See it if the most important thing for you in a drama with all gay characters is that at least two attractive actors take their shirts off then kiss.
Don't see it if you're triggered by simulated meth-smoking; you expect "Twilight Zone" plot twists to lead to mind-blowing endings; G-chat scares you.
Also Memorable Line: "Finish this sentence."
See it if you're time traveling from the distant future and are tasked to see what a hot mess off-Broadway looked like circa December 2018.
Don't see it if you're a fan of actor Francis Jue. This isn't his strongest work. Who else recalls NAATC's endearing 2006 revival "Falsettoland"?
See it if you've been contemplating cutting the cable cord. Live theater trumps TV; Bryan Cranston is even more exciting in person than on air.
Don't see it if you're gonna freak out when the audience cheers video of Obama then boos video of Trump at the end. This show's not for Kool-Aid drinkers.
Also Memorable Line: "I have seen the face of God."
See it if you appreciate classic drag (Marlene, icon) and structural inventiveness. There are times when you feel like Dietrich herself is present.
Don't see it if you have an issue with stairs. You'll need to climb up to get to the theater then climb down to get to the performance space. Otherwise, go.
See it if you worship at the shrine of Bob Mackie, who's sartorial splendor is fully on display (as is the sensational singer-actor Stephanie Block).
Don't see it if you expect encore performances of Cher's songs from "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again." This score is more classic Cher (with some Sonny, too).
See it if you don't have time for dinner & a show: Here you can combine the two! Plus, the high energy performances and food are both above average.
Don't see it if you balk at abridged Shakespeare or if you don't drink since the free wine certainly helps some attendees get into an interactive spirit.
See it if you need a grounding lesson in feminism past & present, and wouldn't mind a public convo afterwards to further the ideas and feelings.
Don't see it if you're attached to the status quo and would always vote for saving taxes over protecting the rights of women, people of color or LGBTQI.
Also Memorable Quote: Anger is energizing.
See it if you'll sit through two draggy musical one-acts simply to experience the marvelous Rebecca Luker do her thing. (She justifies the wait.)
Don't see it if "write what you know" sounds masturbatory; you've an innate dislike of child actors; you want a score & lyrics that are ambitious or catchy.
See it if you reside in Park Slope and have recently read "Anna Karenina" and you don't mind a show that pinballs between the mawkish & the poignant.
Don't see it if you're nettled by inconsistent Spanish accents, a poor sense of time and place, and a periodic tendency to go for the cheap laugh.
Also Memorable Line: "Men marry their cigars, my dear."
See it if you can savor vintage noir with a multimedia veneer as if it were a vape disguised as a Cuban cigar. The designers & composer went to town.
Don't see it if you demand adaptations stay exactingly faithful, you find all assassination plots distasteful or you expect a Frank Sinatra impersonator.
Also Memorable Line: "When you've got a gun, you are a sort of God."
See it if you're pro-union, you recognize Lillian Hellman is America's answer to Ibsen, and you like period details on your social criticism.
Don't see it if you're a member of the 2% who recoils at the thought of having all the pretend stripped away so you're forced to see your greedy self naked.
See it if Janet McTeer's name is unfamiliar to you. She's a phenomenal actor almost singlehandedly rescuing a meh biodrama about a phenomenal actress.
Don't see it if you're a follower of Theresa Rebeck's work. This might be her weakest play (and her insights into Shakespeare and Rostand are slight).
See it if you'd hate to miss what may be the bravura performance of this season via a theatrical portrait of Haile Selassie as told by his servants.
Don't see it if you refuse to believe a woman can accurately play a man onstage even as Kathryn Hunter does it over and over again before your very eyes.
See it if you delight in fables for this piece has something of the bedtime story about it. It also happens to have an exquisite death scene.
Don't see it if you're short and you can't get there early enough to secure a front row seat. The Studio Theatre's sight lines are somewhat compromised.
Also Memorable Line: Sincerity is the basis of being a man.
See it if these things matter: overlooked female playwrights from the past, free art, good vocal projection, challenging gender roles, fearless youth.
Don't see it if these things offend: nudity, sonic interruptions from airplanes, garbage trucks & someone playing P-Funk's "Atomic Dog," mosquitoes & flies.
Also Memorable line: "How dare you take this liberty! Withdraw!"
See it if you're an American history buff, particularly fascinated by the past of Antebellum New Orleans.
Don't see it if you're expecting Lorca's "The House of Bernarda Alba" for while there are plenty of parallels, this script has its own intents and devices.
See it if you delight in the communal aspects of Shakespeare in the Park. (Plus the actors who play Viola, Orsino, and Antonio are all swoon-worthy.)
Don't see it if you're going to get all pissy about hokey-pokey choreography set on an amateur chorus or don't like abridged versions of the verse.
See it if you've always secretly suspected that every character in "Twelfth Night" is comical and want to see a playful cast run with that concept.
Don't see it if direct address to the audience bothers you. I don't think there was one actor who didn't acknowledge the audience repeatedly.
See it if you get goosebumps when you hear "Hot Stuff," "Heaven Knows" and "Last Dance" & know Broadway's long overdue for a stage full of drag kings.
Don't see it if you hate disco -- its fashions, its dance moves, its bass lines, even its mirrored ball (because there's a giant one onstage for a stretch).
See it if you want some culture (Shakespeare, no less!) but you don't want to go indoors because it's summer, baby. It really is that simple.
Don't see it if you've always been more fascinated by Iago than the title character because Chukwudi Iwuji really steals the show as "O" in this production.
See it if you're scouting for set designers. Chika Shimizu's savvy single set is playful, inventive, handsome, and economical.
Don't see it if this will be the first play you ever see of Friedrich Durrenmatt. This is not the playwright's strongest work.
See it if you're tired of the same old same old. This eerie political clown show is a bold bit of slapstick with an unapologetically political subtext
Don't see it if you're afraid of clowns: the cast's fascinating vaudevillians have terrifying masks and seem often on the verge of infiltrating the audience
See it if you care to see a supremely skillful playwright carrying on the torch of August Wilson (with the support of a five-star cast).
Don't see it if the sound of a gunshot is going to trigger you or you lack sympathy for mental health issues and people haunted by the demons of the past.
See it if you've been afraid of "The Winter's Tale" because it's a "problem play." Actor Mahira Kakkar especially brings out the tragedy and comedy.
Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare lavishly produced and spoken with unending gravity. This is minimalism with fine clownery balancing the drama.
See it if you reckon the world would benefit if we were all more civil with each other and you delight in seeing actors play multiple roles.
Don't see it if you've never seen an A.R. Gurney play before since this "meet cute" 2.0 scenario doesn't build into one of his stronger dramedies.
See it if you've read the book and can bring depths to the experience that simply do not exist in the stage version.
Don't see it if you're infuriated by this stereotype: the pretty blonde wife who's terrible with money but adores a schleppy guy because he's semi-funny.
See it if you undervalue Shaw as this family drama shows what happens when every character can't argue their own ideas as well as the leading lady.
Don't see it if you're indifferent to art history. The highlight of Act 1 is Stockard Channing's lovely monologue on what makes Giotto a great artist.
See it if you're deepening your appreciation of Brecht beyond "The Threepenny Opera." Raul Esparza's turn in the title role is deliciously strange.
Don't see it if you go ballistic when the parallels between Trump and Hitler are made evident. To say this production feels timely is an understatement.
See it if stagecraft holds more importance than plot. Directorially, Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne conjure up magic on this fairly bare stage.
Don't see it if you simply refuse to tolerate a plot in which incest between a father and daughter is presented as a love defying cultural norms. WTF!
See it if you'd like an easygoing standup comedy show by a master storyteller; even if this isn't his strongest material, Birbiglia's a total charmer.
Don't see it if your one previous experience of Birbiglia's work is "Don't Think Twice." This curmudgeon's love letter to fatherhood is not as sublime.
Also Memorable Line: “I’ve lost a lot of great friends to kids.”
See it if previous incarnations of this musical gave you a toothache. This versions not the least bit sweet (except in a shiver-inducing way).
Don't see it if you've already seen this production. The show is sold-out & you really should give those tickets to someone else so they can experience it.
Also Memorable Line: "There's a bright golden haze on the meadow."
See it if you're not above laughing at Williams' absurdities then getting choked up by an emotionally raw monologue. This play's a carnival of drunks.
Don't see it if you're unfamiliar with "The Glass Menagerie," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" or "A Streetcar Named Desire." This is a deeper track, so to speak.
Also Memorable Line: "I wish my heart could vomit."
See it if you're a Baby Boomer who made fun of "The Lawrence Welk Show" as a kid. This revue is your comeuppance (i.e., same idea, different songs).
Don't see it if you're susceptible to seasickness. This high-end cabaret act of Leiber & Stoller songs will have you experiencing cruise ship flashbacks.
See it if your sense of humor's dark. This satire covers it all: from gender roles & drunk drivers to pedophilia & murder. These actors are fearless.
Don't see it if you're sensitive to hilariously sardonic send-ups of the afterlife or you insist comedies, even blistering lampoons, come w/a happy ending.
See it if you'll sit through anything to hear Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Renascence" sung through in its entirety. (This part comes at the end.)
Don't see it if you wince at seeing men play women as mincing creatures; you hate when a woman's ambition is illustrated by having her flirt to the top.
Also Memorable Line: "Ye falter, and ye fade."
See it if the political chaos in our country has you seeking a voice of reason. The portrait of Hannah Arendt here is periodically arresting.
Don't see it if you'd like to see Heidegger truly confronted for his anti-Semitism. The playwright pulls a lot punches (and places too much blame on Mrs. H)
Also Memorable Line: "Poetry is not idle talk."
See it if you're obsessed w/ "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" (the husband has a bit part); you live nearby & can sneak in for Act 2 ("The Love Course").
Don't see it if you're weary of cutesy porn jokes & female characters who say NO but mean yes ("Final Follies"). As for "The Rape of Bunny Stuntz"? Why?!
Also Memorable line: "Why are we here? Is it fair to ask that question?"
See it if you're an off-off-bway skeptic. With ingeniously economical lighting & sets, director Elena Araoz's revival of Fornes wows with intensity.
Don't see it if you don't relish an in-your-face experience. This theater is only two rows deep! On second thought, why not challenge yourself for a change?
Also Memorable line: "I wish you didn't have to be hurt."
See it if you have a friend obsessed with the movie. This will cure them. You have a friend resistant to opera. This may lure them.
Don't see it if you're enamored of flashy sets (none here), big B'way voices (lots of vocal fry), and romance (no chemistry). It is oddly capitalist though.
See it if you're delighted by a troupe of traveling players capable of upstaging the high-profile parkland productions of Shakespeare by the Public.
Don't see it if you're neither willing to sit on the ground nor in possession of a lawn chair to bring along. Seating is NOT provided.
See it if you can't afford tickets for a cruise but delight in a musical revue done by talented performers who haven't hit it big yet.
Don't see it if you require jukebox musicals to have plot and character development (and are terrified of being grabbed by a performer and dragged onstage)
See it if Your time has come for a pilgrimage to NYC’s fiery and furious version of a Delphic Oracle. Insights abound, some comic, some tragic.
Don't see it if You are still unable to acknowledge how terribly cruel and uncaring Trump is... or Reagan before him.
Also Memorable line: “When was this better year?”
See it if you can appreciate an entertaining evening hanging out with three literary lions: James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Lorraine Hansberry.
Don't see it if you're intensely claustrophobic. The Siggy (where the play is performed) is a small, subterranean black box space.
See it if you respect actors wrestling with cynical material light on motivation and showy with vocabulary for 90 uninterrupted minutes.
Don't see it if you're a devotee of G.B. Shaw or S.N. Behrman as this playwright falls short of both predecessors with his odd drawing room comedy of ideas.
See it if you're a risk-taker 'cause this scrappy multimedia dance-theater piece has magic in store for people willing to take an unconventional ride.
Don't see it if you grow impatient easily. This imagistic show starts off as pretty strange but culminates as something many-layered and unexpectedly deep.
See it if you're open to theater that testifies first, entertains second. Eve Ensler is bearing witness for women in society. Her work should be seen.
Don't see it if you're gonna get hellbent out of shape 'cause they don't have programs and have gone relatively green. This is what people complained about!
See it if you're unfamiliar w/ Theater Breaking Through Barriers because they're totally worth checking out. This is the 3rd show I've seen of theirs.
Don't see it if you sigh at the thought of going to see a play by the WASP-iest American playwright for light comedy in the English language.
See it if you've got the stamina for Caryl Churchill at her most demanding; it's a uniformly gifted cast under Rachel Chavkin's incisive direction.
Don't see it if you refuse to entertain the thought that it's easier for a camel to go thru the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven.
See it if you live on the Upper West Side and are scouting out community theaters that might be open to hearing your low-budget concept for a classic.
Don't see it if you agree that playwrights Euripides and Charles L. Mee alike will slide from pathos to bathos in the wrong directorial hands.
See it if you've seen all the Disney musicals and you want an all-ages show with a little more social commentary. Plus, Ethan Slater is just terrific.
Don't see it if you're a hypersensitive Republican. Intentional or not, the show feels like a sly critique of the current administration's policies.