See it if You want something fresh. This is both fun and thoughtful. Sweet and sad. The entire cast, especially Clark and Milligan, are fantastic.
Don't see it if You don't like stories about teenagers or family drama.
See it if You're a fan of tap dancing. The show has some fantastic dance numbers.
Don't see it if You want something entirely original. This is faux old-timey made to seem new with some progressive ideas, but it's really pretty retro.
See it if You want to see an American classic performed live. Some nice performances and a gutting choice at the end.
Don't see it if You have trouble following overlapping conversation. You have trouble sitting through a very long (overly long) family drama.
See it if You like angsty folk music. You're looking for monologues for a high school competition.
Don't see it if You want tight writing, fully developed characters, or a real plot. This is just stages monologues with music.
See it if You want to see a real pro like Jackson take the stage. You are a Wilson completist.
Don't see it if You don't want long, talky drama. You need a fully satisfying ending - it's too Deus Ex Machina for my tastes.
See it if You're a fan of the KPOP genre. You like LOUD music and energetic dancing. You want to look at beautiful people having fun.
Don't see it if You need a coherent plot. What passes for a plot here strains credulity.
See it if You are interested in family drama and Jewish life. You're OK with an emotional ending.
Don't see it if You don't like talky dramas. You're easily confused by large time jumps or actors cast in multiple lead roles.
See it if You want to see a stellar cast up close. This is a lovely, sweet story presented in an intimate setting. A real gem.
Don't see it if You're a stickler for accurate accents. In previews, many of the performers were inconsistent with sticking to Irish pronunciation.
See it if You're interested in exploring the world of disability and how different bodies interact with the world. You like family drama.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with slow-moving, sad stories.
See it if You like the classics reimagined. The non-male cast mostly works in a Hamilton-esque way. The performances are solid.
Don't see it if You want the orchestrations you know. Transposing for female voices makes sense, but they did unnecessarily more than this.
See it if You like family drama and fast talking. The actors do a great job with fast paced dialog. Nice to see this work revived.
Don't see it if You're interested in exploring issues of race. You don't like small cast dramas.
See it if You like experimental theater and want to explore issues about immigration.
Don't see it if You want fully-realized three dimensional characters. The actors are doing their best, but everyone is stereotype. Too slow and repetitive.
See it if You like medical drama. You're interested in the nuances of how people deal with family during challenging situations.
Don't see it if You'll find stories about cancer patients to be personally upsetting. There are also some inconsistencies with how medical treatments occur.
See it if You like dystopian stories. You're interested in the challenges of aging and how seniors are treated.
Don't see it if The acting is somewhat uneven. The concept is interesting, but there are holes in how the story unfolds.
See it if You are a fan of Pierce or Clarke. You like reinterpretations of classics. You're an Arthur Miller devotee. Or you like family drama.
Don't see it if My issue with this show were technical. The lighting & sound were both off. It's hard to enjoy a show when you can't see or hear the actors.
See it if You like learning about Afghanistan. You enjoy family drama. You enjoy a bit of melodrama in your storytelling.
Don't see it if You want something short and sweet. This is probably 20 mins too long and very sad and sentimental.
See it if You want a musical that's appropriate for tweens and young teens. There are some lovely performances. The second act is better than first.
Don't see it if You want adult themes or anything super edgy.
See it if If have any interest at all in musical theater. This is the pinnacle of the genre. Every song is epic. Every performer is glorious.
Don't see it if You really, really hate musicals.
See it if You enjoy family drama. You're interested in exploring end of life issues. They handle this with a lovely, light touch.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy gay themes.
See it if You're a fan of Silverman's comedy. You're OK with a bit of cringe. You enjoy Bebe Neuwirth - she's the best!
Don't see it if You don't enjoy family drama or shows featuring multiple children. Don't go if seeing suicide treated somewhat humorously is an issue.
See it if You want to see epic set design. You're interested in American theater history. You like the absurd.
Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a long show. You like realism and clear plot points.
See it if You enjoy dark (very very dark) comedy. You enjoy historical and psychological topics. You're an Alfie Allen fan - he's terrific.
Don't see it if You have trouble understanding thick accents. Seeing nooses makes you queasy.
See it if You want to live in the mind of a young, gay, black man. Revealing and honest writing and performances.
Don't see it if This is not a family-friendly show. Not for the kiddos are those afraid of adult language and situations.
See it if You want to hear about the experiences of black women. You want to see a fully pregnant woman on stage - a real rarity.
Don't see it if You want a full-fledged story. This is more character sketches rather than a narrative arc.
See it if You want an old-school musical with familiar songs. Beanie charming, though her voice is not entirely what it needs to be.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a story about a woman being unlovable because of how she looks. That trope is just exhausting.
See it if You want to hear excellent vocal harmonies. The cast is terrific. You enjoy Jewish history or adapted true stories.
Don't see it if You're not into history turned into musicals. You've had enough of singing groups hounded by Nazis.
See it if You want something that will offend no-one.
Don't see it if You want to be entertained. It's sloooow. Like Cirque du Soleil with no energy. Many audience members left at intermission.
See it if You like Crystal, borscht-belt comedy, or family drama. He is a true entertainer, utterly at home on the stage. His voice though - hmmm.
Don't see it if You don't like old-timey Jewish humor or you need all the singers to be able to sing. (Shoshana Bean is a powerhouse though.)
See it if You're up for any Shakespeare. You're a fan of the stars. Craig and Negga are good. Kinda loved Amber Gray as Banquo.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of edgy casting. You need your Shakespeare to have period costumes and sets.
See it if You want to see this theater power couple on stage together. You're a fan of older comedy plays.
Don't see it if You want up-to-date portrayals of women. These gals were gullible and goofy, and not in a good way.
See it if You like the humor in small town politics or you enjoy Tracy Letts's writing. Noah Reid is delightful.
Don't see it if You want a fully satisfactory ending. The show is terrific until the last 20 minutes when it goes in an entirely different direction.
See it if You want to see modern gay relationships depicted on stage.
Don't see it if You want to see fully coherent relationships. It's not entirely clear why the characters remain friends. This frustrates the plot.
See it if You're a fan of the actors - though Criss's role isn't charming, which is what he young fans will want. The set is interesting.
Don't see it if It's Mamet. All talk and you don't know what they're talking about. There seem to be high stakes for the characters, but the why isn't there
See it if You're a fan of Messing. She does great work here in a classic cradle to grave character study.
Don't see it if You don't like family drama. This is sentimental and sappy. Tears will be shed. This is good or bad depending on your mood.
See it if It's a great idea that needs some pruning. Good history lesson on women's rights movement. Good acting/singing.
Don't see it if It's a bit too long and unfocused. I'd like to know more about a few of the individual characters and maybe less about the big picture.
See it if You want to see a classic sports show. The acting is good and the eye candy is excellent. Good fun mixed with some thought-provoking insight
Don't see it if You don't want to see male nudity, you're not a fan of sports stories, you don't care to see an all-male cast, or gay topics offend
See it if You wanted to see what Porter could do as a director.
Don't see it if You want a coherent plot or likable characters. The singing is fine, but not great. I know it's Encores, but even the costuming was so-so.
See it if You like Civil War era stories or musicals about history. The dancing - a blend of African and Irish themes - is interesting and well done.
Don't see it if It's an overly long show. Some of the relationships are superfluous to the story.
See it if You want to see HUGH. He certainly is charming. The kids in the cast are also big talents. The staging is great fun.
Don't see it if You want epic lead vocals. Hugh is good, but not great. Sutton sounds good, but if you're used to the Jones key, you'll be disappointed.
See it if You're interested in Jewish issues. You like complicated, multi-generational, family drama. Terrific acting.
Don't see it if You want action. This is all talk. The show is lengthy. Don't go if you're in the mood for short and sweet.
See it if You like Strong - she's lovely and charming. You want to revisit a classic script.
Don't see it if You don't like one-person shows. Despite the updates, this feels dated. Some of the character transitions felt mushy.