See it if you want a master-class in comedic acting from Alex Brightman, & performances from the most brilliantly talented kids in the country!
Don't see it if you are looking for something cerebral & serious.
See it if you are a fan of clever storytelling (think "This American Life") and/or stand-up comedy.
Don't see it if you prefer an ensemble piece (this is a one-man show).
See it if you're a Carole King fan, a 60s R&B fan, or love shows like Jersey Boys that tell the story of an artist through his/her own music.
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Carole King, or don't like bio-plays.
See it if you are ready for a brand new take on a classic play, which makes it feel more modern than ever before
Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional production of this play
See it if especially if you've never seen it live onstage before. This production only runs for a few more months, & who knows when it will come back?
Don't see it if you are okay missing one of the great epic musicals of the 20th century, which changed the game for all of musical theatre.
See it if you want to see the classic Broadway musical format incorporated into a raunchy and non-PC (yet still totally endearing) premise!
Don't see it if you are sensitive to "adult language."
See it if you want to laugh out loud at the smartest modern clowning you've ever seen -- including incorporation of technology to enhance the lolz
Don't see it if you're looking for serious drama.
See it if you seek a perfect intersection of musical theatre "tradition" & current political relevance. Performances are exceptional across the board.
Don't see it if you prefer a shorter night at the theatre (this runs about 2 hours, 45 minutes).
See it if new, edgy, modern dramatic storytelling turns you on; you want to see a slice of American life through a new lens.
Don't see it if you prefer old-fashioned musical theatre.
See it if you're a fan of inventive staging, smart dialogue, intelligent characters & perspective-shifting storytelling. This is an intellectual work.
Don't see it if you prefer lighter fare or are bringing small children.
See it if you want to be completely swept away into another world (which is mysterious, dark, & beautiful).
Don't see it if you are wearing uncomfortable shoes! You will be on your feet all night!
See it if you go to the theatre to "feel all the feels." Be sure to wear waterproof mascara -- there will be tears!
Don't see it if you prefer a lighter night at the theatre.
See it if you want an experience that only theatre & no other art form can provide. Gorgeous, transformative, breathtaking, beautiful.
Don't see it if you are looking for a lot of dialogue. The little they use is profound; music & folio effects are used to impressive success.
See it if you want the kids (who'll love the Disney elements) & the adults (who will be riveted by sophisticated puppetry) to be equally entertained.
Don't see it if you actively dislike the film (but have you ever met anyone who didn't like the movie The Lion King?! I haven't!) :-)
See it if you want a master class in theatricality. Think you knew this show before? See the Deaf West version & prepare to be blown away.
Don't see it if you're coming to New York after January 24... unfortunately it's a limited run that closes way too soon. :-(
See it if you are a fan of Sam Shepard. His words are delivered masterfully by Sam Rockwell & Nina Arianda.
Don't see it if you're turned off by elements of character that are messy and dark.
See it if you enjoy smart realism. The play is a scintillating look into the American family that may feel too familiar for comfort...in the best way!
Don't see it if you are looking for big action or fancy special effects. This is a subtle and masterful play with emphasis on a literary script.
See it if you are a fan of The Wizard of Oz or fairy tales and enjoy soaring musical numbers. Great for kids, teens, adults, grandparents.
Don't see it if you are expecting an exact adaptation of the book.
See it if you want to witness the intersection of American Musical Theatre & American History at its best.
Don't see it if you have to sacrifice a week's wages; wait till the next block of tickets go on sale & buy at face value from the box office.