See it if you love the music and want to hear it live. Otherwise, I cringe to say it, but you're better off watching the movie.
Don't see it if you're expecting a high-energy theatre extravaganza. It's not here. Staging is minimal, costumes hardly change and the characters are flat.
See it if Fab folks at HID gift us again w lighthearted Shakespeare where the tragedy is shortlived & the villains are vanquished w shrugs. Super fun!
Don't see it if you dislike modern interpretations. Note that HID reveres Shakespeare's language. Any added elements only enhance. WS would approve-Probably
See it if you like monologues by unsympathetic characters who deliver self-indulgent stories in rapid speech and mocking tones.
Don't see it if I respect artists & wish this performer success. However, to me, this was excruciating. My husband & I left at intermission.
See it if Modern & energized adaptations of Shakespeare with original language. Superbly staged w exuberant tech & acting. Never dull. Want more!
Don't see it if mucking about with Shakespeare offends you. The story is non linear & choppy but this group pulls it together brilliantly. Go see them!
See it if you like angst-driven garage band music &"trailer trash" narratives that reveal the heart in characters who often are judged to be heartless
Don't see it if you like strictly linear story; you don't like couplet-rich indie rock. The story has lumps to be ironed. Characters act out-of-character.
See it if you like Shakespeare experiments and minimal staging. You don't mind sitting for long stretches in uncomfortable chairs.
Don't see it if An opening "prologue" w/no dialogue lasted 30 minutes. It was insulting to the audience, at least to those who stayed awake.
See it if you like easy entertainment w a little edge, or friendly mob stories set in NY. It's a good show, enjoyable. OK for teens & [grand]parents.
Don't see it if It's a sharp story that's been covered in bubblewrap. Criminality & racism are softened by nice, but forgettable, songs.
See it if This is a macabre soap opera w/no depth or takeaway. Just a train wreck from which you cannot look away. Side note: Watch the actors' shoes!
Don't see it if you don't like long plays (3 hours), leaving w questions about character motivations (plot holes), or not caring about characters.
See it if This is classic commedia dell'arte, brimming w bawdy, hip-thrusts and standard characters: licentious old man, young lovers, cheeky servants
Don't see it if ribald humor and prat-fall comedy is not your thing.
See it if you like drama about the futility of life, work & love. This is a "blood on the stage" piece. Relatable themes but quite a downer.
Don't see it if don't like depressing works or monologues. The entire play is 3 characters taking turns addressing the audience.
See it if you like dark comedies & superb acting w/minimal staging. This 2-hander delivers a subtle punch. Catch it before it's gone.
Don't see it if You don't like ukuleles, or you expect an intricate biographical tale about EAP. This is a fanciful dark comedy w/music. Weird but super fun
See it if Pulls the heartstrings & tickles the funny bone! If you've lost someone or know someone who has you'll be able to relate to this dark comedy
Don't see it if Laughing at Death makes you uncomfortable, or you hate plot holes or absurdity. It's a great play. MC Manning is phenomenal.
See it if you like condensed versions of classics that tell the same tale, in the original language, but add modern elements, often humorous.
Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare free of modern taint; you hate trying to figure out WTF the actors are saying bc, face it, the language is wack.
See it if Starts with a hilarious, campy bang but falls apart before the end of Act I. The actors are great - spectacular energy.
Don't see it if Camp is not your thing, or if you get fidgety during forgettable ballads. I applaud silly, but this silly got old for me quickly.
See it if you like Alan Aychbourn plays that feature messed-up, over-the-top characters who are relatable. We know these people. We ARE these people.
Don't see it if you don't want to see couples fighting, grieving & struggling for meaning (perhaps bc you deal with that IRL). It pierced me - in a good way
See it if you like farcical comedies. Kevin Kline reigns supreme over the stage. His histrionic movements alone sent me into gales of laughter. So fun
Don't see it if you like serious drama or plays with meaningful purpose. This is a "sit back & laugh at the absurdities of an aging prima donna actor" show.
See it if It's a random collection of 7 short plays. If 1 bores you, another is quickly coming. Some interesting ideas on love, life, sex & destiny
Don't see it if you prefer linear stories and connective themes.
See it if It's campy, frivolous & a galactic good time. You stand & the action moves around/through/with you. Social media tags encouraged throughout.
Don't see it if you don't like standing, drinking, laughing, silliness, audience participation or being right in the action. How could you not? It's FUN!
See it if you like modern, fun, condensed adaptations of Shakespeare that preserve Bill's original language. Attn school drama classes: FIELD TRIP!
Don't see it if you are a WS purist or you get stressed trying to decipher Shakespeare's language. The actors' delivery and movements convey the story well.
See it if you like JakeG & multi-gen themes (Act 1 Seurat; Act II Seurat's grandson) - an artist's struggle to create what he must vs what will sell.
Don't see it if I hate that I hated this, but I hated it. The music cleverly reflects Seurat's staccato painting style, but my ear craved melody & variation
See it if This is masterfully choreographed chaos. I was exhausted after the show from laughing so hard. Even younger audiences can enjoy the mayhem.
Don't see it if If you don't like physical comedy or intense silliness, you'll feel out of place & likely wonder why the crowd around you is guffawing.
Also If you liked Noises Off, you will LOVE The Play That Goes Wrong.
See it if It's a modern campy spinoff of Midsummer Night's Dream, w/sex, drugs & rock&roll faeries. James Jelkin/Puck masters the space like a fencer.
Don't see it if If you hate silliness & cheek, you'll probably not love this. But it's fun! Go! Be sure to dress warm. It was freezing in the theatre.
See it if If you're a fan of Cats, I'm sure you'll love this revival. If you're new to it, I suggest reading some background on it before going.
Don't see it if 1st time seeing it. I'm sorry, but I kind of hated it. It didn't make sense. The opening number drove me nuts (sooo long). I fell asleep.
See it if you've ever felt like Cinderella's stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into a glass slipper. The struggle between duty & passion is real
Don't see it if you hate artists and don't have a passion to create art. Even then, it's still a fun play. Great characters, dialogue and plot twists.
See it if You like Cards Against Humanity, modern parodies of classic plays and chanting while ppl drink. This was so much fun. I want to go again.
Don't see it if You don't like frivolity, audience participation, raucous laughter or reckless drinking. Good times, folks.
See it if you like any of the actors, esp Nathan Lane. He makes the play bearable but, sadly, he doesn't make an entrance soon enough to save it.
Don't see it if you don't like spending $100 to take a nap. Act 1 is so boring. You can't even fidget properly bc the seats are so tight. I stood for Act 3.
See it if You're a fan of NC Hunter. You prefer sparklers over fireworks, carousels over rollercoasters. This is a gentle play with hints of intrigue.
Don't see it if You require action and conflict. This is long (2 intermissions) and slow moving. I couldn't make it all the way through. Sorry.
See it if you love absurdly exaggerated impersonations of reality. Each character here is larger than life, and funny as hell.
Don't see it if you don't like campy spoofs like Airplane! Note that there's no intermission. I loved Ruthless but I would've welcomed a break.
See it if you use a cell phone and if you enjoy shows that involve the audience. Daniel Radcliffe is lovely. I want him for Christmas.
Don't see it if a 2-hr & 45-min PSA on the risks of e-dependency doesn't appeal to you. The theater is great & the seats are comfy so a long sit is OK.
See it if you're want to be entertained & to laugh, a lot. 4 women, from diff generations, come to the funeral of the 1 man they loved. It's got spunk
Don't see it if you need things to be believable & to have purpose. It's fun but corny. Honestly who wants to spend eternity with anyone, esp former lovers?
See it if you love a good Billy Shakes comedy. If Midsummer wasn't already the funniest WS play, it is now with this rendition & cast. Go! Now!
Don't see it if You don't like your classic English tea infused with bits of modernity. Alert: If you fear audience participation, sit in the 2nd row.
See it if My 9yo and 12yo daughters both loved this. My shy 12yo even jumped up to join the limbo line after the show.
Don't see it if It's one fun and affordable way to spend an hour with kids. There is obstructed view seating so get there early to get a good seat.
See it if The idea of females pegging misogyny excites you. This was a super fun night of theatre. I think Will would love it.
Don't see it if Even though this version of Shrew is hilarious, there's no escaping the seriousness of the subject. Controlling/Breaking women is still icky
See it if Jamie must contain the PR mess of his family's oil co spill. On 1 shoulder:His wife, a green angel On the other-Aaron a devilish colleague.
Don't see it if You need protagonists you can root for. Bad influence Aaron (W Tre Davis) & the philosophical drug dealer provide the most entertainment.
See it if You like campy slasher films & clever adaptations. It's entertaining but parts of it drag (2 hrs). The staging & choreography is impressive.
Don't see it if You don't like campy slasher flicks with cheesy plots and lots of scene hopping.
See it if You like Mark Twain and Roald Dahl. I took my 9 & 12yo. I didn't expect to love it but I did. Cried through the entire final number.
Don't see it if Family-friendly shows with spunk and sentimentality aren't your bag.
See it if You like 2B a fly on the wall, esp a sticky dusty tea-stained wall in a UK factory canteen. Anglophiles will luv. Factory workers will, too.
Don't see it if You need plays to *Start w a recipe; *Add & Mix ingredients; *Bake & End w a cake. Toast only Adds&Mixes, which imho makes it delicious.
See it if The Italian bombshell sounds Latino & the flirty Frenchman sounds British but it doesn't matter. It's fun! Just go with it.
Don't see it if You like serious plots & intense dramas, not mindless fun. It's full of sexual innuendo & bathroom humor, but no nudity or offensive lang.
See it if Heavy exposition. Felt like a HS project where students had to present their knowledge of the Progressive Movement. I wanted to leave. Sorry
Don't see it if Story lines written for porn are more compelling than this attempt to force a romance inside a lecture about the Fed Reserve Bank.
See it if you're not afraid to be assaulted by injustice. Here, the injustice fired at the audience is a cluster bomb of sexism. Ka-effing-boom!
Don't see it if exposing the harmful cultural expectation of traditional sex roles repulses you; if you refuse to acknowledge vaginas are organs not gaps.
See it if you want a better understanding of what a loved one with dementia is experiencing; you are a seeker of knowledge about human frailty.
Don't see it if you don't like tense dramas that force you to experience unpleasant realities.
See it if can relate to awkward, needy, insecure writers/protagonists and you like disjointed scenes that keep you off-balance.
Don't see it if prefer linear storylines with clear beginnings, middles and ends that don't leave you going, "WTF?"
See it if you like grooving to loud, percussive, newfangled beats and quirky, non-verbal storytelling.
Don't see it if loud music, performance art and gross stunts are not your bag.
See it if you like slapstick humor & cliched characters, including dumb blondes, egotistical actors & promiscuous directors.
Don't see it if you don't like prolonged silliness or excessive crotch gags (gags as in jokes, not chokes).
See it if you like following trails of discarded clothing that eventually lead to full-frontal revelations and characters motivated by desperation.
Don't see it if you prefer unambiguous stories that clearly define who are the heroes and who are the villains.
See it if You care about how to live an authentic life and you're not afraid to acknowledge unpleasant truths, especially about yourself.
Don't see it if you're tall and you have a big head, at least not in the front row. You're blocking my view of the fabulous young actor Thomas E Sullivan!
See it if You appreciate disturbing stories about damaged people and you respect artists who are brave enough to tell those stories.
Don't see it if You prefer lighthearted fare and stories that have a clear purpose.
See it if You like challenging traditional roles and/or you dislike being limited by labels (mom, wife, senior/old). You like great acting. Lavin A+!
Don't see it if You want to be thoroughly entertained, not lectured about obscure American history.
See it if You like Canterbury Tales, unrepentant connivers, true lovers & bawdy cougars. (What did they call lusty women who chase young men in 1600?)
Don't see it if Trying to follow Shakespearean dialogue stresses you out.