See it if like me, you are an American Idol fangirl & have Clay/Ruben cds. You'll suffer the bad skits & flat jokes & delight to hear them sing
Don't see it if you are not in the Christmas spirit. Bad jokes, tinsel, "ugly sweaters" silly stage business abound. Ya gotta love these 2 to enjoy it
See it if you want to see a Seinfeld episode (nothing happens) starring a 9yr old. Child actress carries the weight of 75min no intermission dramedy.
Don't see it if you are looking fwd to Richard Masur doing more than sit in a chair & drink. He doesn't get a monologue until Act 3.
See it if you enjoy Michael C Hall's weird career choices (Dexter, Lazarus)--he's perfectly articulate, funny, & scary good in this
Don't see it if you want a set & costumes, light entertainment. This is surreal & existential about life, love, death. You have to work at it to get it.
See it if very cute comedic cast, fantastic voices, silly version of Measure by Measure set to music. It's adorable, sharp, witty, & satisfying
Don't see it if musical theatre archetypes (virgin, whore, hero, villain, fool) light silly fun with an All is Well ending. Not for the serious or stuffy
See it if you thrill to see great ensemble, great direction, excellent costume & sound design, minimalist set, smart adaptation of classic Western
Don't see it if repetition, surrealism, need for plot or deeper meaning drive your theatre choices. This is art for art lovers & doesn't always make sense
See it if you are obsessed with everything Tennessee Wms & absolutely must punch your dance card & see this lovely production.
Don't see it if Off-Bway theatre is not accessible. 1hr 45min NO intermission. Dated women's stereotypes from the 1930s painfully still true today.
See it if you like cathartic parent/child stories about illness, aging, & death. Similar to "Marvin's Room." Many tears & sniffles in audience.
Don't see it if you dislike "Hallmark Movie of The Week"/"Lifetime for Women" type stories. Great script, important topic (Mom dying), acting was just ok.
See it if you liked Something Rotten, you enjoy clever iambic pentameter, a Shakespearean plot, GREAT dancing chorus, & the GoGos are your jam
Don't see it if light comedy, gender-bending, strange symbiosis between Elizabethan plot & 80s pop music befuddles you
See it if you like clowning & theatre of the ridiculous. I do not. I thought I was going to see a romance, not a surrealist pastiche a la Magritte.
Don't see it if cut & paste of surreal images, insufferable dialogue, & awkward performances makes you squirm w regret & embarrassment. No Intermission.
See it if you ❤️ feel-good Disco era, 70s/80s radio, Diva-worship, woman-centric stories. Great performances by LaChanze, Ariana Debose, Storm Lever
Don't see it if you are looking for a movie-of-the-week "bio pic". This skirts through her childhood abuse & relationships, focuses on survival & the songs
See it if you like real-life solo storytelling, you grew up in the 80s, you want to reminisce about teen drug use & rock 'n roll living
Don't see it if you don't like small fringe theatre, no set, disappointing video/visual effects. Overall lacks emotional depth, played for shock value
See it if you want to explore the after-math of school shooting & it's affect on a whiny, self-absorbed, sheltered teenager.
Don't see it if whiny teens grate on your last nerve. Young lead actress has potential but her voice & mannerisms are excruciating. 1.5hrs no intermission
See it if you adore drag legend Charles Busch, Downtown Theatre, the Golden Era of Hollywood--it's the usual cast of zanies mugging in high style
Don't see it if you want a posh night out or a revelation. This is parody, E. Village fringe theatre, in an old sketchy venue with low budget sets
See it if you need multi-media inspiration from a kind hearted visual artist & musician... a reminder of the connection btwn all things great & small.
Don't see it if you are impatient that it seems geared to school children--simple & absorbing. It's lecture style, with interspersed music & slides.
See it if you follow @TommyLenk on Insta, love his quirky pop culture & fashionista humor, you are a fan of Charles Busch, camp, divas & drag cabaret
Don't see it if limited run, blink & you will miss it! Cabaret style seating & food/bev minimum. Helps to adore Tilda to catch the references
See it if you enjoy family drama, insight into the immigrant experience, Muslim culture, examination of fear, prejudice, and stereotypes
Don't see it if you are bored by family drama issues (elders, abuse, adultery, secrets, etc), are looking for a big conclusion or "reveal"
See it if you like Enda Walsh, delicious spoken word, masterful acting & movement, dynamic duos, existential mystery
Don't see it if you are confused by abstraction, don't want to read between the lines, need an intermission
See it if I adore Hayley Mills--who doesn't? But it's so excruciating to see good people in a bad play. I left at intermission.
Don't see it if you are bored by cliches & realism-without-revelation. Characters standing around talking, saying nothing.
See it if you like upbeat fun, colorful pop art, innocent humor, & the "journey of the hero"
Don't see it if you don't like an enthusiastic audience! All around me fans were laughing & clapping through the show. It was inspiring & cute.
See it if seeing Tyne & Tim Daly onstage together is rare. They masterfully pluck at the heart strings. The play? Eh. But worth it for them.
Don't see it if dysfunctional family drama with characters trapped in dilapidated basement with a No Exit feeling overwhelms you.
See it if you want to be sure it lives up to the hype. It DOES. Very satisfying writing, music, & performances. Lin Manuel Miranda instant legend.
Don't see it if Rapid-fire dialogue & music make you dizzy. Very simple set & basic costumes only--the real feature here is the writing & ideas put forth.
See it if you care about old, white, WASPy dinosaur playwrights. You love Cherry Lane, light sit-com/rom-com, & want to go to Chumleys after
Don't see it if you crave new, relevant, modern, progressive dialogue in theatre. You are easily offended by gender norm stereotypes & rape ref
See it if you love poetry, Bohemia, women writers, chamber musicals, Downtown theatre, exceptionally talented cast with soaring voices, & surprises.
Don't see it if no set, no costume changes, way Downtown LES theatre is not for you. This bio piece centers on her most famous work--not her whole life
See it if you want to bring a child to a show with clowning, mime, shrill voices-- that devolves as most of these types of shows do...into fart jokes.
Don't see it if you expect Mummenshantz or Cirque du Soleil, or hate performers breaking the 4th wall & shining a light in your face.
See it if you agree Janet McTeer is the British Meryl Streep. Flawless. Terrific Theresa Rebeck look inside the backstage life of the Divine Sarah.
Don't see it if if British accents, Diva worship, and the cult of theatre are not your church of worship, this is probably not for you.
See it if you need an antidote to fluffy entertainment &The Dumbing Down of America. Funny, witty, thoughtful, insightful, with masterful acting
Don't see it if The hilarious self-centered saga of a 14thc. female mystic, feminist, & maybe saint has no resonance for you & you'd rather see Sponge Bob
See it if you can justify squandering the gifts of brilliant Carey Mulligan in a plodding exploitive story that drops the F-bomb every other minute
Don't see it if profane script (F-ing this & that EVERY other line), bad parenting, Greek Tragic "event" after excruciating 90min no intermission galls you
See it if you are obsessed with Tennessee Wms...it's FABulous. Funny, reverent, outstanding performance by Juan Francisco Villa as TW.
Don't see it if you don't already love Glass Menagerie, Streetcar, Cat...lots of TW character & play refs & "Easter Eggs" + gay themes & seduction.
See it if you enjoy exquisite acting & simple staging. Gorgeous language & emotion with echoes of Orpheus, Streetcar, & short "The Yellow Bird"
Don't see it if you can't sit still & quiet & absorb the language, archetypes, and angst of Williams. It's an emotional workout.
See it if Jimmy Buffet Parrot Heads are your people. You enjoy (or miss) vacation tropical island life. Stock characters, classic romantic plot
Don't see it if you want a challenging, thought-provoking musical about climate change. This is as deep as a Hollywood romcom/ buddy flick or Elvis movie
See it if you enjoy blonde hating, bullying, gay-hating, fat-shaming. It was not as funny onstage as seeing the movie 15yrs ago.
Don't see it if your time is precious & you have so many other choices this Spring. You can skip this one & watch the video highlights.
See it if you ❤️ Billie Piper--she tears it up! Brilliant adaptation of Lorca for 21st c. Stunning, impossible set changes. Emotional rollercoaster
Don't see it if You are frightened or upset by non-traditional staging, intimate emotion, loud noises, frank exploration of sex, partnership, & motherhood.
See it if you grew up on Bway classics and want to see an impressive, stellar, completely off-book, dizzying Encores spectacle recreation!
Don't see it if you just don't "get" audiences obsessed with musicals and wonder "why are they clapping before the # is over?"
See it if you enjoy May/December friendship, marriage, well-written, performed, & directed new musicals, Yiddish humor, gay history, memoirs
Don't see it if you forgot to bring tissues. You will cry at this one. This is not a history play. It's inspired by Harvey, not about Him
See it if you liked Three Billboards film, Martin McDonagh's plays, Brit culture, the 60s, ensemble acting, dark humour
Don't see it if you have difficulty with Northern English accents, menacing characters, capital punishment, gender stereotypes
See it if you like experimental theatre, Joyceian poetry, new forms, dance/movement, 90s time period, club kids, Irish writers, intense performances
Don't see it if you want linear plot, have difficulty w Irish accents, can't relate to teenage love & anger,
See it if you enjoy a masterful One-Man show. Lithgow weaves storytelling, nostalgia, smiles, surprises, imagination & emotion. Truly mesmerizing.
Don't see it if No set or costumes here...just one American theatre, TV, & film treasure taking us on a journey with his voice, characters, & kindness