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See it if You want a sense of the Berrigan brothers activism against the Vietnam War or you’re contemplating how to revive older scripts.
Don't see it if You want to feel inspired. The acting is conducted on a somewhat fevered pitch with the emotion not always fitting with the text.
See it if You are exquisitely familiar with the Albee and Tennessee Williams canon as well as theater conventions and critical theory.
Don't see it if You don’t want to see one long inside joke performed for 90 minutes and some over-wrought overacting by the usually reliable company.
See it if You want to support an emerging playwright, see something that feels like it’s in the process of being sharpened
Don't see it if You don’t find bro comedy funny- there’s a healthy serving of poop jokes and bromance - or if you find it difficult to relive miscarriage
See it if You want to consider one of the first shows on Broadway that addresses the AIDS crisis, you don’t mind a historically situated one act
Don't see it if You want to see something with a contemporary sensibility about queer identity in NYC, this may not feel relevant to a young critical person
See it if You love the Bengsons, enjoy new music or want to indulge in watching a quirky passionate love affair explained
Don't see it if You want a clear story or need a show that has very linear plot or storytelling functions
See it if You are familiar with crazy world of infertility and can find humor in it
Don't see it if You want a cast to have perfect command of their parts, lines were flubbed several times the night I was there
See it if You like Alison Janney or the rest of this good cast! If you want to think about white anxiety and race. Good show to talk about later
Don't see it if You want to see a new take on the show. Not much new in this revival.
See it if You are interested in thinking about transgender issues, the role of gender in relationships, you don't mind the length of show (2.5 hrs)
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with transgender issues
See it if You like VERY current theatre, don't mind difficult moral questions and enjoy speculative theatre/fiction
Don't see it if You are a Trump supporter or you think that xenophobia is ok.
See it if You want to see a New York City centric Rent story for the millennial generation. Beat boxing at its finest! Nothing too groundbreaking here
Don't see it if You want to see something cutting edge or challenging. This is largely fluff but with an occasional side of snark. It's a good distraction
See it if You want to see one of the most relevant and brilliant playwrights at the top of his game. You like shows that make you think.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with ambivalence, you are going to unwrap a candy (you'll get this joke if you see the show). Everybody should see it!
See it if you are contemplating parenthood or are a parent; or if you like small shows centering on exchanges between different pairs
Don't see it if you had a traumatic birthing experience or don't like more interpersonal conflict in a show
See it if You like rap/hip-hop but aren't really familiar w/ it as a genre, you like creative retellings of classic stories, you are a Q brothers fan
Don't see it if You have strong feelings about gender, drag - while show is brilliant in parts, the approach to gender is reductive and cliched stereotypes
See it if First half of show is great- brilliantly written, snappy dialogue and cringeworthy settings but then post intermission..show takes a weird
Don't see it if ...turn and entire show becomes overwrought, confusing and tedious, wish I had left at intermission - and I never do that!
See it if You are a fan of this playwright, you love Rachel Weisz or political drama set in this period, you have read the script
Don't see it if You are even slightly distracted by anything else - I see a lot of theater but couldn't follow the story arc and needed someone to explain
See it if You can remember the devastation of the 80s or worry about protection of LGBTQ rights now, you make your own family here in NYC
Don't see it if You need a conventionally paced, happy musical with upbeat hummable tunes
See it if You know it's a reinterpretation and embrace that, you want to see some of the best actors on one stage, you like epic staging
Don't see it if You are a Chekhov purist, you don't have a long attention span, you need something fast-paced
See it if You like thinking critically about religion and its impacts on people for good and bad purposes. You love good, sweet-seeming female villain
Don't see it if You are evangelical or Pentecostal and don't want to see depictions of speaking in tongues on stage. You need everything perfect endings.
See it if You like a two person show, are open to unconventional approaches to romance and like a thoughtful show
Don't see it if You hate mary Louise parker (she's a bit grating in this) or the manic pixie dream girl all grown up trope
See it if You long for the days when women didn't want their own careers and willingly gave up their dreams to move to the suburbs and support you.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy hearing Christmas songs all year round or watching a pandering rerun of a sexist movie.
See it if You have ever been a high school girl or been around a high school girl - dialogue is whipsmart funny while staying relevant not caricature
Don't see it if You can't appreciate an all female cast that talks about everything, not just romance. This passes the Bechtel test 100 times over!
See it if You like somewhat nonlinear stories exploring science, spirit and the aftermath of grief in the wake of crime
Don't see it if You or someone close to you have been the victim of a violent crime, or if you have very strong feelings about prostitution
See it if You are interested in socially relevant theater that explores trauma in families
Don't see it if You have never heard of the Armenian genocide - which you really should know about anyway - but the existence of it is key to this show
See it if You like smart theatre that takes chances on clever concepts, great idea for show and executed impeccably
Don't see it if You want really verbose theaters or need special effects or slapstick comedy to stay engaged. This is slick, smart comedy.
See it if You like smart, political theate on relevant social issues; if you care about peace in the Middle East and want a solid primer.
Don't see it if You need lots of action or a love story or something fluffy .
See it if You must see Hall in person or really like long existential ruminations
Don't see it if You already know that we should live life to the fullest, etc etc. you don’t like one person shows
See it if You want to see a capable two person show that dives into the complicated issues of charisma and creativity. Beautiful staging as well
Don't see it if You demand precise historical accuracy (as man seated behind me grumbled at intermission, feeling “misled”)
See it if You are interested in the complexities of working in conflict zones and depicting human suffering
Don't see it if You want a polished high-end production. This is simple and effective but without frills.
See it if You don’t mind a slow burn and a plot that reveals itself slowly
Don't see it if You want to have a quick 90 minute show and drinks afterwards with friends, this is quite long
See it if You are writing a research project about Holocaust-themed theater. Otherwise, don't. From start to finish it is cliched and poorly written,
Don't see it if You value your time or the dignity of the theater. I was shocked that Playwrights Horizons let this in the door.
See it if You want to see a little-performed show that deals with sibling rivalry and family dynamics, you like British upper class living room drama
Don't see it if You want to see something new or a new take on something old- nothing original or relevant to life today unless you are rich, white english
See it if You like a do-it-yourself aesthetic, you want to see a very grassroots take on Chekhov...you like downtown theatre
Don't see it if You want to see a lavish, polished staging or want to see really professional performances. This is pretty ragged but with some charm.
See it if You don't mind magical realism and have a very strong tolerance for scenes of torture
Don't see it if You have PTSD, can't cope with graphic torture scenes on stage
See it if You want to feel superior and smug about all the tourists who pay money to see shows with a plot, you don't need any coherent plot structure
Don't see it if You demand more from a downtown show than a vague rehash of 1984 or Mockingjay.this show is too self-important for its own good.
See it if You want to overthrow the patriarchy and/or other systems of oppression. You like a strong, fierce female lead who thirsts for justice.
Don't see it if You benefit from the status quo and wish people would keep their pesky demands for decolonization to themselves. You like staid musicals.
See it if You like a gimmick and don't mind seeing it repeated, you are tall and can see over everyone's heads when the action moves to a new area
Don't see it if You expect a performance piece to have a nuanced theme. We all have lots of stuff. We get it.
See it if You want to see impressive work w/sound design, one of best shows ever in this regard; you like one person shows, you suspend disbelief
Don't see it if You have strong feelings about post-colonialism or exoticizing the other; very much a story of white man encounters wise exotic Other
See it if You want to experience a talented group singing some South African standards as well as some Christmas songs
Don't see it if You want a show with a story or you feel uncomfortable being asked to participate in a Christmas sing-along
See it if You like a smart meditation on life and colliding storylines, you want to see David Hyde Pierce at height of his game
Don't see it if You fear death or recently experienced a death (spoiler alert) - this would be excruciating
See it if You believe in the power of resistance and the power of art to fuel resistance to oppression, you want a hard-hitting night at theater
Don't see it if You are dismissive of the power of grassroots activism, you are a Trump conservative, you don't support Black Lives Matter now
See it if You want to see something that doesn't follow conventional musical theater norms, you like quirky new theater
Don't see it if You want a really conventional plot or super strong individual character development or you will be bothered by lots of happening at once
See it if You like a comic book aesthetic, you want to hear Hamilton score sung with different lyrics, you like bro road trip buddy stories
Don't see it if You want a well-edited, sharp show - there are lots of good ideas Happening here but too many directions
See it if You like family living room style drama - but not over-wrought. You like topical musings by smart believable characters
Don't see it if You need a strong narrative arc or some teeth-rattling big revel that presents a game-changer. This was a slow burn
See it if You have a high tolerance for uncomfortable engagement with issues of race and sex. great show but intentionally makes you uncomfortable
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for explicit language, sex, nudity or uncomfortable situations
See it if You like slow, thoughtful, political shows with small casts and a poetic feel and pacing.
Don't see it if You like linear, literal, fast-paced shows with clear heroes and villains.
See it if You have a strong nostalgia for this show (if you saw it as a child) or you need to see every ALW show for a personal lifelist (my motive)
Don't see it if You are expecting a story or amazing costumes or special effects or a riveting score. It's repetitive and overwrought. At its best, it's odd
See it if You eat food and will one day die. The show should be seen by everyone - asks all the right questions about who we are &what our lives mean
Don't see it if You recently had a death in the family and are not ready to process it or if you are annoyed by multilingual theater & will loudly complain
See it if You want to see a brilliant interpretation of one of Shakespeare's lesser performed works, no one does it better than the Public! And FREE!!
Don't see it if You only enjoy Shakespearean comedies or won't be able to keep yourself out of your Instagram account for 3 hours (ahem ppl in front of me)
See it if You are hot and need an air conditioned space to rest, you want to support a new theater company with a good mandate
Don't see it if You don't enjoy rampant stereotypes of homosexuality, homelessness or punk rock. This is full of cliches and tedious.
See it if You don't need a firm plot arc, you love the composers and love their sound regardless of story
Don't see it if You didn't see Passing Strange and are not already fans of the composers/performers