See it if you like Christopher Durang. Decent if uneven production of a great script. The direction has gone a bit awry, could have been better.
Don't see it if you don't care for sharp, intelligent writing, have no knowledge of Chekov plays or prefer not to see cute boys in their underpants. haha
See it if you want to see a factual re-write that doesn't take away any of the charm of the original... With an amazing cast!!
Don't see it if you are expecting the original version... this is a re-write of the book to reflect actual events and people. But with the original music!
See it if you want to see an adaptation that catches the lyric, haunting prose of the book. The two actors are wonderful and staging simply effective
Don't see it if you don't care for intimate, deliberately slowly-paced monologues and minimalist production. Or if you're looking for a scary horror play.
See it if you are interested in the ART of burlesque, gorgeous dancing (and dancers), fantastic production quality, stellar service and tons of FUN!
Don't see it if you're adverse to a little bared flesh, a little interactive fun, of you do not know what burlesque is.
See it if you want to see strong actors play smart characters saying smart and thought provoking things. A well conceived show done... well.
Don't see it if you don't care for philosophy or wordy shows. This one has a lot of both!
See it if you want an in-your-face and at times intense re-imagining of literary romantics going at it... literally.
Don't see it if you want to learn much at all about how intense, literary intellectuals apply their hyper-charged passions to create something beautiful.
See it if you want to see a bare-bones intimate take on a Sondheim masterwork. A tough show to pull off, they did an admirable job.
Don't see it if you're a Sondheim purist or you're used to a more established company of performers taking on the work. This was a surprisingly young cast.
See it if you want to see great actors working with a fun and touching script. Shows how life balances dark drama with humor, handled well.
Don't see it if you don't like excessive drinking, barroom banter, tough family relationships and heartbreaking tender moments.
See it if if you want a sense of history served with a sprinkle or morality... and a feel good ending. All done well with fine acting.
Don't see it if If you don't care for period pieces or intimate theater.
See it if you absolutely must. See it if you can look past some uneven, listless and lifeless acting and "non" staged staging.
Don't see it if you want to see a show that was intended to shock you... cause this one misses the point. There's no hunger, no urgency.
See it if you want to see challenging, experimental theater done exceptionally well. Great acting, smart staging and wonderful production values.
Don't see it if you want a simple story told simply. It's complex and confusing.. but that may be the point.
See it if you're looking for a LIGHT comedy heavy on theater references. It's like Waiting for Guffman, but not quite as funny (that's a high bar!)
Don't see it if don't know who David Mamet is or you've never seen (well-intentioned) community theater.
See it if you want to see a solid Henry V in a reasonable time... Some excellent actors and competent direction help this production greatly.
Don't see it if you're not that into Shakespeare or you have an issue seeing a grand scale production without the grand scale (very bare).
See it if you're interested in the Welles mystique, the influence of genius and the history of film-making.
Don't see it if you're looking for a fully polished script. The story could be more riveting and stakes increased. Not much on the line, story-wise.
See it if you're a fan of very intimate theater, great acting, smart scripts and thought-provoking subject matter.
Don't see it if if you have issues with nudity (or near nudity), close quarters, gay themes and some dark subject matter.
See it if If you like classical music played by very talented young musicians and if it doesn't bother you that the music bears little in the plot.
Don't see it if you really want to know something about Toscanini or if you'd like to see the actor playing him actually have some idea how to conduct music
See it if you want to see a smart, funny and very clever adaptation of a classic horror story. Very well acted and designed. Thoroughly entertained!
Don't see it if you want a serious horror story retelling the classic tale. This ain't that. This is a nice, light twist on a well known story.
See it if you want to see a very adult interpretation of The Nutcracker performed by wonderful dancers and singers... all while scantily clad.
Don't see it if you're a purist or a prude.
See it if you want to laugh (a lot), maybe tear up at times and are not offended by broad stereotypes. But the campy scenes are super funny!
Don't see it if if you're easily offended, hate the ideas of proms, or broadway divas, lesbians or campy fun!
See it if you want an improv-inspired historical spoof that's sometimes funny, sometimes not-so-much... and often just LOUD! A few truly funny folks.
Don't see it if you want historical accuracy (Ha!) or fancy sets or not want to hear excessive yelling (by one character in particular). :(
See it if you want to see a smart play done well. Cast is up to the challenge and overall solid production.
Don't see it if you don't like Anna Karenina by Tolstoy and you're not bothered by a rather out-of-context conceptual ending that didn't quite work for me.
See it if if you loved the movie. The story is nicely intact an there are great performances and nice touches.
Don't see it if you have expectations of good music or smart lyrics. Every song, though well performed, was totally forgettable and some cringe-worthy lyric
See it if want to see a spectacular cast, wonderful music and smart lyrics, excellent little orchestra and a nice slice of life in NYC.
Don't see it if don't like sung-through musicals, intimate staging or romantic plots.
See it if you, also, believe the struggles of love and loss, loneliness and connection are universal. And that music can unites us all.
Don't see it if you struggle with accepting middle eastern cultures, accents or music.
See it if you believe that the goal of theater is engaging, creative storytelling. This brilliant piece hits all the marks. Creative, artistic joy.
Don't see it if you are exceptionally sensitive to the tragedies surrounding the events of 9/11, though this show handles them with such skill and love.
See it if want an interesting study on brilliance and boredom, love and loss. Overall solid acting and, except for the last 10 minutes, solid script.
Don't see it if you're easily distracted by minimal sets and production, intense yelling scenes and an ending that's a bit of a cop-out.
See it if if you want to see an ambitious take of the Faustian story... and have a LOT of time on your hands.
Don't see it if you're looking for consistency and a tight script. Good ideas scattered about, but little attention to plot details leaves you confused.
See it if you want to see a solid cast (with great voices) and an artistic staff work hard to elevate weak material. Neat concept, banal execution.
Don't see it if if you're a fan of quality lyrics or music. It's all original music, but some seemed an odd fit for the source material (i.e. Merman)
See it if you're looking for a gorgeous, immersive experience celebrating dance, sensuality and the human form (sparsely clad)
Don't see it if if you don't want to see boys in heals, lots of flesh or are not a fan of baroque decor!
See it if you want to feel like you saw half a show. Each piece seemed to want a second act but didn't get it. Solid acting though.
Don't see it if you want a fully satisfying evening. When the lights came up, I felt shorted of something...
See it if you want to see an amazing storyteller/actor take you on an epic journey through love and war and growing up.
Don't see it if you don't care for intense depictions of WW1 or struggle with numerous accents (though impressively rendered)
See it if you like the idea of a dark, alternate take on popular nursery rhymes (and one oddly chosen Greek myth) performed by solid actors.
Don't see it if you're really looking for consistency. Each monologue in itself is good, but a couple of them are awkward within the piece as a whole.
See it if you want to see a gifted storyteller. Lawrence Merritt is EVERYTHING! Couldn't take my eyes away! Overall, great acting and touching show
Don't see it if you're not comfortable being drawn into a narrative. This is classic, simple draw-you-in storytelling done by a master.
See it if you want to be teased as to a mature, modern office politics play... but it's only a tease. Complex topical themes not fully explored.
Don't see it if want a gripping drama, thought-provoking scenarios, any tension building or a truthful ending. If I could have blocked out the last 15 min
See it if you know somebody in it. Solid performers working hard with bad material.
Don't see it if you're looking for anything more than disjointed semi-food related musical pieces with no effort to tie them to the greater piece.
See it if you're wanting a rock-tinged distraction and to see some energetic performances and good musicians.
Don't see it if you really want to follow a discernible story. Or if you have sensitive hearing (loud!)
See it if you want to be challenged. If you're willing to let it wash over you. It was quite profound on reflection. Well staged.
Don't see it if you're not up for some creative thinking and challenges. If you have short attention span or like your show's plot to be handed to you.
See it if you're a fan of Sponge Bob! If you want to be entertained from all angles. It truly is like seeing the animated show on stage. Impressive!
Don't see it if you don't know who Sponge Bob is. If you don't like kid-friendly musicals. If you don't like irreverent comedy or bright colors!
See it if you like absurdist theater and enjoy the "theater basics" references (stage props, fourth wall, etc.) Solid acting overall.
Don't see it if you can't suspend disbelief. It's the core requirement for absurdist theater. Along for the ride! The show can get a little 'lecture-y".
See it if have to. I wanted to like this! I really did! But the whole experiment was a miss for me... disjointed, confusing, slow and dull. Sorry
Don't see it if you're expecting any tension, pacing or 'witty repartee"
See it if you like portrayals of literary geniuses, spouting clever and thought-provoking lines, performed by gifted actors. Also, really nice set
Don't see it if you had a distaste for homosexual themes, "artistic license" taken with historical characters or the occasional vulgarity.
See it if you want to laugh. A lot. If you enjoy Noises Off combined with Monty Python. If you want to be surprised how WRONG things can go!
Don't see it if you don't like British slapstick comedy or broad, in-your-face yucks with no apologies. If you don't have a sense of humor... skip this.
See it if you want to see great actors committed to the text. If you want an intense family drama. If poetry-infused theater excites you.
Don't see it if you're in a rush. There are stretches that could definitely use a little snip-snip.
See it if you want to see four fantastic female performers. Great band, nice staging, solid production.
Don't see it if you're not looking to have a conversation about religious freedom, free love and homosexuality afterwards. Also, inconsistent quality.
See it if you like Sondheim. If you like seeing great performers, especially those "of a certain age". If you like smart, thought provoking musicals
Don't see it if you DON'T love Sondheim. If you can't use a little imagination to fill in the visual gaps of grandeur.
See it if you're looking for a throwback to the golden era of Broadway. Has all the airs of a classic. Staging, talent and scope bring you back!
Don't see it if you're looking for cutting edge, contemporary musical theater. This ain't it.
See it if you're only seeing one show and you want it to be EPIC! You get your money's worth with this show. Hits all the marks.
Don't see it if you don't like women singing their faces off. Or huge crowds of tourists jostling you about.
See it if you want to be overwhelmed by creativity and talent. The scale and scope are awe-inspiring, and the genius it took to stage it, Wow!
Don't see it if If you're looking for something intimate and small-scale.
See it if You like an improv inspired play performed by inspiringly talented improv trained actors. Nicely conceived evening of fun, funny theater.
Don't see it if Don’t like improv-style acting. Or if you’re easily offended by stereotyping and uncomfortable comedy bits