See it if you like theater about theater. If you want to see a powerhouse all-female very queer cast. If you love queer theater.
Don't see it if you don't like in-jokes about theater. If you don't like plays that are absurd at times. If talking about female anatomy makes you uncomfy.
See it if you want a raucous experience. You aren't afraid to get dirty. You want to explore journeys of addiction with no filter.
Don't see it if you expect it to be just like the film. It's lost a lot of its nuance in translation, preferring to just keep the most shocking bits.
See it if you're interested in queer issues post-marriage equality. If you're interested in interrogations of privilege in the queer community.
Don't see it if you're not into lots of talking and little action. It covers a ton of arguments and tends to be mostly standing around and debating.
See it if you want to see some of the best theater you've ever seen. This is a powerhouse cast performing a masterful script.
Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to. Maybe if issues of HIV/AIDS hit too close to home or if you're unable to sit for long periods of time.
See it if you want to see something smart and clever and laid back that will make you laugh for 90 minutes
Don't see it if you're easily annoyed by unlikeable characters. If you don't like ensemble theater. If you want something deeper than a true comedy.
See it if you need your faith in human kindness restored. You want a truly unique story that's never been told on stage before.
Don't see it if you're not up for a feel-good musical. If memories of 9/11 might hit too close to home, though it's so uplifting it might be worth it.
See it if you're a fan of Enda Walsh's work. If you like to be challenged. If you're willing to put a little effort in to get a lot out.
Don't see it if you want to be told a simple straightforward story. If you're not willing to think about what's being put on stage for you.
See it if you like strong ensemble pieces that tell uncommon stories. Teenage girls are so rarely the subject of plays and this does it very well.
Don't see it if overlapping or rapid dialogue is difficult for you.
See it if you're familiar with the original production and want to track the changes. It's a fun game of spot the differences. Jin Ha is very good.
Don't see it if poor set designs distract you from the play. The design is sloppy and disappointing. It didn't feel like a Broadway caliber production.
See it if explorations of alternative sexualities interest you. If you like a good coming-of-age story with a totally unique twist.
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding/sympathizing with people with alternative lifestyles, desires, sexualities, or ways of being.
See it if you appreciate the use of satire to illuminate difficult subject matter. If you want to see an incredible ensemble with an even better lead.
Don't see it if you're highly sensitive to or triggered by depictions of rape, sexual assault, and victim blaming.
See it if you really like Janeane Garofalo. If you like family dramas and don't need a neat resolution. If you have a lot of patience with slow shows.
Don't see it if you want anything more than monotony for two hours. If you value characters with arcs that learn things and change over the course of a show
See it if you want to see four command performances, if you want to be totally sucked in to a show that just flies by.
Don't see it if you like long, meaty plays. The arguments made are nothing new or groundbreaking, but the writing is clever and the acting is great.
See it if you want important theatre that digs in deep and stays with you. If you appreciate learning about history through new lenses.
Don't see it if There's no reason not to see it. If the subject matter makes you uncomfortable, push yourself and be open to learning and experiencing.
See it if you want to watch a talented actor give a command performance. Don't let the solo aspect put you off. It's gripping from beginning to end.
Don't see it if you have trouble with strong accents or are sensitive to harsh topics.
See it if you're willing to be patient and open-minded for a show that is open to interpretation. It's heavy on the performance art/dance/visual art.
Don't see it if you're just going to gripe about how you don't get it. If you need linear storytelling.
See it if you want visually stunning set design, sound design, and lighting. A masterful performance by Cannavale. A really interesting O'Neill.
Don't see it if you're not into avant-garde or experimental staging. If you don't like stylized dialogue.
See it if you love the spectacle of a big budget musical. If you're into dance/choreography. If you want to relive a show you saw long ago.
Don't see it if you're expecting a new production. It's just like the one in the 80s/90s. If you want a great plot. After all, it's a show about cats.
See it if you're looking for a visually stunning, fresh interpretation of a classic piece of theatre.
Don't see it if you don't have the patience for long shows. The last act is not as gripping as the first two so the last 40 minutes are a test of endurance.
See it if you're willing to be patient for a satisfying payoff, want a meditative experience, want to be surprised, want to be part of the action.
Don't see it if you need lots of flash and spectacle, have a short attention span, don't want to think too deeply about things, want the meaning spoon fed.
See it if you're a Harry Potter fan. If you like parodies. If you're looking for some light-hearted, silly laughs.
Don't see it if you're not a Harry Potter fan. You'll lose a lot of the humor and the heart of the show.
See it if you want something utterly original. See it if you're queer or know anyone queer. See it if you have a soul.
Don't see it if You don't like theatre in the round.
See it if You love the spectacle of a Broadway show.
Don't see it if You value story over flash.
See it if You want to see a historically important play, this was one of the first to put gay life onstage. If you want to see stars.
Don't see it if you expect this show to have stood the test of time. It feels dated. The self-loathing gay story no longer feels interesting or productive.
See it if you want to fall in love with Katrina Lenk. It's inevitable. Just let it happen. If you want to be moved by something subtle and lovely.
Don't see it if you want flash and spectacle and tap dancing in your musicals. You struggle to understand Israeli/Egyptian accents.
See it if you're a nostalgic 90s kid looking for an evening of theater that's enjoyable but largely lacks substance. Or if you have kids.
Don't see it if you have no connection to Spongebob. It's not strong enough to hold its own without prior knowledge of the show and the in-jokes.
See it if you value giving female stories/writers/artists the attention they deserve. You love dry humor, rapid dialog and wonderful deadpan delivery.
Don't see it if you're not interested in teenage friendship explored onstage. If you want something larger in scale than two characters on a singular set.
See it if you want to watch a woman's descent into insanity. If you're interested in examining isolation and loneliness.
Don't see it if you have any sensory issues whatsoever. There are multiple periods of prolonged strobe accompanied by seat-shakingly loud dissonant sound.
See it if you like challenging, unconventional theater. If you want to see actors put their all into very physical roles.
Don't see it if you want to sit back and be told a pleasant story. If you don't like to have to think about theater.
See it if Issues of environmentalism and the damage the Baby Boomer generation inflicted on the planet center this solid moral drama. Great writing.
Don't see it if "Kitchen plays" bore you. Single set, lots of talking, not much action. A bit slow to develop, but ultimately poses interesting questions.
See it if you know love, you love love, and you feel deeply. If you like folk music. If you want to hear incredible voices in their element.
Don't see it if you like your theater with characters, scenes, dialogue, blocking, etc. This less a play than a concert with a storyline.
See it if you want to see the single greatest Broadway performance you've ever seen. Ben Platt is second to none. He is this show.
Don't see it if you don't like or can't handle extremely moving shows with difficult subject matter.
See it if you've ever wondered what goes through elite athletes' minds in high pressure moments.
Don't see it if you dislike non-linear storytelling, lots of flashback, or lots of monologuing/narration.
See it if you're really into family dramas that verge on tackling the uncomfortable but pull back before it gets too heavy handed. You're a Ruhl fan.
Don't see it if you long for deep portraits of characters. There wasn't enough time to develop them. You want heart-tugging emotional moments.
See it if you want a light, heartwarming, true comedy that will let you forget about the stress of the outside world for a while.
Don't see it if you need more action than two people telling you a great story. If you dislike plays based on truth.
See it if you like to have a visceral and physical reaction to your theatre. The show puts you in a state of constant and deliberate anxiety.
Don't see it if you need a strong script or expect to be floored by Olivia Wilde. The script just isn't there. Wilde is not right for this role.
See it if you're looking for a solid, light, enjoyable night out. Bareilles has a great voice. It's a simple, sweet story with some good laughs.
Don't see it if you want to be riveted from start to finish. There's only one real show stopping number and another that lets the lead show her pipes.
See it if you're interested in learning more about historical figures that deserve to have their stories told. If you like stunning costumes & sets.
Don't see it if "based on a true story" turns you off. If you're unforgiving of quirky theatrical elements/plot devices. If you hate plays with narrators.
See it if It's a lovely acknowledgment of how far gay rights have come and a telling of gay history through the eyes of one gay man's relationships.
Don't see it if That said, it fails to acknowledge the work still left to do. It's a white gay male view of progress. All other queer people are left out.
See it if you're interested in a unique with intriguing characters. You're interested in twisted takes on period pieces.
Don't see it if you are an impatient theatre-goer. A certain amount of generosity is needed to allow this play be what it is.
See it if you want to see three amazing actresses pour their souls into a play. You want clever writing that handles trauma and tragedy with aplomb.
Don't see it if you're not into absurdism. The characters talk themselves in circles for most of the play. You're not up for something gut-wrenching.
See it if you're looking for a literal one of a kind experience. This show will likely never be the same twice. If you're into cerebral thinky stuff.
Don't see it if you're impatient with slower moving plot-lines. You get bored with more theoretical, cerebral, make-you-think type theatre.
See it if you know New York, you know theatre, you like silly humor, you're a fan of Kroll and Mulaney, you like improv, want to be surprised.
Don't see it if you're not familiar with New York. The show's humor greatly hinges on NY-centric references and if you don't know NY you'll often be lost.
See it if You're interested in deaf or disability culture. You want to support inclusive theatrical experiences.
Don't see it if You're concerned with plot. If you're easily bored with music from the early 2000s. If you're annoyed by melodrama.
See it if You care about the future of theatre, the evolution of musicals, the direction Broadway is moving in. It is worth the hype.
Don't see it if You're stuffy or a "traditionalist" about what you want a musical to be.