See it if Some amazing (if inconsistent) acting. Very funny. Remarkable set that really is Riverside.
Don't see it if It's no Last Days of Judas Escariot, which I think is a masterpiece. I'm not sure what it's trying to say. And the tropes are.. plentiful.
See it if Steven Skybell is not doing Zero Mostel or Theodore Bikel, but he is no less affecting. If anything, he's as funny and more grounded.
Don't see it if You're in the first two rows and have a bad neck. (Otherwise, there's no bad seat in the house.)
See it if As haunting as the original. Amazing, creative staging. The Lucille, Hugh Dorsey, Frankie Epps, and Britt Craig were unbelievable
Don't see it if You're going to walk out of the show complaining about how dark it was.
See it if Victoria Clark is unbelievable, the whole cast is great. Some of the plot goes off the rails, but you'll be entertained the whole time.
Don't see it if You want to hum the songs after you leave. The songs are great and further the story, but not earworms. You don't like creative swear words.
See it if You like being challenged. I woke up the next day still thinking about it, which is a great sign. The writing (and research) are incredible.
Don't see it if This show may be very upsetting for victims of sexual abuse, particularly those who have tried to find justice in the criminal system.
See it if You want to see fantastic acting. You like Suzan-Lori Parks.
Don't see it if I would've been happier listening to Corey Hawkins sing to his guitar for 2 hrs.
See it if You like magic in an intimate setting! Asi is charming. Even when you've spotted something, the tricks go in directions you won't expect
Don't see it if You expect magic with more of a narrative, like what David Kwong or Derren Brown manage to pull together.
Also If you have the money, the table seats seem like a real treat.
See it if You want to be engaged and feel something. You thought Kara Young was brilliant in Clyde's and want to see her again. (She's great!)
Don't see it if You want a grounded play. The production did not feel fully formed. I walked away with unanswered questions.
See it if You like long plays. Acting is good, far better than I expected based on the reviews. I thought the set was interesting.
Don't see it if You expect the play to leave as big a punch as the book. Play felt a bit disjointed and, yes, over-long.
See it if You like Sondheim. The princes (Gavin Creel and Joshua Henry) and the witch (Patina Miller) are very special.
Don't see it if You're covid-cautious or child-phobic. Yes, people pay big bucks to bring their 4-year-olds to this.
See it if You like the small, thoughtful, surprising plays of Samuel D. Hunter.
Don't see it if You want a big set and big cast and big costumes
See it if It's very entertaining and the performances are A+. I didn't get to see Shaina Taub, but her standby was great.
Don't see it if You're just going to compare it to Hamilton. If you can't wait 105 minutes just to get to intermission (!).
See it if You were a musical theater kid in the 90s. This is for you.
Don't see it if You will not appreciate most of the jokes if you don't have a passing knowledge of musicals/revivals/stars
See it if You like McDonagh. I found it very funny, although my fellow audience members were more subdued.
Don't see it if You can't understand British accents. Also, I'm sad this wasn't in a smaller theater.
See it if It's very special. I have described it to friends as Myths & Hymns meets Handel's Messiah. It felt like a massage for my ears.
Don't see it if See it, but the production is not perfect. There were mic issues, chairs were v uncomfortable, and one actor was hammy/upstaged others.
See it if You like different kinds of dancing, you have a lot of time on your hands. You want a new, non-jukebox-y musical.
Don't see it if People playing with or re-writing history bothers you. The errors stayed in my head more than the music.
Also This could be a better show if a number of characters were cut.
See it if You want to see a show that really can't be done (or done well) at the regional level. The direction is A+. You want your heart tugged
Don't see it if You want a jukebox musical.
See it if You want a good concert. The upbeat numbers are each showstoppers- wonderful and engaging.
Don't see it if You don't like Nina Simone. You want a play. You're the type to fall asleep in between songs (like the people sitting next to me who left).
See it if you get a great deal and have low expectations.
Don't see it if I don't recommend it. It's very tired and silly. My audience was filled with tourists hoodwinked in Times Square or off Groupon.
See it if you want to peer behind the scenes of 1950s theatre as it was, not just as we imagine it in hindsight
Don't see it if you're just going to sit there and resent that this didn't premiere 66 years ago or that people may behave differently now
See it if You like one-person shows. You miss your mother, or should appreciate her more. You can appreciate the harmonica and blues guitar.
Don't see it if You are hard of hearing. I had a bit of trouble understanding some portions, and I think my ears are to blame.
See it if I'm not endorsing marijuana use, but I'm not NOT saying it will make the show so much more entertaining
Don't see it if You don't know pop music from the 90s, early 2000s. Or you know it but don't like it.
See it if You know someone in the cast or creative team
Don't see it if Don’t see it. It is a bizarre vanity project and a waste of talent. I’ve seen much better things written by high school kids.
See it if You have an interest in history (as remembered from different perspectives). It’s very smartly staged and thought-provoking.
Don't see it if You want to see Anna Deveare Smith perform every part. You’re almost 30 years too late for that, sadly.
See it if You want to revel in the fantastic timing of Pascale Armand, Susan Kelechi Watson, and Gbenga Akinnagbe. My goodness, they were SO good.
Don't see it if You want to see the cleverest of Shakespeare's comedies. Or if you're unvaxed.
See it if You want to see a thoughtful, timely and experimental bit of theater
Don't see it if You're wedded to the book. Or if you're very jumpy. It's an intense production that made my friend a little upset.
See it if You like Michael Friedman's work. And excellent singing in small musicals that could have been bigger in the 90s. Extremely memorable
Don't see it if You want perfection or the next big hit
See it if You want to holler at a shirtless Blair Underwood... + really fantastic supporting cast
Don't see it if Seated in the rear mezz. I was too far away to appreciate a lot of it. Also very distracted by latecomers and people using iPhones
See it if You love Michael Urie. He’s a delight and doesn’t disappoint.
Don't see it if You want depth. The weak plot feels like an afterthought, written just to carry the witty jokes.
See it if Edmund Donovan was extraordinary. Judith Ivey was replaced by understudy after first act, but seemed A+ as well.
Don't see it if Actors were very good or very bad. The play brought up Important Topics & then dropped them. Awkward staging created obstructed seats
See it if You are open to seeing a very clever, very interesting piece of theatre- and be will willing to forgive any unevenness
Don't see it if The title alone makes you uncomfortable.
See it if You have very little kids and money to burn.
Don't see it if You're not accompanied by a child. You don't want your child to be hit in the head with the gender gap in magic.
See it if You like to be exposed to different forms of entertainment. Also, it felt in some ways like a live audiobook, so if you like audiobooks..
Don't see it if You expect to learn the history of the art form or about Japan.
See it if You really want to see Dano or Hawke (although, frankly, they're both in NY shows often enough that you can wait for a better show)
Don't see it if You're not a man with daddy issues
See it if You can appreciate a damned good play, with fantastic writing and acting
Don't see it if You can't follow Irish accents or stay seated for three hours
See it if You will appreciate fantastic writing in a fast-paced (and short, at 80 minutes), beautifully acted play about memories and aging
Don't see it if You need to understand what is happening and why at all times
See it if You’re obsessed with Veronica Mars. Also, the set was very cool.
Don't see it if Ugh. The characters behaviors and motivations made no sense. The plot was absurd and contrived. The ending was predictable.