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See it if You want to come face to face with the painful reality of the need for immigration reform in the US, and to experience a moving family story
Don't see it if You are uninterested in the immigration problem.
See it if You are a Sam Hunter fan and don't want to miss one of his plays, even if it's not his strongest. Also, 1 actor (Edmund Donovan) is great.
Don't see it if You have low-tolerance for long scenes that are predictable and overstay their welcome in terms of the storytelling needs of the play.
See it if You seek a very honest and direct representation of the struggle faced by a young black gay man diagnosed as HIV Positive
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with seeing sex and violence presented frankly onstage.
See it if You want to watch beautifully crafted performances, especially by Kristine Nielson, by actors who navigate moral complexity and inner demons
Don't see it if You are expecting a fast-paced suspenseful family drama. This has lots of layers of metaphor, which take patience to uncover
See it if You want to see 2 actors at the top of their games command the stage and conjure a whole cast of characters from nothing. Phenomenal acting.
Don't see it if You aren't open to an experiment in theatrical form. (Each character has a 30 minute solo performance, that connects to the other's story.)
See it if You're a stalwart Theresa Rebeck fan & don't want to miss her latest. To her credit, she defies a particular genre or theme, and takes risks
Don't see it if You're expecting a profound psychological portrait of a man consumed with anger and ego - this just scratches the surface
See it if You love powerful, truthful acting of the highest caliber. This is Rattlestick-style realism: you feel like you are present w/characters.
Don't see it if You are triggered by a stark, realistic portrait of addiction. This doesn't sugar coat.
See it if You are fascinated by American politics and political history. It feels epic and comprehensive in the way it covers a specific timeframe
Don't see it if You are expecting a moving, personal relationship drama. (It's almost like a theatrical history lesson, but very well presented.)
See it if You love Shakespeare but can't sit thru 3 hrs. This is lean, mean, and poignant with great performances esp. Rebekhah Brockman as Isabella
Don't see it if You aren't prepared to reconsider the way male lust and power are intertwined.
See it if You are a feminist and you want an insight on the kinds of things that are hot button topics in womens lives today.
Don't see it if You want a fast-paced and plot-heavy drama. This moves slowly and is very much about the characters' backstories
See it if You want to know the real deal about how slaves were treated - subjects of surgical experimentation without any regard for safety or dignity
Don't see it if You are squeamish or want a whitewashed version of how medical advances were made.
See it if You want a phenomenally acted drama that is also very funny and moving. It's about family, love, and how we as a society treat special needs
Don't see it if I can't think of any reason why not to see it.
See it if You are fascinated by the parallels between these 2 classic plays and want to experience some top notch classical acting.
Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with these 2 plays or don't have a lot of patience to make the links.
See it if You want to know what a woman's life in the theater and music industry is really like. Also, see it with your mother or daughter.
Don't see it if You don't like one-woman shows. The actress is very good, but it's hard for any 1 person to sustain an audience's interest for 90 minutes.
See it if You love ghost stories and local history, and want to experience an immersive evening with a small audience.
Don't see it if You're creeped out by being within arms length of the actors.
See it if You like uncomfortable, but intelligent comedy about a dark topic. The writing is very sharp and satiric & the acting is excellent. #LGBTQ
Don't see it if You don't feel comfortable with gay sexuality being portrayed onstage.
See it if You want know the real deal, performed in REAL New York dialogue about race, addiction, poverty, and mental illness in our city. FANTASTIC!
Don't see it if You are looking for a lighthearted comedy that glosses over the reality faced by marginalized New Yorkers.
See it if You love Will Eno's quirky, unexpected sense of humor, and are willing to go along for a somewhat abstract ride through a character's life
Don't see it if You aren't comfortable with the idea of 1 character being played by a dozen different actors of different genders and races.
See it if You need a reminder of the way we are all connected as humans & a reason to forgive. Or if you want to see a classic, beautifully staged.
Don't see it if You are jaded or don't want to cry like a kid, in public.
See it if You want to see some of the greatest theatre artists alive working at the top of their game.
Don't see it if You are afraid to confront the reality of deep-seated racism in America
See it if You love Lett's brand of subtle, soulful storytelling. Expect psychological kinks, surprising plot turns, understated humor & mid-life angst
Don't see it if You are expecting star names or a zeitgeist political play. This one is a complex human story that is meandering in the real way life is.
See it if You are deeply engaged with the current rift between the red and the blue in American politics and culture, and enjoy Shavian-style speeches
Don't see it if You can't follow lengthy rhetoric-filled political arguments. Or if you would be upset by discussions of topics such as abortion and race.
See it if You are deeply engaged in our current discourse about racial politics, especially as they arise in the context of very personal relationship
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual imagery and terminology being represented/discussed very explicitly
See it if You are familiar with Chekhov's play and want to re-experience it through a contemporary filter.
Don't see it if You are expecting a literal adaptation of the play.
See it if You are interested in politics, history, and whether the constitution is still an ethical document.
Don't see it if You are expecting a big spectacle, with lots of characters. It's more of a theatrical lecture with direct address.
See it if You want to see an extremely powerful and incredibly moving performance from Johanna Day - so simple and unaffected. She is a master.
Don't see it if You want a Broadway style show with high production values. This is simple and pared down.
See it if You love Tim Daly - he's giving a fantastic performance.
Don't see it if You don't like symbolism, ambiguity, and unexplained plot events.
See it if You want to look at race and class issues from a lot of different angles
Don't see it if You dislike long monologues and a potentially confusing plot
See it if You're interested in the way corporations are dehumanizing the workforce and local populations.
Don't see it if You are not looking for an intense, topical 3-hander
See it if You want a look at toxic masculinity through the lens of 1970s America.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by bad language and shocking situations. Also, the plot is non-linear, so it can feel a little trippy at times.