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See it if you never saw the original or the movie. Comparisons have to be made. Shame on Taymor for turning this classic into an over blown mess.
Don't see it if the Lithgow/Wong production is a fond memory of great theater for you. This will disappoint.
See it if You like Clive Owen bc he’s quite good. You want to see a production of a great American play.
Don't see it if The rest of the cast phones it in. Julie Taymor’s direction is tame. I saw the original w/ Lithgow and Wong; this can’t hold a flame to that
See it if you want to see Clive (who is great) or want to see a great play done well.
Don't see it if you are confused by non-binary gender roles, or are looking for something funny.
See it if you did not see the original with BD Wong and John Lithgow. Any comparison makes this a truly disappointing experience. The pathos is gone
Don't see it if you remember how romantic and heartfelt the original was. or if you a turned off by unnecessary nudity and talk instead of feeling
See it if you never saw the original production of this classic play, or you're interested in seeing how relevant this well-acted story still is.
Don't see it if Julie Taymor goes all-in, as usual, with her design concepts. In this case an over-active scenic design slightly grates during the first act
See it if rich themes of self-deception, gender fluidity & Western misapprehension of China/East remain resonant in revival, Clive Owen strong lead
Don't see it if not as effective as original displaying operatic/tragic dimensions of this riff on Puccini; taymor's direction calls attention 2 itself
See it if You’re looking for an interesting, highly original, relevant play that makes you consider political and psychological issues.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a highly original Julie Taymor production. The play is what’s interesting — the production, not so much.
See it if you support Asian American writers and actors; you want powerful insight to sociopolitical issues involving eastern and western culture
Don't see it if you prefer your theater to be fun and/or escapist.
See it if you enjoy an expressionist, somewhat Wedekind-style cabaret performance at point with a strong poetic narrative
Don't see it if you like the last production's staging and/or prefer a more extravagant Taymor staging than her expressionist take.
See it if Superb acting from the company.. The sets are clunky and distracting. The pace is painfully slow.
Don't see it if The audiences at this theater - the regulars - have ruined every show I’ve seen there. Coughing, candy wrappers, loud, rude. Be prepared.
See it if You are looking to explore themes of gender identity and Asian vs. Western culture. I liked the rewrites from the original production.
Don't see it if You are not looking for a serious exploration of the themes noted above.
See it if like Clive Owen, like Julie Taymor, interest in new additions to play, fascinated by story itself, interest in East/West relations
Don't see it if dislike Julie Taymor direction, expect story to justify itself, want to be intrigued, want to care, aren't interested in unusual love story
See it if If you like Clive Owens and the various adaptations of this production, this is your play.
Don't see it if If you like faster moving shows and expected more musical songs like an opera this is not for you.
See it if if you are a Clive Owen fan, a fan of the opera, a fan of Chinese culture, or if you enjoy stories about unusual and surprising relationship
Don't see it if you prefer traditional stories, do not care for Clive Owen, Chinese culture and politics or would be offended by same-sex relationships.
See it if Moving, true, tragic story w/multiple themes: romantic love, our ability to deceive ourselves, Asian vs. Western cultures. Beautifully acted
Don't see it if You would be uncomfortable with nudity or graphic sexual themes. Staging was done entirely with moving, changing panels: spare yet clever.
See it if You're a Clive Owen fan, want to be challenged and/or an engaging story
Don't see it if You want a light hearted experience, with flashy sets or a moving/emotional story
Also Interesting sets but sloppy transitions
See it if you're intrigued by this curious story, want to see Clive Owen on stage (does not disappoint!), quirky set design plus dance & fight scenes
Don't see it if view important—rows poorly inclined—I kept shifting to see around the head in front of me; if nudity unexpected; set & mikes glitchy at time
See it if You want an intriguing, complicated relationship depicted on stage. You want great acting mixed w/still-relevant social commentary.
Don't see it if You don't want issues of race, gender & sexuality depicted on stage. Your unfamiliar w/China during the '60s: no explaining here.
See it if .. you know nothing about the plot/movie/opera. That will be educational.
Don't see it if panels issue bother you. I think that was clever, as all piece about imagination and what person could create in own mind if needed/wanted.