See it if you want a feel-good pop musical that is NOT a jukebox. The finale will leave you feeling joyous and uplifted.
Don't see it if you want a traditional piece of musical theatre. The songs are distinctly pop, and you may not catch all the lyrics. Plot is a bit cheese-y.
See it if Love South Park? Been dying to see it? Go. On the fence? Pass for now. There are so many good shows playing; pick one w/ a shorter lifespan.
Don't see it if you're offended by strong language or shock humor. (Doesn't everyone know that about this show by now?)
See it if you like Robert O'Hara's quirky-raunchy style and his take on race.
Don't see it if you want a solid narrative. This play has strong moments, but the overall story is a bit lacking.
See it if you'd like to see modern same-sex couples portrayed onstage. This piece's strength is its attention to an often overlooked demographic.
Don't see it if you're looking for a perfect play. There is definitely room for work on the script.
See it if you like country music and wish there were more of it in the theatre. Or if you'd appreciate a modern reinterpretation of The Seagull.
Don't see it if you hate country -- that's really the only reason to stay away.
See it if you absolutely need to see Clive Owen onstage.
Don't see it if you're thinking, "Sure, I'll see that. It's only 65 minutes." As it turns out, 65 minutes can feel reeeally long.
See it if you'd enjoy a series of vignettes with a classic musical sound. Or if you're looking for a cast brimming with talented ladies.
Don't see it if you're looking for a modern pop/rock musical or a narrative plot.
See it if you love magic, girl power, and good triumphing over evil. Or if you're taking a child who is familiar with the book and/or movie.
Don't see it if you need to understand every lyric on the first go-around. Lots of children. Lots of accents. Lots and lots of quickly sung words.
See it if you're seeking something familiar, particularly for an infrequent theatre-goer.
Don't see it if f-bombs are a deal-breaker. It is Jersey, after all.
See it if you're looking for an excellent Broadway play. Especially recommended if you know the book, but aren't sure how it could work onstage.
Don't see it if you're expecting a tap number. There's not one in the whole thing.
See it if you love puppets and creative staging or you want a show that appeals to all ages.
Don't see it if you're in NYC regularly and there's another show high on your list. The Lion King isn't leaving Broadway any time soon.
See it if you're looking for a fun and unique theatre experience. A rare vaudevillian treat! Family friendly.
Don't see it if you're too cool for a little silliness.
See it if you have ears. The performances are spectacular and the singing is gorgeous throughout.
Don't see it if ...you don't like musicals? There's no other reason, and I'm not even sure that one is legitimate.
See it if you love a good ghost story or if you've never seen a successfully spooky piece of theatre. The show is more "scary story" than "horror."
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable sitting in darkness. There are some semi-long stretches when you will not be able to see.
See it if You're interested in (often painful) family dynamics and truly unique characters. Or if you just love Kristine Nielsen.
Don't see it if you need to like the characters onstage. The minute you're on a one person's side, he/she/ze will almost definitely disappoint you.
See it if Just see it. A cast of amazing actresses, a unique perspective rarely seen onstage, a thought-provoking and necessary piece of theatre.
Don't see it if you need to go straight from the play to a child's birthday party. You will not feel peppy walking out of this show.
See it if you like Carole King, are looking for a family-friendly option, or love a good biographical story.
Don't see it if you're looking for something challenging or original.
See it if you love Sam Shepard and/or Nina Arianda. Or if you want to be angry about the elimination of the Sound Design Tony Awards all over again.
Don't see it if your half-brother/sister is in town and wants to see a show.
See it if you firmly believe the length of a run correlates to the quality of a production.
Don't see it if there's another show playing within a half mile radius.
See it if you're a big Sherie Rene Scott fan or interested in prison commentary.
Don't see it if you don't care for Scott or need to agree with the theatre you see. Part of what's thought-provoking about this work is what it does wrong.
See it if you love musical theatre. It's that simple.
Don't see it if you'd prefer an edgy, original show. But really, why not see both?
See it if you're looking for an ensemble of top notch performers.
Don't see it if you can't put your phone away during the performance. (This applies to all shows, but especially theatre in the round.)