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See it if you like meredith willson music, sung and danced beautifully, and don’t mind a flawed book
Don't see it if a flawed book will ruin your experience. this one is imperfect and too long, but when they start singing, the issues evaporate
See it if You need to see Annie Golden. You want to see the great supporting cast shine. You love the idea of a Blaxploitation spoof.
Don't see it if You expect a great performance from Golden. Or a book that's smart or funny enough to make the concept work. Or a score as good as BMC's.
See it if you like modern takes on musicals about high school issues. That line in the ads “Dear Evan Hansen meets Little Shop of Horrors” is spot-on.
Don't see it if You don’t want a story about teens, told with teenage language and style. It brought me back a couple of decades (in a fun way!).
See it if you want to see an amazingly talented cast amazingly underused, or you *REALLY* like atmospheric background music - Sheik's is amazing.
Don't see it if you value decent plot or decent songs. The book and lyrics are laughable.
See it if you want a bit of downtown flair uptown, you don't mind seeing something thoroughly underdeveloped – so much unrealized potential here!!
Don't see it if you dislike gross-out or weird humor, or rough-around-the-edges pieces. this is still a few workshops away from being where it should, sadly
See it if you're willing to be entertained by two strong actors who keep you fully engaged for 80 minutes
Don't see it if you need big production values. This is a winning, scrappy production that reminds you of the essence of theater (in a good way!)
See it if You *must* see a Guare play. You want to laugh (but not too much). You're OK with absurdist style.
Don't see it if You want plot points to be tied up (incl. heavy issues). You can't stand self-indulgence–he even gets an out-of-his-league girl.
See it if you want to talk about how "marvelous" it was at a cocktail party or something
Don't see it if you expect it to add much to the text or deal with heftier ideas. can't nearly justify 8-hr run time (really 8.5 bc of sloppy house mgmt)
Also the emperor's new clothes, plain and simple
See it if you want to be absorbed by a master storyteller and comedian for 80 minutes
Don't see it if you aren't ok with brutal honesty about a man's experience of fatherhood (among other things), or want a full-fledged broadway show
See it if you like Fiddler, and especially have ancestors who came from Eastern Europe and spoke Yiddish. Cannot believe how emotional this made us.
Don't see it if You don't already know Fiddler well, or don't care about the plight of refugees, then and now.
See it if You neeeeed to see Armie on stage. He was fine, and I must say Paul Schneider was excellent in an (perhaps intentionally) underwritten role.
Don't see it if You want especially convincing acting or drama, or substantive points to be made about race, gender, sexual orientation, and privilege.
See it if you want some laughter in your life. I just couldn't believe how FUNNY this was.
Don't see it if you want something serious, or deep, or even with good music. But man, all those jokes made it a good time still.
See it if you know and like the material already, or have a general proclivity for operatic pieces
Don't see it if you want more than *just* great singing -- the material feels dated and the plot is unconvincing between the songs
See it if You like acting. Unreal performances on this stage. By the end, you'll know and feel deeply for the characters in a visceral, human way
Don't see it if You like to poke holes in backstories or details -- there are a few you could find, but the acting is good enough to cover for them
See it if You want a play that examines the many issues facing modern Muslims in the Western world. You like family drama, religious-tinged or not
Don't see it if You need things neatly tied up. The play open up a lot of boxes but closes very few (though still manages to be interesting and engaging)
See it if You wish the average concert had more melodrama, or you're obsessed with Jo Lampert
Don't see it if You're not interested in a self-indulgent concert/musical/thing that doesn't amount to much of anything
See it if You love musicals and want a barrel of laughs
Don't see it if You don't like theatre in-jokes or silly shows that don't take themselves too seriously
See it if you want to see the best-written play in years. You want to be thoroughly immersed in a world different from your own, with real characters.
Don't see it if You need clear narrative structure or flashy action. You don't want your perspectives challenged.
See it if you need to see anything someone on the creative team does. You want to see Jeff Daniels as Jeff Daniels.
Don't see it if you want a nuanced exploration of the issues at hand, or a theatrical experience with depth.
See it if you want to see a new talent burst onto the scene with confidence and a distinctive, compelling musical voice.
Don't see it if you're going to be offended by frank, sometimes vulgar talk about queerness and blackness, or upset by a work that's rough around the edges.
See it if you want a funny night out with a big heart and amazing star turns by the leads; Brooks, Beth, & Christopher are all absolutely exceptional.
Don't see it if you want something heavy, deep, or subtle. This has a message, but you can see it from a mile away. Still, super sweet and tons of fun.
See it if .......I truly can't think of a reason. You'll be disappointed if you're a fan of the movie and if you're not.
Don't see it if you want thought put into your theatre. I love funny, silly, lowbrow stuff, but this was just sloppily, lazily put together.
See it if you need to see everything by any one of the many white men on the creative team (even if it feels like they threw it together in one day)
Don't see it if you want something that appears to have any amount of effort, nuance, or thought put into it. had low expectations, but it really is bad
See it if you care about, or even simply want to know more about the plight of refugees. If you are interested in exceptional, new theatrical design
Don't see it if You don't care about refugees or need to see a standard, happy-go-lucky proscenium show
See it if you like cheeky variety, show-style jokes or NEED to see Ruben and Clay (cracking more sad jokes than singing songs)
Don't see it if You want something well-directed, full of songs (there really are surprisingly few) or won’t be able to laugh at the corniness of it all
See it if you like slapstick--doors slamming, set malfunctions, etc.
Don't see it if You want "smart" slapstick with characters that are more than 2-dimensional (or any further substance). I felt like I was at a theme park...
See it if you want a play that deals ably with the intersection of blackness, whiteness, policing, coming of age, and parenthood (among other topics!)
Don't see it if you want to avoid uvenen acting, a text that can get pretty heavy-handed, or heavy subject matter
See it if You like Justin Peck, R&H, beautiful operatic singing, musicals with emotional heft, and simple but elegant stage design.
Don't see it if You want a “light” story, you can’t deal with having your classics changed at all (even if it makes them more interesting).
See it if you like Mike Birbiglia and want to see his best 80 minutes yet; you've ever had a kid
Don't see it if you're sensitive about parental abuse or abandonment--those issues were handled less delicately than I thought they should have been
See it if you like Coney Island; you’re up for a small, abstract play touching on multiple themes—millennial inertia/indecision most effectively imo
Don't see it if you need a very literal or linear piece; you need lots of action; you need every loose end tied up or every theme explored very thoroughly
See it if You know the show already and want to relive it, or want to see the creative staging
Don't see it if You expect engaging songwriting or characters you care about
See it if you want to feel like a kid again and be engaged and enchanted by a "big" Broadway musical
Don't see it if you hate fun, or want something highbrow and artsy
See it if You are a human with any amount of empathy and emotion. Wow this was a tour de force.
Don't see it if You hate good storytelling