See it if You don’t mind if your folk revival is punctuated by a mess of scenes with characters you don’t quite care about.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a jukebox musical. This is more of a play with songs presented as a foil / counterpoint / complement to the plot.
See it if you want to see a compelling portrayal of Hamlet--I loved Ruth Negga's physicality and interpretation. I enjoyed the staging and lighting.
Don't see it if you can't sit still in a semi-comfortable chair with no armrests for 3.5 hours. also, the sound design was annoying/distracting.
See it if you like nerdy things like crossword puzzles, scrabble, historical stories of cryptographers... and also mental magic.
Don't see it if you don't want to participate in your entertainment; you don't care about magic.
See it if you're a fan of folk rock that flirts and fuses beautifully with other genres; you want to get swept up into a story
Don't see it if Orpheus is your hero (his character and its portrayal feel a little meh)
See it if you want to muse on the changing music scene from the late 50s to 70s; you like considering back story that accompanies lyrics
Don't see it if you couldn't care less about Carole King; you dislike jukebox musicals; you can't ignore bad writing;
See it if you love a cappella; you have a complicated relationship with technology; you liked ghost quartet
Don't see it if you want big production value; you want to fully grasp everything that's going on
See it if You want something that's fun and high energy (it's not so successful when it tries to be serious)
Don't see it if you couldn't care less about Cher; you don't do jukebox shows; you will be annoyed at unsubtle, somewhat redundant moral messages
See it if you loved the movie but won't be sad if some of the more serious / meaningful aspects of the movie are lost
Don't see it if you don't care about teen issues; are looking for a great score
See it if You like Green Day, Avril Lavigne, etc., and want to reminisce about the early 00s; you want to watch performers enjoying themselves
Don't see it if You want something serious, sit quietly, see a fully-staged musical.
See it if you win cheap tickets; you love Jimmy Buffett; you like jukebox musicals and don't mind superficial, predictable plotting
Don't see it if you want something thought-provoking, surprising, or innovative. and it's okay to not want these things once in a while!
See it if you want a glimpse into the lives of many different characters and their relationships with equal parts humor and thought provoking moments
Don't see it if you want a linear, plotted story - this is a show of short, sometimes-connected vignettes
See it if You like the idea of understanding the backstory of a folk punk relationship and the music it might inspire
Don't see it if You want traditional musical with dancing, changing sets, etc. This is basically in the style of a band's set.
See it if you're looking for a glimpse into human connections; reads more like a play with music than a musical
Don't see it if you're looking for a traditional, plot driven, straightforward show
See it if you're interested in performances from a non-Western tradition; you enjoy folk stories; you want to support diversity in theater
Don't see it if you're looking for traditional musical - this is more a drama with songs, and the songs feel distinctly Asian with English lyrics
See it if you like musical revues or Jerry Herman; you want something simple and straightforward for a couple of hours
Don't see it if you want staging, plot, character development ... anything other than songs
See it if you'd like to be guided through the backstage areas of a theatre while experiencing vignettes of character stories
Don't see it if you want more freedom to explore in your immersive theater; you're looking for concrete plot or character development
See it if you love Philippa Soo; you like pretty songs but don't mind them all sounding the same; you like a simple love story
Don't see it if you loved the movie and want something similarly magical and quirky; you can't sit for 2 hours without an intermission
See it if You're a Harry Potter fan; you're looking for low budget, light hearted frivolity. The ensemble cast seems very invested in making it fun.
Don't see it if You want the deeper life lessons and more serious side of the Potter world; you find it confusing when actors play multiple roles.
See it if You want to see a show with promise in its early development. A few catchy, smart lyrics and songs. Joel Perez was a standout.
Don't see it if You want to be moved by the relationships between characters. I was especially disappointed by the lack of chemistry.
See it if will feel satisfied with one well-acted character with some dimension (Miranda), in the midst of 3 flat ones; like romantic comedies
Don't see it if you can't get past an overly stereotypical chauvinistic best friend character (fine acting, just completely unlikeable); want any depth
See it if you aren't afraid of being drawn into the story, or charmed by the devil; you're interested a traditional folk story told in modern context
Don't see it if you can't understand people with accents; you want a traditional musical; you dislike folk tunes
See it if you're into YA fiction; you like individual character studies (that don't always mesh into a full story); you like small shows
Don't see it if you don't appreciate original material; you want a long, epic story
See it if you love inventive staging and lighting; you're okay with feeling like part of the show; you appreciate opera-style musicals
Don't see it if you want your 4th wall intact; you prefer straightforward rhymes and melodies; you dislike Russian literature
See it if You enjoy The Little Prince; you want to see something short and sweet; you don't need big production value
Don't see it if you want something that builds on The Little Prince - it's more a reimagining/pastiche than a continuation of/sequel to the work
See it if You want clichés rolled into a spectacle with a few decent Cirque pieces interspersed. The singers are good but have nothing to work with.
Don't see it if You didn't win TodayTix lottery; you haven't seen everything else already; you care at all about lyrics or originality in the songs.
See it if you can handle a lot of sensory input all at once. I'd recommend mezzanine so video wall isn't too overwhelming.
Don't see it if you want something true to the original. you dislike modern dance. you can't accept that great dancers aren't always great singers/actors.
See it if you just want to hear some pretty (if redundant) songs and a masterful performance by Joshua Henry, esp given how little he has to work with
Don't see it if you're looking for a polished piece with any social relevance or cohesion.
See it if you want to see some energetic dances and some cool lighting concepts
Don't see it if you want to see a kung fu musical because it is nothing like that even though that's what it calls itself
See it if you can overlook the meh and the sexism of the story itself and enjoy the songs, singing, and dancing
Don't see it if you prefer contemporary musicals (and world views)
See it if You're already familiar with the show (you'll be less confused by the backwards progression, actors doubling roles, etc.)
Don't see it if You want a large-scale production; you don't like how Fiasco does shows; you're not a Sondheim fan; you require happy resolution in shows
See it if you like a romantic comedy that does well with the small space and small company that it has to work with.
Don't see it if you want a big show with big, profound life lessons. this is light and interesting, but not much more.
See it if you're looking for a blend of operatic voices and song styles with low-brow humor and general silliness
Don't see it if you want serious theater; you're easily offended
See it if you enjoy dialogue-driven character studies that reflect a heartbreaking moment in history
Don't see it if you can't sit still for long; you don't care about LGBTQ history
See it if You work at a college; you appreciate character development; you want to think about an issue from multiple perspectives
Don't see it if you need closure/resolution to feel satisfied by a show; you prefer large companies; you're triggered by sexual assault content
See it if You can ignore terrible sound design, a cheesy storyline, and overacting and appreciate the strong musicians and fan favorite Dead songs
Don't see it if You couldn't care less about the Dead
See it if you like realistic drama about the dangers of addiction and familial relationships; you prefer smaller casts and simple yet powerful staging
Don't see it if you're triggered by addiction; you're looking for something light
See it if you appreciate mixtapes; you want nostalgia; you don't need a storyline. Worth it for Emily Skinner's masterful portrayals.
Don't see it if you care about scenic design (the sets were pretty uninspiring); you want every part to seem cast perfectly (impossible w/in small company).
See it if you don't mind less elaborate (but fun) staging; you love the show; you want to see a great cast perform the show
Don't see it if you want to hear every word (no mikes - sometimes you'll miss things, but if you know the show well, it won't matter)
See it if you can appreciate a meditation on one person's artistic process; you're looking for a subtle, moving show
Don't see it if you want something loud or big; you dislike Sondheim's style
See it if you want an uplifting show that has the potential to be overly cheesy but errs just on the side of not overdoing it
Don't see it if you dislike it when actors play multiple characters; you don't like human interest stories
See it if you enjoyed the movie; you appreciate irreverent humor (the one-liners became a highlight of the show for me). Andy Karl was great.
Don't see it if repetition bothers you; you want to care about more characters than the lead - the rest aren't developed much
See it if You are, were, or are responsible for an angst-ridden child of the early 90s, or would enjoy a character study of one.
Don't see it if You don't care about privileged young person problems. You want the show to effectively draw on the computer game in meaningful ways.
See it if you enjoy Jonathan Larson's work; you appreciate inside references to other musicals; you can enjoy a small cast
Don't see it if you dislike rock musicals; you don't care about 90s themes
See it if you want a realistic and moving drama of the everyday from well-drawn, diverging points of view united by a family bond
Don't see it if 'grown up' themes make you uncomfortable; you're facing a lot of your own familial/generational tensions and want to escape from them
See it if you appreciate a cappella; you care about NYC culture; you like character arcs. it's kind of like if/then without the 2nd story line.
Don't see it if you're looking for depth or surprises. i could guess the ending by the 3rd scene. still worth it for beatboxing and some good performances.
See it if you want a few strong songs; you're passionate about LGBTQ issues/history; you love Finn musicals
Don't see it if you want great chemistry among actors (it felt a little forced - maybe b/c i saw it early); you've seen it before (nothing feels that new)
See it if You like your immersive theatre curated for you; you enjoy story told through dance and movement; you enjoy being part of your show
Don't see it if You need to see everything in one go; you want to be shown rather than brought into your theater experience; you need dialogue or linearity