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See it if you want to see a cast of pros having a great time with Hellman's masterful dialogue, are interested in economic oppression.
Don't see it if the realistic machinations of the economically-driven class and use of the "N" word will upset you; but really -- it's a terrific play!
See it if you love what is perhaps Sondheim's most beautiful score, the focus in this exquisitely simple production; clever staging, lovely voices.
Don't see it if you want spectacle, can't enjoy a plot about 19th-century Japan dragged reluctantly, then triumphantly into the 20th.
See it if you enjoy long arcs of time, obscure theatre history linked to history writ large, contemplations of love/sex/obscenity, religion/hypocrisy
Don't see it if you can't enjoy realities beyond your own -- e.g. lesbian love, the Yiddish Theatre.
See it if you like family memory dramas, are intrigued by how a shared reality can subjectively be very different, admire Miller's realistic people.
Don't see it if DeVito being dialect-challenged and Ruffalo mumbling will drive you nuts, need a neat ending.
See it if you want to support new playwrights, plays about lesbians in history, are interested in works in development.
Don't see it if you expect intellectual characters with personal integrity, are interested in period pieces, your theatre $$ are precious.
See it if you appreciate good laugh-lines, fully-fleshed friendships, flaws of ordinary folks, and don't mind remembering your 20s -- aaaaaarghhhhh!
Don't see it if you need a cliched ending, don't have patience for the angst or loneliness of others, don't believe the neediest find love fast.
See it if you love wordplay, clever plotting, pure entertainment, mistaken identities, wit, cleverness, restoration comedy without the formality.
Don't see it if you can't focus on densely clever language in rhyming iambic pentameter.
See it if you like clever staging in and around the audience, wonderful voices/music, 19th c. Russian excess (which sometimes seemed like 30s Berlin).
Don't see it if you like proscenium arches, linear stories with a point, grand lessons, or expect a theatrical comet recreation.
See it if you love smart lyrics, fab harmonizing, great storytelling, comedy & tragedy, riffs on therapists; it's Company meets Jewish Modern Family
Don't see it if you're sick of GLBT, Jewish stories under any circumstances.
See it if you enjoy intimate 2-character explorations of personality, attempts to connect, intelligent dialogue, small revelations that ring true.
Don't see it if you can't concentrate on dialogue without other distractions, aren't interested in small dramas of lonely lives.
See it if you love lush scores and/or its two or three beautiful melodies, grand guignol, light opera, can easily suspend your disbelief.
Don't see it if you like realism, characters with depth, nuance, plots with some twists and turns, hate opera or classical music :(
See it if you love David Hare, Rachel Weisz, and/or Corey Stoll; serious drama that spans time, including WWII; mental illness plays out subtly.
Don't see it if you like a linear story line. Time-shifts are not well-delineated,and become distracting rather than illuminating as one might hope.
See it if you love great standards and lesser-known, winning Berlin songs. The dancing is supreme: imaginative choreography; big tap-dancing numbers.
Don't see it if You are not entertained by anything fluffy. This is the quintessential, light song-and-dance feel-good romance. No profundity.
See it if you collect classics, LOVE Ibsen, symbols, allegories, and /or Gabriel Ebert, Dylan Baker, or Becky Ann Baker.
Don't see it if your time is precious, you like plot- or character-driven theatre or you are well-aware how important it is to know and be true to oneself.
See it if you like solid scripting, acting, staging. Layers of normality are peeled back slowly, steadily, with humor and tact, revealing deep flaws.
Don't see it if you don't like family dramas, want only brand new ideas. Don't want to feel you live in paradise.
See it if you love great storytelling about self-enlightenment and the transition of seeing one's parents as fully separate individuals
Don't see it if you are hostile to the GLBT community,
See it if you are interested in theatre history, love dancing, factoids, Eubie Blake. There are easily 3 or 4 show-stopper numbers that were GREAT.
Don't see it if you have a short attention-span, don't care about theatre history or like the music of the 20s, 30s. It has a 3-hour run time. Must be cut!
See it if You love theatre and Shakespeare. Extremely clever interweaving of the old and new, classics and musicals. High-energy and entertaining.
Don't see it if If you don't know anything about Shakespeare or musical theatre. You'll miss a lot of the jokes.
See it if You enjoy country-rock/bluegrass, and comedy that's a bit edgy and off-center. The staging is complex and fun; the performances, high energy
Don't see it if You are a traditionalist.
See it if you are interested in the history of the middle east, love strange back-stories, won't be too depressed by the failed possibilities.
Don't see it if you can't focus on talky scripts, mind the unrealistic, gratuitous use of the "F" word by several characters.
See it if u enjoy the idea of Nora's semi-triumphal return, clever plotting, facts re: 19th-cent. oppression of women, minimalist staging, fab cast.
Don't see it if u can't follow lengthy verbal duals, don't enjoy Ibsenian rock-and-a-hard-place dilemmas
See it if you are interested in the demise of the assembly-line class, find clearly marked time shifts ('00-'08) illuminating, enjoy strong ensembles.
Don't see it if bar scenes and course language annoy you, even if good drama; intra-class battles frustrate u; u can't empathize w/ the downwardly mobile
See it if you love Sondheim and/or Seurat, beautiful staging, great harmonies. Both performers nail it; preferred it to the original production.
Don't see it if you just want to relax and be entertained by simple tunes and a boy-meets-girl love story. This piece challenges the audience to tune in!
See it if you love Chekhov, collect classics, haven't seen Blanchett on stage; adaptation is recognizably Chekhovian; would benefit if tightened.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span, don't like Russian lit, expect Blanchett magic, find 10+ characters confusing; 2.5+ hrs + author's notes.
See it if you are a fan of superior playwriting, admire August Wilson's century-cycle plays, can find enjoyment or interest in other realities.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the lives of hardworking black men at a car service company or the others in their lives.
See it if you love all-star casts of complete pros making complicated timing and physical bits look easy, nostalgia, press-room nasties, rolltop desks
Don't see it if you want a modicum of relevance, don't have 3 hours, don't like Nathan Lane(!), need to be engaged immediately (the first act is very EH)
See it if you enjoy complicated scheming, intricate plotting, sexuality, wit, delivered by cynical, debauched reprobates wreaking havoc around them.
Don't see it if you will be very disturbed by adults messing with a soon-to-be-married 15-year-old who appears so vulnerable in the arms of predatory adults
See it if you like tales that span many years, parent-child (teen/grown) interactions, finely-observed psychology, grew up in the 60s, Amy Ryan.
Don't see it if you are bored with baby-boomers, think people change, are judgmental about the parenting of others, like experimental, non-linear narrative.
See it if you hunger for a glimpse of Chekhov, want to see Diane Lane and John Glover, et al., rise above the confused "concept."
Don't see it if you hate the very idea of tinkering with classics, are a Chekhov neophyte, like when there's an over-arching creative vision.
See it if you loved the movie, admire rebelliousness, love poetry, hate conformity, find emotionally-satisfying endings make up for other flaws.
Don't see it if you like nuanced characters/issues, think teenage boys sometimes lack judgment, & that those who inspire bold action must do so responsibly.
See it if you are charmed by talented children, love the story, enjoy fun bad guys, like tie-it-ALL-together resolutions, like to see everything.
Don't see it if the sound of children singing drives you nuts, you have a low cute threshold, are easily bored.
See it if you love great drama, music, acting, staging. 'Fraid it's overrated? It's all that plus. New cast is great. Not all rap; some lovely tunes
Don't see it if you can't concentrate on lyrics, don't like history. Seats are tight, even center orchestra.
See it if you love great singing, spontaneous standing Os mid-show, beautifully simple sets and staging, strong women, emotional catharses, good fun
Don't see it if you are uninterested in diverse lives, stories of the downtrodden daring the universe and each other.
See it if you want to see Langella pull off an exceptionally difficult acting moment, the highlight of his entirely extraordinary performance.
Don't see it if you have dealt with a relative with dementia, are looking for laughs, don't like multiple points-of-view storytelling.
See it if you are interested in an entertaining exploration of which of the 3 great religions is the true one. It is wholly accessible, satisfying.
Don't see it if you are not interested in those who do not believe what you do, or you do not like the way Shakespeare resolves his late romances.
See it if You want to expand your world-view, experience a reality you may not know exists. There is humor and horror. Great ensemble cast.
Don't see it if You want light and airy, or are not interested in third-world matters or women.
See it if You love great tunes, tight, smart book/lyrics, warm humanity in an enduring, relevant story. Times change, but refugees are still refugees
Don't see it if You can't relate to people who are not your ethnic group.
See it if You enjoy superb voices, winning performances, a satisfying romantic story that seems fresh and amusing, performed on a spectacular set.
Don't see it if You are cynical and dark.