Ziva

New York City | 65+ | Female
About:  I am a designer & an architect by profession but my passion is the theater. ... Read more Read less
Reviews (120)
95
Dana H. (Broadway)
Midtown W
Must see, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing
October 18th, 2021

See it if You love theatre when it is innovative, with superb acting. We saw it off Broadway & our wishes came through - it came to Broadway

Don't see it if You do not like one person show.

85
Poignant, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant
August 27th, 2021

See it if Highly recommended with great welcome after a year & a half of abstention

Don't see it if If you have difficult with black dialect

80
BLINDNESS
Gramercy
Absorbing, Intense, Relevant, Great writing
June 4th, 2021

See it if Disturbing experience in a dark room with great lighting & staging with awesome narration fed via earphones by Juliet Stevenson.

Don't see it if you are sensitive to listen to a disturbing story of resilience, violence with a little hope

100
Dana H.
Gramercy
Intense, Riveting, Masterful
February 29th, 2020

See it if Harrowing & absorbing with tour de force performance by Deirdre O'Connell.The scenarios are vividly described, gripping & gut wrenching.

Don't see it if Do not see it if you do not like theatre at its best

Also Not to be missed.

85
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting
February 28th, 2020

See it if heart felt cloaked with humor about aging father's relationship with his son. Relevant issues about aging and living alone.

Don't see it if If you do not like a lot of talking.

80
During previews
The Perplexed
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
February 19th, 2020

See it if You like Richard Greenberg. This time not at his best. Witty as always about interwind past of two families at their's children wedding.

Don't see it if You do not like very talky lengthy Play.

80
Maz and Bricks
Midtown E
Great writing, Intelligent
January 31st, 2020

See it if you like a story about vulnerability and universal need of connection Beautifully written in as much poetry as prose.

Don't see it if you have a problem with the Irish accent.

40
Is This A Room
Gramercy
Boring, Slow
December 21st, 2019

See it if Is this a play? No! Is this a documentary? No No Drama, no good acting no good directing or staging. No tension whats so ever.

Don't see it if Read about it in the papers you will be better off

90
Awesome jonathan pryce, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Absorbing
November 14th, 2019

See it if Florian Zeller's dramatic puzzle on dementia anxiety, depression & psychological distress. Meticulous direction, lighting that speaks.

Don't see it if If you do not like a non linear plays that require great attention.

Also If you liked The Father by the same playwright in 2016 do not miss thi... Read more Read less

95
Bella Bella
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing
November 3rd, 2019

See it if Harvey Fierstein awesome portrayal of Bella Abzug. Heart rending & humorous set in the historical NY political arena of the seventies.

Don't see it if if you do not like solo performance

Also I happened to have know this awesome woman & Harvey Fierstein brought ... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Exquisit violin music, Great staging
November 1st, 2019

See it if you like classical music. A duet by actor & violin. I liked the violin. The actor's riffing was uninspiring.

Don't see it if Do do not like one man show

80
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing
October 20th, 2019

See it if you love Tennessee Williams. Ginger Grace is awesome as Amanda. The direction falls short in the last segment which is too long.

Don't see it if You do not like the Classics.

75
During previews
Linda Vista
Midtown W
Indulgent, Intelligent, Great writing, Funny
September 28th, 2019

See it if Tracy Letts witty ode to himself. Funny one liners about a men's middle age crisis. The lead actor steal the show.

Don't see it if If you do not like raunchy language and sex scenes.

90
During previews
The New Englanders
Midtown W
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
September 22nd, 2019

See it if A play revolving around a family encounter with several issues :racial, same sex marriage & a teenaged girl who is its by product.

Don't see it if Current social issue & explicit gay relation offends you.

80
Make Believe
Midtown W
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing
September 19th, 2019

See it if Interesting concepts.The first half where the kids are on stage is a bit too long & repetitive followed by riveting revelation.

Don't see it if You do not like play featuring kids.

75
Talented leads, Dizzying
August 24th, 2019

See it if Juke Box music based on Meat Loaf album by the same name. Boring tale w/ the lack subtlety.Loud music, awkward choreography, narrative (cont

Don't see it if You do not like loud music and over the top staging.

Also overshadowed by over the top staging using 101 variety of stage tricks... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Relevant, Profound, Thought-provoking
August 16th, 2019

See it if Non linear explosive production where the direction overpowers the profound & disturbing issue of racism in the thirties and relevant today.

Don't see it if You do not like disturbing issues

90
Relevant, Profound, Riveting
July 21st, 2019

See it if Intelligent thought provoking political theater. Great writing & acting. Valclav Havel plays resonate today & not to be missed.

Don't see it if You do not like profound theater.

90
Intense, Great staging, Great acting
July 6th, 2019

See it if David Cale tells his own memories accompanied by six piece orchestra depicting the violence in his life in a heart ranching performance.

Don't see it if If you do not like a one man show.

80
Great acting, Great staging
July 4th, 2019

See it if you like revivals featuring Brenda Meaney in a distinguish performance in a play where Catholicism, Paganism & Supernatural intertwine.

Don't see it if If you do not like revivals & have difficult with the Irish brogue accent.

100
Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Masterful
June 8th, 2019

See it if Lear at its best . Of all the Lear productions I have seen this is by far the most creative. Glenda Jackson is superb , Ruth Wilson is awme.

Don't see it if If you do not like Shakespeare.

90
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent
June 6th, 2019

See it if The ridiculousness of life relationship & desires we all share poke fun at & complain. Great acting with Outstanding Austin Pendleton .

Don't see it if You do not like contemporary plays.

65
During previews
Public Servant
Midtown W
Slow, Disappointing
June 1st, 2019

See it if Too many important issues crammed into a short play thus fragmented in content with awkward scene changes which do not help.

Don't see it if you do not have the patience for a slow moving play

90
During previews
Long Lost
Midtown W
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting
June 1st, 2019

See it if Unsettling moving play about dysfunctional family with limited compassion and loyal obligation. Interesting contrasting characters.

Don't see it if you do not like modern plays with psychological issued

65
Raunchy, Off beat gone over the limit
May 31st, 2019

See it if Satirical farce "hell on earth". Clownish political inference lost in cockney speeches.

Don't see it if you don't like fart jokes and wagging penises.

100
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Absorbing
May 25th, 2019

See it if Masterfully written & courageously performed by Maddie Corman in a heart ranching devastating trauma she endured & survived the devastation.

Don't see it if If you do not like solo performances.

Also A must see

85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing
April 29th, 2019

See it if You like the prolific Sam Shepard. A family doomed by curse"that is invisible but it is always there, it comes into us like a nightmare"

Don't see it if You do not like gloomy plays.

Also Struggling family oscillating between realism and fantasy with black h... Read more Read less

100
Great directing, Great singing, Great acting, Exquisite
April 20th, 2019

See it if you like an awesome landmark musical. Impeccable cast commanding warm heart braking performances depicting historical past.

Don't see it if do not like nostalgic theater.

100
During previews
All My Sons
Midtown W
Intense, Riveting, Profound, Great acting, Must see
April 18th, 2019

See it if you like an heartfelt condemnation of capitalist greed and the lack of moral responsibility. Relevant today as it was in 1947.

Don't see it if you do not like the classics.

90
After
Midtown E
Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting
April 2nd, 2019

See it if like timely heart ranching play about bulling parenting in a finally crafted dialogues by great ensemble. Do not let the NY Times keep you

Don't see it if You are not into today's teen issues.

85
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Relevant, Intelligent
March 24th, 2019

See it if Tour DeForce, personal and touching by new playwright/actor Bailey Van Schepen,dealing with all Faces of Eve in the struggle of mental...

Don't see it if If the subject matter is not to your liking

Also Illness and often the frustration with the therapist

75
During previews
The White Devil
West Village
Slow, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting
March 24th, 2019

See it if you are into a 1612 Jacobean era tragedy involving passion revenge & murder.The acting, set & the lyric is a savior.

Don't see it if You do not like long talky plays with convoluted hard to follow plot.

80
State of the Union
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great costumes
March 1st, 2019

See it if you are into revivals of a 1945 presidential politics of manipulation and dishonesty relevant to our time. nice lengthy production.

Don't see it if you have enough of our current politics and you do not like long talky plays.

85
During previews
The Cake
Midtown W
Delightful, Funny, Relevant
February 21st, 2019

See it if like a deliciously flowing humorous play with some serious social issues to ponder, how much time we give people to evolve.

Don't see it if you are offended by LGBQT issues.

90
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent
January 30th, 2019

See it if you are a Mint Theater fan. They never miss on their production choice. It is always delicious old plays that are timeless.

Don't see it if You do not like old plays.

90
Hilarious, Funny
January 25th, 2019

See it if you like a delicious musical comedy. A joyful hoot. Brooks Ashmanskas gives a flamboyant outstanding performance.

Don't see it if You are homophobic

75
Nassim
Midtown W
Funny, Interesting,
January 3rd, 2019

See it if you like Performance Art, with audience participation.

Don't see it if You do not care for audience participation.

70
Banal, Disappointing
December 8th, 2018

See it if you are interested in an unlikely friendship between an aging old man & a young obnoxious girl

Don't see it if young screechy voice bothers you.

85
Thought-provoking, Heartfelt sympathetic
November 21st, 2018

See it if Emotionally complex story of mentally challenged , severely disabled family member and its affect and frustrating price caring for her.

Don't see it if do care to hear a lot of four letter words.

85
Shadow of Heroes
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting
November 17th, 2018

See it if you like revival of historical and political plays. this one by the little off off Broadway Metropolitan Playhouse which always mount great

Don't see it if you do not like lengthy historical plays

Also productions did it again. this one dealing with politics idealism frie... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Great acting, Great staging
November 15th, 2018

See it if you like exquisite acting in a timely play. Run to see it before it closes.Janet McTeer & Jason Butler Harner are superb.

Don't see it if you do not like historical plays that relate to our current situation.

100
Gloria: A Life
Gramercy
Masterful, Must see, Exhilarating
November 2nd, 2018

See it if you like emotionally powerful & moving Theatre experience, brilliantly directed & acted. Thought provoking , nostalgic and relevant.

Don't see it if you do not believe in human equality

70
Fireflies
Chelsea
Great acting, Confusing
October 28th, 2018

See it if You are satisfied with masterful & splendid acting by Dewanda Wise performing in a play with too many issues for two characters to explore .

Don't see it if Black & sexuality issues offend you.

95
During previews
Torch Song (NYC)
Midtown W
Great writing, Great acting, Masterful
October 28th, 2018

See it if Three decades old play that still resonate timeless.laughs are underlined with emotional truthfulness.Michael Urie gives an outstanding

Don't see it if LGBT issues are offending you.

Also powerful performance of a masterful actor Mercedes Ruehl is awesome in... Read more Read less

100
During previews
The Niceties
Midtown W
Tour de force, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting
October 22nd, 2018

See it if you like smart plays dealing with soaring and socially charged issues. exploring race power & language exquisitely written & acted.

Don't see it if you do not like long monologues.

90
During previews
Alexandria
West Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Do not miss it
August 7th, 2018

See it if you like plays dealing with social issues relevant to where we are now. At what cost do we cherish our relationship with others in spite of

Don't see it if Plays about religion and Gay issues offend you

Also our differences and beliefs. Emotional & cerebral play.

75
Before We're Gone
West Village
Relevant, Thought-provoking
July 22nd, 2018

See it if Into Nostalgic love story with great performance by Leenya Rideout. First act a bit long but the second makes up for it

Don't see it if You do not like soapy love stories

80
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky
July 14th, 2018

See it if A revival of a 60 years old play about morality in medieval time where a woman refuses to be defined by men or society in search of freedom.

Don't see it if do not like somewhat funny plays.

100
During previews
Conflict
Midtown W
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound
June 2nd, 2018

See it if you like theater at its best. witty & poignant, provocative & timely as it was in 1925 when first staged.Passion for politics and sex.

Don't see it if You do not like revivals of plays that have never been mounted in NY or have been mounted very long time ago

Also Mint theater productions are not to be missed. Always best writing, pr... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Dan Cody's Yacht
Midtown W
Absorbing, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting
May 31st, 2018

See it if like contemporary well done plays illustrating what separates the haves and have nots. Well written & timely.

Don't see it if you do not like relevant social issues