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See it if You are looking for an entertaining interpretation where all the characters are SUPER extra and Goneril is surprisingly sympathetic
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or can't handle the vertigo-inducing balcony seats of the Harvey Theater
See it if You want to see a devastating, disturbing, and brilliantly portrayed story of a woman's self-destruction
Don't see it if You are not mentally prepared to be emotionally exhausted. This play is beautiful but brutal. Also if you are sensitive to strobe lights.
See it if You love classic musical theater, want something fun that will also sneak up on you and make you feel things
Don't see it if You don't enjoy rich people shenanigans or shows with lots of plotlines
See it if You like small-scale personal plays about humanity
Don't see it if A lot of the dialogue felt like it was pulled from generic inspirational quotes about life and happiness
See it if You want to experience a gorgeous, impactful yet humorous tale of ephemeral human connection
Don't see it if You are looking for a show-stopping spectacle
See it if You enjoy ridiculous, absurdist well-executed comedy
Don't see it if you're expectations are high. This show feels like it has a vague point its trying to make but ultimately fails to impact at all
See it if You are looking for an epic, big budget revival of a classic show
Don't see it if You don't like simplistic romantic arcs and some well-meaning but ultimately racially stereotyped characters
See it if You loved the movie and want a lovely night of childhood nostalgia. Also Ramin Karimloo has the voice of an angel. See it just for him
Don't see it if You don't want to see a more realistic adaptation of the movie where Rasputin and Bartok have been replaced with Soviet officials
See it if You enjoy watching philosophical ideas colliding with each other
Don't see it if You're annoyed when things aren't as profound as it thinks it is.
See it if You want to see a fun, musical adaptation of a rarely performed Shakespeare play
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist looking for an original text adaptation of Measure for Measure
See it if You want to have an all-around lovely time at the theater watching the lovely Bette, Donna, or Bernadette.
Don't see it if You're looking for a thought-provoking drama
See it if You want to have your views and biases challenged regardless of the candidate you supported in a fascinating thought experiment
Don't see it if You can't handle any more politics.
See it if You want to see a well-acted version of Taming that doesn't shy away from the misogyny.
Don't see it if You aren't a Shakespeare fan, or don't like it when shows mix up the genders of the cast.
See it if You are interested in a show that explores the complexity of a polyamorous relationship
Don't see it if you find the dialogues and plights of upper class academics tiresome
See it if You enjoy high-concept shows that challenge traditional story-telling
Don't see it if You are looking for something more straightforward and polished. It felt like an early draft and tried to do/tackle too many things at once
See it if You want to support the representation of Deaf stories and experiences. You can ignore Joshua Jackson's atrocious acting
Don't see it if You are looking for a thoughtfully conceptualized narrative with compelling characters
See it if You want to see a beautiful story about the struggles between a mother and daughter and the struggle of the immigrant experience in the US
Don't see it if You are looking for a light, fun show that doesn't address a major political issue
See it if You want to have a fun, easy time jamming to classic rock and classic music
Don't see it if You are expecting more of a blend/mashup of the two musical styles, with the exception of a couple songs, they mostly just alternated songs
See it if You want to be engrossed in a beautiful, surreal experience that will stick with you
Don't see it if You don't have the stamina for 7.5 hours of theater. You are uncomfortable with full nudity
See it if a bizarre, abstract, coming-of-age story portrayed by two actors giving it their all is your jam.
Don't see it if you get frustrated with hard-to-understand accents or prefer straightforward storytelling.
See it if You enjoy well-devised, modern adaptations of classic plays
Don't see it if You're a traditionalist, are uncomfortable with full nudity, or the story of Oedipus itself
See it if You are looking for an intersectional Mean Girls that showcases the similarities and differences of teenage girls across the world.
Don't see it if You don't like coming of age stories in any context
See it if You need to see a show that's family-friendly
Don't see it if You don't appreciate shows that are seemingly just looking to cash in on a childhood classic without putting any effort or love into it
See it if You want to see a modern and relevant take on Julius Caesar that challenges your political opinions
Don't see it if If are overwhelmed by the political climate and don't want it to bleed into your theater experience
See it if You're intrigued by stories that explore the tension between Western and Asian culture, and the line between fantasy and reality
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with full, male nudity
See it if You want to see everything Elevator Repair Service produces, regardless of quality
Don't see it if You don't think sexual blackmail is farcical, you want actors to actually know their lines, you like it when jokes make sense.
See it if You are looking for a joyful, magical experience that celebrates community
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist looking for a straight interpretation
See it if You like slapstick comedy, and plays within plays, and laughing out loud
Don't see it if You're looking for a high-brow night at the theater.
See it if You want to have an uplifting, lovely time in the theater.
Don't see it if You love the movie. I haven't seen it but according to my friend it wasn't a very faithful adaptation.
See it if You loved the books and want to see a clever musical adaptation and if you enjoy piece-meal set designs that require creative stage magic
Don't see it if You want serious theater.
See it if You love Sondheim and want to see his music performed by amazing vocal artists in an immersive setting. Definitely try for a main floor seat
Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy or small spaces.
See it if You're looking for a mostly fun time at the theater with a moderate amount of thinking
Don't see it if You are at all disconcerted by full frontal male nudity.
See it if You're a sucker for a redemption arc - this show has one of the best I've ever seen. Also if you want to see staging that is basically magic
Don't see it if You are looking for great music. With a couple of exceptions, the music is almost entirely forgettable.