WeeklyTheaterGoer

Smithtown | 35-49 | Female
About:  I am an avid theater supporter and attend 1 - 3 shows per week.
Reviews (85)
75
Network (NYC)
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great staging, Dizzying, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Bryan Cranston - he was amazing. Although I'm not a fan of this director, the staging was amazing.

Don't see it if you cannot follow a fast-paced play. The show can be dizzying at times.

75
Socrates
East Village
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy philosophy, ask a lot of questions, and enjoy listening to dialogue.

Don't see it if you need big sets and lots of action or you don't have the endurance to watch a fairly intense play for 3 hours.

20
Indulgent, Overrated, Excruciating, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if you are choosing between this play and a root canal or you must see everything that Nathan Lane does.

Don't see it if you like decent theater.

Also I enjoyed the first three minutes of the play, and then it went rapidl... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon, enjoy shows about dysfunctional individuals, and like Terrence McNally plays.

Don't see it if you don't want to see an intense play involving dysfunctional individuals who forever be miserable.

Also This show definitely makes you feel things. Most of the time, I wanted... Read more Read less

85
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the predicted Tony award winner for best play. Great ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you don't like long shows - almost three hours.

95
Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you love the show and the music. It is a completely different experience in Yiddish!

Don't see it if you don't want to read subtitles, need a big set with big name stars, or do not like the original Fiddler on the Roof.

Also This was such an incredibly moving piece of art. I have been singing t... Read more Read less

80
Enchanting, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing

See it if you enjoy upbeat musicals with heart. This is a very talented cast, and it was entertaining from start to finish.

Don't see it if you need a big musical with show-stopping numbers, don't like live animals on stage, or you want more traditional staging.

70
The Parisian Woman
Midtown W
Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Ambitious

See it if you are an Uma Thurman fan (which I am not) or you like House of Cards.

Don't see it if you don't want to watch politics on the stage or you are a Trump fan (there was actual booing during the show).

80
The Last Match
Midtown W
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if you are supporter of Roundabout, you want to see an interesting story told in a way that will keep you watching.

Don't see it if you need big staging, multiple characters, or big stars.

73
The Children
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you want to see great characters and story-telling. The show held my attention, although I felt that it could have ended a little sooner.

Don't see it if You need action or do not like quirky shows.

60
Meteor Shower
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Fluffy, Quirky, Odd

See it if you want to see Amy Schumer (who is not very good on the stage) or you want to see the actors laugh at their own jokes.

Don't see it if you want to see something thought-provoking or interesting.

Also Lauren Benanti was the best thing about this show. It was so fun to wa... Read more Read less

68
Clever, Confusing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great men from history debate religion and the gospel.

Don't see it if you need big staging and action. This is literally three men, a table, and two chairs.

Also As someone not familiar with the New Testament, I think I missed sever... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Fluffy, Slow, Disjointed

See it if you enjoy a Capella music, history lessons, and drinking alcoholic beverages. It's an interesting concept, but it's a little silly.

Don't see it if you want a plot, talented musicians, or do not like sitting in small spaces.

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you want to support new playwrights creating an original work with great acting and political issues.

Don't see it if you do not like historical pieces of work or small, intimate settings.

70
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you want to see a family-friendly show with beautiful staging. The projections are beautiful.

Don't see it if you need big stars and powerful musical numbers.

90
The Sardi's Tour
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Interesting

See it if You are interested in the history of a Broadway landmark and the stars who walk through the doors. This is a great tour!

Don't see it if You have no interest in Broadway history.

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing, Must see

See it if You are a fan of Bette Midler or David Hyde Pierce and you enjoy colorful costumes and great songs. It's a classic musical!

Don't see it if You're not a Bette Midler fan (go on a Tuesday night then). At times it felt a Bette Midler concert rather than a great musical.

40
1984 (Broadway)
Midtown W
Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense

See it if You're a fan of the book, want to see a great cast, and have 101 minutes to kill.

Don't see it if You want something light and enjoyable to watch, you don't enjoy loud noises and flashing lights, and you're just not interested in the plot

72
For a previous production
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a simple comedy with predictable moments that will have you laughing from beginning to end.

Don't see it if you are looking for a well developed plot or dislike slap-stick comedies.

68
Pacific Overtures
East Village
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Interesting

See it if you enjoy Sondheim and/or Asian themes. You enjoy minimalistic staging and a good ensemble performance.

Don't see it if you need an in-depth story with well-developed characters and detailed staging.

88
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see extraordinary performances by all cast members, but especially Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. Intense, emotional, & great.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy thought-provoking drama and need a more fast-paced activity.

75
The Whirligig
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if you want to see a well-acted, well-written play about a small-town community. The staging is clever.

Don't see it if you need a play with big name actors and elaborate sets.

83
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see an Arthur Miller play performed by an amazing cast. Mark Ruffalo should have also been nominated with Danny DeVito!

Don't see it if you need a lot of action and cannot maintain attention for 2 1/2 hours.

49
The Hairy Ape
Upper E Side
Great staging, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if like Bobby Cannavale and want to see theater in an interesting performance space.

Don't see it if you don't want to leave the theater scratching your head.

85
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if want to see well-written, thought-provoking theater and you enjoy historical pieces.

Don't see it if you don't want to think when you go to the theater or you cannot sustain attention for 2 1/2 hours.

70
Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like Shepard and are in the mood for a dark, intense play.

Don't see it if you want one genre in a play - at times this is play is funny, and at other times, excruciating. This is not a happy story.

50
Mac Beth
West Village
Indulgent, Edgy, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you're interested in an abbreviated version of the original play. The young woman were very talented and the rainstorm was very cool.

Don't see it if you are an originalist and cannot handle an all-female cast and odd adaptations of one of Shakespeare's greatest plays.

80
Ink
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy smart, intelligent, topical plays. The staging was amazing and with every scene, you notice something new in the background.

Don't see it if you don't like historical/biographical plays or have difficulty with understanding accents.

65
Overrated, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you're interested in history, particularly with the constitution, and enjoy debates. The teenage debater was amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like one-woman shows (yes there are two other people, but it's really about one). You don't want to feel like you're in school.

Also I know that the critics really praised this show. I wanted to like it ... Read more Read less

80
Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy Greek mythology, want to see something different, and care about staging. Set design and New Orleans-style music are great.

Don't see it if you want a bright, cheery musical. There's no other reason not to see it.

Also I predict that this will win best musical.

64
The Portuguese Kid
Midtown W
Funny, Silly, Predictable, Good acting, Entertaining

See it if you are a Jason Alexander fan. At times, there is some good comic sparring, but it didn't last for the duration of the play.

Don't see it if you need to like the characters on stage or need a show of substance.

83
Junk
Upper W Side
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want a history of junk bonds and want to see some great acting. Although the play is quite long, it is very entertaining.

Don't see it if you are not interested in finance or cannot maintain attention for long periods of time. You need to pay attention to the details.

87
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see great theater. I loved everything about this production.

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical

84
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see the perfect blend of theater and opera. Mark Rylance is at his best.

Don't see it if you do not like operatic music.

55
Downtown Race Riot
Midtown W
Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are interested in NYC in the 1970's or have a subscription to the New Group.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained for 90 minutes. The characters are difficult to watch and I couldn't wait for the show to end.

Also My friend enjoyed the show much more than I did.

80
Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if you love Shakespeare and want to see an entertaining interpretation of one of his best plays, complete with music!

Don't see it if you need big staging. The CSC is a great, intimate theater where the audience is a part of the performance.

65
During previews
M. Butterfly
Midtown W
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Great acting, Slow

See it if you love Clive Owen and want to see great acting. It's an interesting parallel story to the opera. Clive Owen will get a Tony nod.

Don't see it if you don't want to ruin your view of the opera. There are many unnecessary scenes and it needs to be shortened by 30 minutes.

Also I really wanted to like this play, and at certain points, I did. The C... Read more Read less

83
Prince of Broadway
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Indulgent, Disjointed

See it if you enjoy the musicals that were directed/produced by Harold Prince. This is a revue show with concert-type performances of musical numbers

Don't see it if you want something fresh and new, you don't like Harold Prince, or you want a musical with a plot.

52
Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

See it if you need a nap. The show lulled me to sleep. The acting was great for a mediocre play.

Don't see it if you want to stay awake.

79
Stomp
East Village
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You love rhythm and have an appreciation for talented musicians.

Don't see it if You need a plot and actual musical instruments.

80
Indecent
Midtown W
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great storytelling and are interested in Jewish history.

Don't see it if You need colorful sets, a quick pace, and you do not like historical plays.

80
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You enjoyed the movie or really just want to see an entertaining show with good music, great singing, and a cute story.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy smiling through a musical or have a dislike of Groundhogs.

71
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you were a fan of the original production or Glen Close. This was a very well-done performance, worth seeing a legend on stage.

Don't see it if you do not like Glenn Close or don't want to leave the theater feeling depressed.

60
Clever, Disappointing, Great singing, Great staging, Quirky

See it if you liked War and Peace, want to see unique staging and theater transformation, and/or enjoy Josh Groban.

Don't see it if you want to see a well-developed story, have difficulty understanding poor accents, or dislike unnecessary/irrelevant dance routines.

87
Sweat
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you enjoy well performed drama by a fantastic ensemble cast. This story is told so well, that you'll be talking about it long after it ends

Don't see it if you do not enjoy dramatic pieces about race, friendships, and family. If you cannot handle yelling, cursing, and the demise of others.

80
During previews
Napoli, Brooklyn
Midtown W
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see great acting and writing about an Italian family living in Brooklyn in the 1960's. Very emotional and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if you need to see big names, big sets, and a lot of action.

70
Delightful, Entertaining, Quirky, Playful

See it if you love Christian Borle and want to see a feel-good Broadway music. Borle plays a fantastic Willy Wonka. You'll smile the whole time.

Don't see it if you are Willy Wonka purist or if you're hoping for the musical to feel like the movie. The staging is not as spectacular as one would hope.

46
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you want to see Sally Field on Broadway or want to see a new interpretation of a familiar show. Finn Wittrock was the best part.

Don't see it if you want to see good staging. The staging took away from the original plot. It could have been any no-name actors on the stage.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you are a fan of Ibsen and have always wondered what happened to Nora. Laurie Metcalf deserves a Tony! Great writing and acting!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Ibsen or don't want to change the ending to the original work.

50
Vanity Fair
Midtown W
Disappointing, Dizzying, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you have 2 1/2 hours to kill and enjoy vaudeville-like plays with underdeveloped plots and cheesy song-and-dance routines.

Don't see it if you enjoy good theater.