See it if You want to be completely intoxicated by astoundingly beautiful performances and even better staging.
Don't see it if You don’t love “concepts;” you don’t like Greek mythology.
See it if You want to see a lovely production of a beautiful Lanford Wilson script with an A-game cast, including a riveting Adam Driver.
Don't see it if You can’t handle monologue-heavy plays and intense character studies
See it if You have a need to once again see Glenda Jackson provide a tour de force performance, this time alongside Ruth Wilson (who is equally great)
Don't see it if You need a clear theme to understand or appreciate Shakespeare or if you’re expecting everyone to be at Glenda’s level.
Also Jackson and Wilson impress in an otherwise lackluster Lear.
See it if You have an appreciation for new interpretations of old warhorses and if you love great voices doing great things.
Don't see it if You can’t tolerate the classics being produced in any way different than how they’re always produced.
See it if You want to see three terrific actors turning in outstanding performances. Jones. Radcliffe, and Cannavale are great together!
Don't see it if You think everything is “fake news.”
See it if You want to see the impeccable Elaine May break hearts in her return to Broadway among a uniformly excellent cast.
Don't see it if You can’t handle seeing a difficult subject matter like dementia coming to life onstage.
See it if You want to see Idina Menzel in action without singing
Don't see it if You want a script with enough context to justify why these people treat each other the way they do. Unlikable. The lot of them.
Also Acting is great, but the script leaves them no favors.
See it if You want to see nine actors on their A-game; you appreciate resonant historical plays; another masterful Joe Mantello production.
Don't see it if You’re a homophobe; you’re expecting to laugh the entire time.
See it if You loved the movie and want to see how it translates to the stage.
Don't see it if You don’t like teenage reactions at the theatre (screaming and the like); you need the script and score to be equal (the script is better).
See it if You love to see the past recreated in the style of the Old Globe or if you appreciate the genius of Mark Rylance in his natural habitat.
Don't see it if You need a neatly wrapped up conclusion.
See it if You love this particular Rodgers and Hammerstein piece or any of the very gifted star performers.
Don't see it if You’re expecting to be blown away in the same way the Lincoln Center revival did
See it if You want to marvel at theatrical design wizardry or if you’re a fan of the SpongeBob cartoon
Don't see it if You are expecting a life-altering theatrical experience. The design is amazing; the show itself is not.
See it if You want to see Michael Urie and Mercedes Reuhl lock heads in the most compelling scene of the season in one of the finest revivals in NYC.
Don't see it if You don’t care for gay stories
See it if You can appreciate a musical minus splash and bigger is better mentality and the desire to see human beings connect in an honest way onstage
Don't see it if You need production numbers and big, brassy musical theatre
See it if You have an appreciation for the history of Broadway, celebratory retrospectives, and incredibly gifted performers.
Don't see it if You need the plot of some famous hits spelled out for you.
See it if You appreciate well-acted family dramas with terrific and keen acting.
Don't see it if You are adverse to discussion of death and/or dying.
Also Janeane Garofalo and Lili Taylor are outstanding.
See it if You appreciate strong political drama, engaging performances, deep ideas laced with humor, and a beautiful physical production.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy history, can't handle a long evening at the theatre
See it if You want to be taken in by real situations played beautifully by an outstanding cast. Platt, Bay Jones, Faist, and Thompson are standouts.
Don't see it if You have something against a hipster feel.
See it if You have a love for outstanding ensembles. Deeply moving and satisfying new musical that's very much at home on Broadway.
Don't see it if You don't like emotional reminders of 9/11.
See it if You want to see Norma in a more sympathetic iteration. Close's performance has deepened considerably in the twenty years since the original
Don't see it if You are tired of concert-style staging.
Also Michael Xavier is outstanding!
See it if You (like me) can’t miss Laurie Metcalf; you appreciate Lucas Hnath
Don't see it if You need a clear definition as to why the play is being produced NOW or expecting a clear resolution to the ideas expressed.
Also Stellar acting. Not a great play.
See it if You love Nathan Lane, Kristine Nielsen, and Julie White doing what they do best.
Don't see it if You’re not a fan of crude humor, including dick jokes
Also Hilariously funny and unexpectedly touching.
See it if You love the novel, love earnest and charming acting, or appreciate the work of Mr. Sher
Don't see it if You REALLY love the novel and don’t want to see anything other than the film.
See it if You want to see an impeccable ensemble perform an absorbing, richly developed clan of Irish folk and outstanding, fluid staging from Mendes.
Don't see it if You like your theatre light, frothy, short, and sweet. This piece can be menacing.
See it if You love the Lincoln Center classic revivals they do so beautifully featuring a dynamite cast and beautiful staging/design.
Don't see it if You need it short and sweet, or if you don’t like British comedy.
Also Ambrose is a stunning Eliza for 2018!
See it if You love the Harry Potter series or if you simply want to revel in the genius of John Tiffany’s direction.
Don't see it if You can’t handle the epic nature of Potter’s adventures.
Also Wonderful acting in a seamlessly staged production. It’s dazzling.
See it if You have an appreciation for Shakespeare, theatre in nature, and great acting.
Don't see it if You don’t like Shakespeare or get nervous by the elements of nature getting in the way of the performance.
See it if You want to see one of the finest ensemble in a towering acting achievement.
Don't see it if You are homophobic or can’t handle a long narrative that calls on the fantastical to tell its story..
Also The entire cast is magnificent.
See it if You want to be moved by the sensational theatricality of Michael Arden’s gorgeous production with a great, great reading of the material.
Don't see it if You want to miss one of the great revivals of the season
See it if You appreciate experimental theatre and the fascinating approaches of the Elevator Repair Service
Don't see it if You can’t sit for 2 hours and 15 minutes with no intermission, you need the delivery straightforward, or if you’re a purist.
See it if You are impressed by extraordinary acting backed by ambitious tech, deeply connected acting, and gut wrenching final moments.
Don't see it if You have no taste.
See it if You can appreciate thought-provoking, reexaminations of classic theatre. Impeccably acted by Metcalf, Houdyshell, and Rashad.
Don't see it if You can't handle your classics reassessed.
See it if You appreciate strong female characters created by a strong female writer played by strong female actors.
Don't see it if You can't look past some contrivances or some weak stage combat.
See it if You want to see two able actresses make playing two difficult roles effortlessly among an ensemble of solid supporting players.
Don't see it if You need fast-moving theatre. While this is the fastest FOXES I've seen, it simmers slowly but steadily.
See it if You have an attachment to the cartoon or to Flaherty and Ahrens' occasionally lovely score.
Don't see it if You know anything about history or expect theatricality from a Broadway production.
See it if You want to see a focused and transcendent Jake Gyllenhaal in an artistic performance that will long be remembered.
Don't see it if You aren't a fan of Sondheim's Pulitzer work.
See it if You want to see an incredible actress strip away the fluff and allow herself to be seen naked (while clothed) in an ambitious interpretation
Don't see it if You need a set, costumes, and excessive production value, or if you thought the 2013 revival was the only way to do MENAGERIE.