See it if You like absurdist humor and Will Eno's work. You want to see a new take on Peer Gynt.
Don't see it if You don't like absurdist humor. You want the protagonist to be someone you like and care deeply about.
See it if You want to see a rarely performed "flop" musical with a great score and terrific performances.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals, especially with downbeat endings. You prefer a plot based on a true story to be true.
See it if you like funny and sad plays about what life is about, what is a life well lived.
Don't see it if you are easily confused by multiple actors playing the same character. You want comedy and tragedy kept separate.
See it if You want to see a fine playwright's first play. You're interested in the rise of Nazism and its parallels to contemporary American history.
Don't see it if You don't like long and long-winded plays. You dislike it when a play breaks the fourth wall.
See it if You love Raul Esparza and want to see him really look like a chef. You enjoy plays about food.
Don't see it if You want a play that goes deep into characters. You dislike lots and lots of shouting.
See it if You want to see how a master playwright balances a number of important, resonant themes--and be entertained in the process.
Don't see it if You like straightforward plays. You're uninterested in politics--or musicals.
See it if You appreciate a different way to present a memoir, to tell a story that's both horrifying and hopeful.
Don't see it if You are expecting something else that doesn't include an interest in birds and imperfect (though affecting) singing and songs.
See it if You're interested in history, politics, women's rights seen through the lens of a moving and funny personal story.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in American history and laws. You don't like monologues. You prefer not to be challenged.
See it if You want to see a terrific performance by Annette Bening and a really good one by Tracy Letts. You're interested in Miller's canon.
Don't see it if You want something fresh without moralizing and clumsy plot devices. You want strong acting all around.
See it if You like great singing (and piano playing) and excellent agitprop with a fascinating history.
Don't see it if You prefer subtle character studies and productions that are not minimalist.
See it if Jake Gyllenhaal is wonderful. If you've experienced loss (or even if you haven't) and want to see how two plays deal with that
Don't see it if You want to see two plays about loss that go deeper. You want an uplifting evening (although there is hope at the end of A Life).
See it if You want to see something surprising and fresh, with heart and relevance.
Don't see it if You prefer traditional plays. You are uninterested in cultures outside of North America.
See it if You want a fun show that doesn't take itself seriously and doesn't insult the audience either. You appreciate good choreography.
Don't see it if You want it to be as rich and moving as the film. You don't like song parodies.
See it if You want to laugh and enjoy a light-hearted musical with a good heart.
Don't see it if You have an issue with the theme of inclusiveness. You don't get a lot of Broadway inside jokes.
See it if You are interested in the dichotomy between political activism and motherhood, caring for the many or the few. You Channing and Dancy.
Don't see it if You want a play that really delves into this dichotomy, that is moving and doesn't feel like a "play."
See it if You are a fan of Bill Irwin. You want to see a unique take on Samuel Beckett.
Don't see it if You really dislike Beckett and don't have the patience to listen to his tricky texts.
See it if You want to see great acting, backroom drama, and subtle relationships between the main characters.
Don't see it if You prefer splashier, louder drama or melodrama. You don't like talky plays.
See it if You're a Bob Dylan fan and want to hear his wonderful songs beautifully sung.
Don't see it if You prefer plots that are fresh, moving, and satisfying. You want something upbeat.
See it if You're interested in Hellman's works. You want to support the wonderful Mint Theatre.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that holds together. You expect great acting from the Mint (as I've come to expect).
See it if You love Bizet's music and want to hear it well-sung. You relish the chance to see a rarely performed musical.
Don't see it if You have trouble with minimalist sets and a small cast, and somewhat problematic sight-lines.
See it if You enjoy plays that deal with politics and sex in a thoughtful, witty, non-smarmy way. You appreciate great writing and acting.
Don't see it if You don't like plays with a lot of dialogue that were written in an era when dialogue ruled.
See it if You want to see what can be done when an old and tepid musical is revised in a fresh way. You love good singing and dancing.
Don't see it if You don't like classic-style musicals. You're not interested in a revised take on a heroine.
See it if You like Chekhov and Tolstoy, fables, subtle comedy, political and religious ideas. You appreciate the Mint and its mission.
Don't see it if You want action rather than dialogue. You don't get Chekhov or Tolstoy.
See it if You want to see good acting, especially from Michael Urie, James Cromwell, and Jane Alexander. You like sit-com style comedy.
Don't see it if You don't care for sit-com style comedy and characters that don't have much depth.
See it if You want to see a terrific performance by Aidan Quinn and a well-made play.
Don't see it if You dislike talky plays that are somewhat old-fashioned and that take a while to build up steam.
See it if You are a fan of Richard Nelson's leisurely-paced family dramas that feature great acting. You're interested in modern dance.
Don't see it if You dislike leisurely paced dramas with a lot of dialogue and quiet speaking. You're not interested in modern dance.
See it if You want to see an excellent performance by Marisa Tomei, as well as a little-done Williams play.
Don't see it if You expect more emotional depth and an ending that is not just "nice," but is more affecting. You are troubled by stereotyping.
See it if You want to see a well-done production of one of Shaw's somewhat earlier and lesser seen plays.
Don't see it if You don't like Shaw or plays with a lot of talk and not much action. You want a "fancy" production.
See it if You are a Kate Hamill fan-as I am. You want to see a different take on Little Women.
Don't see it if You expect the same exquisite takes from Hamill as with Sense and Sensibility and Vanity Fair. You are a traditionalist re: Little Women.
See it if You're interested in Rupert Murdoch, tabloids, and British history. You're a fan of Bertie Carvel and Jonny Lee Miller.
Don't see it if You want a play that isn't obvious, focuses on Murdoch, and isn't a mishmash of styles (musical numbers, satire, straight drama, etc.).
See it if You're a big Guare (and Hitchcock) fan. You like plays about plays.
Don't see it if You want to see a play where the cleverness adds up in the end. You are put off by a subplot involving child pornography.
See it if You like a well-written play that has something to say, but does it with a light hand.
Don't see it if You get angered when strong female characters don't get a fair shake. You dislike a lot of dialogue.
See it if You love the novel and want to see a play based on it. You're a fan of Jeff Daniels and Aaron Sorkin.
Don't see it if You prefer great novels to plays that attempt to distill great novels.
See it if You love good acting and directing and want to laugh. The argument behind the play is an interesting one.
Don't see it if You want the argument to be less black-and-white and the ending of the play to be less of a cop-out.
See it if You appreciate great acting with a lot of energy and a play, though not subtle, packs a punch.
Don't see it if You're not a fan of Brecht and his ideas about theatre as a distancing medium. You want a subtle piece.
See it if You want a play that has both brains and heart and something you can really discuss with other folks. You're a Stoppard fan.
Don't see it if You don't like plays with a lot of talk and don't care to think about consciousness. You're not a Stoppard fan.
See it if If you like the Harry Potter series, magic in the storyline and the stagecraft, this is for you!
Don't see it if If you are really not familiar with the Harry Potter books, or, worse, dislike them, don't go.
See it if You like original works that feature great staging and performances, interesting characters and plot, that combine humor and pathos.
Don't see it if You don't like things that mix the surreal with the real, that shift between humor and pathos.
See it if You admire Gloria Steinem. You need a dose of hope in this difficult times. You want to be with folks who most likely share your views.
Don't see it if You want a more nuanced portrait of Gloria Steinem and the issues she had and still has to face.
See it if You want a refreshing and funny/sad take based on a real and terrible event. You're interested in other cultures (or perhaps your own).
Don't see it if You don't appreciate a combination of realism, imaginative myth-spinning, dance, and lots of talk about food and beer.
See it if You relish a production of the play that makes sense and is enlightening. You appreciate excellent acting.
Don't see it if You don't like Chekhov and you can't sit still for nearly two hours. You prefer a broader style of performance.
See it if You want some easy laughs and a few insights into the evolution of attitudes within the gay/transgender community.
Don't see it if You want to see that evolution explored more deeply and prefer a less messy play with characters that act with consistency.
See it if You want to see Idina Menzel on stage. You like sit-coms with a dash of nudity.
Don't see it if You prefer a play with depth and interesting characters. You are offended by talk about sex and that said dash of nudity.