See it if you’re willing to do work and are willing to give up narrative ease for a vicarious experience.
Don't see it if you’re sleepy. If you're going to immediately assume monotone delivery isn't intentional or is "bad acting."
See it if you like the total reframing of classical archetypes/don’t take things too seriously/you enjoyed what Simon Stone did with Yerma.
Don't see it if you know how this ends and can’t bear to see it.
See it if you like skillfully written, plot-driven drama.
Don't see it if you can’t stand the conventional, formulaic, and/or predictable.
Also dynamite, unforgettable performance by Edmund Donovan.
See it if you are interested in experiencing foreign culture via theatre. If you’re interested in pure theatre as artistic expression.
Don't see it if you are particularly sensitive and/or triggered by hyper realistic depictions of sexual violence.
See it if you cannot get enough of John Doyle’s organic staging.
Don't see it if you, like me, have seen dozens of productions of this text and want to see something daring and fresh.
See it if you love literature, love plays, are a writer, like Mary Louise Parker, are an adult.
Don't see it if you can only secure rear mezzanine seats and you are 7 feet tall.
See it if you like plays about the human experience.
Don't see it if you can't sit through a three hour play or can't stomach graphic, unfettered nudity. Or, if you cannot follow an unsympathetic protagonist.
See it if you like classic music theatre.
Don't see it if you will be outraged at book revisions.
Also David Aron Damane as JJ is the standout. He has a remarkable baritone.
See it if you’re troubled by the question “what is an appropriate way to tell a specifically black story?”
Don't see it if you are unreasonably frightened by the bucking of theatrical conventions
See it if six hours of the subject matter has you intrigued.
Don't see it if you've set out to hate it. No need to spend six hours watching something you've already made your mind up about.
See it if you love Borle and/or Groff and are fine with paying exorbitant fare for the most ordinary of stagings.
Don't see it if you feel that the problematic racial dynamics of this material has to be addressed.
See it if you'd like to see a short play with some social themes of multi-cam, sitcom quality.
Don't see it if you want a robust and extremely deep examination of interracial, queer families in American suburbs.
See it if you strongly believe in freedom of expression, audience accountability and enjoy skilled solo performance.
Don't see it if you have any sensitivity depictions to suicide, self-harm, or sexual violence.
See it if you enjoy acting with a capital a.
Don't see it if you're not interested in a wordy story about a family fortune.
Also West End production, Picadilly Theatre, August 2019.
See it if you are interested in a new frontier in musical theatre form, queer representation, black representation, or autobiographical work.
Don't see it if you’re a prude or your empathy is off.