See it if You are open to a humorous, manic version of the novel.
Don't see it if You expect the play to reflect the spirit of Austen's work, or want something like the BBC production.
See it if You are interested in plays about class differences and social/economic issues, like to grapple with issues
Don't see it if You dislike British theater, have no sense of humor, or want escapism
See it if You are a political drama junkie and won't mind a lack of dramatic buildup or character development. It's no "All the Way."
Don't see it if You want a compelling story, want to care about the characters, seek intensity
See it if You want to see what Bway is doing re race and class, don't mind women who overact, want to see the excellent Khris Davis
Don't see it if You expect to learn more about Trump voters or race, expect "Death of a Salesman" or any intimate connection with the characters
See it if You are interested in being in the moment, want to be immersed in John Cage's thought (not his music), like quirky stuff, do yoga
Don't see it if You are an impatient philistine and proud of it
See it if You like sung thru musicals, you are interested in a story about power vs ordinary people, you miss Les Miz
Don't see it if You have a seizure disorder (many strobes), you are too depressed by current politics to want to see another example of bad guys winning.
See it if You love great songs, singers and dancers; you need to feel positive about this country right now in a non-sappy way
Don't see it if You are not prepared to pay close attention to the lyrics
See it if You love great songs by uniformly wonderful singers, fun dancing and a surprisingly relevant theme
Don't see it if You are expecting a leprechaun play without irony. You are anti-immigrant or racist; on second thought please go see it.
See it if You want to learn about Einstein and his scientific struggles and relationships
Don't see it if You expect Freud's Last Session; you will have trouble with an actor who looks like Tom Selleck
Also A learning opportunity
See it if You want to learn about Luther including some very negative aspects & impacts of his ideas.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a (basically evangelical) Christian show or expect to connect with grounded emotions onstage. It's not Les Miz.
See it if You like realistic drama, are into depressing world events and their domestic fallout, like good acting, enjoyed the movie "Marty"
Don't see it if You only like costume dramas, are already too depressed by the last election to think further about the threat of nuclear war or misogyny
See it if You loved Wicked, enjoy a mostly one-woman show, do not insist on irony, have a heart, like Broadway songs, enjoy a singer w/ a lovely voice
Don't see it if You are bigoted against Christians even the progressive kind, you hate Bway, you are too cool for school
See it if You grew up hearing the Four Seasons, love their music, and want to hear their sad story
Don't see it if You are totally unfamiliar with these songs or are insulted by New Jersey jokes
See it if You must see everything Horton Foote ever wrote and are interested in small-town Southern life
Don't see it if You wI'll not be drawn to three very short plays; you will be disappointed that the last one is the weakest
See it if You really need a few laughs this election season other than those provided by the Republican candidate, you enjoy political comedy
Don't see it if You are apolitical or expect a fully developed book as opposed to fun sketches and some excellent performances
See it if You are ok with seeing actors who are better than the play they're in, don't mind dialogue that sounds like it's lifted from a sitcom
Don't see it if You can't deal with a farcical treatment of slavery (I couldn't), you have a hard time with a play made up of mansplaining
See it if You are interested in "the Troubles" or in ethnic/tribal strife anywhere (not to mention Trumpism); you want good acting and no fluff
Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted day out; can't focus on Belfast accents; or are fed up with Irish plays set in bars
See it if You enjoy virtuoso acting performances, like nonlinear plots, and can tolerate some gratuitous avant-gardeness
Don't see it if You need a linear plot, are looking for depth about Einstein or the brain, expect it to be as good as "The Effect" because that had feeling
See it if You like gospel; are interested in racial issues; want to see excellent performers.
Don't see it if You were offended by Larry Wilmore's speech at the White House correspondents' dinner; or don't like loud music.
See it if You are looking for an adorable romantic comedy, clever songs, wonderful performers, great timing, perfection. Bought tix again next day!
Don't see it if You are frustrated by excellent (loud) orchestra in the boxes (hard to make out lyrics from the mezz); if u want a show that's dark or deep
See it if You appreciate Dostoevsky's existential ruminations and are open to creative staging
Don't see it if You are expecting "42nd Street," only like plays that work completely, or are driven nuts by awkwardly moving actors
See it if You can tolerate a script that moves at the speed of life; maybe you meditate? And you are interested in real people with current problems
Don't see it if you can't physically sustain a very long play (try the matinee)
See it if If you like a show that is well done and "naughty," with a feel-good message obvious to anyone who does not plan to vote for Ted Cruz
Don't see it if you already know everyone needs to be themselves
See it if You want to be challenged to think about the nature of the self and emotions, are interested in mental health, and enjoy a love story
Don't see it if You only like simple stories
See it if You need some uplift as you live through the current government and enjoy clever political musical theater. You enjoy clever lyrics.
Don't see it if You need a fancy or large theater or will be upset by the 2-drink minimum.
See it if You don't care about score or book, do like stylized musicals with nothing else happening
Don't see it if You want characters you can care about, expect to have an emotional response when you go to the theater, want memorable songs
See it if You want to see a provocative play about race that avoids easy answers
Don't see it if You are very attached to political correctness or are looking for a light comedy
See it if You would like to be inspired by human kindness and can tolerate a 9/11 show about inconvenienced travelers, don't mind poor sound quality
Don't see it if You are triggered by 9/11 stories, or will have trouble with a storyline trivial in light of the day's events and yet not intimate either
See it if You're interested in a pop opera of War & Peace, you're open to unusual staging.
Don't see it if You have a seizure disorder because there is strobe lighting; you like a straightforward, traditional book; you hate anything like opera.
See it if You are young enough that you don't yet realize you're going to die; you want to see this playwright's oeuvre
Don't see it if You have PTSD or a seizure disorder. You insist on a fourth wall.
See it if You are open to a show where sound takes center stage; you like one-man shows
Don't see it if You will be offended by an encounter between a Westerner and indigenous people; you are not open to a theatrical experience of sound
Also Saw it with Richard Katz and he was amazing
See it if You need escapism from the current political situation; you love dancing; you want to see an old-fashioned musical.
Don't see it if You are a grinch, you're in the mood for Ibsen or Ionesco, you don't love big, gorgeously executed production numbers.
See it if You enjoy South African music
Don't see it if You are expecting a highly polished production
Also If she forgets the Mandela song, remind her! Beautiful and moving
See it if You are interested in the way racial issues and injustice play out in personal relationships, you like Fugard, you enjoy excellent acting
Don't see it if You only like fast-paced plays
See it if You like a show with one emotional note: yelling; you must see everything Nathan Lane is in
Don't see it if You are offended by a play that shows the biases of its day, you like a play that builds emotionally rather than being loud throughout
See it if You love Fifties music, don't need a book, are fine with extremely basic patter between songs, like fluff
Don't see it if You enjoy intelligent or sophisticated humor Nora Ephron style. This is bubble gum
See it if You love powerful singers and won't be heartbroken at how over mic'd they are, you don't sit in front mezz where the speakers blast
Don't see it if You like unplugged shows or avoid substantive themes
See it if You enjoy a revival of a show with a retro story that talks about how PR works in an election year haha
Don't see it if You expect depth or know nothing about Laguardia
See it if You enjoy Shakespeare performed by the world's best company, love the character of Portia, are open to a play that in part reflects its age
Don't see it if You are determined to see the play as biased rather than exploring stereotypes, or you hate Shakespeare
See it if You are excited to see Donna McKechnie, liked Evita, like a wonderful ensemble, enjoy seeing a work in progress
Don't see it if You are impatient with an undisciplined book
See it if You want to see Whitney Bashor & Matt Bogart in excellent performances; you enjoy ballads & Joycean language; you don't expect a Dublin set
Don't see it if You expect Bway scenery; you'll be miserable unless the plot builds; you dislike great singers; you expect Finian's Rainbow
See it if You love besutiful music and want to be able to say "I saw it in a tiny theater" before they sort out the book & people love it on Bway
Don't see it if You get so judgy about the book that needs development that you can't appreciate the gorgeous score, memorable songs, excellent performers
See it if You enjoy highly accessible ballet and a story about the circle of life but have already seen "The Lion King;" like a couple of nice ballads
Don't see it if You want edge, aren't willing to stay with it after a cluttered opening act, or avoid old-fashioned musicals (tho most tunes not hummable)
See it if You want to see all of Gurney's oeuvre regardless of quality
Don't see it if You want to preserve your inner positive sense of Gurney and not see a play he apparently wrote that is derivative of his own best work