Astoria | 35-49 | Female
About:  Writer/Director/Avid theatre fan. Noticed lately that a big portion of my reviews seem really positive, but I actually grade almost harshly. I have a pretty good handle on my taste and I hear a lot of solid word of mouth, so I'm rarely shocked about how much I like/dislike something. Hence the rare... Read more Read less
Reviews (160)
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like great actors. Godley, Miles, and Beale are pretty masterful. The narrative and staging are very effective too. Length is no issue.

Don't see it if Presents a romantic view of the journey of the brothers, that is criticized, but some may feel not enough. Not for children. Sound of gun.

Also A vast number of my points went to acting.

Midtown W
Funny, Energetic, Epic, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you liked Hedwig, British history, pop concerts, great singing, or any combination of the above. This show thrives on the concert it is.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a full scale plot, or a snob about history. The energy is through the roof, and rightfully so. Might overwhelm.

Also My minor, MINOR quibble is the songs are a tad repetitive. I repeat...... Read more Read less

Medea (BAM)
Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

See it if If you’re a fan of Bobby and Rose, and are up for Medea. It’s not pulling any punches. It was very haunting. The update was consistent.

Don't see it if If you don’t like experimentation with space, voice over, or cameras onstage. I’m still not sure I liked it. I found the minimalism useful.

Also Mind where you sit! The very back where I was was good for the camera ... Read more Read less

Great dancing, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if If you are a Motown fan and are not going to spend the show picking the dancing to pieces. It’s very technically ambitious. Incredibly fun.

Don't see it if If you’re not up for well-done, but a bit clichéd jukebox musical. I was hoping for a bit more than a life story of the band.

Also It’s sooo close to great, and perhaps I’m being picky.

Sing Street
East Village
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You like 80s New Wave era and an excellent cast who accompany themselves onstage. Young hope is mixed with the trials of Ireland in the 80s.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a more diverse, dramatic plot. The stakes seemed oddly low. You don’t like the music. Irish accents are hard for you.

Also My overall impression was of how charming it is, and that doesn’t mean... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Funny, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if If you like the cast and bemoan the trivial fad culture of New York. If you’re interested in the struggle between creativity and paying rent

Don't see it if If you dislike snappy dialogue and vaguely unlikeable, snarky characters. If hearing about the trials of the restaurant industry bores you.

Also The play itself didn’t impress me as much as the execution of it. The ... Read more Read less

Romantic, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if If you like the cast and/or adaptations of classics. I adjusted to the music then really enjoyed it. It broke my heart just like it should.

Don't see it if If you’re a snobby expert on Cyrano and can’t deal with any new takes. Not for children. If you don’t do well with tragedies.

Also I very much enjoyed them expanding Roxanne’s role enough so she’s a bi... Read more Read less

During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Edgy, Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if Joshua Henry is really overwhelming. That is the main reason. The plot is very relevant and the dancing/ensemble is beautifully clear.

Don't see it if If you prefer far more spelled out plots or are not a fan of concept albums. It’s musical roots are essential to the structure of the plot.

Also There is a gun shot, but it’s not overwhelming. The stage seats do get... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Confusing, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like immersive theatre with very little interaction and current dialogue about climate change and immigrants. Great sets considering.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays broken into tracks and have trouble keeping track of non-linear plots. I wanted a bit more from the characters.

Also The plot was a bit too scattered, the 3 tracks were actually well desi... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Disappointing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if for a show that thoughtfully examines our millennial generation paired with the stigma of mental illness and the trials of the heart.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something a bit faster paced. If a story of people in their 20s/30s won’t interest you. CW: talk of suicide. No kids.

Also I did think the structure was a bit literary for my taste, but it fit ... Read more Read less

Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if You’re an fan of these actors and/or playwright. For most Chekhov fans I’d say. I think it works better if you know Vanya. Loved the set.

Don't see it if If you’re not game for bad language, sex jokes, and/or a gun onstage. Also, if you prefer your classics not “made accessible” by an update.

Also I’m very torn about the actors breaking the fourth wall too much here.... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Romantic, Great staging

See it if If you want a very solid, dated, but highly competent production. Well acted and directed. Actors all nailed the style of Chekhov. Humorous!

Don't see it if If you dislike the Seagull. I didn’t find much to quibble over if you like the play. It could be rough on aud. who are new. It is long.

Also Show greatly benefits from space, despite uneven set. Some modern tech... Read more Read less

East Village
Refreshing, Intelligent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You know and love your Chekhov and Mueller. Interesting, intense, partially on your feet explosion of 3 mammoths. Grand experiment.

Don't see it if It’s almost too intellectual. I studied with the Assembly and I love them, but this play asked an awful lot of its audience. My brain hurt.

Also I wish I had seen it a few times to take it all in.

Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Masterful, Romantic, Absorbing

See it if You love well-written profound plays that will engage your heart and mind. Beautifully acted and directed as well. Very haunting. Excellent.

Don't see it if You’re not up for an intense play or are homophobic and/or anti-Semitic. Indecent will not let you run from its truth. It’s a lot to follow.

Midtown W
Riveting, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if This is an excellent play with well-defined plot and characters. Engaging example of a small town life in a factory torn upside down.

Don't see it if You don’t want relevant theatre or have to think.

The Ferryman (NYC)
Midtown W
Intense, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like modern Irish history, great acting, and big family drama. Here’s a production that shows what theatre can do when it’s given funds.

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays or too many characters to keep track of. The material is dark and disturbing. You don’t understand Irish accents.

During previews
Had heart., Fluffy, Funny, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if For the Star Wars fan. I think the more intense than I, but I couldn’t quite tell. If you’re newer to musical spoofs too. It’s all heart.

Don't see it if Not enough surprise. Too many similarities to Puffs, [Title of Show], and The Complete Works..abridged series for me. It didn’t push a niche

Also It definitely falls in no-man’s land/middle ground for me, and that wa... Read more Read less

Sea Wall/A Life
East Village
Intelligent, Overrated, Ambitious, Great writing, Disappointing

See it if If you like the actors and the playwrights. 2 monologues. I preferred Sea Wall to A Life. I think I expected more. I liked the language best

Don't see it if I found the stories a tiny bit indulgent and boring. I expected more out of these writers. I like Stephens and Payne’s work. Just a bit flat

Also I didn’t hate the work, far from it. I just wasn’t convinced it was wh... Read more Read less

The Cradle Will Rock
East Village
Intelligent, Delightful, Dated, Relevant, Great singing

See it if If you’re interested in an important but little-known musical and like history. It’s minimalism worked for me. I love Pulver. Yazbeck- good.

Don't see it if If you get bored easily or don’t enjoy message driven theatre. This musical doesn’t shy away from its opinion. You’re looking for flash.

King Lear (BAM)
Intense, Intelligent, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You want to see Antony Sher. He holds your attention onstage like few can. I liked the cast. I like the ideas.

Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare. I struggled with the length of the piece and I am still looking for a Lear that’s accessible all the way through

During previews
Overrated, Good orchestrations, Disappointing, Indulgent, Cliched

See it if Didn’t realize I accidentally double reviewed this. See my St. Anne’s review.

Don't see it if Reviewed at St. Anne’s, just editing.

Funny, Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if If you want very interesting, intelligent, relevant insight about our constitution. The performers are bang on, the content is important.

Don't see it if I only low-balled because I found the story-telling to be a tad boring. It was slightly too lecture-like for me. Slightly. I’d fight myself.

For a previous production
Must see, Masterful, Great staging, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if You’re a Potterhead theatre-nerd. The staging and OBC are spectacular. It made me bawl, again. The sets! I felt like I read another book.

Don't see it if It IS 5 hours, not for the very young, and you NEED to know the books. Watch out for booking tickets. Also, ignore how it reads as a script.

Also For all the controversy over the question of “cannon” plot and casting... Read more Read less

During previews
Romantic, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if If you like stories of Greek tragedy with an updated take. The individual performances are very polished. I liked the music and staging.

Don't see it if If you’re more traditional or if you’re bothered by new musicals. Look up the parents guide if need be. I wanted a tad more from the plot.

Great singing, Ambitious, Masterful, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You’re interested in current Broadway trends that tackles relevant subject matter of our time. You don’t mind a complex emotional plotline.

Don't see it if If you struggle with a play about mental health issues. If you don’t like rock songs. If you want happy musicals only. If you’re too young.

Also I saw it back with Ben Platt, I’d be curious to see how much it affect... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if For the actors. This is a beast of a play, and the characters are famously heinous to each other. But not a weak performance in the group.

Don't see it if If you can’t admire good acting through a veil of SEVERE verbal conflict and pain. I would not sit in the front, house left. Fake cigarettes

Also 2 hours, 50 min. I had vaguely known what it was about. Look up a basi... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if What sticks with me is Keyonna, a young Black woman grappling with her dreams, love, and an imaginary confidant who just happens to be...

Don't see it if If you’re not ready for the reality check/don’t believe Black people deserve to see themselves represented in the arts/in denial about life.

Also Edit: I’ve just seen it a 2nd time, and happily, it got the tightening... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if 2 groups- 1) Anyone interested in social activism. 2) 30+ year olds who grew up on these songs. Basically ME. Trying to have some opinions.

Don't see it if If you hated Next To Normal, or don’t like when every character has a subplot. It weakens the effect. Frankie’s plot could have done more.

Also *No true spoilers- but if you don’t want to know any character analysi... Read more Read less

Intense, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You haven’t. Classic seminal work that was overdue for a revival. The cast pours everything into this, and the result is epic. Very powerful

Don't see it if If you want to ignore what Black Women continue to experience in this country. If you can’t handle truths. Not for children.

One in Two
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if This play goes beyond message driven theatre and is a heartbreaking call to action. Absurdist drama centered around one alarming statistic.

Don't see it if If you do not want to face the reality of an epidemic. Play contains talk of suicide. There is drinking, drug use, nudity, and a love scene.

Also One in Two Black Men who love Men are projected to be diagnosed with H... Read more Read less

Intense, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You like exciting rock opera style musicals. You like the cast. MUST be a fan of current music, and be cool with sad stories. Big show.

Don't see it if Not for children. If you’re going to spend the whole time complaining about changes from the film. If you don’t like pop music.

Also Plot: I did enjoy a lot of the slight changes from the film, but the t... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if If you’re a fan of modern non-linear work with a lot of powerful women. It’s very intense, but worth it. The staging is very interesting.

Don't see it if If you’re not up for the intensity or don’t like having a feel for what you’re going to see. It was rather overwhelming and daring.

Also It’s a very complicated play and to be honest I think I missed a huge ... Read more Read less

During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Profound, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Clever

See it if You want a modern take on Howard’s End/Gay Rights issues across generations. The 2 are beautifully blended. It’s a modern Greek epic.

Don't see it if You are unwilling to engage with the play. It’s 2 parts, (2nd hits previews soon) and it’s long. Time flew by for me. Not for kids.

Also The cast may seem to be unevenly utilized, but there is an intentional... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if If you are interested in the concept of playtime and how our society views it. The audience interaction is very gentle. It’s a small space.

Don't see it if If you prefer a more traditional plot, or zero aud. participation. I was hoping the show was longer.

Also If you do like to move, I would go barefoot in the space as you sit do... Read more Read less

During previews
Midtown W
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great acting

See it if If you like the actors then run. All of them are excellent. The minimalist set shows off Pinter’s plot beautifully. Worth seeing twice.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to understand Pinter’s use of the pauses, then don’t go. The opposite of a big flashy musical. Also not for children.

Also I’ve already seen it 3 times, and when I go back, that will tie my per... Read more Read less

During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great staging, Dizzying, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You want to see an underrepresented voice in musical theatre share with you the complex truth of their life. Wonderful music, ensemble work.

Don't see it if You can’t face current musical theatre. You refuse to take in harsh realities. Story does not shy away from sex and difficult discoveries.

Also The plot turns in on itself intentionally. Be wary if you find that ha... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if (Saw with understudy/Norbert) You like a production that remains just enough faithful to the plot to center the musical. Great singing/dance

Don't see it if You’re not into classic musicals at all, or the opposite- if you can’t deal with a classic plot being altered for a modern audience.

Also It was very refreshing for a new take on a musical to not forget what ... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Funny, Relevant, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if (with Lee Pace/Michael Stahl-David) Entertaining and earnest personal drama from a playwright sharing his uniquely international experience.

Don't see it if If you want a consistent cast or to have a strong idea of what the plot is. This isn’t for someone afraid surprise. If you’re conservative.

Also It’s a different actor every time and they don’t get the script or reh... Read more Read less

Seeing You
Disappointing, Entertaining, Resonant, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You love interactive shows and WWII history. It was obvious how much work and heart was put into the process.

Don't see it if If you don’t like having to actively seek out the plot. I hunted actors down. I was pulled out of the story when it wasn’t clear where to go

Also The strongest parts were in the plight of the overlooked: like the sto... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You’re a fan of the leads and interested in how the British got their tabloids. Berty and Johnny did great. They’re not easy characters.

Don't see it if You’re going to sit there and complain about script length. I did find the set a bit distracting, but I got over it. Some mature content.

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if If you want to see the actors perform beautifully and are at least reasonably familiar with Greek myth and Marilyn’s life. Very abstract.

Don't see it if If you insist on a clear plot being spelled out for you, or you will spend too much time trying to figure out who their characters are.

Also This is still theatre, not really performance art. Performance art wou... Read more Read less

Burn This
Midtown W
Intense, Disappointing, Funny, Intelligent, Dated

See it if You like the actors and director. Driver and Uranowitz especially were fun to watch. You like small cast plays that don’t hold back.

Don't see it if You don’t handle the excess of the 80s well, or are too conservative. It was a tiny bit intense even for me, but I appreciated Wilson’s take

White Noise
East Village
Riveting, Dizzying, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like Parks and Diggs. You can handle a lot of provocation and you’re looking for theatre to push you. I was shocked and shaken. Good.

Don't see it if It’s a lot of ideas. You’re looking for a cleaner play. You’re afraid of change. You don’t like to see any violence or long monologues.

Inconsistent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if Glenda Jackson. She’s worth it. Ruth Wilson is also excellent. I was on the fence about a number of the ideas. Some refreshing looks.

Don't see it if Watch where you sit. The music is a bit too loud. You’re a traditionalist about Shakespeare. You’re distracted by too many ideas happening.

Also The extra points go to Glenda Jackson and a couple of the leads. I’m n... Read more Read less

Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if If you like low key Shakespeare that’s forces actors to use the language well. The tone, acting, and lightning were especially good. So fun.

Don't see it if If you insist on fancy production values. This is a rehearsal hall. If you don’t like shows where they sit with you or break the 4th wall.

Also It’s up several flights of stairs. Check in advance for how to use the... Read more Read less

Relevant, Disappointing, Great singing, Romantic, Enchanting

See it if Run quick, closes soon. You like lovely music played by brilliant musicians and a plot that’s not overwrought with excess. It’s lovely.

Don't see it if You’re not into international music. You look for bigger musicals, more excitement. It was the # of Tonys that makes me say “disappointing.”

The Light
Midtown W
Intense, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if If you like message driven theatre that entertains you and gives you depth. The cast is brilliant. The plot is full of power and heart.

Don't see it if Trigger for recounting an assault. If you like lighter stories. Not for children. If you have a hard time following heavily-detailed plots.

Ain't No Mo'
East Village
Resonant, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if If you’re looking for intensely relevant theatre. This dark comedy will make you think and pushes boundaries. It has stayed with me.

Don't see it if If you’re offended by stories telling the truth about racism in our country. If dark comedy doesn’t make you laugh or you dislike new work.

During previews
Ambitious, Intense, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent

See it if If you like relevant, dark comedies and want to be challenged by theatre. The acting and the set are very solid. The plot sticks with you.

Don't see it if If your tend to squirm at darker comedy that uses a more serious plot, characters in distress or physical jokes, like falling/being hit.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You enjoy small scale storytelling with a purpose. There is joy in hearing a classic legend, and soul in the immigrants finding their story.

Don't see it if You have no patience or willingness to hear about people you may not understand.