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 (136)
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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Delightful, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if This is an absolute must for all Harry Potter fans. Excellent spoof with love. Little satire that could. I’ve seen it twice, 2 years apart.

Don't see it if You don’t know your Harry that well. It’s not that it’s confusing, you just won’t get the jokes nearly as well.

Disappointing, Quirky, Overrated, Indulgent, Confusing

See it if You hate the original Oklahoma and are swayed by what is supposedly feminist. You like more laid back country music, and the cast.

Don't see it if If you will miss the soaring melodies of R&H. Attempting to modernize while having a plot reliant on OK becoming a state was too distracting

Also There were choices made about the ballet that I think were quite cool,... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You love epic performances from a young ensemble cast inc. wonderful singing, great technical playwriting, a timely plot, or great staging.

Don't see it if If you’re not going to have an open mind to recieve the plot. Slight violence and sexual themes are explored as an essential part.

Also The plot grabbed me from the start, and the play moved beautifully. It... Read more Read less

Dated, Slow, Cliched

See it if I suppose if you weren’t there to analyze and you really wanted to see another O’Neill production? I went for the play I didn't know well.

Don't see it if You want 2 hours 40 min to feel quick. Very few moments in this show managed to grab me. The directing choices were incredibly distracting.

Also I just feel sad. For some reason the set changes and actor movements f... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Resonant, Slow

See it if You have interest in the realities of our school systems and/or like powerful provoking theatre. Sent me running for the bathroom in tears.

Don't see it if You have no patience for a play that takes time to make its point. The beginning is deceptively slow. You prefer happy, easy stories.

Also The relationship btw father and son was my favorite part. And the stag... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Exquisite

See it if Um, Glenn Close. That's really enough. She's wonderful. But the show is great. Great use of set, strong cast, just a proper musical.

Don't see it if You really can't handle Webber. But I'm not really a fan and I was cool. You don't like the darkness of the story. You don't like projection

Also You will miss out if you don't see Ms. Close, seriously. She's got suc... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want a boss cast with a ton of experience doing August Wilson. It was so cohesive, it was a joy to watch. Entertaining and provocative.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of serious, realism driven plays. You don't enjoy period pieces.

Entertaining, Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great singing

See it if Great opportunity for the public to see the songwriters stripped down. New work, simply presented, let's the music and lyrics fly. Well done

Don't see it if You'd rather go for anything full out or plot driven. But still, strong change of pace, opportunity for real feedback. Nice refreshments.

During previews
Dated, Indulgent, Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing

See it if ORIG PROD- Why is this back? It bored me as a child. I wanted to like the costumes/dance, but it didn't impress me. I was new too, about 7.

Don't see it if American in Paris, Phantom, Les Mis, Wicked, King and I, Chicago, Rockettes, Fiddler, Lion King or Matilda are better "Classic" musicals.

Entertaining, Funny, Great costumes, Self-affirming, Underwhelming

See it if You want a musical that takes more risk in theme than production. Solid entertainment. Much better costumes than music. Mingo Jr standout.

Don't see it if You're looking to be really challenged. Uneven writing. Felt like some verses were missing. Predictable. Occasional lazy staging. Still fun.

Delightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Refreshing, Adorable

See it if My real reviewers: Good for 2-6yrs old, I'd say. Reminds you of why you like theatre. Simple, effective, staging. Exciting puppets for kids.

Don't see it if Maybe "scary" puppets. Only an hour, but 1 story made aud. a little restless. They loved the classic Caterpillar tale, had their lines down.

During previews
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Lively

See it if If you like modern approaches to Shakespeare. Good introduction to Midsummer. Very entertaining, competent cast. Like seeing the doubling.

Don't see it if If you shy from audience participation. Also, some choices I've seen. Little bit on the nose. Depends on your comedic taste. Accent issues.

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

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

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

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

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.”

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.

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.

Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if If you like smallish scale musicals with modern songs, great storytelling, and endless heart. This is a rollercoaster in the best sense.

Don't see it if It low-key triggered me with memories of 9/11, and I was only an everyday senior in HS. It’s very emotional, so I only caution in that sense

Also Come From Away nails the fact that theatre is meant to be a cathartic ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dizzying, Great staging

See it if You’re interested in timely political plots, with a site-specific like look, and an epic diverse ensemble fully invested in the production.

Don't see it if You don’t like any violence, yelling, or struggle with fog machines. The play is long, but it flies by. There’s almost no reason not to see.

Also While I cry at most theatre, this production left me sobbing, and I he... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Epic

See it if If you like hugely complex, absorbing, unusual, physical, funny independent theater that won’t let go for a full 8 hours- inc. intermissions

Don't see it if You don’t like Great Gatsby the novel, or intensely literary based work. If the long running time might cause you problems.(90 min dinner.)

Also Points off for being an overwarm theatre, which caused me to badly spa... Read more Read less

Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Beautiful

See it if You like the movie, but would prefer a more realistic villain. For Ramin as Gleb. Impressive production elements. Christy is a dear ingenue.

Don't see it if You're unimpressed by big musicals. The set needs projections for fast changes. I liked it. Some think it lazy. The ending also divided aud.

Also Ramin as Gleb for me is still the Primary draw. This villain brings mu... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Great staging, Funny

See it if Bette Midler pulled it off quite well. I haven't seen such a traditional old school style musical in a forever. Audience had a great time!

Don't see it if You're bored of classic theatre and you'd rather something more ground-breaking.

Clever, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You love slightly interactive theatre in a more unique space and are willing to go on an unsettling journey with beautiful storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like to be so close to the action. You don't understand Scottish accents. The plot turns quickly. You don't like musicals.

Also I adore this play. The beauty of the end left me in tears, that's all ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Funny, Great staging, Edgy, Clever

See it if You're looking for a fresh take on an older play, revived for the right period. You want to be engaged.

Don't see it if You don't like long plays. You're not willing to go on a journey with them.

During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Strong characters

See it if You like a modern 3-person living room drama with well formed characters and stakes. Form is more traditional; relationships are complex.

Don't see it if Possible trigger for alcoholism and mental-illness. If strong language or sex offends. Plot could use some adjustment. Not lighthearted.

During previews
Disappointing, Uneven acting, Boring set, Intelligent, Intense

See it if To understand T&C. Language was clear, Glover, Stoll, and Casella were my favs. Updated setting translated well. Found some good comedy.

Don't see it if Loud gun shots, a lot of poor stage combat, boring sets, flat acting, long plays, less than great plot execution by Shakespeare annoys you.

Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if You read this in school and now want to see it actually produced. Good staging. Moments/music were updated well. Comedic parts resonated.

Don't see it if If you're picky about pace. Parts dragged a bit despite the desperation of the stakes. Read a blurb about the context of themes first.

During previews
Great staging, Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if For a modern dress/style show. Excellent set/clever staging. Strong ensemble.

Don't see it if You don't have a solid grasp on R&J. Only 90 min/doubling could cause confusion. Slightly uneven acting. Leads struggle with teen emotions.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Indulgent, Relevant

See it if You know you're too attached to social media. Felt like my facebook news feed had come to life. Good set, use of music, very clever subtext.

Don't see it if You want a trad. "well made play" with a definite end. Difficult structure tries to weave full characters in with the trivial internet posts