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 love silly fun musicals with superb clowning and dancing. You adore Christian Borle.
Don't see it if You want something serious and more contemporary. You don't feel like a good laugh.
See it if You want to laugh and have a perfectly enjoyable time. You appreciate clever writing, good dancing and performances.
Don't see it if You prefer more memorable music and you dislike loud rock. You want a teen story that digs deeper.
See it if You enjoy farce and want a good laugh. You admire the work of a brilliant versifier, David Ives.
Don't see it if You prefer something weighty and you dislike rhymed couplets.
See it if You like something timely and sympathetic. You want to see a believable portrayal of a teen.
Don't see it if You want to hear a memorable score and see a piece that has more depth and originality.
See it if You've never seen My Fair Lady, a great musical. You love Norbert Leo Butz, as I do.
Don't see it if You are troubled by sound issues. You want to hear brilliant vocals, especially by Eliza Doolittle.
See it if You like fresh, ambitious plays skillfully written in the style of an 18th century novel.
Don't see it if You prefer short plays that require less attention. You don't like picaresque works.
See it if You want a play that is, in fact, relevant and features fine acting and topics worthy of discussion.
Don't see it if You don't want your own biases challenged. You want all of the characters' behavior to be thoroughly plausible.
See it if You enjoy well-made lost gems that are relevant today. You love great acting.
Don't see it if You prefer a lot of action rather than dialogue. You don't want to deal with dialect.
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.
See it if You want the chance to see a compelling production of a lesser known Tennessee Williams play, featuring great acting.
Don't see it if You dislike minimalist sets, mime instead of props, and an unfortunate dose of racial stereotyping.
See it if You are versed in The Importance of Being Ernest, James Joyce, Dada, and Lenin. You revel in clever intellectual writing.
Don't see it if You are not versed in the above and uninterested in the purpose/meaning/attitudes toward art. You prefer more emotional plays.
See it if You want to see a masterpiece beautifully performed.
Don't see it if You can't sit through four-hour, dialogue-driven plays. You don't understand why the play has to be so long.
See it if You want to see some amazing tangos and Charleston dances. You'd enjoy a beautifully staged, rarely seen Tony winner.
Don't see it if You prefer your musicals to have more individualized characters. You don't like overlapping dialogue/songs.
See it if You like to contemplate the nature of theatre, character development, and where writers "get their ideas." You want to laugh and be moved.
Don't see it if You prefer linear plays and dislike anyone breaking the fourth wall or giving a long monologue.
See it if You want a rich play that challenges many people's previously held opinions and offers no easy answers.
Don't see it if You don't want to think about race and white privilege. You want a play with characters that are clearly right and wrong.
See it if You appreciate great singing and love Jule Styne/Comden and Green. You are interested in lesser known musicals.
Don't see it if You want a piece about black history to be more on target and penetrating, with an ending that doesn't just fade away.
See it if You enjoy irreverent, raunchy, but not mean-spirited humor and great singing and dancing.
Don't see it if You are offended by irreverence and satire, particularly about religion. You want a nuanced view of the world.
See it if You're a Mark Rylance fan. You're interested in Baroque music and a little known piece of history.
Don't see it if You want a play with passion and surprise and a deep portrayal of the healing power of music.