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See it if It’s fun. It’s funny. It hosts really good actors who appear to have as much fun as the audience.
Don't see it if You can’t take a good horse opera or a good horse joke. Or if you aren’t in the mood to laugh.
See it if Ruth Negga is a revelation as Hamlet! But concept, the entire cast & staging underscore the power of a play you think you knew. Go!
Don't see it if You expect your Shakespeare done as if Shakespeare were still alive, instead of his plays.
See it if Classic story retold with humor, to-the-moment sensibility and some marvelous actors
Don't see it if You want your gore real, your vampires sour and dark and get scared at fake blood.
See it if The cast are masters of their craft and Busch is unparalleled Story is secondary, acting and storytelling are why you go
Don't see it if You like your melodramas “straight” and can’t have a little fun.
See it if Still in previews & working out kinks, it transports and moves you but also challenges you to see differently
Don't see it if You don’t know or like Romeo&Juliet or cannot abide revisiting old works
See it if For a piece of theater history well performed and creatively staged
Don't see it if You can’t read super titles or don’t like fairy tales and fables, or if you want the villains to win in the end.
See it if To explore the scope of theater, amazing and brave acting, creative use of the score and rethink what you thought you knew about a play
Don't see it if You are too much of a traditionalist to appreciate creativity and exploration
See it if A parable for our time even more relevant than in 1984 (Reagan) & for the early work and vision of a creator/artist
Don't see it if You need action more than ideas
See it if You appreciate good coming of age stories with cultural specificity + good actors &decent subtitles
Don't see it if You can't do Subtitles. It’s all in Spanish.
See it if For fantastic performances, intelligent writing-book, lyrics&music-and a story to stay with you in today’s too similar times.
Don't see it if You need sweet stories and clear cut happy endings. T’aint happening here.
See it if For S-LP’s craft as a writer, Digg’s as actor, Public for taking chances. To ask yourself uncomfortable questions on race, trust,sex
Don't see it if You avoid plays that challenge your comfort zone. This one stays with you
See it if Creative and smart take on a difficult and unappreciated work — and make it work for today.
Don't see it if You like your Sondheim frozen in time.
See it if To see Jackson AND the rest of a marvelous ensemble. To take a chance. Have a new view of Lear and Cordelia.
Don't see it if Like the man behind me, you think Lear is too powerful to be played by a woman.
See it if For serious, moving, disturbing emotionally challenging but creative well acted theater. Taking chances with the old to get to the new.
Don't see it if If your squeamish about real life on stage (sex and death are to be seen)
See it if you yearn for the 80s, want to see something different, or need a few good laughs caused by a new kind of camping it up
Don't see it if you don't have a fondness for any kind of Rock, need your characters played straight, or can't find humor in life.
See it if For new voices in writing about real life and actors who inhabit the challenges of playing it real
Don't see it if Stories of anger, hurt, and flawed humanity are not your thing. These are hard characters to like or watch.
See it if You love salsa. Love NYC, the Bronx or music. Funny. Touching. Real. Moving story of how you become who you are. Bilingual helps not needed
Don't see it if You can’t let the music take you there. But if you miss it you’ll kick yourself later.
See it if Because late work can surprise or reveal even if not conquer your heart or head -Brook and the cast have earned it.
Don't see it if You need word and especially action with a clear purpose.
See it if smart political commentary and well-acted character are key to a creative reinterpretation of Brecht's warning
Don't see it if minimalism and honesty about abuses of power are hard to swallow
See it if For the cast - who are excellent! Because even this old war horse has a universal heart. And this production treasures that.
Don't see it if You need classics to stay unchanged and unchangeable.
See it if For great actors in meaty roles worthy of their talent. A true story told for theater. The subject of political machines is real & worth it.
Don't see it if You believe in fairy tales and honest politicians. Or maybe, that’s why you need to see it.
See it if Acting and writing are enough, even when the story itself creates difficulties- history makes for a difficult translation to the stage.
Don't see it if History and it’s artistic interpretation through music, word & character - aren’t enough.
See it if You want to see talented actors work with a good piece of writing and a vivid, important story
Don't see it if Stories of women’s lives, slavery and race or history are not of interest to you.
See it if You want to experience the music in a new way with great performances and real feeling in an intimate set. You R part of it, & that’s good
Don't see it if You don’t like music driven theater
See it if Think of it as a period piece set in a new period. Then as now, with music (new) and a “Chorus” (old). Valiant actors and too much smoke
Don't see it if Sexual liberation or heterosexuality are show topics you avoid or if you wish to forget or never know what the 60’s were like.
See it if Exploring classics and new ways of seeing work for you. Same story. Different way of telling. Powerful acting and moving poetry.
Don't see it if You need your classics untouched or want a more traditional staging and casting.
See it if For strong actors in challenging roles, unconventional staging and the bringing forward of ancient stories
Don't see it if You expect a story closer to “the original” or need scenery to go with your story telling.
See it if First-to laugh, then to learn. Enjoyable fringe-take with song, “dance”, multi-talented performers on Maori culture in NewZealand See it
Don't see it if Parts are spoken or sung in Maori or if you can’t take social commentary delivered with humor and heart.
See it if If you like cabaret or David Bowie or go and be surprised or all three. Catch it now before he goes on world tour.
Don't see it if You don’t like cabaret, Bowie or pleasant surprises.
See it if For the history, the creative approach and to laugh, mostly, and maybe even cry a bit
Don't see it if If political truth offends you. Bella was and is still a part of NY history. Our story.
See it if A breakthrough piece of theater that may be more important today, but beautifully performed
Don't see it if it's poetry and verse, music and dance together to tell a difficult story - stay away if you need something conventional and linear.
See it if Fans of Peter Brook, Kathryn Hunter, Marcelo Magni Or become fans after this. The craft of acting has never been harder or looked easier.
Don't see it if You need sets, dramatic action or irrelevance
See it if the Laugh out loud moments tear your heart and leave you gasping and in awe of actors who do justice to extraordinary words. Go!
Don't see it if To avoid harsh and shocking words, social commentary and any number of really good laughs. You probably don’t have a right to complain.
See it if If you need to say you did and you are prepared for writing meant to scandalize you for no reason other than he could get away with it
Don't see it if You need to have material worthy of the actors. This wasn’t.
See it if For the music, the songs, the choreography, a Broadway ensemble that leaves you cheering and the bad jokes. Sometimes you just need to smile
Don't see it if You can’t laugh at the classics of the American stage. You’ll miss all the fun.
See it if for the actors who work with challenging material, a work that seems more contemporary than its authorship, or just to experience Strindberg
Don't see it if domestic strife is too close or emotional violence is not your thing, or if you need fully staged work to fill in your imagination
See it if To complete the set of plays, because the actors give all, and hope after opening it comes together
Don't see it if If you have previous experience with play or actors. A fair intro to Shepard otherwise.
See it if To see an American classic w. A checklist of musts - songs dance expert cast & the minimalist staging And always take a tourist= new eyes!
Don't see it if You want stagecraft to outshine the story and performers.
See it if Because it will change theater for the better, the actors in great roles to match their talent (even the smallest part is great), and Dylan
Don't see it if You’re too old to remember how Dylan made you feel, because you need to feel this play
See it if for the 4 great Bway character actors playing over the top Bway characters. Great fun with a serious message, fab ensemble, & the dancing!
Don't see it if tolerance, diversity, and let-live are not your thing, no matter what you think of Bway musicals.
See it if For the acting/actors. For an intriguing idea and well crafted script.
Don't see it if If you need to brush up on your Shakespeare.
See it if 1st for Glenn Close at work. 2nd because a creative voice is worth your time
Don't see it if Ancient stories told in contemporary jargon and inflection rub you the wrong way.
See it if For timely but not easy exploration of truth, facts and meaning carried by talented actors working with good material.
Don't see it if If you’re just about fan-dom or obvious comedy.
See it if For the actors (great), the creativity and the challenge to complacency.
Don't see it if You’re squeamish about sex, lesbians or honesty
See it if you know Pendleton's work or if you need an intro- this is a master at work w. a talented cast, plus little has changed since 14th C or 1950
Don't see it if you take your saints too literally.