WouldBeCassie

New York City | 35-49 | Female
About:  Lifelong theater-fan working way behind the scenes.
Reviews (39)
93
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Must see, Great writing

See it if you want to laugh really hard and escape for a little while. If you are looking for a fun date night that guy's guys will totally enjoy.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor

95
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love new musicals, you love to laugh, and/or if you are looking to do something fun with family (tweens+). Not yet perfect but delight.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh, you hate anything with a sci-fi component, or you seek straight play drama. Or if you can't handle fringe feel.

Also I can't wait to see if the creative team can "elevate" this for Bway i... Read more Read less

98
Yerma
Upper E Side
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want an event of a theatrical experience. Buckle your seatbelt!

Don't see it if conceiving children is a topic that hits too close to home. This play is about so much more than just getting pregnant, however.

85
For a previous production
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Ambitious, Hilarious

See it if you like British slapstick... for two hours. Also if you have ever been in a play before, there are very funny references.

Don't see it if you get sick of physical comedy after the first laugh or two.

67
The Present
Midtown W
Dizzying, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if you want to see Cate Blanchett in all her glory. If you love Chekhov at all costs.

Don't see it if you are tired, you want to get home somewhat early...

92
Great acting, Masterful, Great set, Emotive, Slow-starting

See it if You want to see a phenomenal cast and crew take on this story. You don't mind investing a bit early on to stay on the train. It's worth it.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays, or you prefer a comedy or less intense story, or you don't like getting emotional at theater (???).

Also An emotional rollercoaster, totally worth the early effort to stay wit... Read more Read less

95
On the Exhale
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want your theatre to transport you and show you perspectives you've never known or felt, even if it hurts, disturbs and shocks you.

Don't see it if you want a comedy, prefer to escape from the news versus confront emotional and political lightning rods, or if you dislike one person shows

Also I don't want to ever see this again but Marin is a brilliant actress. ... Read more Read less

95
Prodigal Son
Midtown W
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want to see Timothee Chalmont shine. You were ever young and trying to figure it all out. You enjoy watching human strength, hope win.

Don't see it if If you are in the mood for comedy, or are sick of prep school stories, but even then I don't see how this couldn't be riveting, relatable.

Also Favorite play of that season and I hope we see more of Timothee on sta... Read more Read less

84
Life According to Saki
East Village
Great acting, Quirky

See it if You appreciate an ensemble peice from a very talented young group, and you can get planted in a distinctly British style.

Don't see it if You don't care for a WWI set show with vignettes that entertain but don't necessarily work together cohesively.

40
The Encounter
Midtown W
Geeks on stage, Excruciating, Overrated, Annoying, Dorky

See it if you think making weird sounds with your body and mundane objects is "cool."

Don't see it if you have other things to do for two hours.

Also It hurts to give such a negative review because I appreciate how much ... Read more Read less

89
For a previous production
Bandstand
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Delightful, Emotive

See it if You love musicals, and appreciate traditionally structured musicals, set in a past era. Show is surprisingly deep and packs powerful nmbrs.

Don't see it if Traditional musicals or world war era stories don't appeal to you. It occasionally feels dated but ultimately is not. Very accessible,too.

Also I am excited to go back and see this on Broadway and hope fans of Bway... Read more Read less

89
Falsettos
Midtown W
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to feel something when you see musical theater, and you want to be challenged, while enjoying some of the top stage talent around.

Don't see it if You roll your eyes at the thought of a shrink, or if you confuse "of other decades" with being dated. Have you loved and lost? See this!!!

90
Enchanting, Exquisite, Ambitious, Must see

See it if You have children under 15 who love the magic of Christmas. This has high production values and mesmerizes children. Special memories.

Don't see it if You don't celebrate the holiday or if you don't like hoaky at all.

Also Enjoy it for what it is and not more. Kids had a blast.

92
During previews
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Operatic

See it if You love dazzling aesthetics and inherently theatrical pieces. Josh Groban blew me away, must see. Loved the staging.

Don't see it if You won't appreciate style over substance even when the style is remarkable. And if you don't like strobe-light-cacophony effects.

69
Heisenberg
Midtown W
Ambitious, Overrated, Quirky, Dizzying, Surprising

See it if You like two person plays. I see the appeal this has for people in the later decades. There is something affirming here.

Don't see it if You like to take away deep meaning from your plays, and you are unforgiving on writers.

80
Fluffy, Romantic, Dated, Delightful, Great dancing

See it if You like Irving Berlin songs and the era around it, and you trend toward classic musical theater and feel good stories and jazz hands.

Don't see it if You like contemporary edgy musicals more than classics.

75
Cats
Midtown W
Banal, Fluffy, Masterful, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You never saw the original, and if you appreciate set design that exudes beyond the proscenium. Also if you like stylized dance.

Don't see it if You want a plotline in your musicals or you want to witness even a resemblance of the incomparable Betty Buckly singing Memory.

91
For a previous production
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You want to see the best contemporary musical on stage today, you want a show for older kids that you will talk about. Ben P and cast!!!

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason to not see this show except perhaps if you only want to see classics. Pasek & Paul wrote an amazing score.

Also I have re-written my review after seeing the show on Broadway vs Off, ... Read more Read less

50
Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if You like offbeat and theater that is different.

Don't see it if You want dialog.

90
For a previous production
Oslo (Broadway)
Upper W Side
Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You enjoy theater set in historically dramatic moments, particularly if you find world politics and international relations fascinating.

Don't see it if You want light and fluffy. This is well written so not too dark or too light with incredible writing, and it is a human story.

93
During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Riveting, Great acting, Great singing

See it if Wow - there is something VERY special going on right now at the York. If you love emotionally resonant storytelling that packs a punch.

Don't see it if you don’t like musicals. This tells a rich, worthwhile, universal story despite its specificity (two gay men).

Also I knew it was about a gay couple in the 60s so assumed this would feel... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Zurich
East Village
Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Must see, Great writing

See it if you like contemporary plays that surprise you. If you like original work by new voices this is for you.

Don't see it if you prefer the classics.

79
Significant Other
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Excruciating, Relevant, Reminiscent

See it if you either want to be reminded of or share in someone else's frustration of the post-college dating world. If you like Singles, Girls, SATC.

Don't see it if you aren't that interested in theater about first-world problems, or if you get annoyed with prolonged examples of self-pity.

86
War Paint
Midtown W
Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love historical fiction, heavily ground in nonfiction, with amazing costumes and sets and two major stars of the stage. Amazing!

Don't see it if you don't care about Rubenstein vs Arden. But even then, there are a lot of universal truths here offering humor and heart.

78
Sunset Boulevard
Midtown W
Dated, Dizzying, Great singing, Overrated, Excruciating

See it if You love musicals, or stories set in old Hollywood. You want to see Glenn. She sings really well, I had no idea!

Don't see it if You are picky. This is ALW, big orchestra, average story... It's fine just not great for the $$ and time.

95
Absorbing, Great singing, Masterful, Must see, Entertaining

See it if You want one of the most thrilling nights in New York theatre right now. You want to see for yourself what the fuss is about. Fantastic!!!

Don't see it if You inherently don't enjoy Sondheim or the material. But even then... I actually felt lucky to be in that little room. Oh and it's scary!

Also these actors hit it out of the park. Thought it would be overdone but ... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great singing, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you want eye candy and I am not referring to the incomparable Jake Gyllenhaal, who owns it! The lighting and projections are sublime.

Don't see it if you are sleepy and not a fan of Sondheim, or if not interested in exploring artists and those whole bear the weight of loving them.

Also Annaleigh's performance is equal in perfection to Jake's. Just fantast... Read more Read less

79
Big River
Midtown W
Dated, Great singing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if You never saw this performed before. I appreciated revisiting Twain years after grade school and seeing more of his genius now. Songs!!!

Don't see it if You get impatient without the razzle dazzle. This is Encores and sometimes the material doesn't hold up the scrutiny of the bare bones.

Also Also note I thought the actors were awesome. And the music, "River In ... Read more Read less

83
In Transit
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great singing, Ambitious, Guest-pleaser, Something new

See it if You enjoy experiments from trusted creatives who are putting up a pre-to-early career passion project. Plus it's fun,

Don't see it if You can't handle a capella for 90 minutes.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you call sex and intrigue fun (who doesn't?). Lots of eye candy and that only starts with Liev, as the set/lighting are extraordinary.

Don't see it if If you are uptight. Oh and if predatory foreplay-slash-rape despite being reality (esp. in historical context) will offend.

Also Unlike critics, I don't find the set to be heavy-handed like it was in... Read more Read less

86
King Charles III
Midtown W
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if you love English drama

Don't see it if you don't love contemporary plays.

89
Entertaining, Great singing, Endearing, Familiar, Funny

See it if You enjoy musical theater and coming of age stories, and enjoy a throw back to the old neighborhood way of life.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy musicals like Jersey Boys. If you don't like the lead actor it could annoy as this is narrated.

Also This one really spoke to me as my husband's family grew up in the Bron... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Eye candy, Ephemeral, Starry, Classic

See it if you like Diane Lane and new takes on classics. I am one of the very few who actually really enjoyed this version. Loved the set/lighting.

Don't see it if You like your classics preserved, you tend toward comedies.

87
For a previous production
Great singing, Great acting, Resonant, Must see, Absorbing

See it if Hard for me to score this one as I like edgier musicals but I TRULY respect this piece, you will laugh and cry. Jenn C is masterful. Dnt mss

Don't see it if You are sensitive to globalist viewpoints. And even despite that, it is hard not to love this show.

90
The Front Page
Midtown W
Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful, Great staging, Dated

See it if You want a lot of theater for your buck, and you appreciate the all star cast.

Don't see it if You mind working to stay absorbed or if you can't appreciate a period comedy.

65
Confusing, Great acting, Great staging, Indulgent, Intense

See it if You want a fast theatrical experience with a top actor-director combo.

Don't see it if You can't get past the lack of context, the confusing story and the subject matter. This play's questions will linger but not for too long.

93
Great singing, Absorbing, Exquisite, Must see, Hopeful

See it if You did not like the prior version because it was too depressing and weighed down.

Don't see it if You don't like uplifting musicals!

72
Waitress (NYC)
Midtown W
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Overrated, Great singing

See it if you like Sarah B's music and Jesse Mueller's singing.

Don't see it if you don't love a chic-flick-musical.

92
Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Delightful, Great writing, Intelligent, Original, Refreshing

See it if You love musicals! And if you want a highly entertaining, fast paced show that will leave you walking out with a smile.

Don't see it if You don't like big numbers or if you get annoyed at audience members getting jokes that are amateur to you.