Brooklyn | Female
About:  I like musicals, opera and avant-garde theater. I like to be challenged, as well as entertained.
Reviews (280)
Autumn Royal
Indulgent, Intense, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you want to watch two siblings banter about the fate of their father, their own lives and sad life choices.

Don't see it if two talented actors anchor a show with achingly long monologues and interesting visual graphics, some found it funny, for me, simply long.

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Cullud Wattah
East Village
Indulgent, Epic, Banal, Relevant, Predictable

See it if I give this an A plus for subject matter but otherwise it is an hour too long and you can see everything coming a mile off. A real pity.

Don't see it if You would be annoyed by a 1000 unnecessary costume changes, and a wasted platform set that is "poetic" yet meaningless.

Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if It is powerful storytelling to see and hear multiple viewpoints of the same story told in a kaleidoscopic way. Acting is sensational.

Don't see it if You don't want to spend time thinking about systemic racism in America, and police brutality.

Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Two stories told from multiple points of view--sadly ponderous and excruciating. The points of view never intersect. Excellent acting.

Don't see it if Are triggered by mental heath issues, want resolution and find broken love stories without resolution inane.

Slow, Relevant, Disappointing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if Modernized hipsterish version of Godot wants to be edgier than it is--- all of it trying way too hard for me. I wanted to love it.

Don't see it if Shouting, badgering, misanthropic, and confusing but also as it should be ponderous and circuitous. Was not subtle.

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

During previews
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

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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.

Refreshing, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Incredible storytelling with old world values and real heart---requires the audience to pay attention. Moving story w colorful characters.

Don't see it if you don't like a one man show and you don't want to listen, I'm sure this plays a lot of different ways and has good nights and bad.

During previews
Relevant, Absorbing, Slow, Dated, Ambitious

See it if How I wanted to love this show, but it is too long, and ponderous and somehow sags, even though it is theater history, and should be great.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a show that should have been staged long ago, and deserves to be seen. This is theater history. Go anyway.

Layered, Great acting, Relevant, Inspiring, Powerful

See it if A reminder of how powerful live theater is-This was simply moving. The voices- the story-the layering-the complexity-the talent. I cried.

Don't see it if You don't like sung story, or multi-layed plot lines, child perfomances and plays/musicals that ask big questions and dig in a bit.

Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Masterful, Great acting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This is a very twisted and clever play---utterly absorbing, as well as riveting, which will leave you wondering about so many things.

Don't see it if A very mimetic and cleverly dissonant show about very tough topics --- about itself as much as about its subject. Compulsively edge of seat.

Intense, Ponderous, Confusing, Slow, Relevant

See it if A show about a pandemic in the midst of a pandemic, confusing and bewildering, but also poignant and powerful.

Don't see it if A sound show where you are cast adrift with a chair and headphone sitting in the dark alone but with strangers, is not for everyone.

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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

During previews
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.