See it if you like camp, murder mysteries, high school cheerleading dramas, self-aware musicals, or Bowling For Soup. If you like *any* of these, go!
Don't see it if you're averse to (stylized) violence, sleepover parties, or narratives that can wink at their own conceits.
See it if you like stale political satire, historical musicals, or Irving Berlin. A fine revival of a very dated musical with a couple great numbers.
Don't see it if You don't feel the need for a predictable, slightly sexist comedy set in a poor duchy in Europe. It was fine, just very unmodern.
See it if you're a fan of musicals, Sondheim, non-linear narratives, or great tunes.
Don't see it if You're not looking for a revival of an infamous flop (however reworked and vindicated). You want a full-blown production.
See it if You want a light-hearted musical comedy tinged with self-awareness and romance. Fun music and a happy ending.
Don't see it if You want a serious, high-budget play. You don't want to smile and be entertained with silly jokes.
See it if You're a fan of relationship dramas or Strindberg. It turns out I am decidedly not, but this was a good production of a crap play.
Don't see it if You don't like naturalistic one-room dramas full of unlikeable characters scheming against one another. You're not so into 19th social mores
See it if You want to see some dynamite performances or a very talky play about factchecking minutiae and the meaning of Truth in personal lives.
Don't see it if You're expecting a traditional, linear plotty play. This is more dialogue scenes within a skinly sketched framework. You want a good ending.
See it if you think you might like it -- it drastically exceed my expectations. A fresh and vital retelling that doesn't feel hackneyed or superfluous
Don't see it if Contains a lot of dark themes -- vitriolic racism, sexual assault, incest, child abuse -- that are addressed directly.
See it if You want to see a well-acted political farce decrying the complicity of wealthy business interests in the success of the Nazi Party.
Don't see it if you're expecting parallels to modern day politics. Brecht wrote so specifically about the rise of Nazism it is obvious and nontransferrable
See it if You like Tom Stoppard plays. You ever took a metaphysics class. You want an exploration of consciousness and the sublime with lots of words.
Don't see it if You don't like drama as a prop or justification for explorations of thought. You don't like Tom Stoppard plays. You're easily bored.
See it if You want to see a stupendous, hyper-stylized, deeply honest play about girlhood, female sexuality, and growing up Asian in America
Don't see it if You want to leave happy. You will laugh, but this is an emotional harrowing play. Contains full frontal nudity and sexual violence.
See it if Irwin is simply wonderful and thoroughly engaging. He gives a witty, poignant interesting insight into Beckett.
Don't see it if you hate Beckett AND clowns AND solo shows. You're not interested in an "actor's view" of Beckett's work, no matter how amiably delivered.
See it if You want to hear deep Dylan cuts beautifully arranged and sung. You want to see a Depression era play with some great acting and uneven plot
Don't see it if You like your musicals to have plot advanced by song or song motivated by plot. You're expecting a jukebox musical.
See it if you want to see a Pulitzer Prize winning play in a lovely basement theater with ardent acting.
Don't see it if you're expecting professional gloss or consistency. You value good endings; this one was abrupt, unresolved, disappointing, and confusing.
See it if Intense, frank, and overwhelmingly personal relationship details. Queer sex. Working through intimacy with new partners.
Don't see it if You don't want to encounter the above topics. You're looking for a resolved, Aristotelian narrative arc. 65 minutes is too short for you (?)
See it if You want a vibrant, original, thrilling performance that awes with the power of suggestion. The first preview was already right on point.
Don't see it if You want normal. This is a scifi-tinged musical performance with narrative banter containing more protest anthems than traditional plot.
See it if you like supporting small theater. You want a fever dream quality mashup play of Guy Noir Private Eye and Borges.
Don't see it if you're expecting a polished production, coherent script, or high production value. This is a barebones, black box experience.
See it if you love musicals. Or! you like the Go-Go's AND obscure Elizabethan fantasias AND gender politics (srsly, who is this show aimed at?)
Don't see it if you're expecting a boring jukebox musical; a coherent, linear musical. This is farcical and fun and full of stilted Shakespeare-style verse.
See it if you want a fun romp of a high school music with a cliched but accurate lens on the angst of adolescence; or to smile and laugh with teens.
Don't see it if you're over the age of 30, have a low tolerance for the ridiculous/absurd/deus ex machina, you've been listening too closely to the hype
See it if You like Shakespeare or dark comedies. Care about representation in the arts & how we treat people/minorities/villains.
Don't see it if You want a straight adaptation or parody. This self-aware play blurs the lines and jumps around a lot from straight to 4th wall busting.
See it if you like the Visconti film (I didn't); like von Hove (I do); like plays in French; prize visual excellence above narrative momentum.
Don't see it if You don't want to be excruciated by a Greek-tragedy-inflected (incest & all) Holocaust narrative. IVH calls it a "Ritual of Evil"
See it if you want to see two talented leads (with the best material) in a patchy musical about one season in 1969 at Studio 54 with Warhol & crew.
Don't see it if you're looking for another Hedwig. Or a musical that is particularly polished, focused, or thematically contiguous.
See it if You like Jason Robert Brown as a composer, or want to see some excellent songs, each of which is a one-off, self-contained. Good dancing too
Don't see it if you don't like JRB, revues, or are looking for something with a connected, straightforward plot.
See it if New, vibrant, funny, interesting plays about sexual politics and interpersonal Brooklyn relations have ever crossed your mind.
Don't see it if plays about gender, sexual, and race relations aren't your cuppa. You don't care about the families of Ft. Greene residents.
See it if you care about new plays addressing the heart of the American spirit, race relations, and personal responsibility/integrity.
Don't see it if contains extreme and constant profanity and a blazing indictment of White America. Be warned this is not a "comfortable" show.
See it if you like classical music / opera. This is an American "Carmen" after Bizet. Hammerstein's lyrics are broadly good, if written in dialect.
Don't see it if You just really hate great music or don't want to see an older, dated Hammerstein show. You're expecting a full-fledged opera.
See it if you like plays that incorporate mythology (I do!), climate change, and queer pagan rituals. Fresh drama that directly addresses the audience
Don't see it if This premise doesn't sound awesome: Dionysus is back to save the earth baby, but they have to seduce 4 women on a NJ cul-de-sac to do it!
See it if you like intense family drama, drenched in symbolism with hints of danger and surrealism (the mom)
Don't see it if Contains lots of violence and is not naturalistic. The stakes can also seem low/unreal. You don't like your narrative at service of metaphor
See it if you're inebriated or very hip. More seriously, if the idea of a wide-ranging, queer-friendly, pop-rave musical with dance interests you.
Don't see it if You don't want to stand in a rambunctious performance on a dance floor in a dive bar for a loud, unfocused show about Wilde and reality TV.
See it if You like Strindberg and want to see an intelligent translation set in 1990s South Africa.
Don't see it if One-room naturalistic relationship dramas full of woman-hating, rough sex, and blood don't interest you.
See it if Great actors depicting heartwrenching characters dealing with trauma, purpose, and the ties that bind
Don't see it if You want a happy play (although there are plenty of laughs), a traditional narrative, or want to avoid themes of abuse (in many forms).
See it if A stunningly good "boarding school story," about young, black men struggling with sexuality, school, and selves. Passionate and affecting.
Don't see it if Contains offensive language, sexual discussion, and violence. You don't like gorgeous gospel singing.
See it if Emotional, political, familial, romantic, tragic, epic, historical, comic, relevant. I don't know how this incredible play packs it all in.
Don't see it if you can't deal with accents, multitudinous characters, profanity, violence, or sprawlingly lengthy plays.
See it if You like monologues or characters. You don't mind awkward curses sprinkled over the dialogue.
Don't see it if You want something more plot-heavy or less heavy-handed. It's a bit moralistic and loses some momentum in the second half.
See it if A well-executed, honest, funny, intelligent production that interrogates the relevance, importance, and failings of the US Constitution.
Don't see it if A personal, (mostly) one-person show about politics and ugly truths in life. Unsparing and probing, it often may be uncomfortable.
See it if You like farces, Guy Ritchie films, and over-the-top character acting. Imagine a classist The Sting performed in a tracksuits.
Don't see it if You're easily offended by crudeness or lack of tact, don't want to watch a silly play, have no interest whatsoever in sport.
See it if For the premise if you can deal with an long, uneven familyish drama with some interesting scenes about religious leaders and class dynamics
Don't see it if You're just going for Glenn Close. You were hoping for an Arc tale sans Joan — she's everywhere, and the play is less interesting for it.
See it if you value a vivid and occasionally chilling re-contextualization of a gorgeously scored Broadway classic. Great acting.
Don't see it if bold direction sometimes oversteps itself (especially in the confusing ending). the show is dated despite the fresh interpretation.
See it if Good set and sound design, largely good acting, some interesting emotional moments and twists.
Don't see it if a play caught in between muddled politics and half-baked characters. you don't need a dozen or more scene changes in a 90-minute play.
See it if you love the source material or want to see a one-ton marionette operated by 14 roaring through the (concrete) jungles
Don't see it if the "King Kong Live Spectacular!" would not appeal to you; you're looking for a fresh story or memorable music
See it if You like Shakespeare, but are over Hamlet. You enjoy historical plays, theater jokes, Janet McTeer, strong-willed protagonists.
Don't see it if You want to watch loads of Hamlet. You want to watch no Hamlet at all. You're not that interested in turn of the 20th century theater.
See it if you like Shaina Taub (who doesn't); Shakespeare; or musicals. This is a full-blown, short (90-minute) musical version of Twelfth Night.
Don't see it if you're expecting a straight Shakespeare play or don't like fun reinterpretations.
See it if Great performances, wonderful set, moments of genius, good script. You've seen the Garcia Lorca play it's riffing on (I sadly have not)
Don't see it if A bit long, seems unfocused or undecided on what kind of play it wants to be. Veers between family drama, magic, social commentary quickly.
See it if you like one-woman shows. want to see a woman wrestling with the fallout from intense interpersonal drama.
Don't see it if contains a lot of obscenities and sexual frankness. not a linear narrative. doesn't wrap up everything in a neat package.
See it if You're interested in the dynamics of power; the dominant discourse in America; the framing of certain narratives; and cultural expectations.
Don't see it if you're expecting a vicious satire, a traditional drama, or something impenetrable. This is a smart, "real" play about culture and family.
See it if you like "slice of life" cinema, plays with a lot of jump-cuts through time, psychological portraits, empathetic portrayals of unlikeables.
Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional narrative structure. This is more of a character study of the life of an "average" American woman.
See it if if you are a moderately serious fan of Harry Potter OR technical theater, this is a must-see. You care at all about lighting (it's superb).
Don't see it if you didn't like HP and are just here for the hype. The stage magic is marvelous, but it's 5.5 hours of reveling in universe & characters.
See it if You like nuanced, in-depth takes of the creative process and the often titanic egos involved therein.
Don't see it if unsympathetic characters make it hard for you to dig into a production. Or you have trouble with choppy timelines.
See it if You're a lover of internet fandoms and Great American Theater. You are conversant with Williams, Albee, Ibsen, and slash.
Don't see it if you can't stand farce or satire. You don't know what fan fiction is (or you do, and you've never read it).
See it if You want to see an well-played, conventional staging of one of Shakespeare's finest works. Stoll is especially compelling as Iago.
Don't see it if You've seen a bunch of Othellos already. Although Desdemona's death scene is particularly well-staged, the last two acts felt slow.