See it if you love Kirsten Childs' work, enjoy a smart, campy musical tackling Black female identities and the ways others can influence us
Don't see it if Sadly only a 2-show run at Encores! Not fully-staged, a few rough edges, but still a *delightful*, exuberant production.
See it if you enjoy strong female characters, great sense of humor, portrayal of a family reconnecting and coming to terms with past choices
Don't see it if Don't let some Igbo at the beginning deter you! The play stands alone but has powerful references to Sojourners.
See it if you like stories of little-known historical figures, self-aware plays that toy with timing/staging/characterization, spare but creative sets
Don't see it if you prefer linear/clear/more formal narratives that don't interrupt themselves, get confused by actors playing multiple characters
See it if you're interested in a moving homage to LGBTQ+ history, spirited/high-energy music reminiscent of the era, strong performances
Don't see it if you prefer to maintain the fourth wall, dislike a specifically gay story line, need an intermission
See it if you enjoy exquisite performances, Lillian Hellman's work, and/or complex period dramas about betrayal, greed, interplay of race/gender.
Don't see it if you prefer a shorter play (this has three acts) or dislike period dramas or the ruthless subject of profit at any and all costs.
See it if you enjoy a lux, gorgeous, intricate set for a whimsical, innovative, interactive, steampunk-style adaptation of a classic Russian novel.
Don't see it if you prefer a traditional/less immersive experience, don't like mostly-sung musicals or episodic plots, can't handle strobe lights.
See it if you’re a theatre buff, love A. Ham, enjoy clever spoofs of beloved musicals/impressions of show biz stars, & a small cast in a cozy theatre
Don't see it if You’re a theatre purist/prefer the original productions, might not get the B’way “inside jokes” + shows being parodied, want more elbow room
See it if you like fresh takes on Shakespearean classics, hip-hop, creative storytelling, making awesome comedy from bloody tragedy
Don't see it if you're a Shakespeare purist, dislike hip-hop, prefer more traditional productions
See it if you enjoy stories re: roles/identity crisis in modern parenthood, challenge of work-life balance, sharp humor, intense/existential dialogue
Don't see it if stories about being a new parent or losing sense of self don't resonate with you or if you prefer larger/flashier, not intimate, productions
See it if you enjoy immersive, creative, multi-sensory theatre that builds a vivid bridge b/w the story & tools/existential questions behind it
Don't see it if you expect a traditional show and aren't willing to use your imagination to build the set, conjure characters, visualize what is/n't there
See it if you're interested in kaleidoscopic/multi-sensory/multimedia theatrical experiences and appreciate very talented performers/artists
Don't see it if you need said multimedia experiences to guide and transmute a clear, cohesive plot (presented at the beginning but not fully realized)
See it if you love to laugh & enjoy wild exaggeration/profanity as social commentary showing the absurdity of blind belief/stereotypes of others
Don't see it if you're easily offended by exaggerations , stereotypes, profanity, sex as social commentary. It all has a purpose, though, I swear!
See it if you want to see a charming, fun musical about a 50-something woman exploring her identity/sexuality after being widowed. Nancy Opel shines.
Don't see it if you expect a more profound probe of grief or aren't interested in the dating/sex lives of middle-aged women. Clever, but not too deep.
See it if the choices, intimate stories of immigrants compel you; you don't mind a slow-burn Act I; you enjoy vivid, authentic characters
Don't see it if you prefer a fast-paced play, mind hearing some lines not in English, want dramatic staging, aren't interested in seeing Her Portmanteau
See it if you enjoy experimental theatre, exploring the intersection of race, class, gender in post-Apartheid South Africa, stellar actors
Don't see it if you prefer comedies, don't want to delve into heavy issues, like a straightforward narrative instead of fragments being pieced together
See it if you like funny contemporary plays about love, loneliness, feeling left behind - and a refreshing rant on cliched wedding traditions :)
Don't see it if you like tidy/resolved endings, dislike contemporary plays, want to connect to characters who are less neurotic or insecure
See it if you enjoy well-written short plays/vignettes featuring a diverse, intersectional cast, exploring a spectrum of human stories + otherness.
Don't see it if you like a singular narrative thread between pieces, prefer a fluffier show, are uncomfortable w/ issues of racism, sexism, ableism, etc.
See it if you love August Wilson's plays, care about the Black experience, enjoy beautifully-developed characters, and/or seek relevant theatre
Don't see it if Not an option. It may portray 1977 Pittsburgh, but it's more relevant than ever - a critical slice-of-life drama that is intimate/honest
See it if You appreciate heavy family dramas with humor and sadness, the interplay/differences b/w generations, struggles of working-class folks
Don't see it if You want a light, breezy show that avoids painful family dynamics, or prefer a clean, happy ending that doesn’t leave you unsettled
See it if you're familiar with Edward Gorey and/or enjoy light, well-done, non-linear portraits with a twinge of sadness
Don't see it if you expect an in-depth portrait/dramatic insights into Gorey's life/works or prefer the "fourth wall" or less conversational shows
See it if you like personal, one-man shows + appreciate finding humor/growth in painful, uncomfortable experiences and wacky yet wise shrinks
Don't see it if colloquial/conversational shows or difficult subjects – depression, alcoholism, suicide, therapy – make you uncomfortable
See it if you relish the triumph of the human spirit despite every hardship, redemption, EXQUISITE performances by the whole cast, beautiful staging
Don't see it if you'd prefer not to weep during a show. (I personally can't stop myself.) Heavy, deeply emotional plot, grappling with abuse, poverty, loss.
See it if stories about food, family, and words unspoken intrigue you. Peppered w/bittersweet, strong food memories that represent their lives/regrets
Don't see it if death and dying are too much to bear - though this serves as a catalyst to reveal relationships, intergenerational/transnational differences
See it if ..you love musical theatre w/INCREDIBLE music, costumes, choreo, acting, singing, and cross-genre mind-blowing!
Don't see it if ...you can't wait for it. Tix are sold out/highly-priced for months at a time. Buy on the day new blocks of seats open - worth every penny