See it if you love actors playing multiple ppl; you love Peer Gynt; you MUST witness the glory of Matt Maher (worth it!); you like fables/parables
Don't see it if you want something with quick pacing, character depth, or heart that really pushes the emotional envelope.
See it if you like intellectual loop-de-loops that are the hallmark of Hnath's early and best work, you like questioning the truth, and spooky stuff
Don't see it if you don't like really exploring the reaches of imagination
See it if you like transcript-based/text-based theatre, you enjoy tense, thriller-y experiences, you like strong dramatic tension and good ensembles
Don't see it if you want to feel relaxed, or you support surveillance and the police state qualities of our current political moment
See it if you love highly-theatrical, hilarious, unexpected shows that take you by surprise and hold your attention. Truly magical, terrifying.
Don't see it if you are sensitive to or triggered by ideas or plays containing themes of starvation or depictions of extreme thinness.
See it if you want a strong-ensemble cast to explore parenting and vaccine anxiety from a smart, somewhat-layered point of view
Don't see it if you want a play that feels like it digs deep and examines things with more rigor and less humor
See it if you want a surprising, breath-taking, lively theatrical experience that is exquisitely carried by perform April Matthis. Gorgeous.
Don't see it if you dislike more monologue-heavy plays.
See it if you want to feel, cry, laugh, and really have an intellectual, emotional, theatrical experience.
Don't see it if you're offended by queerness, queer sex, sex onstage, discussion of HIV/AIDS. Some triggering content around religion/homophobia.
See it if you love experimental, language-based or fantastical plays, you like female-driven narrative, you like ensemble theatre and live music
Don't see it if you want something that grapples seriously with some of what it poses
See it if you love classic plays and the actors involved.
Don't see it if you want a really contemporary or honest grappling of some of what lives in McNally's play, which in 2019 climate struggles to seem real.
See it if you want to see an important, bold and essential piece of contemporary American theatre that is asking the most necessary questions.
Don't see it if you want something light-hearted.
See it if you like two-handers with strong performances, political/relevant and slightly cerebral comedic dramas. CW: discussion of suicide, PTSD
Don't see it if you want something light, a surprising set, or something full of heart more than intellect
See it if you love absurd/zany theatre with a touch of true crime (that mostly centers on a straight white woman's story)
Don't see it if you want a cozy evening of theatre; strong writing; you want theatre that examines true crime fascination & unpacks white female victimhood
See it if you're interested in plays tackling dramatic, political topics (gun violence, mass shootings) with sensitivity, heart, and thoughtfulness
Don't see it if you want a very nuanced or multi-sided take on an issue (though you do get 2 sides), don't like two-hander plays, or want something light
See it if you love the original musical at all costs. You like intimate staging, classics, and do not care about how art "ages." (Why tho)
Don't see it if you care about contemporary society & advancement. The script has its "issues" (racism, rape plots/songs) which the show makes worse
See it if you love sitcoms, romcoms, or plays about philosophy/ideology - an exciting topic and sets of ideas are explored in the play
Don't see it if you want super nuanced explorations of ideas, don't buy into gender binary 'battle of the sexes" type stuff, or real-seeming characters
See it if you want to see a play tackle rape culture, #MeToo, Kavanaugh, all within the context of a relationship. Has some breath-taking moments.
Don't see it if CW: rape. You want a deeply layered, nuanced drama about rape culture that examines things from more than 2 opposing angles.
See it if Especially if you're an LGBTQ womxn or person, someone who likes good, well-structured comedy, feminism, or tasteful but playful sex jokes
Don't see it if I don't know why you wouldn't see it unless you hate women or queer folx. It's incredible. A great play for a date or to see with friends.
See it if You are interested in plays that grapple smartly w history and center women of color while doing so; well-directed, sensitive and smart
Don't see it if You don’t like plays that deal with surgery, medicine, childbirth or vaginas (why tho?), or u r triggered by depictions of American slavery
See it if you love punk rock and talking/thinking about how music influences you, you like intimate performance
Don't see it if you want a performance that's not from the POV of a young white man and an older white man
See it if Ur into strong three-hander ensemble performances that examines the arc, life, and family struggles of a woman grappling w how best to live
Don't see it if You don't like a slow burn. You don't like double- and triple-casting. You want a comedy, or something on the emotionally-uplifting side.
See it if you want to see a timely, important play that explores the ideas of what it means to be a refugee, and how someone becomes one.
Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional staging or seating, you don't want a long, slow burn of a show, or you want to see a show that's not intense.
See it if it remounts! Seriously, a good set of plays (CLARKSTON being the more exciting) that unpacks suburban and country life thoughtfully
Don't see it if you hate the idea of some white kids feeling emotionally related and literally related to Lewis and Clark
See it if you want to consider race + sexuality w moments of solid comedy, though often doesn't feel *truly* risque/risky in its attempt.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with sexually graphic material and depictions of sex that include themes of sexual trauma, racism, slavery. Various CW
See it if Bring your kids! A neuro-inclusive work! If you haven't seen any before, you should! You like TLP book. It's a charming, fairy tale evening.
Don't see it if you want a gritty, hard-hitting drama kind of experience. This is a magical, dreamscape kind of experiencing. Joyful and fun. Full of heart!
See it if you love Fornes's work or you've never heard of her immense impact on the contemporary theatre scene.
Don't see it if you should just see it. But if you only like musicals, this might not be your bag.
See it if you want to see an unusual, exciting, striking and eviscerating experience about the Black experience internationally
Don't see it if I'd recommend seeing this! It's striking, important, and work with humor, guts, and a lot of thought.
See it if you don't care what Ivo van Hove's done, you just want to see WEST SIDE STORY. That was my case (and I like van Hove's work).
Don't see it if you want a feeling-breathing-crying West Side Story. Don't see it if you don't want to support a sexual harasser (Ramasar) cast in the show
See it if you want to see a teen-girl-comedy sort of show with some slight queer themes that tries to explore a lot but doesn't actually get to much
Don't see it if you want a complex, smart exploration of loss, idol worship, and teen angst
See it if you want a complex play that examines Christian conservatives with humanity, humor, depth, and darkness
Don't see it if you want a "light" experience at the theatre, you do not want to see an intellectual play
See it if you want to see an adaptation of Medea. You like contemporary & political adaptations. Incredibly designed, solidly acted, strong ensemble.
Don't see it if you expect a play that really undoes or upheaves the Medea myth beyond its limitations as a narrative.
See it if you want a surprising, playful and fun exploration of the banality of the everyday, and the magic of food
Don't see it if you want an easy-to-follow, straightforward piece; you want to see big, complex sets or staging
See it if you have some personal obligation to, or you are the #1 Margulies fan ever born.
Don't see it if you want a well-written, intelligent, smart, engaging, or contemporary-feeling play. Also, arguably, pretty sexist.
See it if you want to see a strong performance of a contemporary classic. Well-performed, well-staged, surprisingly easy to fit in a 2019 world.
Don't see it if you want a straight-up comedy.
See it if you like reinterpretations of classics, or like Oklahoma!; you're interested in relevant, smart theatre that is deeply moving and well-done
Don't see it if you want a traditional, proscenium-style, 4th wall experience; you don't like being a little uncomfortable or surprised with staging or set
See it if you like hyper-realism that is excellently performed; the presence in the room was v electric; you like meta-theatricality; ensemble-based
Don't see it if you want a play that steps back from itself; you don't like the 1970s; you don't want to watch white men be awful (on purpose/for the play)
See it if you like slice-of-life/sitcom-y plays with mostly solid (except 1) ensemble acting, you are into stories that center/focus on Black women
Don't see it if you want a structurally exciting/new play, a play that is heavily dramatic, or anything experimental. You are offending by the word "p*ssy."
See it if you like workplace-based comedies or shows that skewer very gender-based dynamics (if like things like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT or THE OFFICE)
Don't see it if you want a narrative that's very thought-through, a wacky world that makes a lot of sense (emotional or logical) or that feels clear
See it if you're a fan of fable-based, ensemble-created/performed pieces that feel a little bit old-fashioned in focus or scope.
Don't see it if you want to see a truly inventive or thoughtful take on a classical piece of the literary canon.
See it if you are really drawn in by grandiose sets or famous performers (or nudity). You want a very melodramatic ("Daddy" A Melodrama) experience.
Don't see it if 3 HOURS LONG. If u want heartfelt, or emotional/personal stories on stage. You don't like simulated sex or drugs or nudity onstage.
See it if You’re a Millenial/Gen Z who loved Spongebob or you want an uplifting, acrobatic musical to sing along to. Great for families.
Don't see it if You want a very intense, emotional musical. But if you’re looking to be in touch w your inner Spongebob or kid, this is a fun joyful show!
See it if Don't. A messy, deeply misguided attempt at skewering rape culture that misses almost all marks
Don't see it if I honestly wouldn't see it. After seeing it, I was shocked it was produced at all.
See it if you love Chekhov, you like meta-theatricality or intellectually-fueled performances, or you'd like to see Chekhov but haven't
Don't see it if you want a traditional play, or something that isn't at times sort of hipster millenial in its approach
See it if you love thrillers and plots featuring cut-throat competition, and/or you're interested in plays about politics, US foreign affairs, or govt
Don't see it if you care about "character likeablility," or you don't like plays having unanswered questions or details, or mental note-taking
See it if u wanna see a play that's not city-centric, liberal-centric or the people you may expect to see/hear on stage in whole-hearted performances
Don't see it if u're not into intense dramas centering female stories, dealing with violence, white privilege, + sexism or you don't like when ppl talk fast
See it if You want to fangirl over queer romance, spend some time rejecting heteronormativity, you like farce or melodrama or over the top humor
Don't see it if You like traditional musicals or heavy dramas, or you don’t wanna see wonderful glittery amazing LGBTQIA-ness onstage (WHY I ask you)
See it if you like Sam Shepard or Dano or Hawke. You want to see a well-directed, masterfully designed American classic of the contemporary canon.
Don't see it if you don't like Shepard's work, want something relevant, fully realistic or w tons of heart, or you're tired of white dudes with family drama
See it if you were ever in high school and you want to forget it all; or you were ever in high school and loved it. You love or like Mean Girls.
Don't see it if you're threatened by watching hilarious, captivating and joyous performances by incredibly talented women. You don't like laughing.
See it if you want a play that is fundamentally uplifting, about love, family, and community. You want a politically relevant or soul-feeding night.
Don't see it if you don't want to see something with a sense of humor and a positive and complicated lens, or you hate plays about families.
See it if you like edgy, superbly-designed, well-directed work about young NYC middle-class women exploring pretty binary + hetero power structures
Don't see it if you want a nuanced exploration of being a young woman that feels like it isn't 2 steps behind intersectional feminism. CW: rape, assault