See it if Questions about the value of storytelling and how stories can be used to challenge, give hope, indoctrinate, or rebel
Don't see it if the play tries to do a lot (3 different story lines/time periods) and thus comes across as muddy; stilted dialogue can feel like a lecture
See it if a story about teens learning to create their own sense of home after being left by their parents
Don't see it if you want a tightly written plot (Nomad tries to do too much and ends up not reaching enough depth); the acting is sweet but a little clumsy
See it if A gentle story of two people figuring out how to love another, and whether it's even worth it. The two actors are as wonderful as you expect
Don't see it if You want something fast-paced or something that feels particularly fresh.
See it if Lighthearted musical with some great jokes, well-performed character songs
Don't see it if Looking for something deep and/or emotional, want a great score. Some half-baked attempts at a message of female empowerment
See it if Kelli O'Hara sounding sublime, phenomenal choreography, fun and funny for 75% of the show
Don't see it if You can't look past very problematic, dated gender dynamics - the show softens them, but does not overcome them
See it if Incredible music (jazz and folk-infused) and powerful staging. Every element comes together beautifully to tell an old story in a new way.
Don't see it if You want to see something "classic," don't like shows that are sung through, want something light and fluffy.
See it if You want to see a classic Sam Shepard play, are fans of Paul Dano or Ethan Hawke, want a comedy that at times borders ridiculous
Don't see it if You're not interested in seeing masculinity made absurd and humorous, want to see something emotionally moving
See it if Elaine May in one of the best performances on Broadway.
Don't see it if Alzheimer's hits too close too home; you want something fast or exciting.
See it if You want to see beautifully portrayed characters grapple with difficult decisions, both on a personal and societal level.
Don't see it if You don't want to see something emotionally heavy, exploring the grey areas in an issue makes you uncomfortable
See it if you like female-driven stories focused on relationships (of all sorts - friendships, romance, parenthood, etc.); great Sara Bareilles music
Don't see it if you want shows with external conflicts, you dislike pop music
See it if You enjoy humorous, thoughtful, and empathetic works. The cast is wonderful!
Don't see it if You dislike shows about teenagers (and all the emotions and pettiness that exists at that age).
See it if You love the movie; enjoy stories about teenagers (and all the silliness and melodrama that accompany teenage life)
Don't see it if You want something deep and meaningful
See it if you're fans of any of the actors; want to see a kind-hearted, humorous show
Don't see it if you're looking for satire or biting humor; you don't want a show that, outside of a few small framing devices, is traditional in format
See it if You want to experience an incredibly well thought-out, empathetic, clever exploration of an ordinary family
Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional theatre show - I'd describe this more as an immersive, interactive documentary/investigative piece.
See it if You want to see some great young actors, enjoy seeing new work in intimate performance spaces, like plot twists
Don't see it if A jumbled plot - many of the scenes are quite funny and stand well on their own, but it's hard to keep track of the main conflict
See it if You want to support new musicals; you're interested in learning about a chapter in history that should be more known
Don't see it if You're bothered by plots holes; are averse to stories revolving around (particularly sexual) violence; want something fresh
See it if you're looking for something funny and somewhat light; you're interested in how love and beauty might relate
Don't see it if you want something thoughtful or incisive; are bored with white, wealthy family dramas
See it if You loved the cartoon (or if you didn't, you enjoy whimsical things); The show is immensely silly but pulls it off with great creativity
Don't see it if You're looking for a great score or a compelling plot.
See it if You want to see Carey Mulligan own a stage
Don't see it if You're impatient with shows that take a while to get going, dislike one-person shows, have trouble understanding accents
See it if you enjoy dark humor, philosophical musings wrapped up in the banal, are a fan of any of the actors or Guirgis's writing
Don't see it if you want plot/direction - the play is more about a situation than a story; you're bothered by a lot of (beautifully written) profanity
See it if You’re interested in seeing a different form of theatre storytelling, passionate about wildlife conservation, or a beautifully designed show
Don't see it if A cast of three play more than 20 parts, which at times can be distracting. Don’t see if you insist on realism (an actor plays the elephant)
See it if A delightful light comedy, in which Ives goes to town with the challenge of writing an entire play in rhymes (and very successfully so)!
Don't see it if You have no patience with fluffy period comedies or rhyming couplets.
See it if This Flat Earth depicts an event that could not be more timely, but movingly (and refreshingly) through the eyes of its young protagonist
Don't see it if You want theatre as an escape from the world: the play is unsurprisingly emotionally heavy, though Ferrentino finds plenty of humor as well.
See it if a charming, strongly-acted piece about why life can seem so discouraging, disappointing, and awful (it's not always someone else's fault)
Don't see it if want something plot-driven, don't like being around people who complain a lot
See it if you want to see great performances by Driver and Uranowitz, want to explore how people (poorly) deal with grief
Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that rewards an over-the-top, boorish guy who successfully pushes his way into a woman's life
See it if A bonkers comedy that is packed with both existential musings and penis jokes. Julie White is fantastic.
Don't see it if You want to see a polished, cohesive story; are squeamish about copious amounts of (fake) blood and body parts.
See it if A well-staged production that's audaciously big: a huge cast, real animals, run time. Typical family drama, just bigger and Irish.
Don't see it if Looking for something edgy/experimental, don't like extended dialogue (not much action for much of the play)
See it if You want to see plays that push theatrical forms; thoughtful, deeply felt work; tired of conventional American dysfunctional family stories
Don't see it if you want something happy, comforting, and safe; have trouble with accents; uncomfortable with not knowing exactly what's going on
See it if You like black humor and/or want to see an early toxic relationships play
Don't see it if Don't want to watch people being endlessly cruel to each other; want a nuanced approach to the topic
See it if You want to explore questions of what makes us each a person, and how responsible we are for the lives of those around us
Don't see it if You can't sit through one bad hour to watch one good hour.
See it if you enjoy the horror/thriller genre and dark humor, in an intimate space. Well-acted and directed, even in the small space.
Don't see it if heavy profanity, explicit material, and violence make you uncomfortable
See it if you like family dysfunction dramas, want to see a wonderful and layered Stockard Channing performance
Don't see it if You despise plays that try to be relevant and profound and don't quite succeed; you want to see fresh, creative material
See it if You're interested in well-done, daringly reimagined takes on old classics
Don't see it if You are devoted to the traditional take on Oklahoma; dislike dark material or more modern theatre
See it if You like well-told, moving, WWI stories
Don't see it if You dislike one-person shows - this is a fairly straightforward (though very well staged and acted) narrative piece.
See it if You want smart, thoughtful, intelligently written theatre; have been following the news at all; interested in theories of political protest
Don't see it if You want straightforward plots or large-scale productions, dislike nontraditional takes on history
See it if You're interested in seeing a morality tale from a different culture
Don't see it if You dislike works that feature narration and lean heavily on traditional gender norms; have trouble sitting through 90 minutes with no break
See it if You love classical musicals; enjoy great singing; looking for a warm-hearted, slightly kooky show
Don't see it if You dislike stereotypical romantic comedies and the attendant gender stereotypes (it's a sillier version of My Fair Lady)
See it if You're a fan of any of the actors; are interested in the quiet, unexamined life; enjoy works that play with time
Don't see it if You prefer linear storytelling; are looking incisive, deeply thoughtful depictions; want action or like issues to be resolved at the end
See it if You want to see epic, creative staging; enjoy French cinema
Don't see it if you don't want to sit through an intermissionless two hour, 15 minute show or read supertitles; have issues with depictions of sexual abuse
See it if You want to hear the best-sounding cast on Broadway singing a gorgeous, sweeping score.
Don't see it if You want something that feels fresh and/or contemporary, you want something plot-driven, you can't stand depictions of dated gender roles
See it if You want to see a solid, beautifully designed production of My Fair Lady, or Norbert Leo Butz steal the show.
Don't see it if You want to see something that feels fresh or relevant.
See it if American theatre at its best - epic in breadth, darkly hilarious, tackling almost (but not quite) more than any one show can handle
Don't see it if You're looking for something light and/or short (this is NOT the 90 minute play that seems to populate theatre today)
See it if You love Stoppard - the dense onslaught of ideas, rich language, and multi-layered plots.
Don't see it if You want to understand everything that's going on, you like straightforward stories
See it if A magnificent cast and jaw-dropping staging. The play is an epic tragedy, with Piper's character ferociously fighting fate, to no avail.
Don't see it if Not for those who are sensitive to onslaughts of sound and light, nor for those wanting to avoid extreme emotional heaviness.
See it if You appreciate great satire, are a little bored with typical American "family plays," are interested in discussing capitalism and economics
Don't see it if You don't like long plays, you want something simple or straightforward, have trouble with fast, dense dialogue