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See it if you embrace Black Girl Magic.
Don't see it if you need linear storytelling
See it if you’re a fan of the music and don’t mind un-hummable tunes with a “heady” book.
Don't see it if you’re looking for an inspired reinvention or revisit to the original—this ain’t it.
See it if you can patiently be ushered through an intimate, very well-sung, intricately woven poetic musical about memory, history & longing.
Don't see it if you need bells & whistles.
See it if you'll enjoy a blend of high-energy rock music with sympathetic storytelling through the scope of a "forgotten" period of world history.
Don't see it if you need music to have English lyrics.
See it if you’d like to bear witness to a story of Black love & brotherhood under the auspices of comedy & the everyday.
Don't see it if you’re resistant to non-conformative definitions of family.
See it if you don’t mind a musical with a book and score like oil and water.
Don't see it if you’d prefer not to throw your hands in the air, defeated, trying to understand why Bob Dylan songs are irrelevantly shoehorned into a play.
See it if you tolerate herbal cigarettes, deafening sound effects, insufferable shouting matches & want to “understand” Catholic Conservatism.
Don't see it if you’ve got tickets to anything else—can’t remember the last time I’ve ever actually preferred not to have gone to the theatre.
See it if you want a brief 90-minute musical distraction with great dancing.
Don't see it if you’re clever enough to see through clever choreography to identify a boring piece in desperate need of a book & editor.
See it if you’re braced for a vast, layered and far stretching modern blend of queer storytelling from the recent past and now.
Don't see it if you’re homophobic.
See it if you’re ready to experience raw, gut-punching & fantastic theatre on an astoundingly challenging level.
Don't see it if you’re turned-off by conversations about power, race equity, trauma, or simulated acts of sex.
See it if you want to bring your pre-teen to the theatre, as a way of helping encourage the arts and their reading.
Don't see it if you’re an adult.
See it if you need a breath of fresh air and want to be transported by marvelous acting, exceptional direction & human connection.
Don't see it if you don’t like timeless theatre.
See it if you want to learn why a 41 year old white straight man has no business writing plays about 20 year olds, women, LGBTQ folk & People of Color
Don't see it if you need your play-going experiences to require a point, perspective or purpose.
See it if you want to see a bygone era of a standard high-school American history textbook onstage.
Don't see it if you want any semblance of theatricality.
See it if you seek a new (yet familiar) perspective on modern persecution with realistic, intense family/community drama & a spattering of comedy
Don't see it if you’re homophobic or racist.
See it if you’re a fan of The Bard and seeking a timeless, not-oft performed script presented by some of NYC’s best classical actors & tight ensemble.
Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of Shakespearean tragedies.
See it if you’re prepared to be transported, inspired, awed & moved by the complexity and beauty of queer black storytelling & modern musical theatre.
Don't see it if you’re homophobic or racist.
See it if you’re unfamiliar with this lesser-known and lesser-performed flawed and odd Sondheim piece.
Don't see it if you want a plot or expect anything to emotionally invest in.
See it if you’re yearning for a fun, delightful & exceptionally performed familiar Shakespearean love/comedy immersive dinner experience.
Don't see it if you’re not hungry for laughs & joy.
See it if you want to witness high-budget & high-production fight choreography at The Shed, for its inaugural season.
Don't see it if you need any semblance of a storyline or can’t stomach obtuse racial stereotypes.
See it if you like the movie enough to forgive a wayward & high-budget adaptation.
Don't see it if you want to have any sort of meaningful thoughts or discussion when the curtain falls.
See it if you admire fringe and "downtown" voices finding their light and delivering a necessary & urgent message while packaged as ridiculous.
Don't see it if you don't appreciate the absurd.
See it if you’re ready to be spell-bound by masterful singing, genius song-writing and a story that is more real and current than ever!
Don't see it if you need an orchestra—this show is acapella.
See it if you support The Public’s mission to provide access to the arts and Shakespeare for all.
Don't see it if you need a streamlined or refreshing production—this one is neither.
See it if you want some great laughs, enjoy clever rapid-fire lyrics, and "skit style" scene-work.
Don't see it if you're expecting a story—Unclear what this musical is trying to say, other than stuff the book with jokes.
See it if you enjoy modern history presented as high-stakes realistic drama.
Don't see it if you’re unconcerned with or frustrated by stories involving white men in power, left unchecked, screwing the system.
See it if you’re a lover of great American family tragedies and prepared for a master class in acting from Ms. Bening.
Don't see it if you need happy endings.
See it if you relish terrific playwriting, excellent acting, jaw-dropping tragicomedy and modern tales of love.
Don't see it if you’re uncomfortable with female-driven narratives that shines light on misogyny & codependency.
See it if you enjoy quick-witted quirky family drama. Terrifically “downtown” feeling. Strong, funny, committed actors tackling weirdness & chaos.
Don't see it if you don’t like nontraditional storytelling.
See it if you’re a fan of this fun American musical chestnut—full of recognizable songs, impressive dancing & Kelli O’Hara’s perfect soprano.
Don't see it if you’re expecting anything revelatory, spicy or modern.
See it if you’re looking for just a damn good time, fantastic singing, sexy dancing, iconic costumes and care about the story of Cher in American pop.
Don't see it if you know nothing about Cher, her influence or don’t care for fabulousness or the bombastic.
See it if you’re a fan of Sam Shepard, tight script-work, solid 2-person shows.
Don't see it if you have the tendency to tune-out for lack of stimuli—it’s a “slow burn” until the final scenes.
See it if you’re prepared for a long evening, have a taste for family drama & foreboding or have a working knowledge of the IRA.
Don't see it if you want to sink your teeth into something—this is a “slow burn” kind of play with nothing really new to bring to the table.
See it if you’re a Sondheim-loyalist or tickled by this show’s cult-like history.
Don't see it if you’re expecting a revelation. The troupe tries their very best. But let’s call a spade a spade: “Merrily” just isn’t a good show. Unsavable