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See it if you like poetic soliloquies and against-all-odds meet-cutes, and if women's right to choice is important to you. Sweet, sad & funny.
Don't see it if you are triggered by talk of abortion or suicide
See it if you like wacky musical comedies. If you've seen any other version of Little Shop, you will enjoy the similarities and differences of this!
Don't see it if you are attached to Ellen Greene's Audrey. Tammy Blanchard has a VERY DIFFERENT take on the role. (Still faithful to the script though!)
See it if you like experimental theater. If you like the play Uncle Vanya. The characters turn into R & J characters in interesting ways sometimes.
Don't see it if you want to see something light and fluffy. I love the risks Bedlam takes but the R & J death/crying scene felt unearned and LONG.
See it if you like a 90 min intermission-free show in the round, if you like Flaherty & Ahrens. If you like the ritual of telling stories/COMMUNITY!
Don't see it if you don't like musicals. No other reasons not to see this! LOVE overcoming racial/economic divide. Community, sacred storytelling.
See it if you know & like Jimmy Buffet songs! If you want a cliched but fun and fluffy musical evening.
Don't see it if you don't know or like Jimmy Buffet songs, if you don't like puns, if you're in the mood for an original, relevant drama.
See it if you liked "Forbidden Broadway", if you're familiar with "Hamilton", and if you're a big musical theater fan
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, you don't like parodies, or you're not familiar with "Hamilton".
See it if you enjoyed Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility; if you like classics performed with a contemporary twist.
Don't see it if you don't like pop music or modern references mixed in with classic literature.
See it if you like golden-age musicals, beautiful dancing and singing, classic songs like "Look to the Rainbow" and "That Ol' Devil Moon".
Don't see it if you don't like musicals with happy endings, you're in the mood for something challenging or avant garde.
See it if you like excellent dancing and wicked characters.
Don't see it if you want a story with a moral, if you want something that will move you. This is fluffy fun about bad girls.
See it if you like "the making of" type stories, like Shuffle Along, if you like quirky, inventively staged, comedic & touching blackbox productions.
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, or if you are easily confused or bored by story-within-stories.
See it if you like Cirque Du Soleil shows.
Don't see it if you're expecting an original, interesting plot. It's all about the amazing stunts! The plot's just there to provide a framework.
See it if you're a Michael John LaChiusa fan. This is a fantastic production.
Don't see it if you're in the mood for a happy ending. As beautiful as the score is, and as talented as the cast & creative team are, the story's sad.
See it if you want to laugh and cry & want to see an engaging show with fantastic songs & performances.
Don't see it if you need huge barricades or crashing chandeliers to enjoy yourself.
See it if you want to see cool stage effects & a great ensemble of actors.
Don't see it if loud noises and bright flashing lights bother you.
See it if you are interested in scientific/medical history, Jewish history, 4th-wall breaking, found text, funny/sweet/sad mother-son relationships.
Don't see it if you have recently dealt with a parent's dementia or are triggered by family issues like siblings fighting over the care-taking of mother.
See it if you want to see a clever and sweet family musical
Don't see it if you're looking for something political or depressing (this is neither), or if you don't like musicals
See it if you want to see what Neil Simon would have written if he had been gay. If you liked Torch Song Trilogy.
Don't see it if difficult mother/gay son relationships are uncomfortable for you.
See it if you like musicals and stories about small towns, and if you like a sweet 90 minute intermission-free show!
Don't see it if you are looking for splashy, bright & fluffy, huge production numbers. This is a generally quiet, sweet show.
See it if you already like SpongeBob. But even if you don't, see it if you like creative, colorful, goofy, splashy musical comedies with a heart.
Don't see it if you don't like over-the-top comedy, if you don't like light-hearted musicals
See it if you enjoy non-linear shows; you want to support new work; you want to hear thought-provoking conversations; you have patience...
Don't see it if you don't like topical plays; if you only like naturalistic plays; if you're looking for something polished and concise.
See it if you want to see a well-crafted, well-performed, funny, exciting, entertaining, moving musical and learn some American history!
Don't see it if you are easily disturbed by stories of adultery or death of loved ones (though these story lines are handled well and are not primary).
See it if you enjoy big spectacle, if you liked the movie, if you like goofy Disney humor and beautiful African-style masks and puppets.
Don't see it if you're bored with the movie or the movie's songs, if you've seen it before, if you want to see something fresh and new.
See it if you can wait until the 2nd act for the play's strength. Endearing relationship between pregnant teenager & young gay man in 1959 England.
Don't see it if you like happy endings (this one is bittersweet), or you can't stand to see people miscast. (Bradford Cover as Peter is a stretch.)
See it if you liked the movie but are open to a new interpretation. Craig Lucas made smart choices in his adaptation!
Don't see it if you want it to be exactly like the movie.
See it if you liked the book and/or the movie, or enjoy stories of long lost family reunited and of learning to stand up for yourself!
Don't see it if Just see it. It is so incredibly moving. Cynthia Erivo really EARNS her standing ovation! And the music and story are beautiful.
See it if you like engaging, funny, stunning, moving, innovative, original theater dealing with race issues in America.
Don't see it if you like a completely linear plot. Though there is plenty of cohesive story, it veers off in several wild directions several times.