See it if You enjoy plays that deal with relationships or long-term marriage, you want some good laughs, you want to see this stellar cast
Don't see it if You are offended by explicit sex talk or prefer not to think about the challenges of long-term marriage
See it if You love Laura Linney or Elizabeth Strout’s novel.
Don't see it if You dislike solo shows or seek intimacy in the portrayal of a character. Linney is more like a narrator here. Play needs a smaller house.
See it if You are interested in the true story of a whistleblower, like a no-frills straight play with excellent acting
Don't see it if You don’t like political topics or are looking for props and scenery or a love story
See it if You enjoy clever use of language, fun, excellent cast, charming show
Don't see it if You are expecting an Ivo van Hove production. You really hate farce (I usually do but loved this show).You have trouble with British accents
Also Avoid the balcony unless you get the first row.
See it if You like a production where the audience is in the middle of the action, want to enjoy the poetry of this play
Don't see it if You are looking to be moved emotionally. Lots of emoting but I couldn’t really connect.
See it if You want to see the excellent Cuccioli and Lim. You appreciate a play where language matters more than over-the-top production.
Don't see it if You dislike Shaw or expect the set of Moulin Rouge. You don’t like Pygmalion-type stories.
See it if You love Joshua Henry, who is as amazing as ever. Also the dancers are excellent. Wonderful sung-through musical with memorable songs. Go!
Don't see it if You prefer to pay a lot more for it when it goes to Broadway, which it inevitably will. You live for plot.
See it if You are interested in women’s experience, you like monologues, you get that Irish sexual mores have had a different trajectory than American
Don't see it if You have trouble with foreign accents, you think sex toys are cliche, you don’t like plays about generations of women,
See it if You want to see Scout portrayed by an excellent adult actor. You don’t want to miss any Mockingbird onstage.
Don't see it if You dislike cheap laugh lines and want more than a serviceable Atticus.
See it if You enjoy vintage humor and costumes from WW II. You enjoy British humor. Play would seem funnier to people on the other side of the pond.
Don't see it if You don’t want to try Morris dancing. You like incisive humor.
See it if You enjoy a narrative play, a family story related to social issues that remain timely. And you are a fan of Annette Bening.
Don't see it if You want to see a musical comedy. Or only like cynicism.
See it if You like Ivo’s directing, you want to see an excellent performance by Bryan Cranston, you like media/politics themes
Don't see it if You dislike Ivo’s directing, you don’t like massive video screens onstage.
See it if You want to see a marriage willfully destroyed through conflict that goes nowhere.
Don't see it if You seek any growth in insight on the part of the characters. You want development.
Also Actors were okay.
See it if You enjoy the Mint and vintage plays rediscovered, you like a straightforward narrative, you like comic family dramas re religion & money.
Don't see it if You can’t see the relevance of a story re religious rigidity or deal with a time period when women weren’t part of financial decision making
See it if You like all things Irish, won’t be upset or bored by characters who don’t connect, and are fine with all “action” described and offstage.
Don't see it if You need contact between characters, action onstage, or credible motivation. This is like 2 one-man shows.
See it if You love a cappella, are interested in the Christmas Truce, want to see a Ken Burns-type show drawn from period music and letters.
Don't see it if You dislike Christmas music.
See it if You want to see Daniel Radcliffe in a terrific performance. You’re interested in the New Journalism.
Don't see it if You will find Cherry Jones’s poorly written role distracting. (She just doesn’t have enough of a role.) You don’t like talky plays.
See it if You are interested in a human drama about the troubles in Northern Ireland. Rich relationships, eloquent dialogue, violence not gratituitous
Don't see it if You have a hard time tuning into foreign accents, you can’t tolerate any violence onstage.
Also Rich, multi-layered play. Excellent acting.
See it if You want to see an amazing performance by Edie Falco. You are interested in a fresh perspective on how our political system works.
Don't see it if You don’t like a theater so small you get to be close to the actors.
See it if You can find societal meaning in the rankings of a psychotic, you will see
Don't see it if Gratuitous violence, you’re always inside the mind of a psychotic person, the humor falls flat.
Also Main character is ultimately too crazy to be interesting or relevant.
See it if You have a historical interest in this show, you can enjoy the mostly very good performances in a weak show.
Don't see it if You’d like more than one good song, you want to feel something about what’s going on onstage.
See it if You like Albee. You like to focus on existential questions.
Don't see it if You are looking for a fun, fluffy comedy. You are terminally ill or have just lost a family member. You want to explore men's issues.
See it if You are interested in a show where the chorus is more consistently appealing than most of the leads.
Don't see it if You have recently seen Carousel or Hello Dolly. You are looking for memorable songs or likeable leads.
See it if You enjoy beautiful songs and dancing and a gorgeous production.
Don't see it if You somehow think showing domestic violence is the same as condoning it. You aren't open to a magical revival.
See it if You want to see Charles Busch in everything he does. Drag alone is enough to amuse you.
Don't see it if You expect truly stylish farce. Really wanted to leave but couldn’t for social reasons.
See it if You want to hear more from conservative Catholic Trump voters in their world.
Don't see it if You are allergic to herbal cigarettes, can’t sit for 2 hours in a hard seat, are looking for light entertainment.
See it if You enjoy a light touch on the subject of art vs commerce, are a foodie, or are looking for a fun send-up of the NYC restaurant scene.
Don't see it if You can’t deal with a lot of yelling onstage
See it if You like Irish plays, you like Conor McPherson, you’re interested in the struggles of men who can’t connect but do talk a lot.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play about an alcoholic, you like the action to happen onstage.
Also Not a Christmas play despite the name.
See it if You watch a lot of music videos, you like melodrama, an over-the-top production is enough for you
Don't see it if You seek heart in a musical, you don’t like loudness for its own sake.
See it if You are a student or anyone needing a more realistic understanding of the Constitution’s limitations and don’t need emotional depth.
Don't see it if You want a one-person show to touch you emotionally because of the acting, not only because of the facts you are learning.
See it if You want to see every production of Little Women on the planet,or everything Kate Hamill does.
Don't see it if You are seeking a play that is entertaining or that captures the spirit of the original.
See it if You want to see every production of Oklahoma on the planet, and don’t care if this is arbitrarily updated to no purpose.
Don't see it if You expect actors to connect, dislike screeching through songs, want to see dance by dancers, want to enjoy yourself.
See it if You want a play that is entirely a narrative,with characters speaking in the 3rd person re themselves. You like an opera without singing.
Don't see it if You expect to learn as you do from a Michael Lewis movie. You want emotion onstage.
See it if You will enjoy a show with memorable, melodic songs; family issues; and theme related to the often-confusing nature of contemporary reality.
Don't see it if SPOILER ALERT. You will be triggered by a suicide-related plot. You don’t like musicals or plays set in high school.
Also Loved this musical. Entertaining and substantive. Genuinely creative.
See it if You are interested in things Iranian and open to something that is really more like performance art than a narrative play.
Don't see it if You are a cynic or hostile to other cultures.
Also This play promised more than it delivered. Much of it felt repetitive.
See it if If you like historical plays and are interested in exploring major ethical questions related to personal integrity vs politics.
Don't see it if You find religious debate tedious or dislike costume drama.
See it if You like political humor and one-man shows.
Don't see it if Will be offended that CQ goes after the Dems as well as the Republicans, though he’s clearly on the side of the Dems.
See it if You are prepared for a production that is more like a history lecture than a drama.You want to learn about/remember this important period.
Don't see it if You are expecting the stage equivalent of the RBG or “Hidden Figures” films. You want to be drawn into Steinem’s life emotionally.
See it if You are prepared for a Mandvi show that’s not very funny. I don’t think he’s going for laughs most of the time.
Don't see it if You expect hilarity or a contemporary treatment of Muslim immigrant life. This play is set in 1998 and was apparently written a while back.
See it if Glenn Close’s deeply grounded performance will make the play for you. You are fascinated by Joan of Arc.
Don't see it if History conveyed through sitcom dialogue through most of the first act will upset you. Or if uneven acting bothers you.
See it if You'd enjoy a Bway-style remake of the opera Carmen with an amazing cast. Loved it! Go!
Don't see it if You can't appreciate a super talented cast in a minimalist theater. This should have been at the Park Ave Armory or in Bway.
See it if You like a bare-bones play that is thankfully not over-acted and don’t mind a lack of emotional depth
Don't see it if You want chemistry between the two leads and a personal, emotional dimension to a relevant story about a tragic accident
See it if You like raw intensity. You want to see an innovative set and production in the very cool Park Avenue Armory.
Don't see it if You are struggling with infertility. You seek to empathize with the characters. You dislike plays with nonstop yelling.
See it if You see every musical that comes to NYC
Don't see it if You want a show that coheres and is well-paced.You don’t need a pc ending that feels like a left turn into Arthur Miller.
See it if You enjoy a political drama and are interested in global issues; you want to see a human drama re 2 men
Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, do not appreciate an intimate production.
See it if You want to see an important play that explores gay themes as well as leftist politics. You enjoy episodically memorable writing.
Don't see it if You have trouble with surrealism or long-windedness. You can't deal with Nathan Lane's hamminess.