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 (217)
Funny, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining, Clever
November 25th, 2022

See it if Fan of the Titanic film, like musical spoofs, Celine Dion, and/or a Millennial? It’s right in our teenage 90s wheelhouse. People were dying.

Don't see it if If you take yourself too seriously. I’m jaded and I still laughed aloud, and found a lot of moments very clever. It’s got mild mature themes

Profound, Thought-provoking, Romantic, Intelligent, Great singing
November 23rd, 2022

See it if If you like elegantly simple plays with music about family, immigration from Haiti, and reconciliation with the past. Beautiful tone.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for something flashier. Some mature themes. If you don’t want your emotions tested. I heard sniffling that was justified.

Also Structure is monologue based. It’s interesting, intelligent, nothing i... Read more Read less

During previews
Refreshing, Relevant, Must see, Great writing, Great acting
November 10th, 2022

See it if If you’re excited by plays that are unapologetic in their truth about racism. It retains its relevance and satire as expertly as before.

Don't see it if If you cannot handle uncomfortable themes. The language might be jarring, but it’s entirely true to the world. The N word is used frequently

Also Premise is what if all Black peoples were given a 1 way ticket back to... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting
November 5th, 2022

See it if If you’re interested in how fascism can easily invade normal life. Subtle and even romantic 2-hander that devolves right before WWII.

Don't see it if PG-13 on staged sex. If you don’t want your beliefs tested about how easily we could fall into the trap, taking place just outside NYC.

Also I have to completely disagree with those who said it was a missed oppo... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Dizzying, Funny, Confusing
October 30th, 2022

See it if If you like devised theatre and have the patience to go along with what you might not understand immediately. It’s somewhat immersive.

Don't see it if If you insist on linear plots. Audience helps choose, so there are multiple options. One could go twice. Slightly mature, implied sex.

Also At it’s best felt like a cross between a Doctor Who episode and a Doug... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Clever, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing
October 26th, 2022

See it if If you like August Wilson and strong actors. There are a lot of very powerful moments that the actors get to expand on. It’s often funny.

Don't see it if If you prefer short works or something more contemporary. If you have trouble following detailed plots. If you want something less serious.

Also Plot revolves around a pair of siblings (Brooks’ and Washington’s char... Read more Read less

During previews
Profound, Great singing, Emotional, Entertaining, Clever
October 26th, 2022

See it if Very lighthearted, intentionally nerdy 90s era comedy that might squeeze your heart a little bit. Somewhat reminiscent of the movie “Jack.”

Don't see it if If you wouldn’t laugh at a plot that includes some grey morals. Leans into dark comedy, doesn’t live there. PG-13. Isn’t entirely fluffy.

Also Without ruining the end, I felt it really solidified the tone of the m... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Confusing, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent
October 23rd, 2022

See it if If you like verbatim style theatre about relevant issues. Minimalist production gets right to the point of debate about race.

Don't see it if It felt like they didn’t have the rehearsal that ERS usually do? Pace was surprisingly slow. I liked the end, but I wish it were clearer.

Upper W Side
Intense, Romantic, Great singing, Absorbing, Dated
October 23rd, 2022

See it if If you’re game for good melodramatics from my very favorite drama Queen. Tosca’s a lot, but in fairness, love is too. One of my favs.

Don't see it if If you don’t want intense tragedies. It takes a second to get settled and pick up in exposition. It does contain gunshots.

Thought-provoking, Profound, Intense, Dizzying, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2022

See it if If you like 2 handers about Black Male brotherhood and the trials of money. Parks’ work is as intense and classic as usual.

Don't see it if If you’re not interested in characters that are going through intense trials. This is not a simple story. You have been warned.

Also It’s one of the most classic plays of this generation, and one should ... Read more Read less

Epic, Romantic, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing
October 23rd, 2022

See it if Had to see the Classic London cast- (in 2013 for me) As absorbing as it ever was. Quintessential West End. Javert was especially good.

Don't see it if If you’re not impressed by the British invasion or don’t like musicals where you’ve probably heard the songs thoroughly by now. Loud show.

Fluffy, Great singing, Disappointing, Entertaining, Ambitious
October 23rd, 2022

See it if If you like kids casts who can kick butt on stage. A lot of points to them. Strong show for a young audience. Generally good fun.

Don't see it if I saw this when it was hugely hyped, so I’m not sure if my expectations were too high. I wasn’t a fan of the songs. I found them forgettable

Orpheus Descending
Dated, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting
October 23rd, 2022

See it if I saw it for Hattie Morahan back in 2019. She was worth it. If you’re curious about Williams’ lesser known work.

Don't see it if Unfortunately the play features a stereotype of a Native person that didn’t read well today. Most points for the acting rather than the play

Also This would have been higher if I liked the plot as much. I’m not much ... Read more Read less

Dated, Intelligent, Raunchy, Overrated, Disappointing
October 23rd, 2022

See it if I saw it when it first hit London in 2013. If you like South Park humor. Just never saw I could review London.

Don't see it if The structure of a musical holds up and is actually quite intelligent in parts. But the shock value is now even more dated.

Also Lots of people were laughing, but I merely chuckled unfortunately.

Intense, Masterful, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious
October 23rd, 2022

See it if If you like Stoppard, go. If you care about the Holocaust, its legacy, and/or family genealogy, go. It pulls you in and demands attention.

Don't see it if If you can’t sit through 2 hours no intermission. If you’re overwhelmed by the the Holocaust. If you have trouble keeping big casts straight

Also This is Stoppard’s most personal play, based on some of his own family... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Great acting, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining
October 22nd, 2022

See it if You like musicals about musicals, and inclusion is important to you. It’s very personal, enjoyable, beautifully made. Worth the hype.

Don't see it if If you’re stuck in a box about what Broadway is supposed to be. It has mature themes.

Also I’ve seen it off/on Broadway, and my lone complaint is sometimes I don... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Confusing, Entertaining, Clever
October 22nd, 2022

See it if The more you know Chekhov, the funnier this is. It’s his first play deconstructed. If you like experimental theatre and short plays.

Don't see it if If you don’t like wearing headphones, find commentary annoying, or don’t appreciate the dark humor in Chekhov. Prop gun and very mild blood.

Also It was lively and funny. I did get lost a little bit by the end, but i... Read more Read less

During previews
KPOP (Broadway)
Midtown W
Energetic, Relevant, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful
October 14th, 2022

See it if It’s a must for Kpop fans and people who like concert centered shows. Overwhelmingly engaging. Cross of reality TV with Chorus Line.

Don't see it if If you’re put off by the music. Some dialogue is in Korean sans translation, as per plot. It’s a loud show with moving lights.

Also Luna, an actual Kpop Idol, takes on the role of Mwe. She’s very good. ... Read more Read less

During previews
Clever, Funny, Resonant, Enchanting, Delightful
September 17th, 2022

See it if NAILS its audience, as expected. I think avg kid age was about 2-4? Very sweet, fun theatre puns for the parents. Classic and new songs both

Don't see it if Show runs a little more than an hour. Not the easiest to get up from. Reminder partial view seats are in front- a panel hides the performers

Also VIP photo ticket with the “Honkers” post show is available. Merchandis... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, Refreshing, Great acting, Funny, Clever
September 16th, 2022

See it if If you want a very timely play that is intense yet gratifying. It’s 4 characters, and it’s well written and acted. Not fluffy.

Don't see it if It’s not lighthearted, as it says it in the title. There is also brief nudity as one of the characters requires a shower. Not for kids.

Also 2 characters are living with a disability, and they never seemed one n... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Fluffy, Great singing, Dated, Cliched
August 30th, 2022

See it if For the obvious cast. The ensemble is strong enough to be taken completely for granted too. So very old school Broadway.

Don't see it if If you insist on the things you see having something new to say. This is to make you smile and look back.

Also It was a bit odd to see Sutton dance so little. There were moments tha... Read more Read less

Midtown W
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Underwhelming, Ambitious
August 18th, 2022

See it if If you’re intrigued by an adaptation that centers Queen Margaret’s story among the war of the Roses. It’s only an hour. Two-hander.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a bit more creativity and don’t love your Shakespeare. I wanted a larger staging, more actors, and more umph.

Also Husband/wife two-hander that seemed sadly too limited by the budget. P... Read more Read less

Between The Lines
Midtown W
Romantic, Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining
August 4th, 2022

See it if If you have ever gotten lost in a book, or consider yourself a literary nerd. There are a lot of uber charming moments. Cute warp factor 100

Don't see it if I wanted to like it so much more! If you don’t like narrated musicals or stories about HS. If you’re too serious or have little patience.

Also It’s in need of serious tightening, and yet there were moments and jok... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Refreshing, Funny
July 27th, 2022

See it if You were bored by a bunch of Shakespeare and looking for what else it can give. The inclusive casting was refreshing in light of the plot.

Don't see it if Without knowing the family tree/nobles first. It can get quite confusing to keep track of why everyone matters. I wouldn’t bring a kid.

Also Play was good fun, and Danai certainly held down Richard very well. Bu... Read more Read less

Upper E Side
Slow, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious
July 27th, 2022

See it if Must be able to deal with a plot that unfolds slowly. Best to read the synopsis. Also interesting to see this and their Hamlet. Same cast.

Don't see it if If one doesn’t have a handle on the characters previously, it will be quite confusing. This is not a play to relax for. It’s very long.

Also This production might be a bit too smart for its own good. It will fru... Read more Read less

Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Relevant, Ambitious
July 10th, 2022

See it if If you like the cast and discussion about the dynamics of small towns. It builds towards several important issues I don’t want to spoil.

Don't see it if Again without spoilers, I was left a tad confused by the darkest part of the plot. I didn’t agree that 1 character choice was earned.

Also I was left a bit unsettled by this play, but not in the way that I thi... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Entertaining, Great writing, Relevant, Profound
July 10th, 2022

See it if It’s closing, tom. If you like well written plays about Blackness, taking care of family and the LGBTQIA+ community, that are complex.

Don't see it if If you can’t take emotional plays right now. This one’s a beast, in the best sense. I sobbed, twice. Brief violence onstage. Talk of sex.

Also These characters are so beautifully written. Felt like such a real fam... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Romantic, Must see, Great singing
July 10th, 2022

See it if So I saw it both at CC and Broadway, and it’s tricky to not compare casts. But it’s a delightful production that’s just well constructed.

Don't see it if If you’ll be too bored by classic fairy tales or longer musicals. There are some cast that I preferred over others, but it’s quibbling.

Entertaining, Great dancing, Relevant, Indulgent, Great singing
June 22nd, 2022

See it if Mainly for Joaquina, and the dancing. I’ve seen it described as too “indulgent” or corny, and it IS very romanticized. It’s “paradise.”

Don't see it if If you’re expecting a bit more risk-taking in the plot, or get annoyed by characters that just aren’t so fleshed out. It’s a real ensemble.

Also The dancing is my favorite, both the Irish and African influences. I h... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Overwhelming, Clever, Intelligent, Ambitious
June 22nd, 2022

See it if You know your Hamlet already. It didn’t offer as unique a take as I’d hoped, but a lot of moments were thought-provoking. I’m going back.

Don't see it if It’s LONG, it’s Hamlet! Lawther’s approach is intense, so if you’re not on top of the plot you might get quite lost. 1 gun shot on stage.

Also This is intensely picky. I really like a ton of this cast. This was pr... Read more Read less

During previews
The Refugees
Midtown W
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious
June 8th, 2022

See it if You like clever takes on classic Greek characters and they’re parallels with our world. Play measured up to what I expected.

Don't see it if You don’t like minimalist productions and/or audience participation. There is a small amount.

Little Girl Blue
Midtown W
Profound, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great singing
May 27th, 2022

See it if You like solo shows, cabarets, and/or intelligent theatre. Michelle also wrote it. It might challenge you, but it’s Nina Simone.

Don't see it if Another show that shouldn’t be as relevant as it is because of lack of govt. action about race relations. If you want your denial, I guess.

Also Nina Simone certainly didn’t mince words, so not for young kids. Maybe... Read more Read less

During previews
Fat Ham
East Village
Intelligent, Refreshing, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining
May 21st, 2022

See it if For a lively, modern interpretation of Hamlet re-examined for 2022. How have some family conflicts never changed? What is the answer now?

Don't see it if If you’re going to be totally turned off by changes to Shakespeare and refuse to accept the characters are their own people. Not for kids.

Also I’m going back, and I’m glad. The scenes move quickly and are quite ab... Read more Read less

Wedding Band
Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Great acting
May 21st, 2022

See it if You’re interested in plays that examine the complexities of race/privilege in 1918. It seems a love story, if only it were allowed to be.

Don't see it if First- use of the N word by a White character. 1918 settling, so racism is blatant. Women are put through quite a lot. Not an easy plot.

Also Alice Childress deftly created multiple Black female characters to sha... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great writing, Must see, Great singing, Entertaining
May 15th, 2022

See it if To see a concert-like prod. but all star cast pull of a classic beautifully. It’s good enough that it’s easy to forget how hard it is to do.

Don't see it if You’re unhappy with serious musicals, and/or have little patience for big casts and adaptations. I’m having a hard time justifying this.

Also There were a few actors I thought could have done even more, but when ... Read more Read less

Intense, Entertaining, Resonant, Masterful, Great singing
May 12th, 2022

See it if Not just for Tina fans, a good exploration of that time, conflicts around race, marriage, and power, and of course powerful live performance

Don't see it if Triggers for domestic violence. It is truthful without being trauma porn. If you’re not up for journey of Tina’s career, highs and lows.

Also The ensemble deserves extra stars. I saw the Dance captain Leandra Ell... Read more Read less

Great dancing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Great singing
May 12th, 2022

See it if If you like Michael and dance. MJ does a great job showing how Michael develops as a performer. Parallel casting is very interesting.

Don't see it if Triggers for parental physical and emotional abuse. If you don’t have patience for biographical musicals.

Also The ensemble together really shined. I saw Aramie Payton play Michael,... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Funny, Slow, Fluffy, Dated
May 7th, 2022

See it if If you really like Beanie. I was going for Ramin and he’s unfortunately out atm. The dancing was also fun. Beanie was funny. I missed umph.

Don't see it if It’s not even about that it’s not Barbara, it’s that I’m convinced a stronger singer exists. I wanted Beanie in the book part only.

Also My opinion is colored by not seeing Ramin, sure, but I’m honestly not ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Great singing
April 28th, 2022

See it if You want a low key but absorbing new musical 2 hander from Scotland that got raves at the Fringe. 2 actors bring us on a magical folk tale.

Don't see it if If you really struggle with Scottish accents. I heard a couple behind me who were unfortunately lost. If you have no patience for minimalism

Also 2 actors play all the characters. Take a look at the glossary and char... Read more Read less

Funny, Great acting, Romantic, Intelligent, Dated
April 17th, 2022

See it if If you’re a big baseball fan and you’re interested in how sports, racism, and discussion of ones’ sexuality might intersect. Good acting.

Don't see it if Definitely not for kids. Mix of complicated themes and more nudity than one might expect on Broadway. It’s completely justified.

Also They lock up your phone because of the nudity, so be prepared. The pla... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Profound, Clever, Great acting, Funny
April 17th, 2022

See it if If you like McAvoy, director Lloyd’s work, want a fresh take on a classic, and enjoy lively plays. Minimalist staging lets the words speak.

Don't see it if If you’re not good with verse or have no patience for long plays with a large cast. Not for kids. Might have difficulty on accents maybe.

Also Get tix now, they’re going. If you can, do sit in the orchestra. The i... Read more Read less

On Sugarland
East Village
Relevant, Intense, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious
March 6th, 2022

See it if You like intense Greek tragedy inspired drama about growing up amid the army combined with what it is to be a Black Woman today. Powerful.

Don't see it if Violence and war is too much for you on stage. Play does not shy away from the realities of war. You struggle with complex plots. It’s long.

Also The Ensemble’s moments together and the monologues were my favorite pa... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Relatable, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Funny
March 6th, 2022

See it if You want to see a highly relatable comedy/ drama about a family who is struggling to agree on what’s most important in life. Very current.

Don't see it if You don’t find family tension funny; you’re offended by liberals or religious criticism. Some characters are bluntly homophobic and racist.

Also Dad character is Cuban, I enjoyed that his nationality is still celebr... Read more Read less

Space Dogs
Midtown W
Dizzying, Intelligent, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious
February 17th, 2022

See it if If you’re a 20th century/Russian history buff with a penchant for rock music and cute doggos. Songs are catchy, energy is very fun. Clever.

Don't see it if You hate strobe lights and loud music. They’re essential. Haze is used as well. I sat quite close, so I’d sit back a 2nd time.

Also I’d be interested in seeing another incarnation of this. I feel like t... Read more Read less

Freestyle Love Supreme
West Village
Fluffy, Disappointing, Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious
November 29th, 2021

See it if For the cast and potential cast. Improv performers are certainly talented and very well-cast. They know their stuff.

Don't see it if If you don’t have that much time for theatre. Am I allowed to say I was expecting more from this improv? I was honestly bummed.

Also It’s always the thing isn’t it? One show could be amazing, the next, n... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious
November 29th, 2021

See it if You’re there for Edna Walsh or Domhnall Gleeson. I liked the poetry and the absurd plot. Gleeson is a force of nature. Good acting all over.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for anything straightforward. The plot isn’t easy, nor is it pretty. There are dialogue complexities that are tricky.

Also Give it a chance. I found the intensity a bit daunting with unfamiliar... Read more Read less

Relevant, Romantic, Great acting, Funny, Enchanting
November 29th, 2021

See it if If you like a romantic story that’s doesn’t rehash cliches. Great acting was delightful. You want to see more true inclusive stories.

Don't see it if If you want a drama or tragedy. But you’ll really be missing out.

Also Slight points off because I found the end a tad abrupt.

The Antelope Party
East Village
Relevant, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious, Absorbing
November 29th, 2021

See it if You’re looking for an engaging play that isn’t afraid to tackle our cultural landscape. You like plays with effectively intense metaphors.

Don't see it if If you don’t like feeling uncomfortable or psychological dramas. This is not a happy go lucky story, despite the colorful beginnings.

Also I was completely uncomfortable through most of the play. For all the r... Read more Read less

Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound
November 29th, 2021

See it if You want to see a play that should have been a splash on Broadway in 1955. LaChanze is a wonder. Structure is dated, but the content isn’t.

Don't see it if You plan on ignoring what Alice Childress already saw 70+ years ago. You’re looking for theatre without any depth.

Also This was a play I could agree with as I left the theatre, and stayed w... Read more Read less

Company (Broadway)
Midtown W
Refreshing, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious
November 29th, 2021

See it if If you’re interested in a fresh take on ironically a very classic musical. It’s wonderful to see Bobbie as a woman. The staging is great.

Don't see it if I could be picky about some of the characters and numbers that I’m not sure worked, but I think it’s minimal. Not for children.

Also Patti is predictably good. I also loved Matt Doyle. You’ll hear some s... Read more Read less