Wendy

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (78)
89
Cult classic, Kitchy, Raunchy, Hilarious

See it if Fun revival of raunchy 70s Cult Classic takeoff on B prison movies. A piece of theater history. Great cast brings it to life! Lotsa laughs!

Don't see it if you don't like absurdist humor and graphic sex scenes. Tom Eyen's script is a little dated but still iconoclastic.

85
Somewhat predictable, Great acting, Charming, Clever, Funny

See it if Debra Jo Rupp is a charmer who gives a nuanced & often hilarious performance. Some writing is very funny, but might not work as well w/o her

Don't see it if Serious topic is presented in a light & fluffy way, so I wouldn't recommend if you want something HEAVY, like an Arthur Miller.

66
Funny, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Overrated

See it if IF u absolutely loved the movie, u might like this. But I'm no fan of re-enactments of movies. No emotional engagement. Totally predictable!

Don't see it if you want some depth of ideas. Performances & production values are mostly terrific, but the story is still just glamorized sophomoric bs.

Also A few noteworthy things: ... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Historic, Absurdist, Great acting, Stylized, Still relevant

See it if Fastidious revival of ABSURDIST play from 1970. Rare chance to see a piece of history! Themes of guns & toxic masculinity still relevant.

Don't see it if if you don't like ABSURDISM or want something current. Some didn't understand it. It's very stylized & a bit heavy handed, but still a gem.

Also I'm very impressed with Wheelhouse Theater after seeing this very poli... Read more Read less

92
Hilarious, Delightful, Quirky, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want an absurdly comedic skewering of women's issues in a series of fast paced vignettes with a stellar cast. I laughed out loud alot!

Don't see it if You want a serious drama or you're not comfortable with lesbian themes & talk about female genitalia. In this case, I found it hilarious!

Also I was pleasantly surprised by this play! From what I had read, I didn'... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great choreography!, Insipid, Overrated

See it if Hilariously entertaining, but without much substance. Great performances, gorgeous costumes, but no emotional journey. Too light for me!

Don't see it if See if you like Mamma Mia or other juke box musicals (I don't) HoH aspires to be camp like SOMETHING ROTTEN, but falls short esp. the score.

87
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Resonant

See it if you want to see a solid, serious play that successfully explores CLASSISM in society, particularly in university admission/scholarships.

Don't see it if you want light comedy. There is some humor & terrific acting, but it's mostly serious & may be just a few minutes too long. Still rewarding.

60
During previews
Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Slow, Dull

See it if BlahBlahBlah... More like a TED Talk than a play because its all VERBIAGE! It's almost not a play because there's no emotional journey.

Don't see it if unless you want to drown in words. Some deep thoughts on feminism, racism, & change, but it might be more interesting to read as a thesis.

Also Can't recommend this one even though I love Jayne Houdyshell and Richa... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Historic

See it if Exquisite, nuanced acting brings this historic play to life in minimalist setting. Truly captures the essence of early days of AIDS crisis.

Don't see it if Unfortunately, the minimalist setting doesn't serve the play well. Tragic subject might make some uncomfortable. Not a light evening.

80
Visually beautiful, Clever, Ambitious, Great singing, Slow

See it if you want to see a visually opulent, traditionally structured musical. There are a few show-stopping performances, but in general it's bland.

Don't see it if you are looking for cutting edge excitement or new ideas. The only NEW thing is the set design/video walls which is the best I've ever seen!

90
Intelligent, Profound, Still relevant, Thought-provoking, Heart breaking

See it if you want to watch The Olympics of Acting! You love Harvey & you want to see his classic play cut right to the quick yet still be relevant.

Don't see it if You're NOT interested in gay lives & universal human issues from before gay rights was a thing. Not as powerful as original, but still great

90
During previews
Clever, Profound, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like serious multi-cultural drama that challenges preconceptions with a great ensemble cast. Best new play I've seen in a long time.

Don't see it if you want something light & fluffy, or if you have trouble understanding accents, or you don't care about other cultures. Otherwise, see it!

Also Not perfect, a few moments in the beginning are a little heavy handed,... Read more Read less

81
Classic, Enchanting, Ambitious, Funny, Great staging

See it if You like the Golden Age of Spanish literature with poetic dialogue in verse. Gorgeous costumes!

Don't see it if You don't like to read English super titles while play is in Spanish.

76
Ambitious, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Overrated

See it if you want to expand your thinking on LGBTQ issues. Very thought provoking. But unfortunately the writing never got me emotionally engaged.

Don't see it if If you are not interested in LGBTQ issues. The play has a thought provoking inter-generational premise, but the writing fell short.

90
Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Refreshing, Short

See it if you want to see a surprisingly good One Act play performed in an unlikely venue. The play is funny, & the acting is excellent and hilarious

Don't see it if you're looking for fancy production values, or the 2 drink minimum is going to bother you. Otherwise, there's no reason NOT to see it!

92
Great acting, Great writing, Witty, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you want to see an amazing adaptation of a classic Argentine comedy. Very wittily acted with subtle humor.

Don't see it if you don't like to read English subtitles. THIS PLAY IS IN SPANISH!

77
Original, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent

See it if you want a beautifully acted, intriguing and disturbing play that makes you question what defines pleasure in a desolate dystopian world.

Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment. This play is not FUN & not PERFECT. But critics got it wrong! Not FUN doesn't equal not WORTHY!

72
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Overrated, Too dark for kids

See it if you love musicals, and/or you have children (not too young) who love the book. Cleverly staged & skillfully acted & sung, but just too dark.

Don't see it if if you want a happy theme. I don't love this book and I found it a little nightmarish for young children, altho the actors are wonderful.

Also Sorry this review isn't more timely. I saw the last performance before... Read more Read less

90
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want to see a simple but delightful play based on a story from THE 1001 Arabian Nights. The actors were great & comedy played perfectly!

Don't see it if you're expecting typical Strindberg. This is clever & light & funny. Appropriate for children, but a little too long with no intermission.

60
Wonderful performances, Insipid script, Disappointing, Cliched, Obvious stereotypes

See it if You're willing to see wonderful singer-dancers play stereotypes in a superficial musical. Some fun moments, but there's no emotional journey

Don't see it if You want a musical with substance that doesn't talk down to you. Smug retelling of women's changing roles in 60s & 70s. Nothing new here.

Also It's such a shame the script doesn't have more intelligence and depth ... Read more Read less

59
During previews
Great singers, Great set design, Disappointing, Cliched, Superficial

See it if You want to see a well executed, polished piece of entertainment. The cast is terrific, but the premise is cliche and totally predictable

Don't see it if you want to care about the characters in a musical with a strong book. Not the actors fault, but I actually didn't care who lived & who died

65
Dated, Historic, Thought-provoking, Uneven, Miscast

See it if you want to revisit an iconic, groundbreaking play that reminds us of how much the world is changing. Fascinating but miscast period piece.

Don't see it if if you're looking for something current or cutting edge. This play is very dated and has lost a lot of it's original dramatic impact.

Also An interracial couple and a gay roommate aren't sensational any more. ... Read more Read less

77
Clever, Resonant, Great ensemble acting, Abstract, Disturbing

See it if You like seeing the human cost of war. No set, very abstract, just brilliant ensemble acting. True to the book which is harsh.

Don't see it if Sounds of gunfire and explosions will upset you. It's not a "FUN" show. More like an important history lesson.

50
Well intentioned, Disappointing, Cliched, Amateurish, Unsophisticated

See it if You like to see Works in Progress, you don't mind big holes in the plot, & songs that don't push the emotional journey forward. No chemistry

Don't see it if You're expecting polished, professional theater! Good idea, but young, energetic (somewhat skilled) cast is mis-directed. Needs play doctor.

62
Shallow, Weak script, So-so score, Predictable, Very good cast

See it if You love the cast members and you don't mind melodrama.

Don't see it if You want an emotional experience.

95
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Epic, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if I felt I'd been transported to another time/place, & I came away w/ knowledge as if I had lived a whole other lifetime. Epic writing/acting!

Don't see it if 3+ hours long, w/Shakespearian levels of treachery & plot twists. Some might find Irish accents hard to understand. Need to pay attention.

Also Beautifully acted, but I highly recommend sitting as close as possible... Read more Read less

65
Classic, Great eugene o'neill, Supposed to be a comedy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Worth seeing if you love O'Neill and American Classics, even tho the director seemed to forget it's supposed to be a comedy!

Don't see it if You'll get impatient with the slow pace and lack of laughs in spite of some good performances. Can't justify 2hrs20min

Also Altho it's often not fair to compare productions, I feel so lucky that... Read more Read less

85
Cleverly original, Entertaining, Intelligent, Multi-cultural, Great cast

See it if you enjoy new nontraditional plays, question what it means to be an American from a non-WASP pov, care about family touched by hate crime

Don't see it if you're only comfortable within your own ethnic group & don't want to learn about others. Serious & timely play presented in lighthearted way

Also Very worthy themes, but sometimes got a little preachy. Grand kids of ... Read more Read less

75
Classic, Predictable, Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if you love T Williams and want to see a lesser known, rarely produced play with some great performances.

Don't see it if you only want to see T Williams masterpieces. The writing has flaws & 1 actress is hard to hear unless you sit close to stage. Needs cuts

87
Ambitious, Well acted, Romantic, Cliched, Melodrama

See it if you love the excellent Leenya Rideout & John Zdrojeski in a beautiful production of quirky, macabre love story. Script is a bit melodramatic

Don't see it if you're not comfortable w themes of death, suicide & questioning Catholic faith. High marks for beautiful, well-directed production

85
Hilarious, Clever, Original, Great comedic acting

See it if you would enjoy a refreshing comedy about pregnancy and childbirth. Light, but very well done!

Don't see it if you're looking for serious drama or a lavish production. This show works because of terrific actors!

85
Almost great new musical, Great singing, Wonderful score

See it if You had immigrant grandparents or just want an original musical, with a wonderful score that's good in spite of low budget production.

Don't see it if You're looking for a lavish production. This one requires you to use your imagination when the characters are supposed to age 40 years.

Also There are so many things I absolutely loved about GOLDSTEIN, that I th... Read more Read less

91
Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to be immersed in a magical theatrical experience. Beautifully acted by Mark Rylance, this play has music that casts a spell on you

Don't see it if if you don't appreciate history and classical music. It is not a musical or a light hearted comedy.

92
Resonant, Funny, Great writing, Great acting, Profound

See it if you want to see a profound, character driven new play that exposes racism where least expected. Brilliant writing surprises you with humor!

Don't see it if you're looking for a lavish production. This is a low budget, 1st production of a great play. The church is echo-ey, so sit up front.

Also The convent is merely a backdrop to deeper questions about where love ... Read more Read less

85
Imaginative, Magical, Performance art, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you would enjoy a powerfully acted 1 woman show about a writer conjuring up parts of Mata Hari's life in a dreamlike multi media setting.

Don't see it if you want a traditional linear plot or play stucture. This is an immersive experience, more like performance art that's very well executed!

88
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you love MUSICALS, especially, but not limited to HAMILTON. You won't get all the jokes if you don't know the shows being spoofed.

Don't see it if you want something serious. This is a brilliantly executed, fast paced spoof of HAMILTON & other musicals. 100% spoof = not for everyone.

82
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Worth reviving, Only a little dated

See it if you like an "Oldie, but a Goodie!" Wonderful characters. Deals w Bible Belt LGBT prejudice before it was a hot topic. Very decent production

Don't see it if you're satisfied with having seen the original, definitive production on Broadway 35 years ago. Otherwise this is your chance to catch up!

82
Great acting, Very well directed, Atmospheric, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You want a small but solid production of a classic. Powerhouse performance by Kevin G Shinnick as Dracula, Jay Longan as VanHelsing & others

Don't see it if You're looking for plot twist or something glitzy. Good adaptation, sticks to original, so we all know the story! Good acting makes it good!

80
During previews
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like serious, contemporary drama.

Don't see it if You're looking for something light and funny. It's good but very heavy.

89
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Immersive, Original

See it if You want a clever, immersive, untraditional take on a familiar old story. It pushes the boundaries of what a musical should be. Fun show!

Don't see it if you expect the orchestra to be in a pit and the actors on the stage. Both will be all over the place!

62
Cliched, Predictable, Funny, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you're a big fan of Matthew Perry. There are some interesting moments & a few laughs, but the play itself doesn't sustain any bigger ideas

Don't see it if you're looking for real drama. Pretty sure MCC wouldn't have produced it without a big name TV star. My friend left after 30 min.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love Irish plays and appreciate great writing even if the themes are a bit jarring. It was exquisitely acted and deeply moving.

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. This is serious drama intended to be harsh and disturbing in its beauty, as was the original Bway production.

82
Yen
Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting

See it if you can handle a starkly barren view of humanity. Brilliantly depicted yet so disturbing! Not a fun evening but very worthwhile. Jarring!

Don't see it if you don't want to be uncomfortable because the story and underlying themes WILL give you an emotional workout that's uncomfortable.

Also I felt like I had lived another lifetime after seeing this play, and t... Read more Read less

90
Abstract, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of Israel Horovitz plays (as I am) & you're up for seeing a minimalist production that relies on the language of the characters

Don't see it if You' want a light evening or a "kitchen sink" drama. There are a few moments of comic relief, but MAN IN SNOW is mostly very serious and sad

Also Will Lyman gives a stellar performance as "David" the character at the... Read more Read less

90
For a previous production
Enchanting, Romantic, Cross-cultural, Resonant, Great acting

See it if you want to see- *A sweet, quiet, deeply emotional story, *Tony Shalhoub at his finest *Breakout performance by Katrina Lenk *Wonderful cast

Don't see it if *you're looking for a big, glitzy musical comedy. *you won't appreciate a dramatic, melancholy Arab-Israeli story *impatience w/slow pace

Also I LOVED this show, but I realize it's not for everyone. YES, the pace ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you appreciate classic American drama a la Sam Shepard, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee. This is an off-Broadway gem with superb acting!

Don't see it if you're looking for something light and fluffy. There are plenty of laughs, but serious themes lurk underneath.

75
During previews
One woman show, Great acting, Intelligent, Great monologue, Not a real play

See it if you love Judith Light (she's wonderful) you love Neil LaBute It's an exquisitely acted one hour monologue!

Don't see it if you're expecting an actual Neil LaBute play with more than one actor and more than one scene.

90
During previews
Classic, Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if You want to immerse yourself in a meticulously recreated slice of life in the American south in 1920s. A must see for fans of Horton Foote.

Don't see it if You're looking for something edgy or avant garde.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Quirky, A little cold

See it if you are curious to know more about what Autism is like. If you want to get inside someone else's head and see the world thru their eyes.

Don't see it if you want an emotional journey that's easy to relate to. This play is very good, but not warm and fuzzy. It's a little cold and distant.

50
Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated, Some good acting, Quirky

See it if You like Shakespeare no matter what they do to it! You like novelty for the sake of novelty.

Don't see it if You want emotional engagement instead of just novelty and spectacle. Ultimately it didn't matter that the cast was all women.