See it if you like small, intimate productions of intimate plays, or you like costume drama, or Russian drama interests you.
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding actors with foreign accents in English, or you are easily bewildered by Chekovian absurdity.
See it if You like old-school Cole Porter (and know the songs), amazing tap dancing, Kelly O'Hara's soprano, a fine orchestra that's really visible.
Don't see it if Old-fashioned musicals don't appeal to you, you can't follow Shakespearean dialogue, multi-ethnic casting distracts or confuses you.
See it if you like parody shows, enjoy improv actors and their style of acting (and singing), and want to see a spoof of today's "office" culture.
Don't see it if you're impatient with canned music tracks backing up lyrics from an old musical (sometimes slowly), or are bored by youth-oriented parodies.
See it if you like irreverent comedy that pokes fun at institutions like Christmas, religion, or Hell itself. Cute songs, and a star turn or two.
Don't see it if you are so religiously conservative that poking fun at Christmas or Hell or the Catholic church is offensive to you. Or you want "serious."
See it if you have a connection with Edinborough and/or the Scottish gay scene of the 1980s... or you're interested in getting a glimpse of it.
Don't see it if Non-linear narrative confuses you, you have trouble understanding Scottish accents, gay history doesn't interest you
See it if you like "Art," or are a fan of Yasmina Reza; you like deconstructing a scene or seeing it deconstructed; you enjoy words and wordplay.
Don't see it if you are easily bored by "talky" plays; you want singing and dancing (duh, it's a PLAY); subtle wordplay and body language aren't your thing.
See it if You love The Go-Go's. Or even if you don't know who they are. Or you enjoy quasi-Greek romps with rhyming verse. Or anything LGBTQ!
Don't see it if You have trouble following Shakespearean-type verse. You hate pop music. You prefer boy-girl love stories (there's only one among several).
See it if You want a glimpse of Emily Dickinson’s life and writing. You are curious about the music of Amy Beach. You are open to unusual thoughts.
Don't see it if You don’t like 19th-century classical music. One-woman shows don’t interest you. You want action or love stories.
See it if You like absurdism or low-tech chamber theatre. It’s also short, not even an hour long.
Don't see it if You have trouble following confusing, absurdist storylines. You want a convincing resolution at the end. You want realistic acting.
See it if You love Fiddler and want to experience it in Yiddish. You love the Yiddish language. You want to be moved by a funny, heartbreaking story.
Don't see it if You are put off by hearing a story told in a foreign language, as in opera. You are distracted by supertitles above the stage.
See it if you love pets, or you know someone who does. You like to see new pieces in development.
Don't see it if you don't relate to pets or people who have them. You want to see a finished product of a play rather than an early workshop.
See it if Metatheater is your bag. You are entertained by wordplay or borderline absurdist situations.
Don't see it if You want more action and less talk. You are easily distracted by differently-abled actors in roles not specifically designed for them.
See it if you like light, nostalgic fare with song-and-dance, a lovely love story, and an old-fashioned full orchestra onstage.
Don't see it if you want realism or grittiness, or are not entertained by lighthearted treatment of old-fashioned class differences in England.
See it if You like classic plays as is, with no conceptual frills. You like the works of N. Richard Nash. You like depictions of the American West.
Don't see it if you want something modern or exciting or large-scale. "Plainness" is a theme in this dust-bowl setting.
See it if you like backstage stories (this film is full of them!) and if you're a fan of even ONE of the shows, you can time-travel to see its birth!
Don't see it if you don't care about Broadway musicals, or the people who make them, or the business of theater. Seriously, don't bother.
See it if you are a Harry Potter fan or are with someone who is, including any child who has read the books or any adult who has seen the movies.
Don't see it if you have no interest in the Potterverse, have trouble understanding British accents, or are confused by people playing multiple roles.
See it if you are a fan of the Mean Girls movie or like to hear young women belt really high...and/or if you enjoy seeing youthful exuberance onstage.
Don't see it if the subject matter, teenage angst and depiction of petty high school social politics turn you off.
See it if you are not offended by gay stereotypes and are willing to look past the surface to see the story underneath.
Don't see it if over-the-top queeny bitchiness turns you right off. There's much more than that, but you have to wait for it.
See it if you have read the novel, understand Spanish well, or want to stretch your horizons a little. (Subtitles are available in some seats.)
Don't see it if you don't relate at all to Colombian history/politics, don't understand Spanish and can't be bothered with subtitles, or are easily bored.
See it if you like good ensemble acting involving timely and/or trendy modern subjects. And props. A lot of props.
Don't see it if you aren't keen to sit through a whole act of exposition just to set up an explosive 2nd act. Or you're easily distracted by too many props.
See it if you appreciate historical shows or shows that are blunt about AIDS, the "gay community," homophobia, and complicated personal relationships.
Don't see it if you are squeamish about frank sexual talk (including kinky or raunchy subjects), or AIDS makes you uncomfortable (though you should anyway).
See it if you like Bill Finn's idiosyncratic through-sung yet talky style, are pro-gay, or liked Falsettos.
Don't see it if you are too squeamish about brain surgery, don't like depictions of romance between men, or didn't like Falsettos.
See it if you find racism a relevant topic, and you are interested in reliving it from the perspective of pre-civil-rights 1962 in an unusual setting.
Don't see it if you have trouble hearing/focusing on unamplified dialogue in an acoustically bad space, or are triggered by frank talk about rape and murder
See it if ... you simply MUST see Amy Schumer or Keegan-Michael Key, or you like Laura Benanti, or are a fan of Steve Martin's writing. He's smart!
Don't see it if ... you want substance over humor, or you need your storytelling to be linear. (This isn't!) Good for a few laughs, but not very filling.
See it if You like '30s nostalgia, belly laughs, character actors, small ensemble shows, tuneful songs, and sexy innuendo delivered with a wink.
Don't see it if You don't like to laugh, need something much deeper than fluffy (or lowbrow) entertainment, don't like musicals, or want a much bigger show.
See it if you want to see an intense, fast-paced slave-escape adventure, seen through a modern lens. Historical gender-bending intrigues you.
Don't see it if anachronisms bother you, you want a bigger show, you are offended by so much arguing (there's a lot of it), you get confused easily.
See it if you adore barbershop harmony, you like small musicals like Forever Plaid, or you enjoy seeing cast members play multiple characters.
Don't see it if you don't care for barbershop, you want a bigger cast or bigger production values, you get confused when people play multiple characters.
See it if you like scrappy little musicals that are simultaneously funny and edgy and are not afraid to treat sensitive subjects with a bit of levity.
Don't see it if you are triggered by talk of suicide, depression, feelings of failure, professional and/or emotional lack of fulfillment, in song and dance.
See it if you are pro-gay, enjoy seeing realistic portrayals of domestic lives of gay men, are interested in a compelling story about marriage.
Don't see it if you're homophobic, you don't want to be moved by a story with a same-sex relationship at its center, you don't want your heartstrings tugged
See it if you like seeing "Broadway types" parodied onstage, including their singing and dancing styles; or sweet teenage love; or LGBTQ themes.
Don't see it if you are homophobic; you want something deeper and less frothy; or belty song-and-dance doesn't appeal to you.
See it if you are interested to explore Richard Wagner's reported anti-Semitism; you like opera; you like humor mixed with seriousness.
Don't see it if you are bored by discussions of music and opera; depictions of anti-Semitism make you uncomfortable; Wagner's music doesn't interest you.
See it if you like a high-energy teenager-focused show that combines "Little Shop of Horrors" with "Evan Hansen" and a dash of "Mean Girls."
Don't see it if you don't like teenagers, teen angst, loud music (sometimes), high-tech sci-fi, or the use of projections on a set.
See it if You like stories about garage rock bands. You relate to suburban New Jersey types. You want to see Marilu Henner rock it at age 60-whatever.
Don't see it if You want a better story. You aren't willing to sit through a boring first act to get to a second act that pays off, sort of.
See it if you want to be moved. you want high-energy storytelling. you like Caribbean music. you can handle a fable with a lesson about race & class.
Don't see it if You want something completely linear, are confused by actors switching roles right in front of you, or don't like theatre in the round.
See it if you want a fresh take on an old classic. you love the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. you love imaginative, storytelling choreography.
Don't see it if you are bored by old music that everyone already knows. you are disturbed by death portrayed onstage. you don't like nontraditional casting.
See it if you like musical adaptations from Shakespeare. You liked "Lone Star Love." You enjoy country-tinged songs. Dialogue in verse appeals to you.
Don't see it if you like your Shakespeare serious and authentic. Dialogue in verse puts you off. Farcical Shakespeare situations bore you.
See it if you want a window into gay life pre-Stonewall, when just being gay was so much more dangerous. You want to know what the fuss is about.
Don't see it if you are bothered by bitchy queeny insults or flamboyant gay behavior, or you don't want to be reminded of the gay subculture of the 1960s.
See it if you enjoy farces, period costumes, clever dialogue spoken in verse, sexy shenanigans, and up-to-date dialogue with occasional anachronisms.
Don't see it if you are put off by arch, heightened acting styles. Or farce. Or period costumes. The source material for the play is old, though updated.
See it if you have any connection with the Deaf community and/or care about power dynamics, communication issues, emerging cultures, or "otherness."
Don't see it if you are put off by seeing ASL used fluently and forcefully, or if clashes between Hearing vs. Deaf culture make you uncomfortable.
See it if you don't mind a high-pitched, quasi-absurdist two-person show with a gay hairdresser and a Mafioso goombah, both portrayed stereotypically.
Don't see it if you like your acting realistic and your stories told with nuance and believability. (Or if you prefer a bigger show with more characters.)
See it if you want to be taken on an unexpected journey with a bit of psychodrama and humor thrown in.
Don't see it if you can't stand violence or sexual content. Also references to classical Roman myth and Baroque opera. Also some psychological stuff.
See it if you are curious about people with Down syndrome, enjoy laughs mixed with drama, or are a fan of Debra Monk or Mark Blum.
Don't see it if seeing an actor with Down syndrome bothers you (though it shouldn't), or you don't want to mix your entertainment with education.
See it if you are gay or Jewish or know someone who is... or have a beating heart in your chest. And own tissues (because you'll need 'em).
Don't see it if you are anti-gay, anti-Semitic, don't want to be moved... no, wait, you should see it anyway. You SHOULD see it. Just go. And take tissues.
See it if you like Bob Martin (Drowsy Chaperone), are curious about historical musicals, enjoy anthologies, or are a fan of any of the listed stars.
Don't see it if you require a single book musical with a story (not this time!), don’t like star cameos, or prefer big sets and spectacle.
See it if you are stimulated by philosophical discussions about music, virtuosity, ego, Jewish/Israeli identity, loss, and personal responsibility.
Don't see it if philosophy bores you, you don't care about the 20th-century Jewish resettlement of Palestine, you can't follow heavily accented English.
See it if you want to see Tony Shalhoub & Katrina Lenk lead an amazing ensemble in an understated yet haunting character study with ravishing music.
Don't see it if you like your musicals fast-paced and full of action or dance, or if you don't like singing that sounds out of tune to Western ears.
See it if you are a die-hard fan of Hayley Mills (or Klea Blackhurst) and manage to get a seat in front and up close.
Don't see it if you are at all tired (I zoned out a few times), or if an all-female cast verbally excavating family dysfunction doesn't interest you.
See it if you like Baroque music, are interested in European history, or just want to see Mark Rylance tear it up.
Don't see it if ... you like your music loud (this isn't!), don't care for early music (or a man singing countertenor), or costume drama in general.