See it if you want to hear eerie, haunting tales! Gain new appreciation for stories you may have read long ago.
Don't see it if you can't climb the staircase, you might be claustrophobic - setting is intimate and close. If you don't appreciate a one-man show.
See it if you love great classic musicals, well-sung, with a bit of a twist for today's tastes
Don't see it if you don't want to spend a fortune on a fairly dreary staging of this show,
See it if you want to see an inspired mashup of shepherds, princesses, oracles, lovers' travails, and Go-Gos songs.
Don't see it if you're hoping for a standard jukebox show about a plucky girl band overcoming obstacles, or anything you might expect from this genre.
See it if You've never seen the play before, you're determined to see it every time it's staged, you have the time and money to devote to this.
Don't see it if You can't pay attention over a long arc, or if poor design choices will spoil your experience.
See it if you appreciate a magical performer, reflecting on how to take on this world we're living in.
Don't see it if you don't want to hear from a queer POC, you don't want to think about the time yet to come, you don't like sequins.
See it if You are interested in devised theater and orientalism [sic]. The Indian dance theater sections are amazing, the cast extremely talented.
Don't see it if You're enraged by the enduring racism of fancy European directors.
See it if You enjoy seeing all the pieces of a puzzle fit into place. You like a play with historical scope and a bit of magical realism.
Don't see it if You’re frustrated by nonlinear storytelling, you don’t have the patience to wait for all to become clear.
See it if You want to hear a classic tale freshly told in a beautiful space. Performer is delightful and reveals the piece masterfully.
Don't see it if You hate listening to a story... but even if you can't handle podcasts at least you have a handsome man and a lovely room to look at.
See it if You love Joan La Barbara, you're interested in non-narrative contemporary composition, you love Thomas Paine but can let him go tonight
Don't see it if You want an opera - this is not a story - or you want a coherent treatment of Paine's thought. There are allusions but it is frustrating.
See it if You're alive right now - it's great, it's fun, it's about who we are as a nation.
Don't see it if You're a cultural conservative, unwilling to embrace the diversity of population and of expression that the 21st century is offering.
See it if You have a lot of energy to burn off and want to see an incredibly inventive physical production (the sets! the costumes! Squidward's legs!)
Don't see it if you don't want to be blasted by more stimulation than perhaps ever before in one theater. There's a lot going on here.
See it if you like technically ambitious solo shows, a lovely performer interacting with multichannel (live & prerecorded) video, a musing on muses
Don't see it if you want a clear narrative arc or a traditional 'play' rather than a one-man piece
See it if you love the play, or don't know the play, or love the stars; it's not my favorite production but they made some interesting choices.
Don't see it if you can't bear a long night out, if you can't listen hard, if you prefer happy families.
See it if you enjoy great writing of political strategy, if you like to watch how history is made behind the scenes. Play is a historical curiosity.
Don't see it if you want a fast-paced war story, emotional character development, or an explanation of how Joan won and lost her cause.
See it if you like an inventive ensemble, intriguing physical and vocal staging, storytelling, and a tale about the heartbreak of making great work
Don't see it if You're expecting the naturalism of the film; this is a very theatrical treatment of the Isak Dinesen story.
See it if you're keen to see an odd little dance/object theater piece. Delightful in many ways, definitely not to all tastes. Good for kids.
Don't see it if you want a narrative, are unamused by physical theater and low-tech constructed design elements.
See it if you are curious about an odd real-life story from the headlines, here presented with more historical detail than the original play.
Don't see it if You hope to see magic, or love, or beauty, or illusion, or a plausible tale of deception and the stories we tell ourselves.
See it if You'll watch unlikeable people who made a great thing happen. You're up for hypernaturalism - low-key, low-drama conversational scenes.
Don't see it if You want a straight biopic, or a conventional structure with an arc and a conclusion.
See it if You have kids, you mistakenly think you're above a puppet show, you want to be entranced by visuals, you've forgotten the magic of theater.
Don't see it if You don't want to see something really unusual that's held up for a couple of decades without losing its novelty.
See it if Your kids are 6-10 or thereabouts and have the patience to be told a rambling story with engaging lead-in activities and good narration.
Don't see it if You actually want your kids to come away with a sense of the human cost of luxury goods and a yearning to be better people.
See it if You like once-in-a-lifetime, had-to-be-there events; you love O'Neill; you love or don't yet love David Greenspan.
Don't see it if You can't stay alert for six hours - you'll want to be engaged throughout. You have limited mobility - the audience needs to climb stairs.