Brooklyn | Female
About:  I like musicals, opera and avant-garde theater. I like to be challenged, as well as entertained.
Reviews (270)
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Indulgent, Too many characters, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if Unnecessarily complex family drama taking place off and on stage with a cast of ten characters with a lot of back-story.

Don't see it if Intellectuals philosophizing at a family wedding, with a lot of speech writing --and underlying drama.

Also This potentially fun complex family drama about two upper-class Jewish... Read more Read less

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Sanctuary City
West Village
Heartfelt, Intense, Sparse set, Repetitive dialogue, Worthy story

See it if Beautifully performed intermissionless play in three parts, the first is staccato: two interwoven stories abbreviated by flashes of light

Don't see it if very long, with a repetitive almost poetic monologue between two characters standing on a pallet, in the last part a third actor joins

Also the first part takes place over a short period of time, the latter par... Read more Read less

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Coal Country
East Village
Resonant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Bare set with Steve Earle playing music he composed--Alongside actors w transcripted narratives re: coal mine explosion in West Virginia.

Don't see it if Poignant and heartbreaking true accounts of an actual explosion in a coal mine-- beautifully woven story integrating many of the individuals

Also Painful, and heartfelt, these narratives are flawlessly performed and ... Read more Read less

Inspiring, Positive, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if Positive children’s musical focusing on diverse women who have “persisted” and done much to change our world.

Don't see it if Inconsistent performances flaw some great upbeat songs —and a great message.

Also Great selection of women featured and a wonderful message. Fun and opt... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if A bonanza: a lesson in Irish theatre history, with two excellent little known plays within a play and a piece of lovely warm fruitcake too.

Don't see it if Excellent acting by all, with the fourth wall broken and appearances by literary characters including T.S. Eliot, Singh, and Lady Gregory.

Also For lovers of literature, history, and especially those interested in ... Read more Read less

Mack & Mabel
Midtown W
For the musical lover, Nostalgic, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Fun romp in old fashioned traditional musical territory-- great singing & dancing, performances, and costumes--all that you would hope

Don't see it if This IS Encores--a great band, classic show, so-so sets, and some stellar performances with a chance to revisit something people yearn for

Also This show, in particular, has been anticipated for a long time--and al... Read more Read less

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East Village
Clunky, Complicated, Refreshing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Delightful and surprising this dual tale has you switching back and forth between older Korean fisherwomen and a contemporary NY playwright.

Don't see it if angsty examination of white-centric male playwrights and cultural disassociation and ancestral heritage

Also So many surprising, fun and bright moments in this clunky and too long... Read more Read less

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Disappointing, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Clever Hybrid, seventies Cambodian rock band interspersed between two political stories (modern and historical) and father/daughter story.

Don't see it if Don't like layered shows-don't like to see extreme violence depicted, don't like musical interruptions not woven seamlessly into narrative

Also Complex and ambitious with fabulous acting as well as great musical pe... Read more Read less

Beyond Babel
West Village
Profound, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Beautiful and moving story of thwarted young love told through "west coast urban dance". Truly phenomenal performances.

Don't see it if A dancing modern Romeo and Juliet set amidst urban decay and separated by a wall, against a ​backdrop of contemporary music.

Also The ensemble is staggeringly great--as well as being very diverse, wit... Read more Read less

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Delightful, Refreshing, Classic musical, Entertaining

See it if It's a romp! A delightful retake of a classic musical revamped to be more feminist. Great dancing, singing, and acting. Overall a lot of fun

Don't see it if I expected more risks and changes to the book, since it was recast to be more contemporary, but this only made the story seem more dated.

Also I loved the men's costumes they were startling and fun, acid colors ri... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if The attention to detail and what is between the sentences is what makes this so excellent and moving--the subtext abounds and is just clever

Don't see it if Slow-paced microscopic examination of the minutiae of everyday life will not appeal to everyone especially as it examines race and class.

Also I found this provocative, clever, intelligent, and moving. The hiring ... Read more Read less

During previews
Self aware, Heartbreaking, Complicated

See it if A paper dolls house of intertwined stories of mothers and daughters, unfulfillment, responsibility​, mental issues, and death

Don't see it if Characters are paper-thin​ and staged in performances simultaneously, sometimes its torpor is amazing, other times you watch the wrong thing

Also A difficult subject, and an ambitious play. People left the theater lo... Read more Read less

Resonant, Ambitious, Great staging, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if Homage through text, media, screen, & duplicated performances to Polish avantgarde director Tadeusz Kantor, unusual​ candor & texture

Don't see it if avantgarde theater, nonlinear, multiple simultaneous experiences, exquisite performances, stunning singing, staged but non-narrative​.

During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Truly unique, extremely reflexive, personal memoir about a complex Jewish family, and a mother with dementia

Don't see it if non-narrative, complex temporal setting, staged performances, broken fourth wall and scientific data is all used to tell a compelling story

Also with phenomenal acting--unlike anything​ I have ever seen, deeply inte... Read more Read less

Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Talky, Cliched, Banal

See it if Quirky love story between two socially unaligned lost souls with a lot of baggage find each other.

Don't see it if Very talky, and although the backdrop features some political/social ​commentary there is nothing new or special here.

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Grand Horizons
Midtown W
Entertaining, Slow, Cliched, Great acting, Funny

See it if Fabulous ensemble cast, with some truly laugh out loud moments, set in a banal middle-class cliched world, which is a commentary on itself.

Don't see it if Not all the characters are well developed and although quite pithy, some parts are way too slow and things need to be cut.

Also Michael Urie just shines, so does Jane Alexander but everyone is simpl... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Indulgent, Confusing, Cliched, Ambitious

See it if This poignant complex story with multiple actors -- needs to be more consistent, it's too easy to lose the thread,

Don't see it if The subject matter and the historical plot make this worthy of being seen but need​s work.

Also Some of the performances were stellar and some were so weak, the actor... Read more Read less

Resonant, Refreshing, Heartwarming

See it if This beautiful story is a perfect antidote to the malaise and political scene of our current everyday life. People care! People are kind!

Don't see it if Simplistic set that evolves over and over with characters playing multiple parts and clever charismatic​ music, an overall win.

Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Clumsily acted and badly written depressing story about a middle-aged son addressing the needs of his elderly father

Don't see it if nothing new introduced​ in this depressing topic with awkward silences, and actors forgetting and tripping over their lines.

The Elements of Oz
Multi-layered, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Phenomenal reinvention and deconstruction of the Wizard of Oz as "lived" by so many. Clever use of multi actors and retellings and voices.

Don't see it if WO=onderful use of mixed media and digital devices and projections and layered characters. Would have liked more.

Romantic, Great singing, Great staging, Fluffy, Absorbing

See it if gorgeous tableau in slow motion with exquisite special effects--and stunning singing---very romantic but slow-paced and no real content.

Don't see it if lovely to see emphasis on the written word and the value of the soul over the superficial although this message seemed lost to audience

Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Oh the costumes! the music! the musical chairs!

See it if Why would you want to miss seeing this amazing avantgarde genius' show resurrected for 2019 in a fascinating​ dollhouse performance?

Don't see it if It's a wonderful cubic- no hexagonal show inverted and turned inside out and flipped around-- yet still tied up in a beautiful giftbox.

Also Wonderful costumes, great background music all throughout, crazy exper... Read more Read less

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One in Two
Midtown W
Epic, Cliched, Important message, Gimmicky

See it if a tremendous amount of theatrical artifice is used to make a point, although the message is poignant and worth hearing

Don't see it if discussion of the construction of play and broken fourth wall are some of the devices used to tell the​ story

Also Ambitious construct with excellent acting. The story is relevant and i... Read more Read less

The Crucible (Bedlam)
East Village
Absorbing, Epic, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Immersive and fast-paced, you are quickly surrounded by puritanical America in all its severity and harshness.

Don't see it if Attendees are forced to sit in uncomfortable wooden chairs and harsh lighting sets the scenes, which is gripping but physically excruciating

Also Excellent acting all around-- very clever use of stage and sets​ and t... Read more Read less

The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Absorbing, Resonant, Great dancing, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Emotional drama told only through song/and pop music. Incredibly powerful and moving. Incredible performances.

Don't see it if The plot is not original—like a fifties noir movie. But the performances are so charismatic and moving the whole production resonates.

Also Based on the title LI made the assumption this would be a drama about ... Read more Read less

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72 Miles to Go...
Midtown W
Relevant, Profound, Molasses slow, Worthy story, Timely

See it if A meaningful and resonant story about immigration told temporally backward. It's 90 minutes (no intermission​) but feels much longer.

Don't see it if The opening and closing scenes are bookended as a final sermon with one toned jokes, sort of the same heartbeat of the show.

Also The story is not original, but I think that is the point--this is so m... Read more Read less

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The Minutes
Midtown W
Minutiae under the microscope, Pedantic, Upending, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if Clever set, clever concept, quirky and incredibly detail-oriented, suspenseful, and temporally elongated

Don't see it if So many characters--so many banal and frustrating moments, just like real meetings, and yet, so much under the surface waiting to spring​

Also No spoilers, but this has a surprising ending, and the woman next to m... Read more Read less

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Hangmen (Broadway)
Midtown W
Quirky, Great staging, Clever, Intense, Edgy

See it if A political thriller set in northern Britain in the 1960s​ that has a dry comedic quality about an edgy topic.

Don't see it if Accents, dry humor, complex plots, with multiple stories all centered around the last of the hangmen in Britain.

Also No spoilers, because the plot is clever and the surprises are worthy, ... Read more Read less

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Unknown Soldier
Midtown W
Earnest, Layered, Masterful, Romantic

See it if Powerful and moving examination of life and love seen through the lens of multiple people in several time periods. Amazing performances.

Don't see it if Clever and complicated story and set where every scene drives the plot—no chance to doze—need to be alert!

Also Could be sentimental and smarmy but instead so poignant and moving. Fa... Read more Read less

Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if Brilliant performance of Paul Muldoon's elegiac poem about love lost by Stanley Townsend. Fascinating set with video. Time expands/contracts

Don't see it if Intense and confusing, I wish I read the poem before I saw the show. But moving and powerful whether you are following or totally lost.

Indulgent, Entertaining, Dated

See it if Sondheim's life story and songbook is sung by eight talented performers, guided and interrupted by a ​video of Sondheim

Don't see it if two and a half-hour​ long cabaret to video --sort of a PBS bio with live performers except created by Sondheim to control his legacy

Also The performers were entertaining , and there are poignant moments reve... Read more Read less

Witty, Sophisticated, Funny, Clever

See it if Glossy and clever this silly riff on the sixties and the “me movement” is witty and fun to watch. Great costumes and acting.

Don't see it if Tiny stage with a lot of costume changes and set interaction might drive you nuts. Ensemble and band very good. Suzanne Vega shines!

Also Very soft voices. Quite gentle. Silly and fun and actually raucously f... Read more Read less

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We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Banal, Cliched, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if Non-traditional format: a band performs with a singer who simultaneously narrates her life story.

Don't see it if weird pointless set and narration about how life is meaningful yet we are all gonna die, so live now...NOT even a spoiler...

Also This has a strange blank set with a spiral staircase blocking the sigh... Read more Read less

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The Hot Wing King
Midtown W
Romantic, Resonant, Poignant, Sassy, Funny

See it if Charming and funny situational story about middle-aged gay black men figuring out what family means and how dreams can be fulfilled​.

Don't see it if Memphis dialogue is very hard to follow in the beginning of the first act, until you acclimate. Wish, I had gotten earphones​ so it was clea

Also This is a very long play with not much happening in the first act (but... Read more Read less

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Where We Stand
Upper W Side
Indulgent, Cliched, Interactive folktale, Story-telling, Spoken word

See it if Starts off with a slow hum and requires the audience to participate becoming one with a solo performer who tells a slow moral tale.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with audience participation, don't like repetitive verse, don't want to be preached to

Also There are rotating solo performers for this show. I saw Donnetta Lavin... Read more Read less

Medea (BAM)
Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A contemporary reworking of Euripedes heartbreaking story with celebrities against a blank palette stage with beautiful poetic details.

Don't see it if This is a glamorous play--dynamic sets, in an incredible setting makes it feel epic before it starts, huge photographic closeups

Also Like Oklahoma, the use of filming is very clever and adds a whole othe... Read more Read less

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Frankenstein (CSC)
East Village
Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Two performers explore the Frankenstein creation myth in a complex contextual way--very intellectual and heady.

Don't see it if The characters morph and play multiple parts, minimal sets, great intensity of performers, multiple use of instruments to enhance effects.

Original, Feminist, Sassy, Smart

See it if Lively clever one-woman show with a young woman recounting her steps/missteps towards her wedding day. Funny, vibrant, emotional, engaging.

Don't see it if Part of the Irish Theater festival filled with lots of in-jokes--and a fast-paced​ monologue may not be for everyone,

Frightening, Depressing, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if This sad mother-daughter tale is horribly written and overwrought, with a forced resolution.

Don't see it if There were potentially ways that this sad story could have been more compelling or even watchable

Also but they were all left out. Where were the photographs of the epoch/ti... Read more Read less

Quirky, Masterful, Dizzying, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if a helluva a one-man show, but one where you don't actually have a sense of who the performer is, and what the point of the 100+ voices are.

Don't see it if this is a 3D history lesson, although not sure what the point or purpose is or who intended audience is.

Also Rick Miller shines his Canadian lens on the boomer years-- and he spee... Read more Read less

Campy, Funny, Enchanting, Melodrama

See it if Wonderfully dated melodrama making cinematic fun of every movie cliche in history.

Don't see it if Silly, light and fluffy, but with great acting, and fabulous costumes, just a fully entertaining evening. Nothing will resonate. Plain fun.

Judgment Day
Upper E Side
Profound, Great staging, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if truly the tableaux and the brooding moving gigantic scenery was worth the price of the ticket

Don't see it if but the allegorical plot is too simple--and although visually stunning, I kept wondering why all this?

Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Unique, Suspenseful, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if Just super clever in every way-- with its intensity and sensitivity, temporal playfulness, incredible acting, and unique plot.

Don't see it if Ther are definitely trigger issues for people, and although deep and thoughtful it is also tremendously sad and resonant.

Also I saw Judith Ivey's understudy who was excellent and I am sure that to... Read more Read less

Orpheus & Eurydice
Charming, Clever, Intimate, Great singing, Romantic

See it if In the round and up close and personal, four minstrels sing, play and recant in clever verse the story of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Don't see it if You don't want to interact with performers, don't like modern and interpretive versions of classic stories, don't like intertwined stories.

Also This is the blending of two different one hour plays intertwined into ... Read more Read less

Clever, Refreshing, Resonant, Great staging, Exuberant

See it if Wonderful intermix of stories told by men in multiple cities in Africa (and London)--with great choreography and verve-- very resonant.

Don't see it if Hard to hear in the balcony as well as the complexity of many​ accents--wish I got a hearing device.

During previews
Fluffy, Good fun, Entertaining

See it if A little song and dance on an epic snowstorm​ day--a little nostalgia and some charming performers. Light-hearted entertainment. Enjoyable.

Don't see it if This is a musical jukebox--one of the performers was ill but the four made it work and Maury Yeston came out and entertained with old yarns.

Black Exhibition
Raunchy, Delightful, Indulgent, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if Aspires to be the gay male choreopoem counterpart to Ntozake Shange’s Colored Girls is raw uneven messy yet delightful in an unabashed way

Don't see it if exposed and mired in minutiae-- don't see if you are uncomfortable with nudity and descriptions of sex

Also Somehow this play/choreopoem non narrative non specific experience is ... Read more Read less

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The Thin Place
Midtown W
Slow, Intense, Edgy, Startling, Thought-provoking

See it if Unsettling and provocative play about meaning, relationships and communicating w those present and elsewhere.

Don't see it if Many clever conceits and tricks are performed on the audience, provoking surprise, confusion and fear.

Also Incredible acting and complex non linear plot which has you here, ther... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Fantabulous staging, Dizzying, A spectacle

See it if What polish! What sheen! What a scene! What a set! There's nothing like it anywhere and well worth seeing.

Don't see it if The music and performances are good too- but there is no substance and it's a jukebox world (60! songs coming at ya!)

Also I didn't LOVE the movie, and I didn't love the show. I wanted to. I re... Read more Read less

Confusing, Slow, Great singing

See it if If you are a fan of larger than life musicals and Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice combo, love Evita and want to see any iteration

Don't see it if don't like modern interpretations of classic shows, don't like several characters playing the same part, as there is a dual Evita in this

Also The show has this young Evita who is onstage as a sort of ghost or muc... Read more Read less