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See it if you're into the magic of live performance, and specifically find yourself attracted to ingenious design. What an experience!
Don't see it if you want to suspend disbelief. This piece is determinedly not interested in people who don't want to look behind the veil of theatre magic.
See it if ...you've ever struggled to understand your parents, and why you grew up the way you did. A universal tale.
Don't see it if ...you're looking for easy answers. This family, like all families, is complex and nuanced.
See it if ...you love seeing masters at work. Direction by John Doyle, acting by Erivo and Brooks, and a dynamic take on the material makes it a joy.
Don't see it if ...you're not interested in the story. The source material is well-known, and it's a masterpiece. But if it's not your cup of tea, well...
See it if ...you're interested in musicals that make you think, and that feature fantastic acting (including a career-making turn by Ben Platt).
Don't see it if ...your idea of musicals is light entertainment. This is thought-provoking, serious material, and there's little dancing or fluff.
See it if you enjoy watching fantastic female actors: Mary Testa, Rachel Bay Jones, Alison Fraser, Caissie Levy and more, doing fantastic work.
Don't see it if you're looking for substance or insight. FDS mostly explores the surfaces of these fascinating icons, rather than their full complexity.
See it if you love kids. Watching the youngsters in this piece often borders on the sublime.
Don't see it if Overworked metaphors about life, aging, and death aren't your cup of tea.
See it if You love Tennessee Williams, especially his later experiments. One of the six plays is truly superb (by Marcus Gardley).
Don't see it if You're looking for insights into Williams or his work. Most of the writing does little to illuminate the stories they are adapted from.
See it if ...you're in for an adventure. It is the most mind-expanding show in NYC. A triumph of design, atmosphere and off-the-path entertainment.
Don't see it if ...you're not up for walking or an immersive experience. This is participatory theatre at its finest.
See it if ...you enjoy the blues, and fantastic performers like Amber Gray and Patrick Page. It's a timeless tale, but it's told in a bracing way.
Don't see it if ...you're not interested in new interpretations of myth, or ambitious musical scores. It's not for everyone, but it is for the adventurous.
See it if ...you're interested in a witty, nearly-brilliant trip into the important issues of today, especially our relationship to technology.
Don't see it if ...you're interested in mindless entertainment. This is a play where the fun comes from using your brain.
See it if you're interested in a powerful, absorbing drama about the plight of women in modern Africa, and the need for women's voices to be heard.
Don't see it if you're looking for innovation. At its core, it is very traditionally structured, more interested in its subject than in experimentation.
See it if you want a smartly-rendered throwback to the golden age of musical comedy. Not brainy, but impeccably danced, staged, and sung.
Don't see it if ...you're looking for more than light entertainment. The piece is sweet and sincere but as shallow as a kiddie swimming pool.