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See it if one-man dramatic performance of Poe stories & poetry in a historic setting sounds appealing
Don't see it if you're looking for something with a full cast, you don't like Poe's creepiness, you're looking for something fully naturalistic
See it if You're interested in learning about Edna St Vincent Millay's life and hearing songs whose lyrics are her poems.
Don't see it if You want something very fast-paced or set in the current day
See it if you're in the mood for an intense family drama/history play set in Northern Ireland in 1981.
Don't see it if you aren't up for a long show (3 hr 15 min runtime), you find Irish accents hard to understand
See it if you want a fast-paced wordy show that is about Albany politics in the 1970s but also speaks to the current political climate
Don't see it if the idea of seeing a play that revolves around a mayoral election sounds really boring to you, you want something slow/gentle
See it if You have the patience to sit through two banal, cliched one-acts to get to one enchanting, delightful, funny one.
Don't see it if You want an evenly solid evening of theater
See it if you want to see a show with a strong female-centric cast, with a focus on one woman at different stages in her life
Don't see it if you want a totally linear story, you have a low tolerance for family drama
See it if you want a collection of songs/stories about lost objects and losses of other kinds, a show made of personal vignettes appeals to you
Don't see it if you want a fully-staged show, you want something driven by a unified plot/narrative
See it if you are interested in an exploration of forgiveness (or lack thereof) and stories/who should be telling them
Don't see it if you're not comfortable with some audience participation, you want proper seats, you want a lot of plot/action
See it if you like magic shows/illusionists, you want a light piece of entertainment that leaves you wondering how the tricks are done
Don't see it if you want verbal as well as visual dazzle, you want something serious, you aren't prepared to suspend your cynicism
See it if you want a naturalistic family drama centered on a very dysfunctional family; you're OK with a slow-ish pace
Don't see it if you want something super-edgy or you're not interested in family dramas at all
See it if you want to see themes of toxic masculinity/violence/the problems of heroism explored in a funny and intense way
Don't see it if you're not comfortable in a small theater (cast members very close to/speaking directly to audience at some moments)
See it if you like Tom Stoppard, you want a fast-paced, funny, smart play about art, you want to see a send-up of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Don't see it if literary references to characters like James Joyce and Tristan Tzara are not your thing, you want a play set wholly in the present day
See it if a burlesque interpretation of a fairy tale sounds fun; you want a light evening out
Don't see it if you want edgy burlesque or innovative movement, you're bothered by near-nudity
See it if you want to see an engaging and thought-provoking play about issues of Deafness/representation/communication/opportunity.
Don't see it if you want something edgy or fast-paced, you want something other than a drama focused pretty tightly on a few characters
See it if you want to see a timely, well-written drama about a young teen dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy at her school plus normal life stuff
Don't see it if you're in the mood for something light - the plot does have moments of humor, but this isn't a comedy
See it if you're looking for great writing above all: Albee's words are what make these one-acts shine. I liked the minimalist sets, too.
Don't see it if you want something with a big cast/lots of action - each of these one-acts contains just two characters
See it if you're in the mood for a mostly-funny (though sometimes broad) comedy (sort of) that also has moments of tenderness, sorrow, and heart
Don't see it if you don't want sometimes-childish humor, you don't want to see a play about struggles with infertility
See it if you're up for a long and sometimes didactic show about immigrant experiences in NYC, with a strong all-female cast
Don't see it if you want less talking/more action
See it if you like Ionesco, you're OK with absurdity and a bit of darkness
Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, you don't have patience for speeches that (intentionally) don't make sense
See it if you're in the mood for a funny/smart/intense one-man show about mental
Don't see it if you don't want to hear about someone's (at times intense) experiences with mental illness; you're bothered by drug use
See it if You're in the mood for an intelligent and absorbing piece of theater that explores sometimes-uncomfortable subjects with nuance and heart.
Don't see it if You aren't open to the idea of a show about convicted sex offenders.
See it if you're interested in hearing one woman's story about a time of great upheaval in her life/her family's life
Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows; you don't want to see a show about having a partner who was arrested for downloading child pornography
See it if you want a cabaret-style show with songs that are loosely about our political moment, interspersed with storytelling that loosely relates
Don't see it if you want a tightly-constructed plot/a traditional show, you want something with a big cast
See it if you're in the mood for: a historical drama that's funny too, a play about a play, a strong female lead
Don't see it if you want something set in the present, or something that's short and not wordy
See it if you like your theater relevant/topical/smart, you want a show that's a serious social commentary that has moments of humor, too
Don't see it if you want something totally light, you want something very traditional
See it if you're in the mood for a play that's about a troubled relationship/art/making a difference, and you have a fairly high tolerance for cliche
Don't see it if you want something fast-paced, you want a play about relationship dynamics that aren't sour
See it if you want a funny and thought-provoking show that explores relationships, sexuality, and privilege in interesting ways
Don't see it if LGBTQ themes bother you, or if explorations of privilege make you roll your eyes
See it if you want an over-the-top parody of Edward Albee & Tennessee Williams; you're in the mood for a fast-paced comedy
Don't see it if you want a serious show; you're bothered by occasional heavy-handedness; you aren't into comedy that's partly about academia/literary theory
See it if you're in the mood for a series of sometimes zany vignettes that are more about mood/intensity than plot
Don't see it if you want a linear storyline; you're in the mood for something with a big cast (this is a two-actor show)
See it if you're interested in multiple pregnancy-focused plotlines; you're not opposed to a play that incorporates both science and humor
Don't see it if you're looking for a single plotline or a serious drama
See it if you're curious about an updated version of a Greek comedy; you want a show blending theater/dance/song that isn't exactly a musical
Don't see it if you're bothered by nudity or subtitles, you want a traditional production of this Aristophanes play
See it if you want a sometimes-funny/sometimes-moving show about neighborhood ties
Don't see it if you're not interested in an ensemble piece - though I liked how this play incorporated multiple characters and their various storylines
See it if you like very smart/clever wordplay, you're in the mood for a funny/light/farcical show
Don't see it if the idea of a show in rhyming couplets makes you cringe; you want a show set in the present
See it if you want to see a beautiful abstract underwater puppet ballet with live piano music
Don't see it if you want your puppets anthropomorphic, or if you're looking for words or plot
See it if you want a smart and funny ensemble show about the problems with capitalism.
Don't see it if you want a fully modern play - the action in this is largely in the 1700s, though the point is relevant to our own moment
See it if you're in the mood for a sometimes-serious/sometimes-funny show with a small cast and solid acting.
Don't see it if you want something flashy or action-packed: this play is made up largely of a series of two-person conversations
See it if you're in the mood for a play about romantic relationships that are not totally conventional
Don't see it if you don't have patience for a story about characters fumbling their way through sometimes-dramatic circumstances
See it if you're in the mood for a very funny ensemble piece that plays with/explores small-group dynamics
Don't see it if you're looking for something broad in plot/action: the drama here is all set in one room
See it if you want a visually-gorgeous immersive experience, and like the idea of moving through the show following for your whims
Don't see it if you want a linear theatrical experience/you want to sit down and watch something
See it if You're looking for a family story with a lot of humor, and don't mind a little bit of heavy-handedness.
Don't see it if You're not looking to laugh, or you're not in the mood for a story about adult siblings.