See it if you're interested in meta-narrative about contemporary NYC life across generations of gay men, learning to listen to and tell their stories
Don't see it if you can't commit to almost 7 hrs of sitting in a theater (although i wasn't bored for a minute, and recommend seeing both parts in one day)
See it if you are interested in issues of identity across generations, immigrant narratives, gentle and thoughtful explorations of changing memory
Don't see it if you can't sit through 90 minutes without intermission
See it if you want to witness a brilliant, wonderfully acted production of a play that should be on every syllabus of great american theater
Don't see it if you can't watch displays of homophobia (both internalized, and perpetrated by a straight character)
See it if you are interested in one of the greatest contemporary plays, brought to life in an impeccable, ambitious, mind-blowing production
Don't see it if you can't sit through almost 8hrs of the two plays (but there are 2 intermissions in each play and the theater is quite comfortable)
See it if you enjoy french farce, wordplay, fast-paced dialogue, and extremely amusing silliness
Don't see it if you're looking for expensive productions, profound plays, or if you detest escapism
See it if you like the playwright's work or any of the cast; you enjoy bleak humor & well-written dialogue on issues handled in a rather academic way
Don't see it if you find the issues in the play triggering; or you're tired of the "white guy's failure is inevitable and sad" stories
See it if you wish to experience a truly accessible production; you support representative casting (top-notch); you've never seen this classic play
Don't see it if you have no interest in these issues (though shouldn't everyone care about human rights?); you want to see only musicals on broadway
See it if you want an uplifting, intense, complex, hilarious to heartbreaking production. the most inspirational piece of theater i've seen in AGES.
Don't see it if you're triggered by racial violence/ harassment (mostly off-stage; some happens on stage), fat shaming, or minimal audience interaction.
See it if you're interested in a rather standard take on the "abusive hot mess genius" trope; you like CSC's spare staging and intense performances.
Don't see it if you're interested in learning about ballets russes or why diaghilev was considered a revolutionary in his field
See it if you want an exceptional heartfelt take on humanity after the apocalypse; great worldbuilding; intricate relationships; + an ADORABLE robot.
Don't see it if you don't like emotional maturity, complexity, great acting and staging, and a beautiful, funny script (seriously just see it, it's SO GOOD)
See it if you like "episodic" storytelling, genre mixing (noir, comedy, paranormal, horror etc)
Don't see it if you want coherent narrative thread, or want subversive outcomes to go with the genre mix
See it if you are interested in quick but thoughtful takes on the very human experiences of existence as defined by the state of one's brain.
Don't see it if you don't like somewhat minimalist staging and conceptual choreography (which i really enjoyed btw!); if the topics are upsetting/triggery.
See it if you are interested in lgbtq rights and personal histories, a moving creation of a non-traditional family
Don't see it if you're not interested in mostly told (not shown) stories of the rapid changes within a lifetime of love & heartbreak
See it if you are interested in drama addressing unbearably cruel racist history via Brechtian alienation style; extraordinary writing & performances
Don't see it if you don't like to be challenged emotionally & intellectually by a story of a woman claiming autonomy in terrible & too current circumstances
See it if you'd like to see a staged version of Downton Abbey; a family's slow and apparently inevitable ruin caused by their own blindness
Don't see it if you're expecting time travel, genuinely fantastic elements (though the staging comes close i suppose), or a refreshing story
See it if you are interested in gender-transgressive works, drama that explores sociocultural myths through a haunting romance. (i love this play!)
Don't see it if you expect impressive (or even competent) staging, seamless and focused direction to match the written work; if you mind on-stage nudity.
See it if you like swing music, more-complex-than-expected take on the post-WWII experience of vets, entertaining characters and great score
Don't see it if even artistic representations of PTSD are upsetting/triggering to you; you have trouble following plot through song
See it if you are interested in a subtly developed and well acted family drama with great comic elements, given the subject matter
Don't see it if you wish to avoid stories about chronic/terminal illness; you prefer to see intimate plays in a fittingly intimate setting
See it if you like complex, smart, touching work about current affairs that transcends its topic & reveals the shared humanity at high level politics
Don't see it if you have trouble sitting for 3 hours with just one intermission; you don't like mostly dialogue-based productions
See it if you enjoy participatory/interactive theater, playacting as if in a WW2 nightmare, gorgeous choreography
Don't see it if you have lived thru/are triggered by war (part of the show is direct immersion in scenarios of vicarious trauma); you can't stand for 90min.
See it if you're interested in deft, funny, touching, intelligently written and wonderfully performed exploration of the class divide
Don't see it if you, have strong political beliefs and no empathy for opposing viewpoints, or are triggered by stories of child / pet death
See it if you enjoy slapstick, masterful staging, physical comedy, extended gags (but a solid variety of them), a bit of meta-theater humor.
Don't see it if you're easily bored with farcical material; you dislike minimal audience participation.
See it if you enjoy refreshing, fast-paced meditations on the nature of love in its many forms; interesting staging and some great performances
Don't see it if you have issues with animal death (the play opens with a "carcass" on stage; there are many discussion of it), or are offended by nudity/sex
See it if you are interested in meta theater, history, intersectionality, creativity, censorship, art as a vehicle of hope and empathy
Don't see it if you are homophobic, xenophobic, antisemitic; if you can't follow plot across generations and actors playing different characters
See it if you're into original, refreshing work that turns mythology into a current, striking (love) story via touches of art deco and social themes
Don't see it if you're not into musicals; you're bothered by lights occasionally aimed directly at the audience
See it if you enjoy meta narratives brilliantly employed to illustrate identity issues; entertaining and touching personalized history-telling
Don't see it if you have trouble following non-linear storytelling and actors playing different characters (though all are well telegraphed visually)
See it if you are interested in an exploration of bigotry as psychotic at its core, hatred aimed at loved ones; superbly performed & deeply disturbing
Don't see it if you can't stand violence, racist/sexist/misogynist language and actions on stage
See it if you want to see one of the best theater performers currently working in nyc (marin ireland is exquisite); good chemistry between leads
Don't see it if you feel that williams' work requires a lush production (minimalism doesn't work here); you'd like to see/hear all that happens on stage
See it if you like imaginative takes on biographical history, dialogue-based plays, great on-stage chemistry between the leads
Don't see it if you're not interested in explorations of creative identity via brilliant but troubled historical characters
See it if you like high-end burlesque, fantastic staging, gender- (and genre-)bending reimagining of fairytales, brilliant performances
Don't see it if you don't like near-nudity, champagne, glitter rain, pop music, or fun in general
See it if you like intimate, thoughtful, playful theater
Don't see it if you want an expensive broadway production; you are expecting the movie version (this show is based on the short story that inspired it)
See it if you want extraordinary performances, catchy songs, great bway staging, a rather safe story, and a guaranteed fun evening in the theater
Don't see it if you need plot & character development that makes sense throughout; this show is much stronger as a party than a play - & that's totally fine
See it if you enjoy atmospheric staging, strong ensembles, perfectly paced pitch-black comedy, & works in martin mcdonagh's sinister wheelhouse
Don't see it if you'd like to hang onto the conviction that capital punishment could ever be acceptable
See it if you're interested in a striking feminist take on greek mythology and exploration of marriage as an insufficient source of meaning in life
Don't see it if you're looking for a classical production (there is song, dance, and puppets in this one), and/or coherent narrative on existential crisis
See it if you enjoy cleverly focused & modernized, physically entertaining retelling of a classic, told via great performances
Don't see it if you are a purist when it comes to the novel, or wouldn't enjoy an interpretation that lets the story have fun with its own tropes
See it if you enjoy minimalism as subversion of a classic story, told by a non-white cast & simplified so as to expose conceptual flaws (tho lovingly)
Don't see it if you need an expensive production in order to enjoy sondheim, and great performances are not enough
See it if you want a confirmation of stereotypical bias about writing and creativity in general; you're interested in the (very solid) cast
Don't see it if you are looking for a challenging, fresh perspective rather than a tired, claustrophobic take on the business of writing
See it if you like half-baked takes on post-partum depression that pretend to say something meaningful about class, race, ability, and gender
Don't see it if you prefer challenging drama to consist of more than a bunch of stereotypes in a blender; what a waste of excellent acting talent.
See it if you like imaginative presentation of real life issues that affect the trans population; dynamic performances, & the audience was great!
Don't see it if you're not interested in diversity a.k.a. reality
See it if you're interested in exploring perpetrator psychology and enjoy paying close attention for 1 hour of rapid-fire dialogue
Don't see it if you're expecting real revelations about mengele's thoughts and actions, or if you're uncomfortable with holocaust video clips
See it if you like intimate, quirky human drama-based stories with sci-fi elements; good performances; dark humor.
Don't see it if you dislike non-linear storytelling, lack of resolution, and plays using cynicism as a moral high ground (a.k.a. lazy writing).
See it if you enjoy stripped down productions, dynamic performances, low-tech but impactful staging, and have the stamina for a 3hr45m show.
Don't see it if you object to contemporary-style productions of shakespeare, actors playing a number of characters, or blocking/hearing issues with staging
See it if you like light farcical comedy, close-up view of some tremendous performing talent, innovative use of tiny space & minor props, diverse cast
Don't see it if raunchy humor does not appeal to you; you have an issue with small space and not very comfortable seating (such as bar stools)
See it if you'd like to escape for a few hours into a love triangle that, while predictable, plays out with much genuine heart, humor, and beauty
Don't see it if you're not comfortable in small black box venues; you're bothered by (even gorgeous) male nudity; the script might need another revision
See it if you'd enjoy a genuinely entertaining comedy about corruption (i doubted i'd be in the mood, but this production proved me wrong!)
Don't see it if you suffer from emetophobia (there are several gagging, uh, gags); you hate fat-shaming jokes; you dislike satire with lots of slapstick
See it if you like fresh takes on a familiar/popular narrative; dynamic staging; excellent comic performances by young actors doing several roles.
Don't see it if you live under a rock and are somehow not at all familiar with potterverse; or if you are religiously devoted to HP canon and hate fanworks.
See it if you like arthur miller's work; you enjoy slow, intense family drama occurring on a single (but exceptional) set
Don't see it if you are not interested in stories of dysfunctional families trying to unravel their collapse
See it if you like powerful performances in intimate, simple setting; women's war stories; unflinching look at injustice via complex characters.
Don't see it if you prefer lighter themes; you are triggered by graphic descriptions (and some enactment) of violence - more specific warnings below.