See it if the "cafe", created for the show, is lovely; the food is plentiful (picnic style); the actors lively and hardworking; we laughed a lot
Don't see it if the show itself offers nothing new to Midsummer fans despite talented 3rd Rail crew; no deeply immersive twists/turns like Then She Fell
See it if There is one crazy amazing idea at the heart of this show, and it works. It shocks, it surprises, and it teaches an important lesson
Don't see it if Unfortunately, the show goes too far, giving in to angry yelling and later, lecturing, where subtlety would have had more impact
See it if Full-on Bway-style musical about a queer black character who's writing a musical while full of self-loathing, demeaned by religious parents
Don't see it if Show is raw, out there, sometimes so personal it's hard to watch; not for young kids. But powerful, groundbreaking stuff and the lead is A++
See it if you'd enjoy seeing this classic work set to music by an outstanding team and sung by some serious vocal talent; this show is full of heart.
Don't see it if you dislike plays about race or can't bear for anyone to touch the classic story, although this is truly a truly loving adaptation
See it if you want to be mesmerized by Adam Driver's performance. I didn't think I liked him especially; now a huge fan. Great writing, great cast
Don't see it if It's hard for the other actors to compete with Driver's outsize role; the play can feel unbalanced as a result (dull when he's not there)
See it if you'd like a one-man comedy show with great props; if you travel a lot
Don't see it if You only like fully sketched out plays with complete story arch and a full cast. This is a very funny one-man show
See it if you want to witness several truly great performances of well-written/believable dialogue; three leads all outstanding
Don't see it if you want life-changing; this is a moment in time, just before Obama's election. No lessons, moral or story arch; a bit pointless
See it if You’d like a very realistic slice of life with characters you’ll recognize. Many laugh-out-loud moments. Great dialogue.But no real ending.
Don't see it if The play steadily establishes its characters, building tension like Wolves & Miles for Mary, then fizzles out. Truly a lost opportunity
See it if There are some beautiful moments here, some great dialog, and the cast is really outstanding, plus Cumming sings; if that's enough, go.
Don't see it if First two acts, lots of laughs and outrageousness, moves nicely, but third scene tries too late to turn the ship, crashes badly
See it if you enjoy beautiful singing and dance; this is a joyful, enchanting show, with great talent onstage & magical stagecraft
Don't see it if you have trouble with strobe lights, don't like music-and-dance-focused pieces, prefer dramas/thought pieces
See it if You’d like to be carried away to London, Scotland, and over the ocean to Appalachia. This tiny show feels as big as the world
Don't see it if You need linear shows, don’t want to hear diverse opinions, or can’t handle a full range of powerful emotions onstage
See it if You’ve followed Van Halen over the years and would enjoy talented actresses acting out the highlights, with some recorded music & no singing
Don't see it if You haven’t followed the band’s antics. I would have preferred a mash-up of acting, videos, lip synching, to break up the story
See it if you love the theater, the pure joy of seeing 2 great actors burning their way through a thoughtful and relevant script; you want 2b moved
Don't see it if your theater has to hit you in the face with lights, song, dance; this one is pure poetry
See it if You’re happy to hear some good songs in lovely voices and strong acting; not really a musical, unfortunately
Don't see it if You’re hoping for a powerful musical with show-stopping or original numbers; very much like a black Glee episode with a gay rights theme
See it if you're obsessed with the story of Reality Winner and need to see her arrest acted out minute by minute
Don't see it if you're hoping for any insights at all. The (excellent) actors literally just walk through the arrest transcript, censorship included.
See it if It seems the Times and I saw very different plays. I found the first part a bit silly, while the rest pulled me in completely
Don't see it if you need perfection; the tone in the first act needs work, as we take the women seriously one minute and not the next. Still, enchanting.
See it if You’re willing to enjoy good singing and acting almost randomly put together; you love Dylan’s music in any context
Don't see it if You know Dylan’s repertoire and expect his music to be presented in some semblance of its original context. Want a great/uplifting storyline
See it if you'd like to see a fine actor completely immersed in the difficult life of Lenny Bruce
Don't see it if you're hoping to see Bruce's energy and comedy recreated, an ambitious undertaking that isn't quite achieved; if you want upbeat/uplifiting.
See it if you can get a ticket (seriously: some stand-by tickets available, get to the theater early on the night). A really lovely production
Don't see it if you don't like Oklahoma, don't like musicals (although this one is quite thought-provoking). There are gunshots and brief darkness.
See it if you like dramas, like to think, laugh, and be surprised, love a great ending, a great cast, great acting.. this is a magnificent night out
Don't see it if you really struggle with accents; I admit I missed some of the dialog, although none of the import. P.S. lots of cursing, not for kids
See it if you enjoy great acting close up, theater in the round, new stagings of classic plays. Thoroughly enjoyable, well-paced, powerful.
Don't see it if .. I hesitate to say the usual "if you only love B'way musicals" type thing, so really, just go see this, it's lovely
See it if you'd like a high-energy, moving performance by a captivating young actor
Don't see it if you want a well-thought-out story arch or an "ah-ha" moment; the play simply ends, without any attempt to shine a light on the "why"
See it if you want a lively, musical, documentary-style show about Buzz Aldrin and the angst of being the second--and far less famous--man on the moon
Don't see it if you want a story arc or strong theme; this is about what happened. Whether it has real meaning for the rest of us is up for discussion
Also Really great actors and music, a very entertaining night
See it if you're up for a light-hearted evening, a hugely diverse cast, lovely original music and voices, and a bit of Shakespeare thrown in.
Don't see it if you need your theater serious or educational. You're outside, there's Shaina Taub, frozen sangria, music, and laughter. Go. Enjoy.
See it if You want to see the best off-Broadway show of the year; you care about humanity; you love the theater for its own sake (no fancy set)
Don't see it if you don’t want your eyes and heart opened by the best acting and writing you’ll see this year
See it if You’re interested in well-told memoirs, storytelling, thoughtful musical excursions into the past. A really beautiful, honest show
Don't see it if You dislike one-man shows, need a full cast and big Broadway show
See it if You like to see works in progress, thoughtful narratives. Much good here, talented actors/dancers
Don't see it if The play is based on a true story and the playwright has put his heart into it, but I needed to know exactly what happened & what came after
See it if As usual, Dave Malloy is exploring new territory in subject and in song. A funny, sad, thought-provoking musical about Internet obsessions
Don't see it if you're really triggered by addiction stories, I suppose. Malloy really makes you think about the amount of time we spend online these days
See it if you'll be blown right out of the audience by Murphy's performance, the lighting, the sound, the grief.. then reeled back in
Don't see it if you are triggered by death, lost someone recently (unless you want to sob uncontrollably); can't bear loud, repeated noises
See it if you love jazz, love New Orleans, want to learn more about the history of both
Don't see it if you want a fully developed musical; play is many small pieces stitched together
See it if you love what small theater can do; powerful message and powerful humor combined; several great plot twists
Don't see it if you are already complete stressed out about climate change, I guess; there's a serious message here, despite the laughter
See it if You’re ready to explore race, slavery, white privilege, & stereotypes; to be uncomfortable, to be angry; to be confused; to think.
Don't see it if You’re not ready to do the above. You want to just relax at the theater. Diggs suppresses his joyful musicality here, going to a dark place
See it if you're willing to laugh/cry at yourself and others while wanting to scream/cry about the world we live in; this is true theater, a must see
Don't see it if you need linear, simple, uncontroversial theater; if you'd rather see Carol King, The Musical; you don't want to face today's race realities
See it if Three talented men sing the words to an old album of black men singing on chain gangs in the south; a brief narrative, lovely music, moving
Don't see it if you want a play or any expansion on the story behind the album or what it means today. They just sing the album. Could've been much more.
See it if You love theater that challenges you. Show explores Japanese culture from a Japanese-American POV, hitting all the cultural highlights
Don't see it if You’re triggered by the title. No one commits suicide in the show. but suicide is referenced. Also if you only like trad stories/ messages.
See it if You have a cheap ticket: there are elements of a good play here - dance, folklore, a moral - but it’s like someone took scissors to it
Don't see it if You want coherence, a sensible plot line or ending; you don’t want to be hit over the head repeatedly with the play’s purported moral
See it if you love B'way, tap dancing, great singing. Worth going just for O'Hara's "I Hate Men" & her fights with Chase's character, priceless
Don't see it if Look, this show is really cheesy, it's dated, it's thematically challenged, and you won't learn much, that's just "Kiss Me, Kate"
See it if you don't want to miss a stellar performance by Cranston, despite a loud, TV-screen-filled production with odd swings in tone
Don't see it if you don't want to watch a lot of TV; there are many screens and much of the time the actors play to the cameras, not the audience
See it if You want history laid out before you as if you’d stepped back to Calais and seen this human tragedy with your own eyes. Powerful, must see.
Don't see it if You have a bad back and can’t get a good seat. Some people sit on floor. Also if loud sudden noises trigger you.
See it if you have any interest in women's rights, our government, the constitution. But this is not a play, more a presentation of events and ideas
Don't see it if you want a light, upbeat show; you don't want to learn; you hate women (I guess) :)
See it if you'd enjoy three fine actors engaged in a taught family drama; this kind of a "Get Out" for women in a bad marriage
Don't see it if you're triggered by domestic abuse, or you want a political message for our times. It's a good, tight play and the acting is lovely
See it if interested in open, difficult, perhaps transformative discussions on race and sex; are willing to listen hard. Play has many layers to peel
Don't see it if you are traumatized by dominant-submissive sex: there is no sex onstage, but close to it. Also if you don't want to be forced to think
See it if you'd like to hear both sides of the Black Lives Matter debate. Play tries hard to be balanced. Lots of great dialogue, great acting
Don't see it if you don't want to hear the police point of view in these difficult times, or have the concerns of people of color ultimately diminished
See it if you'd like a bright show set in a dark future. Cleverly staged in the tiny temporary Ars Nova space, great singing, just a really fun night
Don't see it if you only love the big, fully realized shows; this is a fun night of futuristic musical adventure, & I'm going again
See it if you want to experience insights into an American story that is perhaps unlike your own, with a serious message about acceptance
Don't see it if you want truly professional, well-developed, worth the ticket $. While some moments resonated deeply, much felt unpolished. (1st preview.)
See it if You love great acting for its own sake, love Elaine May (amazing), aren’t bothered by the terrible descent into Alzheimer’s of a loved one
Don't see it if hoping for a plot twist, moral, surprise, reason for Cera’s character to exist, or reason for this play to exist (beyond Elaine May’s perf)
See it if you love HP, love magic. A perfect continuation of the stories, the staging is eye-popping and Scorpius/James incredible, the night flew by
Don't see it if you've never read or seen HP (do that first) or you're cynical about magic and fantasy (at least, don't go see it with me :))
See it if you love small, creative theater pieces that combine history lessons with modern-day messages. Talented cast
Don't see it if you want a Broadway-style, singing, dancing spectacular. This is a drama with a little music.
See it if you are happy with the first 4/5 of the play (the best, funniest depiction of a sibling relationship you'll see) & can ignore the last 1/5
Don't see it if you want your plays to make sense throughout; the play veers off into a sad, unlikely, and annoying ending.(Why, Young Jean?)
See it if you want to experience new, edgy writing on an important topic; the lead actors are beautiful in their roles, with great rapport
Don't see it if you want a consistent tone and clear message; the play is full of metaphor and references to other texts; the white characters 1-dimensional