See it if you love Tracy Letts's work or are a fan of any of the cast members. It's a well-acted piece, but I didn't really understand the point, even
Don't see it if after the surprise climax. Mind you, I saw this in previews back before the pandemic, so things may have changed by the time it reopens
See it if you've been jonesing for theatre and are open to something theatre-adjacent. The sound design is awesome, and the ultimate message is good
Don't see it if ...but the journey to get there is pretty brutal. It was super emotionally intense, and I wasn't quite ready for the psychological venture
See it if several great pop numbers in a concert-style musical reimagining the fates of the wives of Henry VIII. although for a show purporting to
Don't see it if rewrite history, it fell short...it wasn't nearly as smart or as subversive as it claims (and clearly desperately wants) to be...that said,
See it if you want a modern updating of the Greek tragedy; you want to be surprised by Rose Byrne's chops; you like minimalist staging
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with ambiguous motivation or violence; you don't like the use of projection/video
See it if you want to see Dylan's music beautifully adapted and sung; you want to see some excellent performances from a great cast
Don't see it if you want a tight, well-written book; you have trouble following multiple story lines
See it if you want to see a brief and poignant reflection on life and the inevitability of death; you don't need conventionality in your theatre
Don't see it if you want a fully developed plot; this is more of a performance art/concert/storytelling session. But my gosh it works...I wanted more!
See it if you want to see an off-beat tale of the last gasps of a 50-year marriage; you are comfortable with ambiguous endings
Don't see it if you are uninterested in the lives of people older than 50; you will mind occasional melodrama and overacting
See it if you can overlook a silly premise and find a show that actually has a lot of heart and some decent songs behind it
Don't see it if you want your emojis to stay in your phone.
See it if you're a fan of the movie...you want to see a charming cast in a show that is still finding its feet...
Don't see it if you want a fully developed piece...you want your secondary characters to be fleshed out at all
See it if you like your musicals to have a clear and modern point of view; you're a fan of Alanis; you like musicals about familial disintegration
Don't see it if you're fundamentally opposed to new shows built on existing music; you don't want to see sexual violence on stage; you don't like Alanis
See it if you're looking for a very solid community theatre production. I was most impressed by the dramaturgical choice to center the idea that
Don't see it if Pippin is about suicide and mental illness. It actually made me reconsider the entire meaning of the show - a show I know very well. The ...
See it if you want a super intimate updated take on a problematic musical from the early 80s; you want Alice Ripley to belt three feet from your face
Don't see it if you want a fully developed, interestingly staged site-specific piece. Don't get me wrong, this piece (both the show itself and this ...
See it if you're looking for a very talky four-hander that explores life, death, and the spaces where they meet; you don't mind some trickery
Don't see it if you want your plays to show you things rather than tell you; you mind sudden darkness; you want a clear definitive answer
See it if you want to witness a star making performance by Adrienne Warren; you love Tina's music; you want to see a better than avg jukebox musical
Don't see it if frequent and casual violence against women and children bothers you; you're fundamentally opposed to jukebox musicals
See it if you want to see two excellent actors overcome a fairly banal script. Francesca Faridany is good and Kate Mulgrew is transcendent in this.
Don't see it if you want anything more than a straightforward unsurprising biographical glimpse into two female scientists. The issues and ideas are wholly
See it if you want to see a master class in acting from two of the finest of our generation ... Or if you liked The Father
Don't see it if you didn't like The Father. Or if you want any sense of closure or pathos from a script.
See it if you want to see a solid but uneven production of this brilliant classic work. The cast is fantastic, and the text really holds up.
Don't see it if you want directorial choices that best highlight the text itself. I found a number of the staging and structural choices confusing and
Also distracting from the text itself.
See it if you want to see a fantastic cast working with some complex and challenging material; you're willing to be patient with an ambitious and
Don't see it if uneven piece...it's overwrought and exhausting in places. But there's something brilliant in the unconventional structure and writing
See it if you enjoy Broadway spoofery with a talented cast
Don't see it if you're not into comedy or don't think you'll pick up on some deep cut Broadway jokes
See it if you want to see a brilliant examination of life for gay men in the post-AIDS crisis world; you don't mind a story within a story construct
Don't see it if you want a tight, cohesive narrative. The show occasionally sprawls, gets a bit preachy at times, and is hella melodramatic. But the whole..
Also ...is much better than the sum of its parts.
See it if you missed the 2016 production; you want to see if Posner's text holds up with no bells and whistles; you want to support some rising talent
Don't see it if you need a polished production or actors that know how to project. But the text really stands on its own.
See it if you want to see a gorgeous cast singing and dancing their asses off. Some pieces of the show were fantastic, and Joshua Henry gave his all.
Don't see it if you want a book that makes any sense at all. You want a score that offers variety and lyrics that advance the plot.
See it if So, I've seen hundreds of shows, but somehow I'd never seen Phantom. And now all I'm wondering is what it was like 30 years ago when the...
Don't see it if ...show was fresh and interesting and the cast cared. Because this has not aged well, and it felt like everyone was phoning it in.
See it if you're interested in one woman sharing her personal journey with love, sex, and life.
Don't see it if you need a cohesive structure. There were a lot of vignettes that, to me, didn't come together to be worth it overall.
See it if you want a glimpse into late 50s/60s Manhattan; you enjoy pontifications on art and the creative process; you enjoy good live jazz
Don't see it if you need a linear plot; you want a play with a clear theme and mission; you mind simultaneous and overlapping scenes; you don't like jazz
See it if you want to see a 50-year old show that still rings totally relevant to today; you want to see Sondheim at his very best
Don't see it if you're against gender-swapping roles; you find Sondheim lyrics hard to follow
See it if I LOVED THIS SHOW SO MUCH! The acting was uniformly spectacular. The writing was occasionally uneven, and the pacing felt off here and...
Don't see it if there, but this story moved me immensely. It is so incredibly rare to see a diverse range of fully-formed black queer characters living...
See it if you want a glimpse into life in Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge; you appreciate Asian American representation; you like rock music
Don't see it if you don't like stories about the ravages of war; you need all musical moments to move the plot; you're expecting a revolutionary plot
See it if you want to see Ruth Negga give a brilliant performance as Hamlet; you're a Shakespeare aficionado
Don't see it if you get easily frustrated with uneven pacing; you hate a droning underscore; you get particularly antsy after 3.5 hours
See it if you want to see Laura Linney give a phenomenal performance with some subpar material
Don't see it if you aren't convinced that this novel should be a one-woman show; it felt uncomfortably between an audiobook and a play
See it if you want to see a fairly interesting take on the complexities of black racial identity with some phenomenal performances
Don't see it if you want a murder mystery with a satisfying payoff; you are a white person unwilling to accept that this play wasn't written for you
See it if you're a fan of any of the performers. They all show up and give solid performances with incredible subpar material.
Don't see it if you want to see a show that knows what it is and what it has to say. I can certainly imagine a show that engages with ideas of fidelity...
See it if you are interested in the interrogation and capture of a central figure in the Russian interference investigation; you want to have your...
Don't see it if ...preconceived notions of Reality Winner blown up. The show is simple and straightforward, being a transcript of the first FBI interview
See it if you're ready for a one-man show that engages with transphobia, racism, capitalism, and consumer culture in the South
Don't see it if you don't think that a White man should be telling the stories of people of color. Darkly has some really strong ideas, but I couldn't shake
Also the feeling that it wasn't his story to tell.
See it if you want a reinvention of WSS that brings the show firmly into the 21st century; you aren't afraid of risk taking, reinventive theatre
Don't see it if you don't like large scale use of projections; you are a traditionalist; you think that WSS *isn't* about gun violence and police brutality
See it if you're a devotee of Christmas shows; you're looking for a solid take on a classic; your Grinchy heart needs to grow a few sizes
Don't see it if you are looking for a massive reinvention of the tale; you actively dislike gratuitous audience interaction
See it if you want to see a stellar cast taking on a classic piece; you want a Broadway quality production in a beautifully intimate space.
Don't see it if you will be distracted by flying spittle; you're not a fan of the show or the movie
See it if you're interested in what would happen if Hadestown and Be More Chill had a baby.
Don't see it if you aren't a huge fan of the books.
See it if you're interested in a dramedy-style take on a Tennessee Williams classic; you want to see Marisa Tomei in a scenery chewing role
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with thick accents and broad comedy; you expect tonal consistency; you want age appropriate casting
See it if you want to support new and ambitious work. This show is a two hander that examines two important eras in race relations in the US. Act One
Don't see it if is tough to get through. The structure and content are confusing and require you to really focus. But Act Two is transcendent. Danyel
See it if you're a Migdalia Cruz devotee; you are okay with a complicated plot that never completely gels
Don't see it if you want performances or direction that can help you navigate this unnecessarily complex plot. The world isn't sufficiently built, and the
Also relationships don't feel earned.
See it if Anna Deveare Smith is a legend. Go see her work immediately.
Don't see it if You're not interested in a fascinating one man show examining racial history in Brooklyn
See it if you want a solid if fairly unsurprising magic/psychic/illusionist show. I enjoyed it more than I expected to, but I also saw right through
Don't see it if a couple of the bits. But ultimately it was an enjoyable night out. Don't go if you're expecting anything more than a magic show. There's
Also no deeper message to be found.
See it if you want a sharp but somewhat uneven satire on American-Chinese relationships; you can embrace the occasionally ludicrous; you want to laugh
Don't see it if you're not keen on satire; you need your musical's book to make total sense; you don't want 80% of your show to be a dream sequence
See it if you're a fan of The National; you want to see a stellar cast doing its best with challenging material
Don't see it if you want songs that sound like they're from musicals; you want a show that knows what story it's telling; you want a lead that can sing
See it if you want to see a collection of okay songs performed by very earnest (and fairly talented) young actors.
Don't see it if you want a book that makes sense at all. The plot had more holes in it than a whorehouse. And most of the jokes were worse than that.
See it if you want to see a queer family's journey in suburban New England. It's a pretty soapy drama, so if that's your thing, you'll be well set.
Don't see it if you want to feel like your characters' choices are earned; you want fully developed characters; you are interested in full resolution
See it if you want a (dare I say) feminist take on fellatio that is clever, literary, and inspired. This tight stand-up set may make Novak a star.
Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with frank and hilarious depictions of sexuality; you don't want to think of penises as little ladies.