See it if You want to see the much-heralded MACK AND MABEL, and a show perfect for Encores!.
Don't see it if You don't like the "simple, hum-able showtune" that Jerry Herman thrived at writing. Or you're just not into old shows or theatre history.
See it if You want to see a dazzlingly staged musical that doesn't amount to much, with some dynamic, terrific performances by DeShields and Gray.
Don't see it if You want a musical with more substance, and that doesn't mean it has to be depressing or political. It just has to be more than an old myth
See it if You're interested in seeing a very non-traditional music theatre piece.
Don't see it if You are expecting a... I won't even say traditional... but linear musical. Even that doesn't sound right. It's not a musical, so be warned.
See it if You want to see an exciting new musical theatre writing voice emerge in Michael R. Jackson.
Don't see it if You like an abundance of plot. Your theatrical imagination is limited. You like commodity, b.s. musicals only.
See it if You want to see two fine actors perform the work of a deeply empathetic playwright.
Don't see it if You are opposed to full frontal nudity, you're looking for a little more spectacle, or you are a hard assed cynic.
See it if You like light entertainment with some zippy, clever moments.
Don't see it if Your standards for musical theatre are higher than the extremely mediocre. Musical comedies deserve better. What a letdown!
See it if You want to see the great Kelli O'Hara enthrall an audience with great performances of "So in Love" and "I Hate Men."
Don't see it if You saw the Marin Mazzie/Stokes production in 1999-2000. It was far superior. This is, almost literally, a bus and truck version.
See it if You are familiar with the troubled show and want to cross it off your musical theatre aficionado's "bucket list."
Don't see it if It's a musical about a pedophile-murderer. It's the best musical about a pedophile-murder that will ever happen, but nevertheless...
See it if You have an open mind (even though not much is changed and the score sounds great... great arrangements!) and enjoy new takes on classics.
Don't see it if You are remotely put off by loud noises, gun shots, blood and moments of literal darkness.
See it if You enjoy the work of some of the big star actors, or if you're just looking for an entertaining evening of theatre.
Don't see it if You are remotely homophobic, you're not a fan of Jim Parsons or if you've taken issue with the play itself over the years.
See it if You want to see a really spectacular performance by Marin Ireland. Wow! Michael John LaChiusa's score is very good, as are the other actors.
Don't see it if You like your Tennessee less abstract. This production is very spare, quite abstract and while intimate, sometimes lacks necessary heat.
See it if You love the theatre. You WILL NOT see acting like this, especially from Glenda Jackson, on a regular basis.
Don't see it if You don't like the scary, but oddly comforting truths of Edward Albee.
See it if You don't care about or know CAROUSEL very much. Honestly, the pretty bland movie of the show is better than this.
Don't see it if You love CAROUSEL, R&H, and are expecting something like the Sher-LCT R&H productions. This one & this director DOES NOT trust the material
See it if You want to hear some of the most glorious theatre vocal arrangements sung beautifully-- and Kelli O'Hara and Patrick Wilson in top form.
Don't see it if You don't want to see the above and/or your tolerance for dated tropes of yesteryear are even remotely low. This show is DATED and banal.
See it if Complaints comparing it to a Kennedy Center Honors, etc. are wrong. This is a reminder and a master class. If you're stupid, too bad.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals. Or if you don't like GOOD musicals. This is a what's what of great shows and great material.
See it if You love the musical theatre. This is what musical comedy is all about. (And if Bette is on leave, Donna Murphy is terrific!)
Don't see it if I can't see a reason why not to, unless it's not in your budget.
See it if You want a cathartic experience after the tragedy that was our last election. Lines like "Let's be scared together" are so resonant now.
Don't see it if Although I'd recommend this to everyone, there are some people who aren't big on Bill Finn's idiosyncratic voice as a writer, so maybe them?
See it if If you want to hear the score well sung, because the cast puts the score across very, very nicely. Good orchestra, too.
Don't see it if You're tired of Sondheim allowing egocentric emperors without clothes called directors rewrite his shows. This is not PACIFIC OVERTURES.
See it if You love the theatre. If you love to be in on the action, even better. And if not, there's a more voyeuristic section of the shop upstairs.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of the piece and/or Sondheim-- but even if that may be the case, it's such fun...just try it!
See it if You love the musical theatre-- or the theatre in general, AND if you want to see what will be a performance for the history books: Ben Platt
Don't see it if You prefer the matinee lady-friendly take on serious issues like LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. This is serious stuff done intelligently and seriously.
See it if You are a fan of Ivo van Hove's aesthetic, and like fresh (if tortuously on the nose) modern reworkings of classics.
Don't see it if You are partial to the "lyric theatre" vision of Jerry Robbins, or want an overly familiar WEST SIDE STORY.
See it if You love this beloved musical and want to see it as its authors intended-- off the beaten track and Off-Broadway. Bigness dilutes its charm.
Don't see it if You are looking for either Ellen Greene as Audrey or an over-sung Audrey. Tammy Blanchard is brilliant, but different. Or if you want "BIG!"
See it if You are interested in seeing a rare happy ending from Tennessee Williams and some big, bold, run amok, emotional theatre.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of big, messy plays. Or little kids dressed as goats.
See it if You want to see some great acting worthy of Pacino from Adam Driver, plus three other fine actors doing well by a great writer.
Don't see it if You prefer lighter fare, or you are tired of intense, sexual tension-filled dramas. Clearly I am not.
See it if You want to see a masterful Bryan Cranston and a dazzling Ivo van Hove production electrify the stage.
Don't see it if You don't like fast moving images and loud noises. Anyone with a disability triggered by that sort of thing would not do well with this one.
See it if You want some good, surprising laughs and are in the mood for a thought-provoking memory comedy-drama. It's a thinker, but not a downer.
Don't see it if Your theatrical imagination is very conservative.
See it if You like the book, you like the movie, you're curious, and if you have time and money. It's a perfectly fine production.
Don't see it if You're a Harper Lee purist the core (whatever that is) or you're interested in some of the other very fine dramas this fall. They're better.
See it if You know how people talk/talked about Laurette Taylor? Well, that's how I'm talking about Elaine May in this play. Wow.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a play that deals with a very unforgiving reality so many families face, and will continue to face.
See it if You have not seen this play & feel a need to. George Wolfe's staging is very good. Denzel is fantastic. It's also an hour shorter than usual
Don't see it if You don't like rather dated, heavily expository plays that keep repeating and repeating. Or serious drama. Or O'Neill in general.
See it if You love the theatre and great writing and acting, and you can sit through two long plays (3 1/2 hrs and 4 hrs respectively).
Don't see it if Your attention span is more attuned to the 90 minute or 2 hour play, you're squeamish (there's some blood) or remotely homophobic.
See it if You've not experienced a lot of Albee onstage and want to see one of his later works matched with his earliest.
Don't see it if You are an Albee devotee or you find his later plays (which Homelife is) trying too hard to shock. Two of the three actors are miscast, too.
See it if You have a beating heart, an open mind and your sense of decency and humanity is still intact.
Don't see it if You want the glib and easy answers of KINKY BOOTS or COME FROM AWAY.
See it if You love theatre. You love musicals that are more challenging and leave open ended questions. You want to be challenged.
Don't see it if You are a literal minded, over-zealous right winger.
See it if You haven't seen Nathan Lane onstage before, or if you have and love him. He is a star in the truest sense and was born to play Walter.
Don't see it if You are easily annoyed by a lot of exposition and a strange mix of tones that doesn't quite work-- at least not for me.
See it if You'd like to see a well-made play, very well acted, lovingly designed and superbly staged.
Don't see it if You prefer the ninety-minutes and under plays that are popular today, and don't like more leisurely dramas.
See it if You love the musical theatre and are interested in a good, old fashioned dual star turn.
Don't see it if You're too jaded or dumb to appreciate classic theatricality and show biz glamour.
See it if You haven't seen Gyllenhaal in a musical yet. He has the chops-- not Patinkin, but he's good. And Annaleigh Ashford is dazzlingly good.
Don't see it if You've seen the '08 revival or the original staging live or on TV/DVD and loved both or one of them. It doesn't match up to either.
See it if You enjoy vapid pieces pretending to satirize religious hypocrisy but don't, shock for shock's sake, and really sub par writing.
Don't see it if You have the opportunity to see something else in New York. It's a busy season, and there's plenty more out there.