See it if you can endure 1hr 40min No Intermission post-modern mess of quirky costumes, interpretive dance, yelling & screaming & uninspired acting
Don't see it if you want to understand the classic 19th c Russian lit plot. It’s nowhere to be found. Suggested title: “Very loosely based on Karamazovs.”
See it if you like clowns. I hate clowns. You like abstract art & theater of the absurd. This is not what I was expecting for this show.
Don't see it if You have No Exit nightmares...stuck in a room with grief, incomprehensible poetry, a video camera, and too many potatoes.
See it if you like LOL Gen X family dramedy, Micharl Urie’s comic genius, incredible ensemble, great writing, relevant topic of “adulting”
Don't see it if you dont like constant laughter from audience? Poignant moments from veteran actors nearing 80? You can’t face growing up? Go see it!
See it if you've seen WSS a dozen times & want a fresh, relevant 2020 tattooed avant-garde take. Or you have never seen it--GO!
Don't see it if you thought this was a Jerome Robbins revival or the movie? Get over it! These kids are a bloody mob of street punks who will melt you
See it if you like Cabaret, the 1930s, Harlem during Prohibition/Depression, gay, feminist, funny & tragic characters and & great ensemble cast
Don't see it if you don’t like a Tennessee Williams-style soap opera with a lot of humor, fashion, & likable hedonist/transgressive characters
See it if you are curious to see a 2-person cast mashup of the musical "Once", Mummenshanz, & abridged Shelley with no discernible direction.
Don't see it if you expect innovation & social relevance from casting a black actress as Frankenstein/Creature. This show feels unfinished
See it if you are fan of Laura Linney & will see her in anything. This "poor me" story was a whiny, dull, disappointing, & uninspired therapy session
Don't see it if you are looking for any kind of insight, redemption, or transformation. Painful, narcissistic, selfish characters. Yuck.
See it if you feel the world went to hell when David Bowie died & you want to have a profoundly emotional reunion w The Starman thru v gifted Sven
Don't see it if you expect a Bowie bio or big staging. This is pure piano, Dutch/German cabaret w David Lynch-ian storytelling & out of this world vocals
See it if you are an artist, actor, seeker or explorer who enjoys a masterful inspirational monologue of spiritual significance. Very moving.
Don't see it if 90min no intermission, solo work, no set, you are triggered by Christian dogma/mythology told with great passion
See it if you like burlesque, ballet, men in corsets & high heels, side-show entertainers, Cirque shows, off-the-path venues (Bushwick on the L train)
Don't see it if you don't like nudity, glitter, feathers, the can-can, light raunchiness, or Tchaikovsky/Nutcracker music
See it if you need to tick this box on your TW scorecard. Otherwise skip it. Awful set, terrible accents, becomes an embarrassing ILoveLucy sketch
Don't see it if you find it painful to see smart Marisa Tomei play a dumb, dated character in a 3hr “mad scene.” No TW witticisms or truths here. Owch.
See it if you like exciting emerging playwrights, incredible acting, attention grabbing staging, of-the-moment cultural dialogues on race & sex
Don't see it if 2hrs/no intermission, graphic sex onstage, sensitive psychological issues, deliberate stereotypes trigger you. Stay tuned--it's "a process"
See it if you enjoy classics--word master George Bernard Shaw's Egyptian version of Pygmalion + gender/race issues of 100+yrs ago & the ancient world
Don't see it if you are triggered by tough & tender dominant white male (Caesar) training Cleopatra to "be a lady", abusing her maid, etc. Old play!
See it if Tennessee Williams was really proud of this play—that makes it worth a closer look. Only my 2ndX seeing it—glad I did.
Don't see it if This is a strange trip—a play within a play. Madness & distress, I’m sure you have to love 10 Wms to enjoy it.
See it if you want to wake up (!) from your life in the virtual matrix of internet addiction with insightful contemporary self-help a capella ensemble
Don't see it if no intermission, 12-step style group may trigger selfie guilt, thirst for social validation, & addiction to checking your phone!
See it if you want intense, essential Sam Shepherd middle-America family drama (1977) that is disturbingly relevant, with surreal moments of shock
Don't see it if dark & disturbing, relentless, long, threat-of-violence play that has aged into a parable, "the more things change..." brings you down
See it if you've never seen Kiss Me Kate--this is a lovely revival with GREAT dancing & the expected 21st c. updates to Shakespeare & 1950s sexism
Don't see it if classic, silly, light-hearted musical theatre is not enthralling or challenging to you. This is pure "light-entertainment" rom-com
See it if clear parallels between the ancient & modern world, persecution of Greek philosophers, origin of democracy, drama interest you.
Don't see it if formal, presentational, men-in-togas bores you. Only (1) woman in cast. 2.45hrs w 15min intermission drives you away
See it if you want Neil LaBute from female p.o.v. Women vs. cavemen co-wkrs. Articulate cast, fast paced laughs, dark turn. Frustrating & fun
Don't see it if "seen it/lived it" #MeToo era topic made ridiculous by absurdist delivery, one set, rapid fire delivery, 90min no intermission not for you.
See it if you like "Little Shop" "Bat Boy" "Heathers" & dark nerdy musicals about teen angst. Dynamic cast & cool digital projections. Loud & fun.
Don't see it if loud, fast-moving, Bway production "upgrade" of small show is too cute & clever for you. Teen fans stan BMC & woo hoo for every #
See it if cute & quirky E Village ensemble of diverse actors & musicians use comedy to tell immigration tale set in a funeral home in Buffalo = Yes!
Don't see it if historic LaMama not fancy--in fact, no heat in the hallways last night (left my hat & coat on) No famous movie star actors--no intermission.
See it if reverence for language, the great work of Fitzgerald word-for-word & "how will they pull it off?" makes you swoon with anticipation.
Don't see it if every word of the novel--8hrs (w intermissions & dinner break) makes you want to run! If you can't sit still, not for you.
See it if you want to understand the roots of modern theatre from one of the old masters. You like Who's Afraid of Virginia & romcom dramedy
Don't see it if age & gender caricatures, marriage plays, awkward translation, lack of mystery or compelling plot fail to draw you in.
See it if you support workshop-style productions & encourage emerging artists. I'm neither friend or family & was disappointed by this
Don't see it if black-box theatre, work-in-progress plays waste your time. Super slow, no clear point or plot. Not ready for an audience!
See it if 8 uber-talented actors playing multiple roles in 21st c. class, race, fame & uphill downhill descent at dizzying speed makes you go YEAH!
Don't see it if you don't want some woke w your escapism. Black cultural stereotypes from 'hood to boardroom humorously take on economic & social issues
See it if you want to read the interesting program notes about Tolstoy/Chekhov friendship...better than the actual show which is slow, dated, boring.
Don't see it if Eww lonely 40yr old kisses naieve 16yr old. Yeah, thats the way it was but ickkk. Sloooooow direction. Uneven cast. Why was this show done?
See it if you like 19th c romance & Russian literature set to music, chamber pcs like Daddy Longlegs, great ensembles, adaptations/ Readers Theatre
Don't see it if you expect a musical. It’s short story told rhythmically at rapid fire pace set to music. Monotonous at times. Ensemble plays multiple roles
See it if you like 70s rock, SE Asia history, edgy musicals, JoJo Rabbit, stories of surviving crisis, young contemporary playwrights (Lauren Yee)
Don't see it if you are sensitive to LOUD shows (earplugs!), Asian stereotypes, horrors of genocide--this show is both educational & entertaining.
See it if you like "Buyer & Cellar," hilarious non-stop monologues, one-man shows, multiple characters, pop culture, contemporary gay humor
Don't see it if you don't like fast & furious one-liners & party people stereotypes, you prefer plot to crazy characters drinking & rambling
See it if you've seen every Bway show & want to feel clever. It's a cute, loving, fast paced musical jab at new & old shows for those "in the know"
Don't see it if Off-Off location, basement theatre, 90min no intermission, mostly talented /somewhat uneven cast & in-jokes are not your bag.
See it if you enjoy CSC shows & a modern take/turning-the-tables on damsel in distress stories i.e. Buffy, Walking Dead, Netflix: Dracula
Don't see it if you don't like 3/4 round simple staging of traditional plot with feminist p.o.v. & PS: Not a lot of Dracula in it!
See it if you like minimalist staging from the director of YERMA & great performances of timeless themes of jealousy, madness, & reveng
Don't see it if you are expecting the Greek Medea. This is a modern re-telling of the same plot. And it's wonderful.
See it if you are curious about Mike Daisey and have the time for 90min no-intermission dull & painful rambling lies, suffering, & confession
Don't see it if you are looking for insight, humor, great writing, polished storytelling, problem solving. It was labored, dreadful, & sad in every way.
See it if you like Women's History. Not deep, imagined conversation about love & career relevant to women's struggles for recognition at work
Don't see it if you want more than 2 actors, suggested set, not-factual (artistic license) conversation. The performances make it worthwhile
See it if you want to see a bio-pic jukebox musical done right with a dizzying star turn by Tina: Adrienne Warren. Compelling, nostalgic, jubilant
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, pop music, women's stories, bright lights & shaking tail feathers
See it if you enjoy quiet, authentic & funny naturalism about lower middle class struggles with family, work, addiction, getting by & getting "out"
Don't see it if you hated Sweat, Breaking Bad, Manchester-by-the Sea (film), or New England accents. 1hr30min, no intermission
See it if fans of the books & this cast will enjoy. Otherwise, more angsty misfit teens & No Budget? No Set! No Lights! Puppets? Disappointing.
Don't see it if you are expecting a Bway SFX extravaganza ala Harry Potter. It belongs Off-Bway, where the 7 actors in multiple roles can shine.
See it if simple modern male monologues about life & death & fatherhood interest you. Not for me. This was "acting for actors", overrated on Bway
Don't see it if you are annoyed by ill-mannered audience of Jake Gyllenhaal fans applauding & laughing throughout his bittersweet monologue about loss
See it if you ❤️ dark literary musicals (Jane Eyre, Rent), modern re-telling of myth, romantic archetypes, cool creative staging, stunning ensembles
Don't see it if you don't like modern musicals, steampunk/New Orleans style costuming, trombones, or sad endings. Ha! It's brilliant. You have to see it.
See it if Intense self-loathing gay twenty-something in NYC wrestles with queer identity & black stereotypes in meta musical-within-musical is for you
Don't see it if Act1/Comedy high, Act2/Tragedy hell, self-hatred, angst, race, family, graphic gay sex, HIV/Aids in 1hr 45min no intermission frightens yo
See it if you appreciate masterful trio of comedians at their best--bright, clever, insightful writing by Taylor Mac, emotional & relevant allegory
Don't see it if mugging shtick, present politics, poetry & rhyming verse, references to classic plays & plots go over your head. 1.5hrs, no intermission.
See it if talk talk talk talk talk (no insight, no new ideas, no aha moments) talk talk talk talk by some very respected actors is your idea of fun
Don't see it if you loved A Dolls House 2 which was brilliant, and expect this to be the same degree of cleverness & forward thinking. It's not
See it if you like tourist-friendly musical rise-and-fall story of Motown hitmakers from Dir. of Jersey Boys told with truth, honesty & angst
Don't see it if you don't like fast-paced storytelling lacking depth, you are averse to nostalgia, or expect to see a standout star turn
See it if deconstructed contemporary language Chekov full of poetry, pathos, and funny performances is your 1st or 100th Vanya. Loving & lol :)
Don't see it if LES indie theatre existential classic about love & longing, youth & aging in small house breaking 4th wall is too much work for you.
See it if suburbia, HGTV, climate change, feminism, great monologues in Greek inspired gender bending Women's Project @ NYTW = Yes
Don't see it if Greek refs (Diane=Dionysus), over-the-top "Real Housewives" characters, environment & sustainability issues not 4 U
See it if magical or Muggle, you love to be absorbed in a 1st class production on every level: great story, sets, & performances with WOW sfx!
Don't see it if teenage heroes overcoming self-doubt to find a way to survive, Anglophilia & Shakespearean accents, magical realism are not your thing
See it if stories about women, feminism, The Golden Age of Hollywood excite you. A closer look at pioneer black actresses, stereotypes & struggles
Don't see it if you are ok w entertaining but not earth shattering, thoughtful but not profound evening. High comedy, some less than crystal clear vocals.
See it if you like one-man shows, Colin Quinn from SNL, smart , relevant comedy about the state of things in the USA. "Fair & balanced" & funny
Don't see it if 80 min no-intermission, long monologue broken into bits, observational political & cultural humor is not for you.
See it if you believe Marin Ireland is walking in the footsteps of Meryl Streep. You like tight ensemble acting & intelligent, emotional scripts.
Don't see it if rapid-fire, overlapping & charged dialogue, 12-step process, single set dramedy at the ever reliable Atlantic is just not enough for you?
See it if you love great comedy, emotional realism, and tour-de-force Michael Urie bringing the house down in historic & still very relevant 80s play.
Don't see it if LGBTQ life in NYC ....cabaret, nightlife, dating, bed-hopping, parenting is not your cup of tea. And if not--you really *should* see it ;)