See it if you are interested in a talented cast tackling issues of ambition, work-life balance, passion, life choices and self-worth.
Don't see it if you can't handle non-linear storytelling or want to see a play about tennis. This deals with larger questions, tennis is just the vehicle.
See it if you care about Jewish history, theater history, and want to see an exquisitely staged and acted play that is relevant and resonant today.
Don't see it if you are bothered by the use of (subtitled) Yiddish dialogue, or squeamish about lesbianism and are not after high emotion and simple staging
See it if you enjoy watching a hardworking cast with great pipes in a not-so great musical comedy set in the American west. If you like booty jokes.
Don't see it if you'd rather see themes of racism, otherness, history, and self-actualization treated with reverence. The show is often quite over the top.
See it if you like theater that ranges from the political to the personal, addresses current affairs and history, and if you enjoy crisp performances.
Don't see it if you are not interested in the history of the peace process in the Middle East, or if you don't enjoy fictionalized portrayals of real people
See it if you want your entertainment to be light. No politics, cerebral acrobatics, or deep emotions here, but great stagecraft and a fantastic cast.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy belly laughs or want more serious-minded fare. This is for fans of Ayckbourn's Noises Off (although not quite as brilliant).
See it if you want theater to be politically relevant and address important, newsworthy topics, and if you are interested in ethics and moral behavior
Don't see it if the ongoing gun control debate or religious dilemmas are not things you want to see on stage. Skip it if you need big production values.
See it if you are interested in plays that have a moral dilemma at their core or prefer simple, no-frills staging and intense character interactions.
Don't see it if you want to be emotionally rather than intellectually engaged, if you dislike contemporary plays or Mamet's particularly choppy style.
See it if you enjoy pitch-perfect performances, if you appreciate dark humor and if you have an interest in creepy contemporary plays set in Ireland.
Don't see it if you are easily offended by swearwords, can't handle psychological or physical violence on stage, and have trouble with a Connemara dialect.
See it if you have never seen the movie and hence have no memories of those Academy-Award-winning performances. See it if you love Molly Ringwald.
Don't see it if overbearing mothers and difficult family relationships don't interest you, of if you are averse to discussions of terminal illness.
See it if you want to be transported by a theatrical auditory spectacle, if you like performance art, or if you are willing to be swept away by sound.
Don't see it if you are looking for traditional theater and a large cast, if you hate wearing headphones for two hours, or have no interest in nature.
See it if you love Shakespeare but don't take your bard-love too seriously. Also see it if you like your musical theater campy.
Don't see it if you have no opinions about who wrote Hamlet or don't care for spirited song-and-dance numbers.
See it if you are interested in new plays with strong characters, and if tense family relationships are entertaining to you. Theatrical and surprising
Don't see it if you don't like contemporary plays, or if well-written, intelligent material doesn't appeal to you.
See it if you like multi-media stagings, cultural relevance in playwriting, a dose of humor, and strong performances across the board.
Don't see it if you think you know everything there is to know about the Vietnam War and its aftermath, or if you don't like rap or salty language.
See it if you have never seen Kathleen Chalfant on stage. Regardless of the shortcomings of the play, she is a theatrical treasure and not be missed.
Don't see it if you prefer plays with a dramatic arc or real stakes and character development; if lengthy conversations about aging and politics bore you.
See it if you are interested in heavy topics (illness, aging, death, dysfunction, loneliness) treated with a touch of humor, and for the solid acting.
Don't see it if you want to be emotionally and intellectually engaged by your theater experience. This had (in spite of the stakes) no real drama or tension
See it if you are looking for a masterclass in acting, and if you have always wondered what happened to Nora after she walked out that door. Brilliant
Don't see it if Ibsen is a sacred cow to you, you don't enjoy plays that riff on classics, and if the idea of feminism and its challenges doesn't appeal.
See it if you appreciate top-notch performances in a relevant and engaging rap-rock musical setting. This is theatrical storytelling at its best.
Don't see it if you don't care about a surprising Iraq war backstory, WMDs, or the danger of unchecked human egos, or if you prefer lavish productions.
See it if you have never seen a show at the Armory. The gorgeous, cavernous space is used to full effect in this clever, movement-based production.
Don't see it if if the subtleties of 1920s social criticism are lost on you, if you only enjoy literal interpretations of the classics, or hate yellow.
See it if you are interested in American history and science, or if you like your plays on the slow and plodding side. Some decent performances here.
Don't see it if you want to be excited and engaged by your theatrical experience. This was off to a good start and then just fell apart.
See it if you love hearing strong voices in tight harmonies, enjoy a mix of romance and humor, and have a weakness for authentic NYC subway exploits.
Don't see it if you are looking for a fully orchestrated musical; if you are too jaded by city living to care about fresh-faced newcomers trying to make it.
See it if you get a kick out of dysfunctional characters oversharing, and if you want to see great acting in a play that is about 20 minutes too long.
Don't see it if you need lots of scene changes to hold your interest, of if you believe that there should always be something at stake for the characters.
See it if you love percussion, physical comedy, messy performance art, and deadpan delivery. This show is still so much fun after 25 years!
Don't see it if you are looking for plot, realism, or the spoken word. Skip it if you dislike loud music or being asked to participate in the performance.
See it if you want to witness a major performance that is sure to garner a TONY nomination. McTeer is absolutely in control and deliciously twisted.
Don't see it if you are squeamish about sex, revenge, and duplicity
See it if you want a new take on US history, if you want to see the perfect marriage between rap/hip-hop and musical theater. Life-changing.
Don't see it if See it, if you can get tickets. Even my most skeptical friends loved it as much as I did.
See it if you are a huge fan of Diane Lane. She is actually not the problem here, but is not lifting the production up, either.
Don't see it if you want consistency in characters and approach. This was all over the place in acting style and motivation--slapstick, high drama, circus.