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See it if If commanding acting by a solo performer of a woman's reflections on her self discovery is of interest to you
Don't see it if If you need a strong plot and are bored by a woman alone on a stage reflecting on her life and self discovery is too boring to endure
See it if I thoughtful presentation of the history and impact of race in the military, the racism in the world outside, tied up in a murder mystery
Don't see it if if you need elaborate staging and fast paced action.
See it if If the struggle for independence by an aging loved one, desire for protection and peace by children, and family tension is for you
Don't see it if If family dramas, the challenge of aging, the fragility of parent/child relations, and the illusion of memories are of no interest
See it if thoughtful family and town in crisis drama with excellent acting. First act was slow but next two were engrossing. Slow reveal of plot.
Don't see it if you want brisk moving plot, are uninterested in death of small towns and impact on families.
See it if Tomei great in capturing consuming grief of a young widow. but production played humor overly broad. Excellent set, haunting vocal music.
Don't see it if If you don't enjoy period pieces, dislike Tennessee Williams stylized Southern domestic drama, want high production value
See it if you enjoy family dramas involving death, dementia, care mostly for excellent acting, and don't mind leaving not quite sure what was real.
Don't see it if a haze of what is real and what is imagined annoys you and if you want a straight-forward plot.
See it if artful production, seamless story-telling, poignant, moving, joyful, hopeful retelling of one of many 9/11 stories with an incredible cast
Don't see it if can't think of anyone who couldn't be moved by this show
See it if Outstanding acting & script about male midlife, tone-deaf, chauvinist angst, with women who belatedly find their voice, spiced with humor
Don't see it if If you can't find humor or pathos in the above, expect a neat resolution of anti-heroes lives or are seeing the play with someone like that
See it if you're a fan of Bella Abzug, interested in NY and feminist political history, enjoy Yiddish humor, want to see excellent channeling of Bella
Don't see it if expect a deeper plot than an brief piece of an extraordinary woman's life and some insight into NY politics and the heavy hand of the NYT
See it if Masterful acting and thought provoking content, slow in the same way Stoppard is slow as there is dense dialogue and slow reveal.
Don't see it if if you want snappy reparte or light theme or need plot that hits you directly. don't see if you're sleep deprived
See it if you love well done family drama, Irish theater, intergenerational stories, resonate with the love/loss/rebirth theme
Don't see it if you can't take long monologues, want a comedy, find family sagas inherently boring, aren't interested in the struggles of women
See it if wonderful reimagining of Medea myth in the immigrant experience with good plot twists and excellent acting, especially by two lead women
Don't see it if if truncated plots, minimal production values, intense plot of the traumatic immigrant experience are not of interest
See it if Encore outdid itself. Great cast & directing, wonderful music, great updating, moving message on the value of all jobs & people who do them
Don't see it if If you want full blown staging, believe that only elite jobs/education and the people who hold them have value, want one linear plot
See it if if you want a adequate but not great remake of the movie and can take a fairly inane use of Romeo and Juliet, with good but not great show
Don't see it if you really liked the film and done want to be disappointed by the remake into a musical. New story line is disappointing.
See it if the Rwandan genocide is of concern, you enjoy one person shows depicting the impact of a tragedy on a particular person, like hopeful ending
Don't see it if staging with too many overly lengthy transitions to designate time elapse, and underwritten story of a horrific period are dissuade you
See it if Great cast, especially Kelly O'Hara, wonderful Cole Porter music, if you love first rate musicals, First act dips by, second is slower
Don't see it if you hate musicals, don't like some slapstick, are a stickler for Shakespeare with no variations
See it if our continuing struggle with race, racism, and the impact on relationships and society broadly with wrenching dialogue are of interest
Don't see it if you want light subjects, need entertainment, and can't sit through 3 hours of intense drama.
See it if Musings on the short comings in our constitution/political process are relevant, the excellent 70% is not too diluted by weaker last third
Don't see it if you hate politics, feel the Founding Fathers were infallible, want the arc of a clear linear plot.
See it if if you love Shakespeare and want to see masterful acting given a current relevance with a wonderfully diverse cast.
Don't see it if if you're not capable of sitting for 2 hrs without break (first half), are either bored by Shakespeare or have to have it done traditionally
See it if intense monologues by excellent actors dealing with difficult issues (death/life/family)..some difficult transitions in time in The Life
Don't see it if You need multiple actors and linear plots with full staging or want light, humorous plots
See it if If you like Mr Smith Goes to Washington and The Candidate, hate current politics, want well done story of the 40's with relevance today
Don't see it if if politics bores you, if you need elaborate staging, won't travel to the lower East Side, offended that servant roles are so servile.
See it if if you like Waiting for Godot, want excellent acting, and care about the impact of apartheid on non-white South Africans
Don't see it if if slow-paced but intense drama is not for you; if you need linear plots and happy endings.
See it if if you love Sondheim music, love musicals, want something that isn't a deep plot
Don't see it if if Sondheim music doesn't leave you humming the music, want something deeper than a story of what becomes of friends from struggling days
See it if if the state of race relations anfd the justice system in America are of interest,excellent acting, thoughtful dialogue, intense drama
Don't see it if if you don't think there are racial problems in this country or are looking for light drama with happy endings
See it if you like family drama, the challenges of work/life balance, have high tolerance for obsessive, self-absorbed characters.
Don't see it if Rather stereotyped, stylized and self-absorbed characters are annoying to you.
See it if if you love Jerry Herman music, are interested in early Hollywood, enjoy talented singing/dancing, love Encore orchestra
Don't see it if if you don't enjoy minimalist staging, old musicals, can't enjoy charming romp
See it if Inventive use of video increased impact but tiny rear sets for Doc's shop and dressmaking were somewhat disconcerting. Overall excellent.
Don't see it if if you are a traditionalist and don't want any liberties taken in staging Bernstein and Sondheim's classic musical.
See it if Excellent acting but set in a time of painful race relations and homophobia without resolution. Relevant pathos on economic dislocation.
Don't see it if If you don't like family dramas, can't get beyond offensive period of racism and homophobia, want satisfying happy endings.
See it if you want to be challenged to think, see timeless challenges to our society expressed through multiple eyes, told with care and insight,
Don't see it if you're looking for a linear plot, happy endings, high production and light entertainment,
See it if you like great writing that weaves and interweaves characters with fluidity to underscore both the random and ordained flow of life
Don't see it if you like simple linear plots and want characters to remain consistent throughout.
See it if you love Sara Bareilles music, want a emerging feminist rom-com with a great cast, don't mind predictable plot, and like happy endings
Don't see it if you want deep meaning or serious drama in a show, can't stand to see women marginalized and in abusive relationships,
See it if ensemble performance about empowerment of black women, woven stories, with music and dance in which each story supports the whole
Don't see it if you want linear plot, lilting music, light theme or are too tired to follow the intricate design of the stories.
See it if you are a fan of Monty Python style humor, aren't offended to have a mash up of Macbeth and slap-stick comedy, want a fun evening + music
Don't see it if don't like dizzying action with vague moral overtones and broadly played humorous play on Macbeth and the coming of McDonald's + music
See it if If you lived through the 60's, care about politics and the inner machinations of significant change and policy, if you're a history buff
Don't see it if if you need gripping plot, have no interest in or conversely need deep dive into major changes of the 60's & the people who shaped them
See it if you like family dramas about seriously injured childhood and what becomes of them as adults, enjoy talented acting and suspenseful plot
Don't see it if you want light, breezy plot, don't want to be confronted by dark family history or dysfunctional families at all.
See it if you like historical plays, care about the struggle of women in atypical jobs, the struggle of African Americans in sports and more broadly
Don't see it if you want high production value, light comedy, hate baseball, have no interest in women's struggle to break job barriers or race relations
See it if the combination of religion, race, homophobia, sexism, culture, family, ambition told in vivid, gripping way with excellent acting moves you
Don't see it if you want light entertainment, elaborate staging, happy endings
See it if the role of the press in our society is of interest, it you have interest in what makes Murdoch tick, enjoy politics
Don't see it if can't overcome antipathy to Murdoch long enough to take a drama that humanizes him while exploring the start of his empire & political power
See it if Great chemistry between the two actors. Great dialogue with believable pathos about the difficult beginnings of relationships. Both superb.
Don't see it if you want to hear Audra McDonald sing; can't take nudity on stage; hate plays that don't have fast moving plots and are about relationships
See it if you like broadly drawn characters, provocative and honest discussion of race in US heavily laden with satire, enjoy audience participation
Don't see it if you prefer more straightforward theater focusing on race, see White Noise.
See it if you liked Friends and Moonlight, want great cast, somewhat dark romantic comedies about disfunctional relationships, sometimes iffy plot
Don't see it if you don't like romantic comedies, are annoyed by hapless characters, and want a tight plot with a well drawn conclusion.
See it if If you're a fan of Fiddler and can handle side-titles which divert attention to the wonderful cast, it's great to experience it in Yiddish
Don't see it if you don't like musicals, are visually impaired and can't read translations on the side of the stage, are annoyed not to focus on the cast
See it if if you love old musicals despite dated theme, want charmingly light entertainment, or just want a fun night out
Don't see it if if seeing chauvinistic themes/lyrics overpowers lovely singing and dancing or if you want serious plots/themes
See it if If the holocaust told in brutal frankness including the moral dilemmas of Jews caught in it is of interest...with lessons for today.
Don't see it if if you want light entertainment or are planning dinner afterward. It's brutality is gut-wrenching.
See it if If you're a fan of old musicals, accept the Encore style of production (great orchestra, low production values, short run, shorter rehearsal
Don't see it if if you are expecting My Fair Lady or super relevant political commentary, don't like slapstick, want elaborate production.
See it if Family drama and dynamics makes for good theater and you don't need to have characters with who you identify
Don't see it if you need fast paced plot and want to root for the characters
See it if Wonderfully written/acted, broad humor and chronicle of black actors demeaning and determined struggle in Hollywood
Don't see it if a savage portrayal of racism, sexism in early Hollywood that still rings true isn't your cup of tea.
See it if if you care about the country's immigration policies,the challenges of dual identities, family dynamics, want great script
Don't see it if if want resolved plots, don't care about the lives of refugees, don't like family drama, or want a light drama.
See it if Family drama's appealing, you can stomach spousal abuse, are intrigued by talented siblings acting together.
Don't see it if An hour of emotional brutality before the woman reaches a breaking point is too much to endure
See it if you want to relive the 60's from current political perspective, enjoy youthful passion, still want to change the world
Don't see it if you appreciate moral ambiguity, have little patience for political dogma and dialectic debate, find young passion indulgent