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See it if 3 INCREDIBLE performances Colin McPhillamy, Rachel Pickup, and Robert Zukerman. Truly fantastic. Director does her best. 2nd Half better.
Don't see it if you cannot sit through 2 hrs 20 min of a very flawed, problematic Moliere/Oscar Wilde-esque play that has a lot of issues.
See it if you are a fan of the novels and want to take the whole family for an enchanting evening (or 2). you are a child-at-heart. you want spectacle
Don't see it if you don't want to be dazzled by special effects onstage. you cannot sit through 5 hrs of magical movement, music, plot twists. (no singing)
See it if you love comedy, you love dark/edgy humor wrapped in a spectacle. you want to finally see what the hype is about.
Don't see it if you are easily offended. you take life overly seriously. you think it is sacrilegious, you only like serious dramatic shows.
See it if you see every Tracy Letts production out of the respect for his past works and contributions to American theater. / Stellar cast and pacing.
Don't see it if tone-deaf curmudgeonly aging white man victimizes himself for 3 hr, bad life decision after bad decision. letts seems lacking awareness here
See it if you really want to see these two actors, breathing committed, expert, creative artistry and emotional life onstage at their advanced ages,.
Don't see it if you want a dynamic story that has a moving plot or arc. this feels like an interesting one-act, but is 90 minutes, without a big evolution.
See it if you enjoy theater that is thought-provoking, engaging, funny, intellectual, or timely. you like plays or 1st person comedy that is personal.
Don't see it if you are a fan of Antonin Scalia. or you only watch musicals. THIS IS NOT A MUSICAL, and it is not "GENERAL BROADWAY FARE".
See it if you've always wanted to see Frankie & Johnny remounted, you like messy layered human relationship stories, you love Michael Shannon or Audra
Don't see it if seeing a 1987 play w/ predatory male tendencies, occasional racially insensitive remarks - today in 2019, stings too much or feels dated.
See it if you've always wondered if anyone but John Malkovich could bring justice to "Pale", ADAM DRIVER DOES. The most challenging contemporary role.
Don't see it if you don't like watching remounts of plays from the 80s written by Lanford Wilson.
See it if You like stories relevant to current social issues. You are interested in seeing a play set in a prison. You have empathy for human stories.
Don't see it if You are not interested in seeing a diverse cast. You love the prison system and think it's fantastic for big business.
See it if you know the play well (or other Pinter works) and want to see another version. you are british or prefer restraint that never bubbles over.
Don't see it if you aren't in the first 12 rows. this is an intimate show, unless you're a loyal pinter fan, or a scenic designer or director, it's detached
See it if you have tourists or non-theatregoers visiting who want to see their 1st stage show. you have a fondness for it from decades ago.
Don't see it if you are morally opposed to spectacle or lavishness, or cannot suspend disbelief in heightened magical realism for 2.5 hours enough to enjoy.
See it if you want BOLD, RISK-taking playwrighting that is not your avg subject matter on NY stage. you are PATIENT with complex ideas ranted for 2 hr
Don't see it if you can't handle ranting in the dark for 2+ hrs (no interval). you don't want to examine conservative polemics on liberals. you need plot.
See it if enjoy plays with offbeat millenials coming into adulthood, quirky humor, liked Juno or Scott Pilgrim is Dead, support female writers/stories
Don't see it if you are easily offended by young folk talkin' addiction, sex, or aren't interested in 27-33 year olds who think connecticut is square.
See it if you generally like edgy straight plays and/or BOLD, dark, intense, creative theater that TAKES RISKS, and reflects current day themes.
Don't see it if you expect a standard saccharine song-and-showy-dance musical. This is a REINVENTION that feels harrowing, dangerous, sensual, and dark.
See it if love satire, + bold creative work that upends historical classics. you love parodies about millenials. you're die-hard halley feiffer fan.
Don't see it if you want to feel something rather than watch from a distance/ you hate sketch-level broad style, you only like feiffer's more grounded work
See it if You like fast-paced theater, great staging and multi-media, Jonny Lee Miller, Bertie Carvel, British stories, nice set, commentary on media.
Don't see it if you don't like visual overload, moving parts, you get overwhelmed for fast-paced, you don't like ensemble tableaus that are musical-esque.
See it if You love classic Sam Shepard and want to see his work live. You love great acting. You don't mind long, long monologues in dreamlike writing
Don't see it if You don't like intense family dramas about American discontent and the middle class plight. You don't like indulgent, emotional dramas.
See it if you like stories that poke fun at class differences and white privilege. You like watching painfully self-absorbed people slowly fall apart.
Don't see it if you didn't like Eisenberg's previous plays. This is a more developed version of earlier works w/ common themes. You don't like dark dramedy.