that I generally ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Funny, Clever
May 27th, 2019

See it if you like your Chekov on the wild side with characterizations exaggerated, extremely physical as might have been performed in the time of AC.

Don't see it if you expect cohesiveness to come from similar acting ability, accents creating a sense of ensemble rather than a rag-tag group of individuals

Also I realize that my comments above are diametrically opposed to those th... Read more Read less

Banal, Entertaining, Clever, Disappointing, Great acting
May 26th, 2019

See it if enjoy a brilliant performance from Laurie Metcalf and an excellent one from John Lithgow in a fantasy re: the outcome of 2008 election.

Don't see it if you have strong opinions about why Hillary lost and aren't interested in re-examining the subject from an alternative perspective/Universe.

Also Far from Hnath's best work, the conceit in this play is actually quite... Read more Read less

Intense, Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
May 26th, 2019

See it if you enjoy exploration of human emotions where a student-teacher relationship is explored through scene work involving Shakespeare characters

Don't see it if uncomfortable with Shakespearian language, not interested in power and gender issues , don't like talky "meta" theater or minimal production

Also This was one of the best acted, most interesting and complex plays I h... Read more Read less

Overrated, Intense, Relevant, Disappointing, Ambitious
May 26th, 2019

See it if you like your musicals to be loud, intense, and overproduced despite the good choice to retell the classic Greek Myth-too much is not enough

Don't see it if if you prefer subtlety and innuendo over high tech, want your leads to be charismatic and have chemistry, don't like fusion of musical genre

Also I totally appreciate the attempt of Chavkin, et al. to create "modern ... Read more Read less

The Fat Lady Sings
East Village
Dizzying, Disappointing, Confusing, Excruciating
March 26th, 2019

See it if You want to see what Jean-Claude van Itallie is up to these days and you'd like to hear a bona fide opera singer in a PC anti-Trump piece.

Don't see it if You remember creativity of Van Itallie in his prime. I do and was hoping to see a glimmer of his genius; unfortunately this effort failed.

Also Kudos to all the talent who were involved in this ambitious production... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Delightful, Entertaining
February 15th, 2019

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

The games people play(ed), Excruciating
August 30th, 2018

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

Moving Bodies
East Village
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant
August 28th, 2018

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