See it if You know little about the Troubles in Ireland; you gain prestige points from preferring British imports to american plays; 3 hours is ok
Don't see it if You dislike redundant, predictable but not always credible overpraised plays
See it if You want to see the female sing well but move awkwardly wearing a black knee brace beneath a white gown; the male sing poorly but move well
Don't see it if Boring interludes of a projected Hammerstein spouting trite observations are not your style
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See it if you want a funny yet intelligent show with 2 superstar actors, even if, like me, your feelings on the Clintons are mixed
Don't see it if You dislike politics or the Clintons or shows without a climactic moment
See it if If you love Michael Hall, enjoy many funny bits; do not seek meaning or action in plays
Don't see it if You get bored easily; want a play with substance or where something happens; found Wakey or Realistic Jones lacking
See it if Elaine May, Joan Allen, Lucas Hedges, Michael Cera and a great script!
Don't see it if Dementia portrayals hit too close to home for comfort
See it if Mike Birbiglia is very witty throughout this show
Don't see it if the idea of not wanting a child offends you or you dislike stand up comedy
See it if you can overlook its sometime tolerant view of domestic violence and crime and focus on the great dancing and excellent singing
Don't see it if old fashioned musicals are not your taste
See it if you like world class illusions by a very funny and charming magician in a small theater
Don't see it if you dislike magic or have no sense of humor
See it if You did not see the film, which will make it much more rewarding and surprising.
Don't see it if You saw the movie or dislike minimalist staging, which this production takes to an extreme.
See it if you can handle deeply affecting shows about mental illness; like great lyrics, writing and acting
Don't see it if you were not moved by or comfortable with Curious Incident or Next to Normal
See it if You like seeing an aging white feminist literary icon shown lacking any positive qualities and publicly humiliated
Don't see it if You like nuanced plays or at least 1 of 3 white characters to have 1 remotely sympathetic quality while the black character is flawless
See it if I hated spending so much--but the show was worth it! Incredibly innovate and surprisingly historically deep and accurate.
Don't see it if You can't afford it or dislike diverse casts (in which case, shame on you)
See it if you want to feel good about humanity and enjoy very good singing and actors playing multiple roles
Don't see it if you prefer shows with depth and a lack of clichés, with acting seldom above average
See it if A recital of a boring, nearly century old Ring Lardner short story which celebrates abusing women and mocking the mentally retarded appeals
Don't see it if You want to be bored out your mind by the first act and only mildly amused by the P.G. Wodehouse recital in the second act.
See it if you like South Park; don't mind mockery of Mormons or Africans; you admire very clever dialogue and songs plus very good acting and dancing
Don't see it if You are over 60--I am, but none of my AARP friends liked it nearly as much as my wife and I did; you are PC
See it if You enjoy a talented one man show with lots of gay humor, much of it repeated often
Don't see it if You want something more or different
See it if You know the performers; you think a Jewish tailor would tell his son not to become a lawyer because the lawyers in Germany were more honest
Don't see it if Coherent timelines matter
See it if You enjoy very good singers singing many great songs from many famous musicals
Don't see it if you need more than that
See it if You are utterly fascinated by Van Gogh, yet know nothing about him or like classical music and opera taking the place of plot and dialogue.
Don't see it if You value your time--another case of a pretentious Times review costing innocents their hard-earned money
See it if The very young crowd greeted the performers' entrance louder than Jerseyeans welcoming Springsteen or the audience at Hamilton. Fun show!
Don't see it if You dislike folk rock, the one antiTrump song; too much pre-show hype or shows aimed at people under 30.
See it if You like the only female playwright ever to win 2 Pulitzers; you like very funny, well-acted first acts
Don't see it if The repetitive, cliched second act will spoil your enjoyment
See it if You can put up with a boring middle short play between a very clever play and a hysterical play, both with great casts
Don't see it if You do not like clever comedy
See it if Similar to the author's One Man, Two Guvnrs in cleverness and acting skill
Don't see it if You dislike shows using British regional accents; the idea of snooker games bores you
See it if kids will love it and adults will find it fun, but ultimately repetitive, as all the many bits are very similar
Don't see it if you need words, not just actions
See it if You want to see the best musical of the 20th century in an excellent, more feminist revival
Don't see it if You think nothing older than Instagram is to your taste
See it if you enjoy brilliant unknown British actors; exciting drama; suspense
Don't see it if You need spectacle; have no interest in plays without big names
See it if You enjoy the work of Albee, who ranks with the greatest American playwrights, especially with a stellar cast for $30 in an intimate theater
Don't see it if Sex or violence put you off or you need a simple story filled with happiness
See it if you like Cyndi Lauper; lots of positive energy and catchy pop songs; a good message about tolerance and understanding
Don't see it if you are viciously against cross-dressers
See it if You like a concise 90 minute musical with a wide variety of musical styles; insight into 3 dimensional characters; and many funny scnes.
Don't see it if You need falling chandeliers to entertain you.
See it if You are under 35 (my wife and I are not and liked it, but the other customers over 50 we overheard did not); you like coming of age musicals
Don't see it if You are paying full price--check TDF; you do not like repetitious rock music
See it if You liked Wendy Wasserstein's plays or female versions of Neal Simon's plays; were born in the 1950's; like plays about friends
Don't see it if You want something edgy; concise; or truly dramatic
See it if If the subject interest you and the audio is working
Don't see it if If not
See it if A tale of insider trading and corporate takeovers intrigues you. It is also very well-acted and staged and often funny.
Don't see it if The words Junk Bonds make your eyes glaze over
See it if You enjoy Noises Off-style slapstick farces, with a talented cast's split second timing as parts of the set constantly whiz or fall by them.
Don't see it if You don't
Also Thank you Show-Score for being more informative than the Times review
See it if You liked the film; like clever, sexy comedy; get discount tickets
Don't see it if You are bringing kids you don't want to see a lot of sexual references; you didn't like the movie enough to spend big bucks on the play