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See it if Faith Healer by Friel is the best confessional drama, so I wanted to see this. Regrettably it is anemic in comparison and disappointing.
Don't see it if You don't want to see a failed Brian Friel play. The play is lacking in tension and the actors fail to command your attention and interest.
See it if You enjoy an intimate musical performance by someone who is a master at transforming his life into art. Truly charming and impressive.
Don't see it if If you don't like intimate solo musical performances by truly talented, insightful and emotionally open artists.
See it if You follow the work by the people who produced "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice". This was a huge disappointment. Just bad.
Don't see it if You don't want to sit for an hour and forty five minutes ruing there is no intermission forcing you to be subjected to terrible writing.
See it if Seeing young children perform on stage intrigues you, which was what drew me. The potential in the play was there but the execution failed.
Don't see it if You are not interested in plays about broken families and child abuse resulting in damaged adults. The play illuminates nothing about this.
See it if The play has an interesting premise, and the performances are good, however the script is unfocused and leaves you unsatisfied.
Don't see it if You are not interested in psycho-drama. The performances are good but the writing is muddled.
See it if You wish to see a musical that deals with the angst of being a nerdy teenager. The performers are good and they put everything into it.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a hackneyed Faust story of a nerdy teenager who wants to be popular. It's not Broadway caliber theater.
See it if If you are a fan of Aaron Posner. His adaptations of Checkov are very clever and entertaining. The performances were excellent.
Don't see it if If you don't like self-conscious plays that break the fourth wall. Posner is sometimes overly clever about calling attention to his craft.
See it if If you enjoy a play that is a clever structural conceit executed by consistently excellent performances, fine direction and a charming set.
Don't see it if If you don't like a play that takes risks by repeating its main scene with variations. It's an obvious attempt to be clever, and works.
See it if You like plays with Mamet-like verbal circumlocutions. It's a heist-gone wrong trope where one role is a psychopath and the others cope.
Don't see it if You don't like plays that put form over content and attempt to be verbally clever without substance.
See it if You enjoy intelligent theater that informs and entertains. This is a wonderful, clever theater experience based on real people and events.
Don't see it if You don't want a theater experience where you have to actively engage and invest yourself to get the most out of the evening.
See it if If you wish to see a revival by a well regarded, now deceased NYC playwright. The actor playing the servant gave a marvelous performance.
Don't see it if you don't have an interest in Maria Irene Fornes canon. It's not a good play and the staging is somewhat strange.
See it if Almost anything done at the Armory will have extraordinary production values and we go to performances there to have that experience.
Don't see it if While the use of the space was interesting the narrative missed the mark. Too much gratuitous unessential things, not enough useful context.
See it if You are interested in historical blues-men. The play misses the mark by not developing a story and a performer with too many tics.
Don't see it if You are not interested in the blues. The music isn't that interesting.
See it if You are a fan of Eve Ensler (I am) and you want to see everything she does. This work is terribly disappointing however and a waste of time.
Don't see it if You have anything better to do, even laundry and clipping your nails.
See it if You want to experience the depth and breadth of the talent of a superb playwright. The staging and execution of the play is excellent.
Don't see it if If you don't care for topical plays that address social, economic and political issues.
See it if You want to see the best theater in NYC right now. Absolutely perfect direction, staging, and performances. The play is a masterpiece.
Don't see it if You hate clever, intellectual plays with lots of allusions and references to other literature and events.
See it if If you want an engaging and compelling theater experience based on a simple and understated premise about doing the right thing. Nice!
Don't see it if Well acted and written drama is not your cup of tea.
See it if You are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's plays and a fan of Denzel Washington. Denzel Washington turns in a reasonably good performance.
Don't see it if If you don't want to suffer through excruciating performances. Almost everyone "exclaims" their lines in a loud and monotonous way.
See it if You want to have a delightful theater experience that is intelligent, clever and perfectly executed. It's as close to perfect as it gets.
Don't see it if You hate farce or plays in verse. Be that way if you have to. It's your loss.
See it if You are a friend of the cast/staff. Providing moral support is an honorable thing.
Don't see it if Not well written or performed. We really enjoy single person performance art. This missed the mark.
See it if You enjoy ambitious, expensive production values, which is the signature characteristic of Armory shows. Great acting, but not the direction
Don't see it if You don't want to hear dialogue that is deliberately over-mic'd and overlapping. This was a deliberate staging direction and did not work.
See it if You have an interest in theater performed in Yiddish or Hebrew that has elements of expressionism and the theater of the ridiculous.
Don't see it if You don't have an interest in theater performed in Yiddish or Hebrew that has elements of expressionism and the theater of the ridiculous.
See it if You want a mediocre dissertation on what is wrong with the politician/lobbyist revolving door problem in Washington.
Don't see it if You want theater to be more than exposition and a series of disjointed scenes that are staged badly.
See it if FINALLY! A DRAMA WORTH SEEING! It's been a dry season for good theater. The real deal: well written, staged, performed, and ENTERTAINING!
Don't see it if If you don't like taut, tight efficient writing and fine performances that delivers an engrossing theatrical experience.
See it if You enjoy immersive theater and stories about historical people. This is an entertaining staging by a young, ambitious, energetic ensemble.
Don't see it if If you don't like intimate, immersive theater and like to take chances seeing work by a new and young ensemble.
See it if You are a fan of Aaron Posner. I saw this play at the Pearl Theater previously and loved it. This production was disappointing however.
Don't see it if you like Aaron Posner's work and don't want to be disappointed by a poorly executed production.
See it if You enjoy politically topical theater. A worthy attempt to deal with the conservative mentality. It is lacking as drama but interesting.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear long polemic diatribes masquerading as drama.
See it if You are attracted to plays that are based on historical literary people and interesting premises. Thinking person's theater is chancy.
Don't see it if You are not adventurous in your theater-going habits. With interesting conceits sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This was a lose.
See it if If you enjoy plays that deal with history and politics. The heavy contextual exposition is handled cleverly. The performances are excellent.
Don't see it if If you are not interested about the relationship between the British queen and Margaret Thatcher. You need some context to appreciate it.
See it if You want to see some bravado, entertaining performances, especially the ubiquitous Jason O'Connell and wonderful Kate MacCluggage.
Don't see it if You can't forgive a play that succeeds on the performances only and not the script itself. While not boring the play is not coherent.
See it if You enjoy a well-written, well-performed dramatic ensemble piece. It is engaging,compelling and intimate experience in a 50 seat theater.
Don't see it if You don't like good theater. It's a just a gem of a production. Everyone should see it.
See it if You expect theater to do more than entertain. This compelling historical drama confronts the audience with issues of moral ambiguity.
Don't see it if If you are not interested in historical fictions or theater that attempts to grapple with moral issues and their ramifications.
See it if You follow Shanley's plays. This production is obviously a showcase for the two actors and they do justice to the play.
Don't see it if It's not one of Shanley's better plays and it doesn't quite hold up as a good character study.
See it if If you are a fan of Idina Menzel. It's a nice vehicle for her and the overall performances are good.
Don't see it if The play's message, that beauty matters more than anything, appears to be the author's hang up. Don't need a 2 hour dissertation on this.
See it if You are a fan of Stephen Rea and want to see him live. He works hard at his role but the role is wasted on him. The play does not crystalize
Don't see it if You don't want to sit through an hour and a half of pseudo political ranting. It seems that there should be a political message there's not.
See it if You want to experience an immersive play experience that succeeds in telling a painful, intimate story subtly and powerfully. Nicely done.
Don't see it if If you don't like immersive theater and the topic of incest makes you uncomfortable.
See it if You are interested in seeing a stage version of the Isak Dennison book of the same name. The direction unfortunately fails the story.
Don't see it if If you don't want to see a literary adaptation that is poorly directed.
See it if You follow ensemble company performances to see what they do. This play needed further work but the acting was good.
Don't see it if If you don't want to have a theater experience where the actors are less than 2 feet away from you at any time.
See it if You want to experience a challenging and absorbing drama. The play is ambitious addressing the subject matter of deafness and does so well.
Don't see it if You are not comfortable having to pay very careful attention to everything; it is very intense in that much is signed or interpreted.
See it if You want to decide for yourself if the play is the classic it is made up to be. It isn't, but it is still very good and Garfield is great.
Don't see it if If homosexual issues, AIDS and didactic characters are not to your taste.
See it if If you really need to see Ed Harris on stage, or have a need to punish yourself for something.
Don't see it if You can see almost anything else. Got it that this is written by David Rabe, a fine writer. He should not be represented by this awful play.
See it if You like shmalzy shtick that is entertaining but tries too hard to be clever. Ben Caplan is obviously very talented but goes overboard.
Don't see it if You are not interested in Klezmer music and diaspora sagas. The show straddles being a play and a concert and doesn't satisfy as either.
See it if You like autobiographical style performance art. The show is about the fascinating creation of an artwork based on signatures and technology
Don't see it if you are not adventurous about what theater can be. This is not really scripted theater.