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Reviews (95)
49
Amateurish, Bad acting, Bad direction, Well-designed, Shoddy

See it if You like the play in any form, no matter who does it. If you only care about fun costume design.

Don't see it if You want something up to professional standards. This truly felt like a middle-school production in the way it was acted and directed.

Also The director made strong choices, but they felt like an overlay to the... Read more Read less

78
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Entertaining, Bizarre, Wild

See it if You like challenging, bold explorations of Black identity. If you like theatre that makes you feel uncomfortable In a good way.

Don't see it if You want simple, straightforward theatre that you don’t have to unpack afterward. If you are offended by aggressive sexuality onstage.

Also This show feels in line with some other experimental Black playwrights... Read more Read less

79
Cute, Charming, Touching, Tender, Simple

See it if You want a sweet story with humor, and surprising emotional depth. If you like simple human stories.

Don't see it if You want something edgy, or epic. If you don’t like quirky humor, or stories about relationships and friendships.

88
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky, Messy

See it if You like quirky, smart humor; female-centric stories; stories about Lesbian relationships

Don't see it if If you're squeamish about discussions around the female anatomy

79
During previews
Delightful, Great singing, Spirited, Resonant, Low budget

See it if You love Fiddler and want to see it done with an even deeper connection to the roots of its people. It's a treat to see it done in Yiddish!

Don't see it if You've never seen the show before. If you want a large-scale, big-budget production.

Also Though the more intimate setting worked, I would have liked to see a p... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Enchanting, Great staging, Tender, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You love Susan Stroman, John Kander or any of the amazing performers. If you like dance, or are curious to see a show that uses it well.

Don't see it if You absolutely HATE dance. If you don't like love stories that aren't necessarily the most happy

Also Be aware that there is no singing in this show! John Kander is only re... Read more Read less

61
During previews
Ambitious, Relevant, Cliched, Slow, Predictable

See it if You want to show support for Southeast Asian artists. If you like dramas that mix family and political themes.

Don't see it if You want an easily-digestible, tightly-written play that knows what it wants to be.

Also I wanted to like it because Muslim voices are so underrepresented in N... Read more Read less

25
During previews
Excruciating, Lifeless, Great cast, Slow, Forgettable

See it if You're desperate to see any of the individual actors; if you're a Terrence McNally completist.

Don't see it if You are on the fence about McNally's work or John Doyle's work. If you like ambitious and exciting work.

77
During previews
Great singing, Beautiful music, Great lighting, Indulgent, Pretentious

See it if You want to see a concert of indie-folk songs, interspersed with a narrative account of the Abigail and Shaun Bengson's relationship.

Don't see it if You want to see a "musical" by the usual sense of the word. If you don't like stories told mostly through narration (as opposed to dialogue)

Also I don't have a problem with this loose style of theatre. I'm all for e... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Honest, Fine, Unremarkable

See it if You like straightforward, ordinary plays with emotional subject matter.

Don't see it if You want something innovative, exciting, or compellingly written. If you have a child with severe health problems you may find it triggering

85
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Emotionally complex

See it if You've seen Sojourners, and want to see the story come full circle. If you like family mother/daughter family drama.

Don't see it if You only want boundary-pushing theatre with exciting staging and highly stylized writing. This is more simple and straightforward.

Also You don't absolutely have to have seen Sojourners before seeing this, ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Thrilling, Genius, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You want to see the best production of Troilus and Cressida you'll ever see. If you want to see Shakespeare modernization at its best.

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare? If the guns and violence will be triggering for you.

95
Ambitious, Resonant, Thrilling, Masterful, Great ensemble cast

See it if you want to see a unique piece of theatre that perfectly captures the pain of these young runaways. Extremely powerful and emotional.

Don't see it if You don't like experimental musical theatre. If you need a clear plot-line. If you're triggered by graphic descriptions of abuse.

81
Absorbing, Enchanting, Resonant, Could have been longer

See it if You love immersive theatre, & you've already done Sleep No More. It's a really interesting and different experience, w/ some really beauty.

Don't see it if You hate immersive theatre. Also, at 2h and $110/ticket, GP isn't as much "bang for your buck" as Sleep No More. But it's still cool!

81
Fascinating, Heartbreaking, Great acting, Intelligent, Requires focus

See it if you like theatre that's intellectual yet also very emotional. If you like Payne's work. The more focus you put in, the more you'll enjoy it.

Don't see it if you don't want a show that requires you to work to stay with it. If you want something simple & easy to understand.

73
Entertaining, Fluffy, Spectacle, Great acrobatics, Stupid story

See it if You enjoy acrobatics and spectacle, and just want an entertaining evening. Don't judge it by the standards of an actual musical

Don't see it if You are put off by the banal story-line and dialogue. If you don't like acrobatics.

70
Charming, Interesting characters, So-so writing, Deep or pretentious?, Entertaining

See it if You want a charming coming of age love story with entertaining characters and a hint of serious issues

Don't see it if You value strongly written dialogue, if you don't like exaggerated character archetypes, if you want something groundbreaking and ambitious

79
Engaging, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, 2nd act drags

See it if You are interested in Oscar Wilde and his story, if you are curious about this new incarnation of the play, if you like Rupert Everett

Don't see it if If you don't like plays that are wordy. If you're put off by nudity. The second act is also significantly slower than the first.

84
Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Resonant

See it if You want a beautiful, emotional drama about life, pain & finding comfort in others. Samira Wiley is excellent.

Don't see it if If you prefer shows that are more plot-heavy. This play is more driven by character and relationships than events.

70
Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Bizarre

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre by well-known playwrights. If you are familiar with the plays and curious to see them done live.

Don't see it if You aren't into weird, surreal stuff. If you want easy-to-understand stories and characters.

84
Hilarious, Quirky, Smart, Resonant, Clever

See it if You want to see a very funny stand-up show. Hilarious and insightful!

Don't see it if You want to see theatre. I knew he was a comedian, but expected it to more like a one-man-show. It's really just a stand-up routine.

81
Entertaining, Funny, Heartfelt, Great acting, Good music

See it if You want a funny yet emotional story with great characters and catchy songs. If you enjoy Sara Bareilles' music, or want to see the cast.

Don't see it if You hate Bareilles' music. If you want something groundbreaking or intellectually challenging.

82
Enchanting, Beautiful design, Lovely choreography, Resonant, Writing could be better, but it's not too bad

See it if You find the story moving, you want a physical production that's rendered beautifully in all regards. If you love the cast, or the composers

Don't see it if You want something unique, that will challenge you intellectually. If you need to be able to hum the tunes to enjoy a score.

82
For a previous production
Great writing, Great staging, Sentimental, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You want pure, beautiful theatre with excellent storytelling. A fascinating blend of history and emotion, done beautifully onstage.

Don't see it if You want a big flashy show. If you get turned off easily by shows that are very sentimental.

85
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great staging, Long, Gets better as it goes along

See it if You want to see a truly unique production of this show. If you love Gillian Anderson. If you love ambitious re-stagings of classic plays

Don't see it if You want to see something similar to how the show is usually done. If you don't like rotating stages.

82
During previews
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like re-imaginings of classic plays that really take liberties to explore new territory. If you prefer short shows.

Don't see it if If you want to see Miss Julie, the Strindberg play. This is Mies Julie, a Yael Farber play based on a Strindberg play.

65
During previews
Funny, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Heavy-handed

See it if You are a big Raúl Esparza fan; if you love Brecht no matter what; if you like allegories

Don't see it if If you like allegories w/ subtlety; if you hate John Doyle's work; if you don't want to see Nazi symbols & gestures performed repeatedly

90
Intelligent, Profound, Messy, Moving

See it if You love to see Chekhov challenged and deepened by Shakespeare. If you love Bedlam’s work.

Don't see it if You hate both Chekhov and Shakespeare, or if you like them simple and straightforward (and separate). If you want slmething big and splashy

Also In my opinion, it’s not really a “mash up.” It’s a production of Uncle... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Epic, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if You like Shakespeare; you want to support an all-Asian cast; you want to experience this rarely-done trilogy in a comparatively compact way

Don't see it if You hate Shakespeare; if you can't devote 2 evenings or a whole day to it. You're expecting a production with Asian-American themes.

Also I'd encourage people to see this even if (they think) they don't like ... Read more Read less

77
Smart, Nuanced, Amusing, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to see a very intelligent, detail-oriented direction, with an interesting take on some key scenes, and keen eye for clever comedy.

Don't see it if You want a comedy that's fast-paced and uproariously funny. This is funny in a kind of smart, subtle way.

79
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Ambitious, Fluffy, Trying really hard

See it if You like old-fashioned mistaken-identity farces, written entirely in rhyming couplets

Don't see it if You don’t like heavy reliance on wordplay & anachronisms. If you prefer something w/ substance. If you don’t want to work to follow the plot

Also I had fun, and I enjoyed it more and more as the show went on. I’d say... Read more Read less

70
During previews
Great acting, Clever, Thought-provoking, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you've never seen Zoo story onstage. It's a classic, & rarely done professionally. If you want a good mix of weird, funny, and experimental

Don't see it if You want something fast-paced, with lots of movement. If you want easy theatre that doesn't require close attention.

Also All three actors do an excellent job, especially with the humor. Neuge... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You like plays that are complex, but rich and rewarding; plays that span a long period of time but do so in a creative and engaging way.

Don't see it if You want something simple, and fluffy, that doesn't require you to engage and think.

Also I knew very little about the history and politics that the show dealt ... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Funny, Great acting, Resonant, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You want to see this modern classic performed with a great cast.

Don't see it if You're expecting it to match with the original. Urie does a very good job, but he's not Harvey.

77
During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Funny, Fluffy, Great staging

See it if You want to see a top-notch cast with impeccable comic timing in a tight, well-staged farce.

Don't see it if If you don't like farce. If you want a consistency in humor. Some jokes are very clever & intelligent, while others are lazy & lowbrow.

Also At the moment, at least, it seems like they are throwing all the jokes... Read more Read less

80
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Tender, Simple, Sparse

See it if You want a fairly straightforward play exploring the lives of a Nigerian immigrant family in a very intimate, human way.

Don't see it if You're looking for grandstanding political statements, or high-energy, dynamic staging. If you're not planning to see Her Portmanteau.

77
Entertaining, Funny, Sweet story, Jewish, Great singing

See it if You like Yiddish theatre, want to see an entertaining slice of theatre history, or just want a sweet, funny story. Excellent singers, too!

Don't see it if You don't like Yiddish theatre, or if you don't want to read supertitles.

78
Entertaining, Great acting, Well-written

See it if You want to see 4 perfectly-cast women go head to head in a well-written comedy.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything serious or lasting. Also, avoid sitting in the very back of the theatre. It felt miles away.

73
War
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Messy

See it if You like Jacob-Jenkins' work. If you want ambitious theatre that deals with important issues in creative ways.

Don't see it if You want simple, straightforward theatre. The scenes are good but the monologues take up too much time, and feel tedious.

86
Enchanting, Great staging, Resonant, Great singing

See it if You love the the style of music. If you like creatively staged theatre that gives a new spin on old stories.

Don't see it if you don't like sung-through shows. The plot is pretty simple, but there are moments when it isn't clear what exactly is happening

80
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny/chilling, A good experience

See it if You like O'Neill and want to see his earlier work (particularly to see his comedic style). If you want an intimate evening of theatre.

Don't see it if You don't care about O'Neill. If you're looking for great performances. The actors aren't bad, but nothing to write home about

85
Ambitious, Fascinating, Philisophical, Powerful, Unique

See it if You like theatre that's experimental in content & form. If you want to see a particular actor.

Don't see it if If you want a plot-based play, rather than a vehicle for philosophical ideas and theatrical experimentation.

75
Clever, Entertaining, Cute, Simple

See it if You're curious to see the show done by professional kids, putting an new spin on a classic.

Don't see it if You're looking for highly polished performances and production values. If you want more ambitious, serious theatre

70
During previews
Entertaining, Banal, Nice message, Unextraordinary

See it if You just want a nice, simple evening in the theatre, with a nice mix of humor and heart. If you like Beth Behrs.

Don't see it if If you'd rather see something more compelling and original. If you want something you'll remember in years to come.

85
During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Great direction

See it if You want to see a brilliant female director try (successfully, in my opinion) to subvert the sexism in this classic play.

Don't see it if The misogynistic play itself makes you too uncomfortable. If 2h10m w/ no intermission is too long for you.

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Romantic, Riveting

See it if You love theatre in its purest and most beautiful form

Don't see it if You like plays with complex plots, big productions. If you get bored by theatre with very few words.

68
Melodramatic, Classic, Long, Competently done, Intense

See it if You love the play, or haven't seen it before. I know the play well, but I don't like it much. If you love the actors; Michael Shannon is A+

Don't see it if If you can't sit through almost 4 hours. If repetitive melodrama isn't for you. Acting was good, but based on word of mouth I expected more

78
Absorbing, Intense, Frank langella is outstanding, Great concept, Sometimes clunky

See it if You wonder what it's like to view the world the through the eyes of someone w/ Dementia. And go to see Langella's powerhouse performance.

Don't see it if You want a strong ensemble. Beside Langella, the cast is underwhelming in quality. Some awkward moments of direction & writing too.

76
Absorbing, Ambitious, Bizarre, Great staging, Darkly funny

See it if You're ready for a really bizarre, trip of a show. It's tonally very unique; quite funny but so weird and dark.

Don't see it if You want a normal evening at the theatre. If you aren't willing to give yourself over to the weirdness & be ok with saying "wtf?" sometimes

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You want to see Abraham give a wonderful performance. If you want a fascinating dialogue about religion and humanity.

Don't see it if You're impatient to get to the good stuff; act 1 feels a bit slow as it sets up for act 2, which is wonderful & engaging, & worth the wait!