See it if you barely eke out a living or if you care about people (whether African American or otherwise) who barely eke out a living.
Don't see it if you prefer plays about affluent people or WASPS -- this is the opposite of an A.R.Gurney play.
See it if you've seen all the Harry Potter movies.
Don't see it if you haven't seen any of the Harry Potter movies. Many of the in-jokes require more than just having read the books.
See it if you like shows that you can enjoy by letting them just wash over you and not sweating the somewhat confusing details.
Don't see it if you prefer a straightforward linear story with character arcs.
See it if you've ever fantasized about how your life would have turned out if you'd made different decisions.
Don't see it if you dislike shows that are slow.
See it if you like autobiographical one-man shows, you like quirky people, and/or you enjoy backstage anecdotes.
Don't see it if you dislike one-man shows.
See it if you are interested in the pros and cons of an open marriage.
Don't see it if you want a play with a lot of energy. This one is mostly people involved in an open marriage calmly discussing their feelings.
See it if you enjoy gritty shows. This one is about two feral teenagers living without supervision in an abandoned apartment in a housing project.
Don't see it if your favorite cable channel is the Hallmark Channel.
See it if you like family dramas. This one is about the dysfunctional relationship between an adult woman and the invalid mother with whom she lives.
Don't see it if you dislike dark shows and/or shows with twisted humor.
See it if you enjoy movies and/or would enjoy an endearingly told story of a geeky young man's coming of age. You needn't have seen the Batman movies.
Don't see it if the Batman theme is a turnoff you won't be able to overcome.
See it if you want to watch a downtrodden (but quirkily endearing) woman try to pull herself up by her bootstraps. Or if you just love Sutton Foster.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the downtrodden, in the quirkily endearing, or in Sutton Foster.
See it if you like jazz and/or are nostalgic about 1940's hipsterdom.
Don't see it if you are looking for a conventional show with story line, character development and an arc.
See it if you like feel-good shows. This one portrays Israelis and Arabs playing nicely together.
Don't see it if you prefer shows that explore heavy concepts.
See it if you want a well-acted and interesting play about spoiled and mean-spirited people in 18th Century Paris. Adapted from a 1782 novel.
Don't see it if you don't like period pieces.
See it if you appreciate humor, originality, quirkiness and charm. Take a date, take your kids, take anyone who likes to smile.
Don't see it if you want a storyline, character development or anything of substance.
See it if you want to see this Christmas story performed by a talented actor doing approximately 20 different roles from the Dickens classic.
Don't see it if you want something original. One-person performances of A Christmas Carol are not uncommon. But see my additional notes below.
See it if you'd like to watch a couple, years after their divorce, try to deal with the tragedy that precipitated the divorce.
Don't see it if you dislike slow shows. This is two people on a virtually empty set talking about the past -- and pausing a lot.
See it if you want to observe the lives of the "forgotten class", whose votes so overwhelmingly affected the 2016 Presidential election.
Don't see it if you dislike stories about people living unhappy lives.
See it if you would enjoy a drama about race relations in South Africa in 1950 -- this one starts slowly and builds to great intensity.
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding South African accents.
See it if you like rock musicals or dark shows or if you have a carnival fetish.
Don't see it if you dislike shows without a substantial storyline, no matter how creatively presented.
See it if you enjoy slow plays that give you time to think about (and savor) what's happening.
Don't see it if you dislike plays with minimal action, even if the scarcity of action is critical to the play's theme.
See it if you like extremely moving stories -- this one is about a married couple and the progression of their lives after they divorce.
Don't see it if you dislike stories that don't end happily, stories that are told completely through song, or stories that are AIDS- or gay-themed,
See it if you want to be a fly on the wall, watching a family doing their best to cope with life's problems.
Don't see it if you dislike quiet plays.
See it if you like autobiographical one-man shows.
Don't see it if you want more than a series of unrelated vignettes, no matter how beautifully written or engagingly performed.
See it if you can relate to the rent-controlled vs. free-market rent disparity, you've used Airbnb, or you know what it's like to be poor in NYC.
Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows or dingy theaters.
See it if you're up for some scripted comedy mixed with a little improv and with a dusting of NYC attitude on top.
Don't see it if you prefer to take your comedy in a conventional play, with proper character development and a plot.
See it if you like over-the-top spectaculars, or you like acrobatics, or you're on a date, or you're taking the kids.
Don't see it if you want conventional theater, with characters and a plot and dialog. Or if you have a strong dislike for steampunk.
See it if you like one-man shows. Sarah Jones can do accents better than Meryl Streep.
Don't see it if if you need the show's content to be at least as good as the acting. The sex-worker theme was interesting, but not riveting.
See it if you are a teacher, or have ever served on a committee, or have ever had sensitivity training, or are a mental health professional.
Don't see it if you prefer shows with high-stakes conflicts and/or which move quickly.
See it if you like biography shows. This one is about Leonard Bernstein, covering both his career and his personal life.
Don't see it if you have no interest in listening to Bernstein's music. Much of the show is concert with an occasional break to talk about Bernstein's life.
See it if you want a show about 9/11 that is, believe it or not, a feel-good show. There's a lot of human interest here and even some romance.
Don't see it if 9/11 is a trigger for you.
Also These comments are for the D.C. production.
See it if you are a fan of Rent or if you enjoy shows about struggling artists or about real people (in this case, Jonathan Larson).
Don't see it if you dislike low-budget shows with minimal sets or with small casts where the actors play multiple roles.
See it if you like edgy theater. This show explores race, sexuality, and the intersection of the two.
Don't see it if you prefer to avoid nudity, masturbation, oral sex, repeated use of abhorrent racial slurs, and/or sock puppets.
See it if you enjoy whimsically told tales of personal experiences.
Don't see it if you prefer stories with lots of action, big casts and hugely dramatic conflict. This show is quieter and more charming than those.
See it if you've ever wanted a greater emotional connection with your significant other, or ever taken a prescribed drug for a psychological disorder.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy shows about interpersonal relationships.
See it if you enjoy quiet shows that portray ordinary people living ordinary lives -- this show is somewhat similar to The Humans in that regard.
Don't see it if you want a lot of action or perhaps a crisis that the characters need to resolve -- this isn't that kind of show.
See it if you can relate to the issues and the daily lives of high school girls.
Don't see it if you don't want to be reminded of what high school had been like, or if you have trouble with rapid-fire dialog.