See it if theatrically experimental (soundscape, storytelling, lip synching, monologue) piece with an INTENSE plot and personal resonance with author
Don't see it if I'm not sure I would inflict this show on anyone who doesn't know what they're in for. It needs many content warnings for trauma and abuse.
See it if You like history and pop divas, along with great costumes and original songs
Don't see it if you're looking for a particularly substantial (or really any) plot. This one is all about the songs and the glamour.
See it if You've ever read any Forster. This show got me started and I have no regrets. You like literary, smart plays set in present day NYC.
Don't see it if Look, it's 7 hours long, extremely NYC, uncommercial, artsy, gay, based on a novel from 1910 with 4th wall breaking third person narration.
See it if Never seen the movie, but maybe if you're a fan of that or the actors. The acting is the highlight of this humdrum musical.
Don't see it if Well, despite bland songs, ridiculous plot, poor sound design / vocal opportunities, and a meandering story... I had a lot fun!
See it if a touching, tragicomic family drama surfacing family lies and touches on the nature of love, family, and passion. Especially in old age.
Don't see it if family drama isn't your thing. Despite feeling quite modern and up-to-date, it does entertain the sensibility of previous decades of drama.
See it if Really fascinating, if ultimately superfluous, massive stage pieces moving dance-like to portray this pre-WWII tragedy.
Don't see it if The play arguably doesn't merit the epic scale of its staging. Solid writing, but quite dated. Acting was fine, but upstaged by...the stage.
See it if Small, intimate show about the ties that bind. Strong performances, characters, and script all around.
Don't see it if You don't like character-driven drama, backwards narratives, or petty, manipulative jealousies and betrayals (heh).
See it if You're a Richard Nelson fan (I am), because he clearly has his technique: real-time family plays set in Rhinebeck. Small, intimate dramas.
Don't see it if You want all the dancers to the be good actors, you don't give a hoot about modern dance, you don't like conversational plays in the round.
See it if you're interested in playwriting, historicity, power, the purpose of theater, WWII, or what it means to act morally in the world.
Don't see it if You don't like breaking the fourth wall, supernatural plot elements, lots of talking, intellectualizing, or Tony Kushner.
See it if A slow, continuous play with strange language, low stakes, sketchy characters. Four dissimilar women hash out their desires.
Don't see it if There are maybe two interesting conversations in the whole play, and the most interesting characters are not the leads. This one's a bust.
See it if You want to have your cockles warmed by a holiday classic. Thorne has kept Dickens' best lines and wisely recast the ghosts as The Fates.
Don't see it if A new, wholly unnecessary and ill-conceived ending will intrude on your enjoyment. Your tolerance for hand bells or cheesiness is low.
See it if a moving, intense depiction of life in a refugee camp and the compromises we will or won't make in our lives.
Don't see it if Fairly predictable plot unfolds and is full of bathos. Unfortunately, the lead gives the weakest performance in the production.
See it if A thrilling two-hander that twists and winds through the human condition. Desire, fate, fame, self-loathing, and good books abound.
Don't see it if This play stirs powerful emotions. (see more) You don't like contemporary plays that are self-consciously heightened in language.
See it if you're interested in poetic monologues only tenuously related to one another. Moving performances and well-staged, but all over the place.
Don't see it if you're looking for Aristotelian theater with a cast of characters and narrative arc. There is storytelling, but no beginning/middle/end.
See it if A searing, vital, important play about ideological divides, even on the same "side." Genius character sketches and relentless dialogue.
Don't see it if You don't like plays about ideas, conversation, and character (however unsympathetic). There may be less plot than traditionalists desire.
See it if you really like Tomei or Williams. This is a gorgeously-staged, unexceptional production. Sturdy but not fresh or interesting.
Don't see it if you want to avoid tired tropes and dubious accents. Lots of the language is unsurprisingly beautiful, but the plot is less so.
See it if You like goofy musicals with awesome music that mix the serious with comedic gags.
Don't see it if you're looking for interesting new approachs to ambition, Shakespeare, or Macbeth. This is a fun, fluffy musical you won't think much about.
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 A MUST see if you've been following along on the last year of letters, or even if you want to catch up on them. A solid conclusion.
Don't see it if You aren't invested in the set up or dislike ambiguity and unresolved tension.
See it if You're in the mood for an absurdist farce that indicts the whitewashing of American history. Good acting. A dark version of Parks & Rec.
Don't see it if I didn't feel like there was a real payoff and don't get the hype around the ending. It doesn't say much new, and what it has to say is dull
See it if You like musicals. The musical numbers aren't copies of the trackseveryone knows, making it more exciting at the expense of fan service.
Don't see it if You don't like shows throwing social issues at the plot wall like spaghetti to see what sticks. There's a LOT going on, but mostly works.
See it if An tale of betrayal, marriage, and female rage ruthlessly modernized with a white-minimalist staging. Great acting from IRL married couple.
Don't see it if you're extending it to hew closely to Euripedes or cover any new ground. You don't like sex talk, profanity, videography, or violence.
See it if You like ghost stories, like the kind you tell around campfires. Also monologues and spooky lighting.
Don't see it if You don't like to suspend your disbelief, shiver, or use your imagination. It's a real play, but less "theatrical" than "storyfeeling".
See it if Maybe I just really like Sam Hunter, but this play really did it for me. Gripping, heartrending, naturalistic, and compelling...
Don't see it if ...without being obviously great. The plot, as it is, doesn't sound that great, and some of the actors are much stronger than others, but...
See it if You like magic, mentalism, and excellent stagemanship. You're curious about psychology or "psychic" manipulation.
Don't see it if Incredibly long, repetitive bits; copious audience interaction; or unexplained mysteries bug you. It's a bit preachy.
See it if This is the kitchen equivalent of a backstage drama. A dysfunctional, egoistic chef comes to terms with his limits at a bougie BK restaurant
Don't see it if You don't like small, naturalistic dramas with low stakes and flawed characters. You don't care about cooking, onstage or off.
See it if a streamlined, raucous, rollicking version of one of Shakespeare's problem plays with an all female cast.
Don't see it if You don't like cross-casting or streamlined Shakespeare productions. You don't want to engage with your fellow audience.
See it if you want to see a great staging of a very Lloyd Webber musical. The music is great, catchy, and indelible.
Don't see it if The story is... less obviously wonderful. It's a curious subject for these writers, and it seems strange to turn a life into a hagiography.
See it if you want to see one of Shakespeare's best played by a great Irish company in a gorgeous, harsh, mixed modern staging.
Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh take of an enduring, timely classic. But this is a highly competent production with moments of excellence.
See it if this is a thrilling, new, political (meta-)musical with a lot to say about the state of the theatre and the world.
Don't see it if there's a lot going on, and for a while, it doesn't seem like it's going to be a musical. When it is, there's a sharp satirical edge.
See it if you're interested in a solid but safe rendition of a Shakespearean classic.
Don't see it if You're looking for a fresh take or unforgettable performances. You're going to miss the porter scene.
See it if you like David Byrne, Talking Heads, or great concerts. Byrne's performance is engaging and dynamic, but Parson and Giarmo deserve praise.
Don't see it if It's a literal weird to me this is listed as "theatre". This is a concert. An excellently choreographed one, but don't expect anything else.
See it if you want to see cringey, mean, annoying millennials talk in-depth about a random book (Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant).
Don't see it if you don't like talky, plotless plays; uncomfortable sexual overtones; or incomprehensible dance breakdowns mid-scene.
See it if a strong production of a brilliant show. You don't need to know or like Chekhov to appreciate this play, but it certainly will help.
Don't see it if small, blackbox productions that run nearly 3 hours aren't your thing. You don't like profanity or breaking the 4th wall.
See it if You want a filthy, classy, hilarious romp through Novak's sexual origin story with nods to Eliot, Nabokov, and Shakespeare.
Don't see it if you don't like standup. This is one comedian on a bare stage with a microphone, speaking in the first person.
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.