Wendy

New York City | 50-64 | Female

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Reviews (88)
90
Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Profound, Challenging

See it if Exquisite production! Not for everyone, but a deeply moving non-linear play, that sets the audience off balance & challenges thinking.

Don't see it if Not pre-digested light "entertainment" but very original storytelling requiring everyone to see fluid POV & come to their own conclusions.

Also POV = Point of View Also I don't understand why the New York Times cri... Read more Read less

88
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Well written VERY ORIGINAL play that realistically reflects current society and racism. Wonderful production! I loved everyone in the cast

Don't see it if You're not interested in the emotional journey of a biracial "2 dads" family raising a teen. Engaging throughout but I was never verklempt

Also Great production values even tho it's on a smallish stage 3/4 in the r... Read more Read less

82
Needs a better stage!, Great acting, Historical drama, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Best original play I've seen OOB this year. But needs a better production in an intimate theater. Bare stage in cavernous theater detracts.

Don't see it if you want a polished production. It moves slowly with too many scene changes and no scenery! But I liked it anyway. I hope it gets revived!

Also This was part of Theater for the New City's DREAM UP Festival, and IMO... Read more Read less

60
Tedious, Disappointing, Ambitious, Well acted, but not a play!

See it if You love James Joyce & ULYSSES and you're willing to sit thru a 70 minute monologue by a skilled actress where essentially nothing happens!

Don't see it if you want an engaging story with a PLOT & characters you can care about. Highly skilled actress, but at a certain point, I just didn't care.

92
During previews
Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Classic musical comedy!

See it if you like classic old musicals. This one is HILARIOUS! Superbly directed to hit every beat, I laughed so hard I thought I would need oxygen!

Don't see it if you want deep, serious, or modern. It's Carl Reiner's coming of age during the Great Depression told in style of 30s-40s comedy. Classic!

89
Women Behind Bars
West Village
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
The Cake
Midtown W
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
Transfers
West Village
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
Relevance
West Village
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
As Is
Midtown W
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
Anastasia (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Charm
West Village
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
Lone Star (2017)
Upper W Side
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
La Fiaca
Gramercy
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
Matilda
Midtown W
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
Abu Casem's Slippers
East Village
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

90
Boogieban
West Village
Intensely emotional!, Great writing, Great acting, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Best new drama I've seen this year! Well written script becomes acting Tour de Force with these 2 great actors. Real theater, no fluff.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable subject of PTSD is explored in therapy sessions. Not for the faint-hearted or someone looking for simple entertainment.

Also Although early scenes are a little slow, (I would have trimmed a littl... Read more Read less

70
Whodunnit, Cliched story, Entertaining, Good acting

See it if you like to see new plays in OOB festivals. Good chance to see new works as they evolve. Very good actors but script is a little contrived

Don't see it if you need a very polished, play full of original ideas. Characters and story are a bit predictable, but it's meant to be fun!

93
Fairview
Brooklyn
Off kilter, Challenging, Absurdist, Brilliant, Original

See it if Everyone SHOULD see, as it exposes issues of race & representation in ways you don't see coming. But its NOT FOR TOURISTS looking for fun

Don't see it if You must be willing to be emotionally uncomfortable & challenge your own assumptions. Some negative reviewers have missed the point!

80
Long Lost
Midtown W
Mostly good writing, good acting, but ultimately disappoints!

See it if If you like the actors, or playwright Margulies or just like to see new plays. Gorgeous innovative set design!

Don't see it if This is ALMOST a great play, but is ultimately disappointing! Many good elements, but far from perfect.

78
Slow, Great acting, Dated but worth it, Thought-provoking, Historic

See it if you love Arthur Miller & want to see his less popular plays. Very good production of a quirky 2nd rate play. Interesting, but not his best.

Don't see it if you expect it to be like Miller's iconic masterpieces. Or a fast-paced modern play. Actors & director can only do so much with this script

95
The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
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
Ah, Wilderness!
East Village
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
India Pale Ale
Midtown W
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
Before We're Gone
West Village
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
Bump
Midtown W
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
Goldstein
Midtown W
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
Memorare
Greenwich V
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
Spamilton
Midtown W
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
Mary Jane
East Village
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
The End of Longing
West Village
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
West Village
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
Man in Snow
East Village
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