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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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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!