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See it if a verbatim performance piece of an important historical moment is enough to engage you as drama; fine acting and staging
Don't see it if you expect a traditional play with resolution at the end. It is performance art reportage.
See it if you want great theatre - writing, acting, direction, staging, lighting and projection effects. Heartbreaking and funny simultaneously .
Don't see it if nudity, rough language and some quite unlikeable moments will make you uncomfortable (or if you support #45).
See it if a demanding concept about questioning "reality" in a fading mind presented by brilliant actors (all of them - not just the leads) is for you
Don't see it if loss - of family, awareness, "truth", relationships, personal history - is too disturbing to witness. Deep sadness pervades the play
See it if superb acting in plays beautifully crafted and eloquently written that take you on unexpected story journeys is your idea of great theatre
Don't see it if familial loss is too much to tolerate or you aren't good at some lyrical and metaphorical writing.
See it if being surprised by great writing, subtle but deeply moving acting in a work with truly tough subject matter is your idea of great theatre
Don't see it if the horrors of WWII and the Nazi's terror on many populations is more than you can bare; verbally graphic and based on a true incident
See it if a brilliantly conceived contemporary take on a rarely performed work with a superb cast and great music is for you. CTofH never disappoints
Don't see it if you don't like outdoor, amphitheatre experiences, some challengingly fast lyrics or no intermission shows
See it if Shinn is a writer you admire; work that stimulates even as it confuses the plot lines a little too much; excellent cast
Don't see it if you need a clear beginning, middle and end; have strong political views about war (now and then); expect resolution
See it if fine actor/singers in funny, moving, smart, insightful, engaging inventive work delights you. Divine harmonies. Contemporary but timeless.
Don't see it if you don't know anything about the digital world, or don't care for a cappella music. But you will miss a great night of music theatre.
See it if being intellectually and emotionally challenged by excellent writing and deeply moving acting is for you. Be prepared to think and feel.
Don't see it if You expect all the loose ends to be tied up nicely; you don't want to think about your own potential biases from your privileged position
See it if Renee Fleming and Ben Whishaw are enough to keep your attention for 90 minutes; both performers are excellent despite the "play".
Don't see it if you are hoping for a lot of great music, acting or even context for either Greek women heroines or Marilyn Monroe.
See it if Kushner and Tesori appeal in a sung through story about complex family and racial relationships, Not your usual musical fare.
Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional musical with gold lame and happy smiling chorus girls
See it if a finely tuned book, lyrics, music and performances that surprise and delight are what you want in a musical; no predicable moments
Don't see it if you want a rehash of the movie - this isn't it. The book replaces the soap opera with a Broadway show very cleverly.
See it if performance appeals more than clear storytelling and messaging in a one person performance piece
Don't see it if you are impatient with pastiche approaches and time spent waiting for insights that enlighten and enliven
See it if exceptional writing, acting, direction and staging are what you expect from a fine production. Surprisingly complex and sophisticated
Don't see it if you want easy relationships that resolve like a sit-com; some explicit language and sexuality will offend you.
See it if you want to see work by new writers and a director and you trust Vineyard to produce something challenging. Actors do the best they can.
Don't see it if you expect insight, a clear through line and some unpredictable plot lines. This doesn't offer any of that. Disappointing.
See it if fine acting - particularly O'Reilly & Plunkett - in a rarely produced "period" piece of Irish writing is of interest. You want more O'Casey.
Don't see it if slowly paced, often stereotype heavy characters, and too familiar Irish political strife are not of interest to you. Not O'Casey's best.
See it if you are dedicated to Encores! regardless of what they present and willing to tolerate a mediocre production.
Don't see it if you expect insights into what Balanchine and or Rodgers & Hart were intending as entertainment. It was just boring.
See it if you are such a fan of Alan Cummings that you will tolerate anything he does even if it is superficial, tedious and vulgar unnecessarily
Don't see it if gratuitous nudity, disjointed story lines, repetitive staging with a lot of schtick will make you crazy.
See it if for some fine performances despite the poor quality of the book and music; some good choreography
Don't see it if you expect a coherent and insightful through line in the book and music that is memorable or lyrics that message something important
See it if beautifully produced new musicals with smart book, lyrics and excellent performers who can act as well as sing is your cup of tea.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, stories about troubled families, or have recently lost a parent or spouse.
See it if an innovative interpretation of a smart, tough, insightful, candid, demanding, Sondheim is for you; wonderful performances; clever staging.
Don't see it if you want big production numbers, easy storylines, lyrics that rhyme and happy endings. Sondheim makes you work and think.
See it if you admire authentic, honest, beautifully acted and directed productions of rarely produced classic plays that deserve this fine spotlight
Don't see it if a play capturing the human reality and toll of the inception of the Irish "troubles" will upset you. No happy endings.
See it if exceptional, insightful writing, performance, direction and choreography of challenging and emotional material is what your idea of theatre
Don't see it if racial or sexually overt themes make you uncomfortable including some subtle nudity.
See it if for a fine cast in a torturously bad interpretation of a great play and can tolerate the overt vulgarity of the misinterpretation.
Don't see it if you expect anything relevant to what Strindberg wrote or intended.
See it if you love Van Halen, will tolerate good actors in reverse drag, a great set and special effects and were alive during their fame
Don't see it if you expect new insights, or expect a real play (as opposed to one person's obsession with a youthful fantasy).
See it if well written work about an important woman who inspired and created essential political change interests you; perfectly structured & paced
Don't see it if you think the role should have been performed by a magnificent, talented woman and not a man
See it if you are a dedicated Conor McPherson fan and interested in his early work; enjoy Ciairan O'Reilley's work and fine acting
Don't see it if you expect the usual sophistication of this author's work; can't tolerate too familiar stereotypes and weak storyline that is predictable.
See it if you are willing to indulge a fine writer even with a poorly conceived and written work; not ready for the stage; actors did their best.
Don't see it if you expect NYTW to put properly workshopped work on stage; my kingdom for a dramaturge is all I could think.
See it if you have patience for a play that is a poor rip off of Peter Pan but less imaginative and too dependent on cliche (including the set)
Don't see it if you expect better writing and concepts in new work produced at Second Stage
See it if you value any Pinter play, want to see fine acting in a perfectly paced production that understands the "pauses" are critically important.
Don't see it if British accents are a challenge and audiences that haven't got a clue that this isn't a comedy. If you like happy endings, forget Pinter
See it if you have the patience for work that should not have been allowed out of a workshop, full of meaningless profanity and bad direction.
Don't see it if you expect MCC to produce thoughtful, provocative work. I felt sorry for the actors
See it if for a new writer with insight into being an outsider expressed by a fine cast with clearly defined characters in a complex family story
Don't see it if a poorly crafted through line of action with a really weak ending will annoy you. Needs some serious dramaturgical attention in act 2.
See it if writing that makes you laugh, think,squirm, think and feel performed by brilliant actors is your idea of great theatre. Unforgettable work.
Don't see it if Overtly sexual actions and language will unsettle you or if you think relationships are cookie-cutter easy. You have to listen carefully.
See it if Michael Urie and some fine Jerome Robbins choreography beautifully executed is enough to keep your attention.
Don't see it if you expect memorable lyrics and music or an entertaining book even for such an old chestnut as this is. Talent does the best it can.
See it if sexy, spirited, provocative, in-your-face characters in an unconventional plot about young women and their sexuality (all of it) entertains
Don't see it if strong language, lesbians, Brooklyn accents delivering text at a fast pace is too challenging for you,
See it if for a rarely produced early work by an exceptional writer; superb acting, amazing set; frighteningly relevant themes; disturbing, eloquent.
Don't see it if you want neatly tied up story lines, happy endings and Ozzie and Harriet families
See it if because any O'Casey play is worthy of your attention; fine cast, very smart set, well directed
Don't see it if overly pedantic, poorly crafted storylines and too many stereotypes showing the worst of Irish sectarianism will bore you
See it if two fine leading actors and a fine cast in material that isn't good enough to tell this interesting story adequately is enough for you,
Don't see it if you expect insights into the powerful personalities that have created much of the dysfunctionality of our current media reporting universe
See it if exceptional acting, writing, staging, direction, lighting and special effects in a story that is important and topically relevant is for you
Don't see it if you need a clearly linear storyline, no accents to decipher or think the world is ok dominated by money and greed rather than morality
See it if a rarely performed musical with hit and miss moments of fine performances, sadly still relevant subject matter is of interest
Don't see it if you expect consistent quality music and performance; staging is annoying at best and too familiar of this director.
See it if you love any Lear, want the experience of Glenda in the role, appreciate unusual stagings and want to see a great Cordelia (Ruth Wilson)
Don't see it if Bad staging, costumes and sets out of sync with the period are a problem; if you saw Plummer's Lear you have seen the best already
See it if if you haven't seen this rarely produced Fugard play; superb acting about valuing or not valuing human beings in any era. Deeply emotional.
Don't see it if you can't tolerate 2 hours of profoundly demanding drama including some in untranslated language with no intermission.
See it if you are a fan of Christopher Hampton's translations, willing to tolerate good actors struggling with bad writing or want to see "stars"
Don't see it if cogent, coherent writing is important to you; a play that has a purpose to its cruelty amongst the characters; absurdist in style annoy you
See it if exceptionally insightful, moving, demanding, intelligent, honest writing and brilliant performance are what you believe theatre is about
Don't see it if tough contemporary issues of race, gender relations and both big P and little p politics make you uncomfortable
See it if Sam Shepard's strange view of the world appeals as challenging and provocative drama; excellent acting both funny and frightening
Don't see it if you want loose ends tied up, happy endings, easy answers, a neat and clean set and Ozzie & Harriet familiar relations.
See it if excellent, entertaining actors and a well written script about important issues presented in a new way that surprises is your taste
Don't see it if you don't want to cope with a rollercoaster of emotions about the fate of the world; some inescapable truths
See it if new voices, great acting, important issues, relationships, academic and social politics well crafted mean good theater in your opinion.
Don't see it if getting to Queens is inconvenient, or you don't like to think to hard about important issues when you are in the theatre.
See it if for some delightful talent, familiar tunes and the joy of a never produced work; choreography and duets of the young lovers worth it all.
Don't see it if you expect a charismatic Sally who creates irresistible chemistry with her lover and the rest of the production; costumes accurate to period
See it if excellent performances in a clever and demanding play is for you; much more aggressive than the original production and rightly so.
Don't see it if you prefer shows that are less provocative or you are uncomfortable with racial issues directly addressed
See it if over-amplified performances by talented actors in a "no surprises" musical is ok; act 2 much better than act 1. Moving moments.
Don't see it if new insights, truly memorable music and no stereotypes are what you expect from something the critics all raved about.