See it if you might like Irish family dramas set in the recent past. You think you don't like monologue shows -- this one could change your mind!
Don't see it if You're expecting anything meaty or revelatory. There are certainly surprises, and plot, but this is almost more of a fluffy memory play.
See it if you like the songs made famous by Meat Loaf. The over-the-top treatment of them in this show make for some unforgettable, powerful moments.
Don't see it if you don't like Meat Loaf, rock music, or want a coherent and plausible storyline. Plot-wise, this is more of a jukebox musical.
See it if You like trite, feel-good, implausible rom-coms that telegraph every plot point. You like Broadway musicals and good music/singing.
Don't see it if You're expecting this show to be anything surprising or hard-hitting. It's a fun fluff piece with silly rhymes and absurd plot elements.
See it if You want to laugh often and uproariously, like a well-earned joke and well-placed jibe, are not a fusspot.
Don't see it if unless you have a passable (Wikipedia) grasp on Three Sisters & preferably Chekhov, dislike satire, strong language, or stylized performance
See it if See it for heartfelt personal stories, great singing, and some fine songs.
Don't see it if The James Taylor songs are amusingly easy to spot. You're expecting a plot, this is more of a revue.
See it if A rollicking, searing, original, raucous, wonderful, surprising, introspective, self-aware musical.
Don't see it if you're queasy about frank discussions of sex, dislike strong language, or prefer a traditional/linear/cliched musical plot.
See it if Hard-hitting, high-concept, Brechtian, vital theatre; race relations in America, the weight of the assumptive gaze, and fair(skinned)ness.
Don't see it if You have very low tolerance for non-traditional theater, can't wait to see how strange things resolve, or only care about entertainment.
See it if You want to see one of the best Beatrice's ever or a fabulous night out in the park. I wish more Shakespeare were done in this style.
Don't see it if No real reason not to, unless you hate Shakespeare comedies or getting rained on.
See it if You're a fan of Shepard or portrayals dysfunctional families or the rot of American idealism. Great staging and committed acting.
Don't see it if You can't stand symbolism or jagged plots. Some of the acting/monologues are uneven, and I'm not ultimately sure what the play wanted to say
See it if You appreciate the craftiness of Miller and a heavy dose of Greek fate. A well-architected, inevitable tragedy with some resonance.
Don't see it if Maybe this production, or just the era of the writing, but although I was touched, I was never moved. The concerns here seem far away.
See it if You want to see Adam Driver's excellent, thrilling performance of someone abusing substances. You like F'ed up romances.
Don't see it if There's not a load going on beyond the good performances. The story is sort of a domestic drama intermingled with badboy attraction.
See it if You loved the movie and want to see a great update. Some really good music and songs, but inconsistent. Good performances.
Don't see it if you hate cross-dressing, foul language, or off-color jokes. It was surprisingly dirty. You don't want to be reminded of 1980s gender roles.
See it if a searing play about racial dynamics in America with excellent dialogue and acting.
Don't see it if You hate being uncomfortable in the theatre. Some of the plot leaps and character actions felt forced.
See it if You've seen the film; like irreverent, sarcastic, self-aware metacommentary in your shows. Want see giant monster puppets or a elaborate set
Don't see it if You may be a little confused without the film context...lots of nods. Some of the best laughs come at the expense of musical theater history
See it if you like myths, musicals, folk music, spinning stages, or Eva Noblezada
Don't see it if You don't like your shows with any whiff of allegory or politics (in the broad sense). You demand a kickline.
See it if you've ever lived in Scotland or loved a Scot, ditto Applachia, ditto "rural America" at large. You love cool songs and whisky.
Don't see it if You want a linear plot or traditional structure. This show is about emotions, lived experiences, shared history, and personal myth-making.
See it if You love Nathan Lane, have seen Titus, are pleasantly inebriated, love random, are interested in literary criticism.
Don't see it if You're averse to bodily fluids, gore, sex, dicks, slapstick humor, cerebral humor, don't care about Shakespeare.
See it if you're interested in a historical flop with some surprisingly great tunes and a compelling frame narrative around Nabokov's masterpiece.
Don't see it if for better & worse, this hews closely to the plot of the novel. There is a lot of talk/portrayal of sex with an underage girl. 3 hours long.
See it if you're really into the source material (or have compatriots who are) and have a high threshold for bad audiences. You love light design.
Don't see it if Well, the film isn't very good, so it's no surprise the musical isn't either. The songs are ok to good, but the motivations are a mess.
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 like genre-bending, searing comedy that explores gender roles and self-conception across time, place, and culture. Witty writing.
Don't see it if Actors playing multiple characters in different scenes isn't your thing. Non-linear narratives with a clear normative thrust disturb you.
See it if you really love Williams and want to see him indulging in a new playwriting style that diverges from his naturalistic trademark style.
Don't see it if I think the contemporary reception of the play had it about right: it was a miss, but not a mess. Intelligent, irksome, interesting, obscure
See it if April Matthis is incredible. You're interested in a wonderfully discursive bio-piece about a little known pioneer in American sports.
Don't see it if You don't like obscure histories, strong language (there's a lot of it: profane/obscene/racist), or non-linear storytelling.
See it if You like internet-themed catfishing comedy, or things like Aziz Ansari's book on "modern romance."
Don't see it if This isn't a "play" in a traditional sense, though I suppose it has an arc (she gets a date). Also, there is audience participation.
See it if you want to see a well-acted family drama viscerally set against explicitly religious homophobia in Uganda.
Don't see it if you don't like being upset by theatre, you expect fresh takes or in-depth examinations of issues, believe in the #OwnVoices hashtag
See it if One actor doubling two brothers across time (well-staged) & some ok performances are the only positives here.
Don't see it if Even at 75 minutes, it dragged. The ultimate revelations managed to be both boring and offensive.
See it if you love music, McLean's music specifically, interesting musicals, great singing, experimental storytelling, or Hildegard specifically.
Don't see it if You're expecting historical narrative, or much of a narrative at all.
See it if you like the passion of committed amateurish productions with a slightly higher production value or want to see a competent Macbeth.
Don't see it if You're expecting a particularly fresh take, dislike staged violence, or can't understand actors that talk really fast.
See it if Wonderful music, especially when the songs aren't expected to the move the plot forward. Great acting from the whole cast, including Teeter.
Don't see it if (never read the book but) I found the plot hamfisted, boring, and heavily reliant on the tired trope of the "magical negro". Lily's annoying
See it if An intensely personal look at how smart, self-aware people can participate in toxic, self-destructive behaviors.
Don't see it if You can't take being uncomfortable in the theater or you have no interest in the jagged angles of modern gender interactions.
Also The opening scene was equal parts searing, cringey, and sublime.
See it if A stunning, beautiful, haunting a capella musical that explores facets of online existence and hits very close to home. Timely and terrific!
Don't see it if You want loads of plot (there's very little**), instruments (who needs them with voices like these?), or the traditional musical trappings.
See it if this play had a lot of potential and several great moments. It does a good job explaining BDSM, even if these explanations sap the action.
Don't see it if cliched depictions of couples (mono-straight denigrated, poly-queer idealized), actions and scenes come out of nowhere (mostly from Lauren).
See it if for some excellent performances, tap dancing on the ceiling, several great numbers. You LOVE Porter or Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You don't want to endure a very dated production adapting a very sexist play. I don't want to say it's irredeemable, but maybe unreviveable?
See it if You like Anaïs Mitchell or folk music generally. You're all about that bass (Patrick Page). You like mythology and/or know the story.
Don't see it if You don't know or care about Orpheus, want a straightforward / realistic plot, don't like immersive shows.
See it if You like old plays or are interested in the historical time capsule that is Jacobean revenge tragedy.
Don't see it if You're expecting Shakespeare. The language is less lyrical and the action less urbane. Popes and blood abound.
See it if You want to see Glenda Jackson slay. You love Lear and want a good production of it with great acting.
Don't see it if You hate gender-blind casting, don't like Lear, don't want a 3.5 hour play, are looking for a fresh take or expect Sam Gold to dazzle.
See it if You like well-scored, predictable musicals without very many surprises. The music was great, the songs were trite to fine, the acting good.
Don't see it if You're looking for anything out of the mold or something that a comic book fan would enjoy. This was a watered-down but pleasant show.
See it if you want to be engaged by vibrant theater, learn about Mary Seacole, and see an undercover play about motherhood and the American experience
Don't see it if you struggle with nonlinear narratives, dialect, doubling, or plays trying to do a whole lot of things at the same time. War scenes warning.
See it if You like well-staged musicals with phenomenal movement and good performances. You want to see Grace McLean and Heath Saunders sing-off.
Don't see it if you don't like Duncan Sheik or Lewis Carroll. Alice By Heart leans very heavily on its source material, making it necessarily très bizarre.
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).