YankeeLady36

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 (185)
88
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

88
Wedding Band
Brooklyn
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

93
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

85
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

84
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

73
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

83
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

83
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

94
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

79
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

73
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

70
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

76
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

80
Medicine
Brooklyn
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

83
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.

83
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

87
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

85
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

80
The Visitor
East Village
Great singing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Dated, Great acting
November 7th, 2021

See it if If you’re interested in musicals willing to have conversation about racism and immigration struggles. The acting/singing/dancing is lovely.

Don't see it if If you’re going to be bothered by the musical still centering a middle-aged White man. I knew his learning was essential, but… I dunno.

Also I said dated because this show would have blown people away 5-8 years ... Read more Read less

68
Autumn Royal
Chelsea
Indulgent, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Disappointing
October 25th, 2021

See it if If you understand the plight of the siblings. Most of the moments that worked for me related to my concerns about the future. Why I went.

Don't see it if If you have trouble with Irish accents. I’m ok, and I still lost lines. If you don’t have a sense of humor about the trials of carers.

Also I actually wish it was a bit longer so it could have gelled at bit mor... Read more Read less

83
Persuasion
East Village
Funny, Romantic, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining
October 25th, 2021

See it if You love Austen/rom coms. I’m a massive Austen nerd, and I loved the blend of nerdy details that are often missed with a fresher staging.

Don't see it if You insist on adaptation being word for word and miss the point of what other mediums bring. You have trouble with multi-casting.

Also The cast’s chemistry was delightful.... Read more Read less

65
Fairycakes
West Village
Disappointing, Slow, Indulgent, Overrated, Cliched
October 18th, 2021

See it if If you love this cast. They’re very talented. If you’re fine with over the top performance and Shakespeare re-done.

Don't see it if I added 15 points because the cast deserves it. Had it not been for them, I would have slammed this. I expected much more creativity.

Also This felt like something I would have found hysterical/interesting 20 ... Read more Read less

83
Resonant, Intelligent, Profound, Great acting, Entertaining
October 18th, 2021

See it if If you are interested in solo shows and great music/storytelling. RSH effortlessly embodies over 20 people. They tell us about “Nanny.”

Don't see it if If you don’t have any patience for solo work. If you are too conservative. There are descriptions of sex/drugs/violence. Not for children.

Also “Nanny,” or Miss Rachel Crosby, emerges larger than life, lovingly rec... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Masterful, Absorbing
October 4th, 2021

See it if This is really a must see. Beautiful and devastating ritual designed for the Black Community for a sense of healing in response to violence.

Don't see it if It is explained that White people are invited, but firmly expected to be respectful of the ritual. If you wish to ignore the current reality

Also I’ve seen this at ART and the Public twice, BAM, once and now Playwrig... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining
October 4th, 2021

See it if You like great ensemble based, well rounded shows. Engaging, deep, and varied characters blend realism with song/poetry. Powerful acting.

Don't see it if You’re not interested in relevant plays. You only go to musicals. You don’t like theatre that will make you think.

Also This is the type of script I like to read. The dialogue was often mult... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Entertaining, Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious
March 9th, 2020

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.

81
During previews
Dated, Intense, Great acting, Dizzying, Ambitious
March 5th, 2020

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

84
SIX (Broadway)
Midtown W
Funny, Energetic, Epic, Great singing, Entertaining
February 27th, 2020

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

80
During previews
Profound, Intense, Great acting, Funny, Clever
February 18th, 2020

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

76
Medea (BAM)
Brooklyn
Confusing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense
February 9th, 2020

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

78
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious
February 9th, 2020

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

77
Great dancing, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining
February 9th, 2020

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.

85
Intense, Great writing, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious
December 17th, 2019

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.

73
Sing Street
East Village
Ambitious, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing
December 17th, 2019

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

82
One in Two
Midtown W
Great staging, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Intense, Absorbing
December 11th, 2019

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

74
Seared
Midtown W
Funny, Intelligent, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious
December 11th, 2019

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

76
Intense, Romantic, Great singing, Entertaining, Ambitious
November 23rd, 2019

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

77
Romantic, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious
November 23rd, 2019

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

77
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great singing, Absorbing, Ambitious
October 19th, 2019

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

79
During previews
The Wrong Man
Midtown W
Edgy, Relevant, Profound, Great singing, Absorbing
October 3rd, 2019

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

88
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Profound, Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Clever
October 3rd, 2019

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

77
During previews
Relevant, Great staging, Confusing, Clever, Ambitious
September 16th, 2019

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

75
PLAY!
Midtown W
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging
September 14th, 2019

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

78
During previews
Sunday
Chelsea
Intelligent, Disappointing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant
September 6th, 2019

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

90
During previews
Betrayal
Midtown W
Great writing, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Intense, Great acting
August 23rd, 2019

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

75
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Indulgent, Great acting
June 7th, 2019

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

87
During previews
A Strange Loop
Midtown W
Great staging, Dizzying, Funny, Absorbing, Ambitious
June 3rd, 2019

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

80
Entertaining, Clever, Indulgent, Romantic, Great staging
May 26th, 2019

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

84
Ambitious, Refreshing, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining
May 26th, 2019

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

77
Seagullmachine
East Village
Refreshing, Intelligent, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious
May 17th, 2019

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.