See it if you are curious as to what all the hype is about, if you are a parent to a teen, or love contemporary musical theatre
Don't see it if you are sensitive to loud shows (this one is very loud) or prefer traditional musical theatre to contemporary pop/rock shows
See it if you want a beautiful evening of theatre, don't mind moments of silence, or like short but impactful shows
Don't see it if you like your musicals big and flashy or you have a short attention span (show is 90 min but there are lots of quiet moments)
See it if you are a fan of the TV show, want to see something that doesn’t require thought, or want a nice family outing that adults can enjoy too
Don't see it if you want to see something serious or TV show adaptations genuinely don’t interest you
See it if you want to see strong women (and men) playing authentically written adolescents, or you are a fan of Dance Moms satire
Don't see it if you prefer your plays to be less abstract or you are easily grossed out by topics like periods
See it if you are a fan of any of the creatives, are interested in plays that make you think, and like theatre that centers around complicated women
Don't see it if you are easily confused by out-of-order plots or are looking for something uplifting
See it if you are interested in international productions, like movement-driven pieces, or like shows that fully utilize the given space
Don't see it if you have a hard time with subtitles or are opposed to nudity
See it if you like seeing plays that aren’t produced as much and enjoy black comedies
Don't see it if you aren’t a fan of Vonnegut’s writing, are uncomfortable with swearing and twisted imagery, or prefer big budget productions
See it if you want to support new plays, want to see something 90 min long, and aren’t bothered by plays about topical issues
Don't see it if you are sensitive to the topic of school shootings or would prefer to see a musical or a less heavy play
See it if You love good theatre. This is darn good theatre. Also if you love ensemble pieces and plays featuring strong and messy women.
Don't see it if You aren’t interested in plays centered around women or you prefer comedies. This has comedic moments but ends in a gut punch.
See it if you are a fan of any of the name actors, love the play, or are curious about the hype
Don't see it if you can’t commit to almost 8 hours of theatre over two days or the themes don’t interest you
See it if you are a fan of Enda Walsh, tortured teen romance, or bleak comedies
Don't see it if you can’t understand Irish accents (extremely thick in this piece), are offended by vulgar language and imagery, or want a happy ending.
See it if you want to see great story-telling, avant-garde theatre that isn't theatre but is also theatre, great musicians, and want a unique evening
Don't see it if you are claustrophobic and hate complete darkness (15 min in the pitch black - you are warned several times), want a traditional evening out
See it if you like productions from the Globe, classical arias, masterful acting, or Mark Rylance
Don't see it if you like modern plays only, dislike classically staged plays, or if you are looking for an overly dramatic piece of theatre
See it if you crave honest portrayals of those on the spectrum, don't mind ugly-truthful moments onstage, like theatre that thinks outside the box
Don't see it if you aren't interested in seeing a play about people who aren't neurotypical, prefer more straight-forward dramas
See it if you want to support NYC's oldest LGBTQ+ theatre company, you like plays with stock characters, you're looking for an entertaining evening
Don't see it if you're not interested in LGBTQ+ history, you don't find drag queens funny, you don't want to visit a leather bar for your theatre
See it if you love immersive theatre, want a completely unique theatrical experience, like "choose-your-own-adventure" stories, and enjoy Macbeth.
Don't see it if you want a traditional night out, don't want to walk around or potentially run up stairs for 3hrs, don't like nudity, or are claustrophobic.
See it if you are a fan of the show or any member of this superb cast, and if you like theatre that makes you think.
Don't see it if you prefer classic, happy musicals, you prefer your theatre less politically-charged
See it if you are a Shakespeare lover, want to see a production of this particular play
Don't see it if 2hrs and 45 min is too long for you, you want to see a less sexist Shakespeare play
See it if you are a tourist, you love the show, want to see terrific dancers, and just want to enjoy yourself at the theatre without thinking too hard
Don't see it if you hate the show, you aren't a fan of ALW, and you want to be entertained by more than just great dancing.
See it if you like this play, are a fan of the actors, and want to see Shakespeare performed in an intimate setting
Don't see it if you like truncated versions of plays (it is 4 hours. the 3 1/2 hour run time is a lie), and prefer seeing proper sets and costumes
See it if you are a fan of the playwright/the source material and you love new plays
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the source material, you don't like plays with very little action, or you can't sit still for 90 min straight.
See it if you love farce, British imports, and having your sides hurt from laughing
Don't see it if you're dead inside? I don't know. If you hate comedy you won't like this. And if you hate comedy, then I don't want to know you.
See it if you like modern adaptations of classic stories and/or supporting small theatre companies and new plays
Don't see it if you aren’t fond of Chekov in any format or are expecting a play about the actual Beyoncé
See it if you want to see an original musical and/or are looking for a fun night out
Don't see it if you are expecting something deep/life-changing or are easily offended (very mild dirty jokes)
See it if you like the music of the Go-Gos, silly stories with a lot of heart, and shows that celebrate the LGBTQ community
Don't see it if you are easily offended by queer themes or raunchiness, can’t understand Shakespearean language, or are looking for something deep
See it if you are a fan of The Civilians/Michael Friedman, you appreciate the Encores! series, or you want a short but touching evening of theatre
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of the Encores! format (script in hand), or you're looking for a traditional storyline instead of small vignettes
See it if you enjoy black box productions, shows that honestly portray those on the autism spectrum, and small but mighty ensembles
Don't see it if you aren't interested in truthful portrayals of those with autism or you want to see a big-budget production
See it if you enjoy non-traditional theatre, multi-genre scores, and raw, honest storytelling performed by a terrific ensemble
Don't see it if you are only a fan of traditional theatre or prefer standard showtunes to folk-rock
See it if you want a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience, don't mind participation, and feel comfortable with sexual topics
Don't see it if you want a traditional sit-down experience, are intensely uncomfortable participating, or don't like plays with sexual themes
See it if you are a fan of McDonagh’s plays, like plays with strong ensemble, and don’t mind a bit of gallows humour (pardon the pun)
Don't see it if you have difficulty with Irish accents or prefer your comedies to be on the lighter side
See it if you want to see brilliant writing performed by top notch actors who have been expertly directed
Don't see it if you aren’t an Albee fan or if you want to see something that’s more of a spectacle
See it if you appreciate shows that shock you/entertain you, then make you think, you want to hear truly great singers tackle a brilliant score
Don't see it if you are easily offended
See it if you are a fan of Enda Walsh, plays with abstract settings, or plays that make you think
Don't see it if you are looking for something straight forward or with a happy ending, or if you can’t understand Irish accents.
See it if you are a fan of the original story, enjoyed Kate Hamill's previous adaptations, like superb physical comedy and ensemble-driven productions
Don't see it if Austen stories aren't your thing or you dislike quirky adaptations of classic works
See it if you are a fan of the avante garde and enjoy extremely non-traditional theatre
Don't see it if you are scared of anything non-traditional, don’t like being in total darkness or flashing lights, or prefer standard melodies
See it if you want to see a tour-de-force performance by a strong, powerful woman, edgy stories don’t scare you, and you like epic new plays
Don't see it if you are sensitive to stories about addiction, don’t like foul language, or are irritated by loud noises and flashing lights
See it if you have kids, want fun for the entire family, enjoy short and quirky shows, and if you loved the cartoon short film
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of kid shows or Carole King music, you like more traditional musicals, or you want a thought-provoking evening.
See it if you want a non-traditional theatre experience, like immersive theatre, or are savvy to the interworkings of a theatre company.
Don't see it if you want a traditional theatre experience, hate immersive theatre, don't want to walk around, or aren't interested in movement-based theatre
See it if you want to see a stellar production of this show, you are a Sondheim fan, you want to hear Jake sing live (exceptionally well)
Don't see it if you aren't a Sondheim fan, want a happy ending, prefer seeing shows with full sets and staging
See it if you have sentimental memories of this show, love classic Broadway musicals, or are intrigued by the star power
Don't see it if you want a plot that is less fluff and more heart, you don't like the classics
See it if you want to be moved, you like fantastic ensemble performances
Don't see it if you don't like plays with Jewish history or LGBTQ+ content, you want a more traditional style play, or you don't want to be moved
See it if you like your Shakespeare easy to understand (this production is extremely easy to follow)
Don't see it if you are sick of the current political climate and are going to the theatre to escape it all.