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See it if You’re open to plays with music that aren’t musicals, exploring trauma within family histories, and rock music. (It gets loud!)
Don't see it if Some violence is on stage, and some of the stories are harrowing. You will be taken on a ride of emotions.
See it if You love the music of Sondheim and want to learn more about his career. This is also more of a musical revue/retrospective.
Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, and want a shorter show. It does run a bit long, but there's so much material.
See it if Appreciate shows that look at mother-daughter relationships, but this one explores that relationship generationally through mental illness.
Don't see it if You need to pay attention, as certain scenes contain three different ones happening simultaneously.
See it if You love Laura Linney, one-person shows, and the exploration of not-so-perfect families.
Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows, and/or have family issues that could be triggered by seeing it on stage.
See it if You enjoy shows tied to history, mystery, and dynamics of power.
Don't see it if You don’t like strong language/hearing racial slurs.
See it if You appreciate shows that explore familial relationships and the power of music.
Don't see it if Don't like plays that have flashbacks, don't like jazz or explorations of identity, family, and religion.
See it if You enjoy history, and you'll learn a lot in this show. There's also a bit of walking in the show.
Don't see it if You don't like when figures from different time periods collide on stage together, or shows that get you moving.
See it if You love Mary Louise Parker (she has some really funny lines), and don't mind characters breaking the fourth wall.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with topics like suicide, and/or need a faster moving show.
See it if You enjoy non-traditional musicals and more experimental theatre. (For instance, 3 actors play one character for most of the show).
Don't see it if You love a traditional musical and more structured show. Don't expect medieval style music either, it's quite minimal.
See it if You want to support writers and actors of color. Also... if you're in the mood to laugh; it is funny!
Don't see it if You can't handle raunchy jokes or swearing.
See it if You are a diehard Isabelle Huppert fan. (Which I am!) Wow. You also enjoy plays with zig-zagging plots.
Don't see it if You need a clean-cut show with a beginning, middle, and end.
See it if You like the musical stylings of Duncan Sheik; music is gorgeous!
Don't see it if You want a linear story and expect it to be a kid’s show.
See it if You love Alan Cumming. He is very entertaining (each cast member has a moment when they shine, too).
Don't see it if It definitely has some surreal/absurd elements which had me puzzled, so if you don't like that, then be warned.
See it if You love shows about relationships and intersectionality, and care about supporting POC in theatre.
Don't see it if You don’t like shows that explore issues of race, gender, power.
See it if You enjoy family dramas, secrets, and aren't bothered by unresolved endings. Stockard Channing is a dream in her delivery and mannerisms.
Don't see it if You don't like family dramas or want to see a completely happy ending. There are pockets of ambiguity that are never resolved, too.
See it if You appreciate family dramas, tragedies, and superb acting from each cast member. (Seriously, each one shined!)
Don't see it if Stories about addiction, depression, and relationships are too intense. (I almost left near the end).
See it if You love great singing, the opera, and strong ensemble casts.
Don't see it if You don't like the opera, opera-inspired pieces, or theatre-in-the-round.
See it if You enjoy family dramas, and seeing big names on stage who deliver. (There’s also some amazingly good/bad white guy dancing).
Don't see it if You don’t like ambiguous endings. Show has some pacing issues, but not the extent I expected from other reviews.
See it if You love a small cast that sings beautiful music. Your soul will thank you.
Don't see it if You don’t have a soul (I know that’s dramatic). And if you don’t like shows connected by theme, not plot.
See it if You enjoy plays about dysfunctional families and great writing. (If you like gratuitous almost-full male nudity, you'll like that too!)
Don't see it if You can't do plays after 2 hours, plays dealing with homosexuality or divorce. (Or if you don't like Idina Menzel).
See it if You like plays about history, accents, and monologues.
Don't see it if If you can't understand accents of Ireland and the British Isles, plays involving war, or a happy ending.
See it if You like more traditional-style musicals, but don't expect this to be like the movie. Also, great group numbers!
Don't see it if You can't handle a strong female lead and you're expecting this to be like the film.
See it if You want to see a masterclass in acting. I became so absorbed in these performances!
Don't see it if You like plays with a larger cast.
See it if You enjoy any of Adly Guirgis’ writing and not always happy endings. Great cast of actors as well.
Don't see it if You want to see a shorter show and can’t handle foul language.
See it if You enjoy one-person shows, live music accompaniment (which was beautiful!), and stories about New York City.
Don't see it if Other reviewers point to being ready to emotionally participate in the show, which is good advice. (I wasn't)
See it if You want to see some wonderful acting and line delivery. Brava to Dame Eileen Atkins!
Don't see it if You don’t like Florian Zeller plays or plays that don’t follow a linear structure.
See it if You appreciate musicals with great singing, a show that will have you laugh, cry, and reflect.
Don't see it if You don't like shows that focus on identity.
See it if Holy cow. The music, the singing!! If you love to see a cast just sing it out, see this show.
Don't see it if I can’t think of a reason.
See it if You like musicals with strong technical effects. The lighting design and animation are great!
Don't see it if If you've seen a show like Dear Evan Hansen and wasn't moved.
See it if You enjoy plays that feature music and dance, without it going the way of a musical.
Don't see it if You like straight plays and settled endings.
See it if You love Lynn Nottage’s writing and stories that center POC.
Don't see it if You don’t like it when characters break the 4th wall.
See it if You enjoy plays that poke fun at white liberals
Don't see it if You're a white liberal without a sense of humor or willingness to reflect on the issues the show raises.
See it if You like plays about history, gender, the theatre, and Janet McTeer. (She’s amazing!)
Don't see it if You don’t like plays about theatre or history. While it has an intermission, it’s still long, so don’t expect a 90 minute experience.
See it if You enjoy shows involving politics, and don't care about swearing. Also, if you're an Edie Falco fan, she's fantastic!!
Don't see it if You don't like swearing, politics, and/or uncomfortable truths about politics and gender.
See it if You like plays with LGBT themes, great sets, and if you want to see some great individual performances. (Bravo, Zachary Quinto!)
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with LGBT themed work, dated language and conversations, and some upsetting scenes.
See it if You appreciate plays about current issues, intersectionality, and hopeful endings.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a full comedy or drama, and you don’t enjoy plays that focus on diversity issues.
See it if plays involving politics (both national and familial) and the effects of loss on the psyche.
Don't see it if you're triggered by 9/11, conspiracy theories, and a slow-ish plot. (I've attended longer shows that moved faster!)
See it if You like plays about power, women, religion, and the Middle Ages. Ms. Rashad really got to me in the second act.
Don't see it if You are short on time; it’s long. I felt the show amused me and made me think, but I wasn’t emotionally moved.
See it if You enjoy plays about diversity, social justice, and how messy it can get.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays about issues in education, or plays with unresolved endings.