See it if You're a fan of PBS's Finding Your Roots.
Don't see it if You're not in the mood for a complicated show that requires you to pay close attention and evaluate what you're seeing.
See it if You love classic musicals. You’re a Jerry Herman fan. (Sadly, he didn’t live to see this revival.)
Don't see it if You’re obsessed with the show’s purported book problems.
See it if You’re okay with a very low-key approach to a family’s difficulties, their day-to-day struggles to make a better life for themselves.
Don't see it if You’re looking for high drama and histrionics.
See it if You’re a baby boomer who paid attention to what was happening when you were growing up.
Don't see it if You get frustrated by hearing snippets of songs.
See it if You like classic plays that make you laugh.
Don't see it if You have no patience for the classic elements of farce: mistaken identity, eavesdropping, and people pretending to be in love with someone.
See it if You enjoy the concept of a revue based on Maury Yeston's work. For me, it was a fun introduction to him.
Don't see it if If you want a "real" musical. This is a revue, without a story.
See it if you want to say, “Now THAT’S how you turn a movie into a stage musical!”
Don't see it if You don’t like musicals, you don't like pop music of the ’80s, or you don’t like stories that focus mainly on young men.
Also More guys in makeup than Kinky Boots! ❤️
See it if A long, very bleak but well-written tragedy is what you're in the mood for. You don't mind a show that's almost three hours (first preview).
Don't see it if You're looking for something light that won't requite much brain space on your part.
See it if You want to see a still relevant show despite the sad realization that times haven’t changed that much.
Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows; you dislike verbatim theater.
See it if You’re up for something different. The poetic language can be a challenge if you’re more used to something more literal.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a straight narrative.
See it if You're a fan of Tesori and/or Hwang. The cultural assimilation of Asians in the U.S. interests you.
Don't see it if You're looking for a big Broadway-style show. Your tastes run to the conventional.
See it if You liked both Jersey Boys and Motown. This is a mashup of those two.
Don't see it if You don’t like the music of the Temptations or you don’t know who they are.
See it if You’re a serious theatergoer. This Stoppard duo is rarely performed and is worth your time.
Don't see it if You’re not in the mood to think about what you’re seeing and interpret it.
See it if You're curious about what a sex comedy of the Sixties has to say to an audience in 2020.
Don't see it if You're prudish; you dislike seeing scantily clad actors; you're sensitive to herbal cigarettes. The smoke was oppressive at times.
See it if You want to see and hear fantastic Broadway talent in a new musical.
Don't see it if The love child of Dear Evan Hansen and Be More Chill doesn’t sound appealing to you.
See it if You’re okay with a tense storyline that keeps ramping up in a subtle way as the main character sinks deeper and deeper.
Don't see it if You need bells and whistles to hold your attention. This play has a bare set and is directed very straightforwardly.
See it if A slice-of-life look at father/son relationships, politics, and sorrow grabs you. And why the heck not?
Don't see it if You are not interested in human nature and how we get by, around the world.
See it if You like classic plays and don't mind if they're given an unconventional treatment.
Don't see it if You can't sit or pay attention for a long play (almost three hours); you've already seen enough productions of The Crucible to last you.
See it if You like family dramas set in the past. You enjoy the pull between the old ways and the new ideas that threaten them.
Don't see it if You don’t like subtleties.
See it if You can appreciate a well-done biography that is much more than a Wikipedia entry. You like the history of women’s rights.
Don't see it if You don’t like two-character plays.
See it if You like shows with social justice themes.
Don't see it if You’re okay with a two-person musical, especially one in which each performer is alone (well, with one brief exception) for an entire act.
See it if You’re a David Byrne fan. But even if you’ve never heard of David Byrne or Talking Heads, there much to enjoy here.
Don't see it if You’re expecting a show with a narrative and dialog.
See it if If you want to see world-class talent singing the heck out of a wonderful score.
Don't see it if You don’t like shows that are sung-through; you’re not prepared to be devastated.
See it if You’re a fan of the playwright and want to see the whole cycle. You’re up on the history of Africa in the 20th century.
Don't see it if You’re easily confused by leaps in time.
See it if You don’t want to miss a rarely performed Shakespeare play. You love politics.
Don't see it if You’re willing to accept other people’s opinion about why Coriolanus is rarely performed.
See it if You're in the mood for a comedy that you don't need to think about too much. In fact, thinking in depth about the plot is NOT recommended!
Don't see it if You don't have a silly sense of humor.