See it if You like one-person shows, traditional storytelling, Japanese culture, and/or stand-up comedy
Don't see it if You expect big productions, high drama, or are easily bored. Rakugo is very simply and is not especially edgy, but it's quite charming
See it if You would enjoy a topical, political puppet vaudeville with full-frontal puppet nudity
Don't see it if You need a clear dramatic through-line and payoff; the whole here is less than the sum of its parts
See it if You like immersive theater, one-person shows and Beckettesque existential meditations -- it's like Krapp's Last Tape meets Slava's Snow Show
Don't see it if You get antsy when nothing much is happening, or you need a clear plot and real characters, or you are short -- sight lines are awful
See it if You love black comedy, or if you've never seen a Martin McDonough play, because this is the one that made his name.
Don't see it if You are put off by impenetrable accents, or if you don't like too-neat plotting, or if you want to preserve the memory of the original cast.
See it if You settle into a quiet little period piece like it's a familiar old afghan
Don't see it if You need more excitement in your life, or you can't stand bad child actors
See it if You'd love a cross between Glee and The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and musicals with off-beat premises and hipster sensibilities
Don't see it if You don't like contemporary pop musicals or get annoyed by a show with paper-thin characterization and minimal story
See it if You love Austen -- or you think you don't love Austen; you love theater -- or you think you don't love theater.
Don't see it if You are afraid of being hit by rapidly-moving pieces of scenery, or believe that classics need to be museum pieces
See it if You love Yip Harburg's classic songs, Melissa Errico's singing, and a thick layer of sentimental Irish blarney
Don't see it if You are looking for a show with a bit more blood in its veins, or are a member of the misbegotten GOP
See it if You're fond of old-school, broad farcical comedy like Noises Off or The President -- or just to see this incredible ensemble of actors
Don't see it if You're put off by dialogue too fast to hear, or need a payoff with emotional depth to be satisfied
See it if You're excited by the possibilities of audio-based virtual reality and enjoy one-man performances
Don't see it if You prefer traditional theater and/or are put off by re-warmed Carlos Castaneda
See it if You love Lewis Carroll or immersive theater. This is a beautifully realized trip inside a brilliant, unique man's mind and soul.
Don't see it if You go to the theater to experience a story. The show depends on you either already knowing Alice or not caring and having the experience.
See it if You have kids, you are a kid, or you remember being a kid and being excited by the sheer magic of theater.
Don't see it if You go to the theater to be transported primarily by language, or you hate anything Disney.
See it if You would take a chance on an ambitious experiment that doesn't quite work, or want to see a great production of a rarely-performed classic
Don't see it if You prefer conventional theater and are irritated by frame-breaking and direct address -- or by the dated family drama at the show's core
See it if You went on stage at "Once" and wished you could have stayed there for the whole show -- and that they performed in verse
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable in a sing-along atmosphere, disapprove of drinking, or can't comprehend Scottish accents
See it if You care most about powerful performances and topical issues -- in this case, the contested place of masculinity in America today.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with (male) full nudity and extremely frank sex talk, or prefer stories with a more complex or surprising plot.
See it if You need a laugh -- and who doesn't, these days?
Don't see it if You thought you were going to a play -- this is much more of a classic vaudeville, and as such, it is absolutely brilliant.
See it if You love Mary-Loiuse Parker and stories about unlikely couples falling in love
Don't see it if You are distracted by odd voices, prefer a story with a definite payoff, or don't like looking at the other half of the audience
See it if You love Shakespeare performed by great classical actors and staged to speak not just for all time but for our time specifically
Don't see it if You don't like Shakespeare or off-Broadway production values, or are too depressed about the election to think about politics
See it if You (like me) were powerfully affected by the original March of the Falsettos when you first encountered it, and want to revisit that show
Don't see it if You don't want to hang around with four Jews in a room bitching, or if you (like me) find the second act sentimental and manipulative
See it if You would pay to watch Cate Blanchett read the phone book (and I just might)
Don't see it if You expect an experience on the level of her "Vanya" or "Streetcar," both of which were extraordinary -- because this text is appalling
See it if You are crazy about immersive theater, don't need a story to follow, and like tropical drinks
Don't see it if You know how much more detailed and emotionally complex immersive theater can be
See it if You want to hang out with sweet, sad characters in a Middle Eastern setting singing music you don't usually hear in an American musical
Don't see it if You prefer shows with strong dramatic action
See it if You love Edward Gorey, bio-pics, non-linear storytelling, multi-media storytelling, sad stories and fascinating weirdos.
Don't see it if You thought based on the title that you were going to see a horror movie.
See it if You like musical comedy at all, or you don't have an interest in musical comedy but you like comedy.
Don't see it if You are Anthony Comstock