See it if You love Sondheim, or even if you don't. This is a beautifully realized production of one of the great musicals in an intimate space.
Don't see it if You don't like going to Queens. Oh, just take the ferry! :-)
See it if You're a Thurber fan. One of her best. Very strong acting and writing. A really good show.
Don't see it if You think people ought to be able to overcome hardship and poverty by sheer will, and shouldn't be given a hand up.
See it if You are interested in very good productions, this one set in the dawn of the age of AIDS, that's closely observed and truthful.
Don't see it if you can't bear to see the start of a plague that took millions.
See it if you like watching talented young performers leave it all on the stage; well staged, but a wobbly adaptation of a classic.
Don't see it if You're expecting a straight-up adaptation of Lysistrata.
See it if you want to see a master of the American theater onstage at his/her best. A strong cast in Busch's new play, that's far more than camp.
Don't see it if you don't like drag, camp or references to old films.
See it if You love theater. Beautifully written, acted and staged, a generation later, it's still profound and relevant.
Don't see it if I'm not really sure why you wouldn't want to see this production.
See it if You like shows with a strong cast (all women). You like period pieces with modern parallels. You like shows in unusual settings (a church).
Don't see it if You're picky about anachronisms in a period piece; it's a bit overlong.
See it if You like engaging political work, especially if you are interested in audience participation.
Don't see it if You want a completely structured narrative with a script that doesn't vary.
See it if you want to be a kid at the theater again, yelling and shouting back at characters, laughing and enjoying a great cast of all ages.
Don't see it if You want your fairytales as they were in the storybook.
See it if You like shows with elements of magical realism, with unexpected twists and turns, romantic stories. Puppetry & inventive staging.
Don't see it if You don't like plays with fantastical elements, you're expecting this to be a political play.
See it if You like works drawn from epic/mythic characters and stories that are relevant to our own times. You are willing to listen to other voices.
Don't see it if You have a problem understanding systemic oppression, or use the hashtag #alllivesmatter
See it if You love seeing talented performers (and a great band) in an intimate setting, with lots of singing.
Don't see it if You don't care for musical Shakespeare adaptations.
See it if you want to see universal issues on a personal level, seriousness and silliness at the same time. Tragedy & ultimate hope.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with shifting realities, complex wordplay, big issues.
See it if You love being surprised, improv, audience participation, smart, funny performers. Every show is "one night only."
Don't see it if You want to know what the show is about before you go. It's a different show every night.
See it if You want to see a beautifully realized play with excellent acting that depicts the end of the working class.
Don't see it if You think "those people" ought to just get another job.
See it if You are someone who thinks about gender fluidity, likes well-written plays that provoke thought & discussion, support new plays.
Don't see it if You've got unchangeable opinions about the gender binary.
See it if You like to see smart revivals of plays that aren't often seen, bringing back different eras in recent history.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in pieces set in the recent past, exploring then-normal bigotry and sexism.
See it if you can relate to the story of a striver (in the p*rn industry), with a subtext examining straight white male privilege/toxic masculinity.
Don't see it if ...you aren't comfortable with frontal nudity or drug use depicted onstage (in a small house.)
See it if You like energetic solo performance that's got brains, humor and directly challenges the audience to think differently.
Don't see it if You prefer stand-up to solo performance; don't like artists over 40.
See it if You like plays that don't follow a classic structure and tell you what to think; great acting and writing; great sound & set design.
Don't see it if You're impatient and don't like sudden shifts in plot and tone.
See it if You like shows which explore American history from an outsider's point of view, which involve the audience and you become part of the show.
Don't see it if You aren't up for an examination of the dark side of the American experience.
See it if You like Beckett - with scantily clad actors! A clever take on the author's work, with deeper meanings for today's theater.
Don't see it if You don't think Beckett should be interfered with; you don't like scandtily clad actors.
See it if You're interested in dark, but funny depictions of modern LGBT life and issues of addiction/recovery & love.
Don't see it if You don't like seeing plays about addiction, or plays that depict violence and intimacy.
See it if You like plays with roots deep in history and folklore, rituals examined and revisited.
Don't see it if You don't like dark explorations of people trying to escape from the past.
See it if You like an audience-directed show. the lead character, a puppet named "Randy" interacts with the audience along a solid narrative arc.
Don't see it if You don't like puppets who swear.
See it if You enjoy historical drama that relates to today, with themes that parallel current events.
Don't see it if You don't care for period pieces, or don't see why someone would write a play about WW II.
See it if you wonder how the next generation is going to grow up in an era of violence and close-to-home tragedies. It's a heartbreaking story.
Don't see it if you are triggered or have some kind of PTSD from violence.
See it if you want to observe the story of people on the edge of a drug scene, with coke-fueled rants, anger, betrayal and ultimately stasis.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with nudity, simulated sex scenes and drug use.
See it if You like good solo shows. Billy Crudup spins a complex tale, playing all the characters...including different versions of the narrator.
Don't see it if You don't like to have to concentrate to follow the narrative. Like more than one actor in shows.
See it if You can become absorbed in non-linear theater, love amazing sets and really good acting. Want to see a play by a great American writer.
Don't see it if You need a strong narrative (it's there, but you have to observe it), don't like political theater or plays about race in America.
See it if You like powerful solo performances, docu-theater, want to be challenged and leave with something to think about.
Don't see it if You don't like solo shows; are uncomfortable with discussions of racism and other American problems.
See it if You like myths and folklore, physical theater, old stories retold, imaginative movement and staging.
Don't see it if You think this is children's theater. (It's not.)
See it if You think there should be more women of a certain age front and center. You like plays where people don't solve every problem.
Don't see it if You're not interested in a show featuring mostly women, mostly over 50. (Your loss, btw.)
See it if You love seeing rarely-staged works by great playwrights, in this case Charles Ludlam. Beautifully directed by Everett Quinton at LaMama!
Don't see it if You're a bit tightly wound; don't care for simulated sex scenes, well orgies, onstage.
See it if ...you like sharp, strong productions of great American comedies, this one focusing on a pivotal time in LGBTQ history.
Don't see it if ...you don't like seeing shows in unusual venues or have any problem with LGBTQ people, rights, or history.
See it if You are someone in love with the city of New York, particularly Queens, particularly Flushing Meadows/Corona.
Don't see it if You hate the idea of going to QUEENS to see theater.
See it if You like excellent solo shows, pointed political commentary, well-drawn satire. In these times, you wonder if it's a vision of the future.
Don't see it if You think Donald Trump is doing a good job.
See it if You are someone who is in love with theater, like stories about real people, well-told, funny and touching.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in why people become passionate and obsessed with something.
See it if You like plays with dancing; beautifully staged! A smart take on "celebrity" and what people will do to achieve it. Good acting & writing.
Don't see it if You prefer shows with high production values and with no raw edges.
See it if You like dramatic takes on historic events, strikingly staged, don't mind crying at the theater.
Don't see it if You're someone who doesn't like to be seen weeping in public.
See it if You like to see rarely-revived musicals, well-staged, with strong singing, dancing and acting.
Don't see it if You don't like going out to Astoria to see a show (your loss.)
See it if You like stories inspired by or modern takes on classical myths (Zeus, Haephestos, Ganymede). Stark, beautiful staging.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with gay male sexuality.
See it if You are interested in seeing old classics staged with fresh perspectives; like physical theater with a company playing multiple roles.
Don't see it if You want a standard adaptation of Dickens' classic.
See it if You're a lover of all things "Wizard of Oz" and game to learn more, and see it from a different POV (and through your phone.)
Don't see it if You don't like deconstructions; prefer your Wizard of Oz without any commentary.
See it if You are interested in theater that comes from what's going on around us today; unsolved problems in society, and possible ways out.
Don't see it if You don't like seeing working class, poor, damaged or LGBT people and their issues depicted onstage.
See it if You like being part of a work in progress, in which the audience helps shape the show, each show is different.
Don't see it if You must have distance between yourself and the show. Are uncomfortable with the possibility of being asked to interact with the cast.
See it if you like intense plays (based on real life) that depict the darker side of queer life; really good acting, writing and direction.
Don't see it if depictions of sex and drug use offend you.
See it if You like solo shows with some music that are both funny and poignant, told from a unique point of view.
Don't see it if You don't think the people who work in service roles have anything interesting to say.
See it if You like solo shows that are beautifully written and performed; enjoy shows that reflect queer history and pride.
Don't see it if Shows with queer themes aren't your cup of tea (or shot of booze.)