See it if you like your musicals to be more "amusement park" than "storyline" -- this is rock&roll + melodrama + confetti bombs and is pure fun.
Don't see it if you have never been a fan of the original album/songs or you expect your musicals to have coherent plots and any type of subtlety.
See it if the theatrical experience is more important to you than plot or coherence. This is a gorgeous visual and choral experience, but opaque.
Don't see it if you want "songs" in the traditional sense ... the music here is gorgeous but it is experimental in structure and uses devices not often used
See it if you want to watch a brilliant actress Naomi Lorrain at work, at the cost of sitting thru a large amount of overwrought unnatural prose
Don't see it if you have no patience for overwrought unnecessarily-literary writing.
See it if you love quirky doesnt-need-to-make-sense slapstick-ish comedies -- Larroquette is so much fun to watch you'll forgive the pointlessness
Don't see it if you want things to ultimately make sense! This is a puzzle that just remains intentionally a puzzle. Guare takes you for a ride, thats all
See it if you love high-energy verbal jousting between sexy characters half at each other's throats and half at each other's bodies
Don't see it if your thing is musicals, or you have no interest in a dissection of how Muslims are portrayed in modern Western media
See it if a stellar ensemble cast - every one w/ a stunning resume - combined with lots of laughs and a healthy dose of heart gets your blood pumping
Don't see it if you fall asleep at dialogue-focused character-driven straight plays or enjoy only musicals.
See it if you have wondered about the unique dynamics that might lead a lesbian to be attracted to a transmale. A topic rarely addressed, & done well
Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with frank discussions of sexuality, early sexual experiences, particularly in an LGTBQ context.
See it if you've never seen "MFL" before or are among the many who say it's one of the best ever
Don't see it if you have any hearing difficulties - the sound design is terrible and lead female cannot deliver the needed volume - Bernanti may fix this!
See it if you know someone in the cast or want to support the Asian arts community - actors are hardworking but with a bad script/libretto
Don't see it if if you expect quality. Important subject but we are unenlightened. Book/lyrics/music all uninspired, below mediocre.
See it if you love witnessing superb acting and brilliant naturalistic dialog, amidst ingenious & dynamic stagecraft/directing in very intimate venue.
Don't see it if you need for the plot, at very essence, to be meaningful. This play is a lot of gorgeous sound&fury signifying... well... not much at all
See it if you love well-staged well-acted plays of IDEAS, you love discussing philosophy/sociology, you ponder (and worry about) humanity's future
Don't see it if you need light-hearted theatre that does not demand much from the audience
See it if You love chararacter-driven pieces offering a crazy-quilt of extreme characters each with a powerful monologue/rant.
Don't see it if you need a STORY because this does not have a traditional "story arc" of any kind. There are character arcs only. NOT a plot-driven piece!
See it if you want to see a brilliant set of actors wrestle with a script that is a full hour too lengthy. About 40 min is Acting Heaven but...
Don't see it if As I said about, about 40 min is wondrous acting of brilliant words... but far too much of the play feels like it's still in workshop mode.
See it if a talented cast of comic actors brilliantly tackle the challenge of a 100% rapidfire-rap show. Hilarious and no-holds-barred great FUN
Don't see it if you think you'll be lost in a show that is 100% rapid-fire wordplay. Other than that, this is a "please don't miss this gem" kind of show!
See it if You are interested in the lives of mental-health professionals, esp their relationship w/ patients. PLUS what brilliant acting!!!
Don't see it if The script has moments of brilliance but the script needs editing. This play need not be 3 hours long!
See it if you are open to an utterly fresh amalgam of gorgeous opera and liturgical singing of an utterly profanity-filled book&lyric combination
Don't see it if you cannot stand being hit with a wall of profanity and scathing anti-religious humor -- this is NOT FOR EVERYONE.
See it if you are hungry for top-notch edgy must-pay-attention-every-second theater, top-notch writing/acting/directing. Every aspect brilliant!
Don't see it if you don't want to have to "work" as a playgoer. The writing is thrillingly clever but if your mind wanders you miss the mastery!
See it if This is not a waste of time, it has its moments, and the lead actress is a frenetic delight.. but script doesn't know what it wants to be.
Don't see it if ... you want to leave with a clear statement, this is largely an "impressionistic" piece with interesting characters but no firm outcome.
See it if Honestly, I cannot find any way to recommend this to anyone except cast members' families.
Don't see it if The only thing interesting about this play is the concept. Definitely this "looked good on paper" but no fruit was borne.
See it if Ambitious 3-hr puzzleplay with a 1st act that is near perfect, providing joys throughout. Writing+dir+acting all stunning. Cast TOP NOTCH!
Don't see it if you don't like having to think during a show - this is a puzzle and it's your job to solve it.
See it if Superb acting by the two principals + playwright skilled at slow escalation of intensity + masterful staging and sound design = WINNER
Don't see it if you want fun! or are in any way triggered by the sound of gunfire -- this play is about the gun wars and has intense use of live blanks
See it if you love early-20th-century playwrighting of the O'Neill variety; this 1920s play is very much Miller-ish and O'Neill-ish.
Don't see it if You really only go for edgier, more contemporary scripts, staging, and direction. This is definitely a "classic" play in script & structure
See it if JUST SEE IT! The quality of this production in every aspect is stunning. Tech/staging is ingenious, script funny and heart-filled.
Don't see it if I gave this a try only because I know someone on the spectrum. Was totally unprepared for how amazing and funny and insightful this is. GO!
See it if you LOVE tennis or are curious about the psychological conflict and fortune swings that makes singles tennis uniquely stress-filled!
Don't see it if you're not interested in a straightforward narrative structure with "in-my-head" monologues mixed with domestic-scene flashbacks
See it if you are a fan of Walt Disney (as an innovator&artist) or love discussions about the Nature of Art and the class between business and art.
Don't see it if you need more than just animated "debates" / discussions between two characters. This is a "bare-bones" staging and no "action" occurs.
See it if you fear our country is entering a totalitarian phase and want to see a glimpse of the paranoia and absurdity of life in that environment
Don't see it if your head is in the sand about what is happening in Washington...
See it if if you are a supporter of the usually-reliable 2nd-city theatre company
Don't see it if you want something that will keep your interest and reward your patience -- this "slow build" yields nothing of substance.
See it if you love STORYTELLING -- this is a 1-man show - he wrote and performs. He's masterful and confident, and the staging is COOL!
Don't see it if you are not interested in a collection of individual not-really-connected stories or hate 1st-person storytelling.
See it if you like heavy serious plays with lots of conflict... and can tolerate a few cliche-filled monologues.
Don't see it if If you like your "serious" only when laced with dark comedy
See it if you are a fan of Michael C Hall and love "stream of consciousness". The script is ingenious but few actors can handle it -- Mr Hall can!
Don't see it if you are not open to the idea of a plotless unstructured rambling/wandering monologue -- this truly truly goes nowhere quite intentionally
See it if you love one-act plays filled with cynical humor, just enough surprises, and exquisite acting throughout
Don't see it if are idealistic and nostalgic about the protest+awareness efforts that were being done by youth in the 1960s.
See it if if you love expertly written and delivered POP/hip-hop music, and love the idea of theater immersed in a dance-club environment.
Don't see it if you are not into loud and flashing-light environments, or do not like standing in concert venues.
See it if you are a fan of the art of STORYTELLING and are interested in the topic of 2nd-generation immigrants' loss of cultural connection
Don't see it if you are not a fan of one-person shows
See it if you know someone in the cast or want to support the Asian arts community -- the actors are hardworking but with a bad script/libretto
Don't see it if you want quality. The writing of book, libretto, music all mediocre and without imagination. We learn nothing about this important subject
See it if you are OK with seeing well-crafted pro-level new musical material being introduced in rather primitive community-theater "trappings"
Don't see it if you can't focus on the witty material and energetic acting well enough to disregard the primitive set/costuming/lighting/venue!
See it if you love "intelligent situation comedies" that are entertaining but also full of social commentary. Ensemble cast + direction is perfect
Don't see it if you are not into incisive discussion of LGBT/gender issues.
See it if you are fascinated by discussions of the economic strata of America and the barriers to upgrading one's class. + Great writing/acting!
Don't see it if you're looking for an action-based plot or a musical! This is a fine brilliant "straight play" that expects you to listen and think w/ care
See it if you love classic plays and masterful writing, and don't shrink at the thought of having to concentrate.. it's a great rendition of a classic
Don't see it if if you hate Shakespeare or G.B. Shaw or any kind of playwright who expected utter attention from audience. This is masterful but slow...
See it if I was utterly charmed by the first 20minutes - a brilliant comedic treatment of the classic story. Lots of fun, great comic acting. But...
Don't see it if ... then what followed was well-acted, well-staged snippets of completely disconnected scenes. The two stories never merge. Incoherent!
See it if The 2 kids and the mom are masterful & in this intimate theatre they really awe us. The writing is crisp, without 1 wasted word. Brilliant!
Don't see it if Honestly, unless you absolutely despise non-musical theatre, there is no reason I can give you to stay away from this crisp 90-minute play!
See it if you love watching great actors on stage -- these are famous actors from both TV and stage -- regardless of the coherence of the script
Don't see it if you need tight scripts that make total sense, as this is an often bizarre, and just as often banal, script - could use a full edit pass.
See it if you love seeing new ways of approaching how to tell a story, or you are fascinated by the 1973 Battle of the Sexes tennis event.
Don't see it if you are expecting a serious sociological study or super-quality writing/acting -- the coolest thing about this is the technical precision.
See it if The solo actor Jeff Hiller astounds with his masterful performance -- perfect combination of over-the-top manic and deftly nuanced.
Don't see it if you hate one-person shows or are uncomfortable with gay themes/characters
See it if you love Chloe Sevigny! And you go for anything that recreates the 70s. It's both slow and intense, but satisfying in the end.
Don't see it if you only go for stellar writing and perfect acting. This is "good enough" but not a must-see.
See it if you love high-tension fast-paced stories about Wall Street Finance shenanigans well-directed and well-acted in a full Broadway production
Don't see it if you need character depth and nuance -- the playwright sacrifices all that to keep this complex plot on track.
See it if you love modern electric-folk and are interested in how music and drama can be fused into a fresh new kind of experience
Don't see it if you really want a theatre experience and not just a concert++. This is essentially a concert, altho Abigail is quite a dramatic actress!
See it if you love BRAVE writing not afraid to challenge the idea that sexual-misbehavior allegations are agenda-free and clear-cut.
Don't see it if you do not like shows that mix monologues with scenes; over half of this is monologue direct to audience breaking 4th wall
See it if you love cabaret presentations of dozens of unrelated Broadway songs
Don't see it if you expect to learn anything about Prince's life or modus operandi. A great opportunity was missed by the writers alas.
See it if you like immersive theater and love theater that goes into new territory, taking huge risks. Plus the 20min concert at the end is AWESOME
Don't see it if You are not in the mood to go to the scenes instead of having the scenes come to you, or you absolutely hate pop music!
See it if Brilliant acting by the two principals, plus some of the most unique staging / scene changes I've seen in years, plus brilliant sound design
Don't see it if Unfortunately, the script's hyper-realistic core (great work) is damaged by a lame metaphysical wrapper wasting 15minutes...