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See it if you want to see the best darn prod. of SWEENEY that has ever been done in NY. Told so clearly with humor while maintaining its dark side.
Don't see it if If you want big productions numbers and don't like intimate settings with environmental staging. It will be your loss.
See it if you like old fashioned musicals with terrific music and wonderful performances and are forgiving of a book that needs work.
Don't see it if You can't appreciate elements of an entertaining, hopeful musical when the overall might not be firing on all cylinders.
See it if you like playwrights who overtly pontificate their point of view on topical subjects through talky, argumentative, plot-less plays.
Don't see it if dislike characters who argue point of view in a contrived, low stakes, plot-less drama with confusing and esoteric arguments.
See it if If you'd like a slightly off-color 1 woman show w/ a hint of sentimentality The performance is first rate & the couplets keep it interesting
Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows, some raunchy humor, or holiday themes.
See it if You enjoy talky plays that make you think about where you've been and what you have/have not accomplished and celebrate female friendships.
Don't see it if You want a great cast or ensemble . . . I 'm guessing that this play is better than this production - also it doesn't really amount to much.
See it if if you like terrific performances and direction in a smartly written show with in a new setting and with excellent execution.
Don't see it if you are looking for something edgy & new with lots of action. With previously explored themes, if you want "new", this may not be for you.
See it if You like quiet one person shows and enjoy watching a master actress, Alison Fraser, recount a macabre story with lots of twists and turns.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of one person shows or quiet shows with one actress sitting in a chair talking for 2 hours or not a fan of macabre stories
See it if you like very funny, silly, satiric shows with terrific performances and a standout by Michael Urie and others in a wonderful ensemble cast.
Don't see it if you do not like well written, exquisitely performed and directed comedic mayhem which sheds light on our society.
See it if you want mediocre recreations of musical numbers plucked from great shows which without context fall flat and lifeless
Don't see it if you like big broadway shows with great staging and emotional impact - this is not that show.
See it if if you like Austin Pendleton and small intimate dramedies and interesting characters.
Don't see it if you are looking for production values or a plot driven story. This is about character development.
See it if you like new musicals with something to say & seamless, well executed production values - an antidote to Trump hate and discrimination.
Don't see it if you are a scrooge - lol - doesn't follow any conventional structure or rules so if that is an issue for you then don't go
See it if you have a thing for super heroes and especially the Batman movies and one man shows. The performance is quite good.
Don't see it if You/re not a fan of the Batman movies -an attempt to open up to be about life (his life) was unsuccessful & at 75 min it was 20 min too long
See it if if you must see every new musical & like moody musicals with little plot & some sweet songs and good acting but little /no emotional impact
Don't see it if if you don't care about an an essential book element (IMHO) - a central char w/ a goal and major hurdles to overcome to achieve that goal
See it if if you like a tuneful, autobiographical insightful show about an early mid-life crisis of Larsen before he hits it big with Rent
Don't see it if If you are expecting the quality of the original then you'll be disappointed - serviceable but not a great cast.
See it if if you enjoy great acting & a terrific production that has promise but ultimately loses its way & devolves into some unrealistic situations.
Don't see it if If you are impatient & can't appreciate the good with the bad. The domestic scenes are cliched & the child's dialogue way beyond her years.
See it if you love Sean Hayes and want to see a very short 70 min (they lie when they say its 90 mins) occasionally amusing comedy.
Don't see it if if you want more than a mildly amusing stand up (actually a sit down on a couch) routine - it's very, very thin and only occasionally funny
See it if You enjoy old fashioned musicals with a terrific score and competent performances.
Don't see it if you are going to compare it to the last revival which was far superior or are expecting great performances. Everyone is fine - not great.
See it if You want to see some terrific performances in an emotionally charged and satisfying completely reimagined revival. Celie's u/s was terrific
Don't see it if If you are super critical of librettos as the storytelling is a little clunky but the performances and emotional wallop are top notch!
See it if you like traditional musical theater with a little raunch and some fun music. I was not a big fan and thought it was VERY overrated.
Don't see it if you are easily offended or are looking or expecting something groundbreaking - that it is not,
See it if you want to see an ingeniously staged show that is never ever boring.
Don't see it if you want a more substantial story and don't care much about production values.
See it if you love the music of Carole King.
Don't see it if you want to see an innovative musical doc-musical. The libretto is mundane and lacks any ingenuity.
See it if you'd enjoy a great stylized restoration comedy of manners with superb acting.
Don't see it if you would not like a period comedy which is all about style over substance and do not appreciate masterful performances.
See it if You love slapstick & farce & are not so concerned about plot. These actors work hard & the audience's laughter becomes infectious.
Don't see it if you dislike slapstick- spit takes, actors' getting hit w/ slamming doors, & falling scenery. Not usually my thing but the cast won me over
See it if you are interested in a topical show about female immigration which addresses each character's interesting and personal dilemmas.
Don't see it if You are impatient with an often slow-moving, non-plot driven, play performed by an uneven cast - some of whom fall in/out of their accents.
See it if if you must see every Terrence McNalley play and are a fan of and familiar with the Ballet Rouse and the Nijinsky discovery.
Don't see it if If you expect to learn much about the Ballet Rouse or Nijinsky or expect character development or drama. It's mostly a bore.
See it if you'd like an inventively staged musical fable w/ terrific voices & lots of energy that doesn't make much sense, but you probably won't care
Don't see it if you are a harsh critic of a libretto that is messy and are not into fairy tale fantastical stories.
See it if you enjoy terrific overall productions- good writing, excellent acting, terrific production values (sets, lighting & costumes)
Don't see it if you are impatient with slow starting shows and prefer lots of action.
See it if you just absolutely must hear songs from the 50s and 60s and don't care about a plot, character development, or quality of the voices.
Don't see it if If you are discriminating about quality - this is a cheap attempt to capitalize on girl group hits of the 50s and 60s. Very disappointing .
See it if If you are a fan of illusionists - mostly mind reader type stuff and close up magic and enjoy off-beat entertainment
Don't see it if You are expecting big Copperfield type of magic or are easily bored with slow paced story telling which I found too slow and self indulgent.
See it if you like thought-provoking, smart, relevant, contemporary drama with a terrific cast. This show can be intense with some lighter moments too
Don't see it if you like light fare and go to the theater just to escape.
See it if you love Bette Midler & old fashioned pure fluff entertainment. It's a great production but it is still Dolly which has no depth whatsoever
Don't see it if you want a musical that gives you something to think about or if you are not a fan of Bette or star-mugging.
See it if if you love Wallace Shawn's intellectual talkiness and some lovely performances from a stellar cast riffing on the importance of the arts
Don't see it if you are NOT into talky verbose plays where nothing happens and arguments are diffuse in an overlong intermissionless takfest
See it if you enjoy seeing shows that have glimmers of unrealized good ideas. This show has so many ideas and is so diffuse that it has zero impact.
Don't see it if you are impatient w/ a meandering plot & some really uneven acting (some are excellent & some are terrible). I often wondered, "why".
See it if you like mindless entertainment with stereotype characters, banal lyrics and failed attempts at humor. Great set!
Don't see it if you like original ideas with good, sophisticated writing and nuanced performances. It was an evening of missed opportunities.
See it if if you love terrific and ambitious production values - staging, directing. costumes, etc with ambitious themes and clever writing.
Don't see it if you are looking for an emotional connection - characters are cartoonish and fail to generate any empty and the story is a cheap gimmick,
See it if You enjoy old fashioned linear storytelling with interesting and complex characters who are unhappy and trying to change their circumstances
Don't see it if Uneven acting is a real turn off - mostly good performances but some are not up to the job -
See it if you want to see an early work of Marsha Norma and see how much she has improved since then.
Don't see it if If you are allergic to bad acting, little to no direction and a cliched uninteresting story.
See it if you like being lectured and told a story though exposition and enjoy bad unnatural writing.
Don't see it if you can do anything else for 2 and a quarter hours . . .it is a complete wasye of your time.
See it if you like forced sit-com humor.
Don't see it if you do not go for comedy of contrivances.
See it if you want to see a wholly original musical with terrific staging and an outstanding lead performance.
Don't see it if if you don not like contemporary musicals in the vain if Next to Normal.
See it if you love to laugh while being thought provoked. It's an adult version of Sesame Street with masterful puppeteers.
Don't see it if you have no sense of humor.
See it if you are nostalgic for the music of the 70s and enjoy seeing actors going all out with the little they are given to play.
Don't see it if you groan at tired, sophomoric humor and are looking for something more than a cheap parody that belongs in a cabaret space.
See it if you like contemporary issue oriented shows with very good acting.
Don't see it if you have trouble with accents and don't like a bit of heavy handed and serious topical shows.