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See it if You like a smart, insightful family comedy. Wholly originally but with echoes of Nora Ephron and Neil Simon, with Wohl's distinctive view.
Don't see it if Broad comedy isn't your thing.
See it if You want to get absorbed in a story and a world. It's binge-watchable theater that somehow makes 7 hours fly by.
Don't see it if Your expectations for 7 hours of theater is something life-changing. This is thoughtful and thought-provoking, but not quite epic in scope.
See it if You want to wrestle with ideas, be a fly on the wall on the other side, and called to be angry, sad, empathetic and enlightened over 2 hrs.
Don't see it if You already know you aren't going to be open to this world / these characters / this experience.
See it if You love a deep-dive play that immerses you in a world of characters
Don't see it if You want a play to earn its 3 hour runtime. This is not close to Eugene O'Neill or even his earlier Jerusalem, and could use a huge edit
See it if You can fall in love with a campy, completely unserious, super fun musical that speaks into your inner awkward teenager.
Don't see it if You want high art, or take yourself/theater too seriously
See it if You are interested in seeing an ambitious work that mashes together slapstick with satire, Shakespeare with dick jokes, and smart with dumb.
Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for lowbrow humor.
See it if You're interested in Hollywood, racism and representation. And/or want to see the brilliant Lynn Nottage working from interesting angles.
Don't see it if You expect a perfect production--some of the frequent tonal shifts don't quite work in this revival.
See it if You want to experience innovative, beautiful new work that helps chart a new course for what musical theater can be.
Don't see it if You’re more concerned with ‘following what happened’ than ‘how did it make you feel’. This requires viewing outside a traditional lens.
See it if You want to see a brilliant, refreshing new voice in Antoinette Nwandu, who channels Beckett and the Bible into a powerful evening.
Don't see it if You only want to be entertained.
See it if You want to see chickens and a goat run around the theater. Or you want to enjoy some beautiful singing.
Don't see it if You don't think white writers, directors, and producers are the best choice to tell nuanced stories about race and colonialism.
See it if You want a fun night out and love musical theater enough to be charmed by just okay material.
Don't see it if You are sick of movie-to-musical adaptations that feel like a second-rate version. The wit and brilliance of the film does not translate.
See it if You enjoy well told stories of cultural identity, globalization, and family. BD Wong gives a spectacular performance.
Don't see it if You're looking for a grand epic. This story approaches big themes on a small, intimate scale.
See it if you want a pleasant evening with a cast of charming characters.
Don't see it if you want more fire or life force in your theater. The 90m moves slowly with a serviceable but pedestrian score.
See it if You love the play, or have never seen the play. One of the greatest works ever written for the theater.
Don't see it if You are expecting a perfect interpretation--some of the choices work really well, some less so. Overall though, two beautiful evenings.
See it if You love to watch great actors. The ensemble here is divine, especially the masterful Laurie Metcalf.
Don't see it if You're there for the writing. The top-notch cast and superb direction elevates a solid but pedestrian script.
See it if You're interested in theater history, LGBT history and/or Jewish history. You're willing to get swept up into an often untold story.
Don't see it if You are more interested in character than plot. You are easily annoyed by theatrical cliches, this is full of them.
See it if You're looking for some light entertainment, and have the time and money to spare.
Don't see it if You want a little life force behind your theater. This felt like a passion-less cash grab, and another stale retread.
See it if you want to see Glenn Close give a performance for the ages. It perfectly threads between camp and heartbreaking. Just an incredible turn!
Don't see it if The soaring dramatics of an Andrew Lloyd Webber score aren't for you.
See it if You're willing to put up with a pretty bad show to watch a star-is-born moment for the incredible Jo Lampert
Don't see it if You're hoping for another 'Here Lies Love'. This has none of the elements that made that show so special. It just really misses the mark.
See it if You appreciate the subtext in a play and the layers of what goes unsaid; you love a great ensemble cast piece; you like to spot new talent.
Don't see it if You prefer your family dramas with elaborate plot twists, big gasp-inducing reveals, and smashed dishes--this one is tender and understated.
See it if You are willing to get swept away by a smart, sexy, fun, immersive evening with a breathtaking score and an amazingly talented cast.
Don't see it if You are unadventurous in your musical tastes, or hate immersive theater.
See it if you can get something out of watching ambitious artists reach for something great, even if they fall short.
Don't see it if you have little patience for a slow-burning show that never quite pays off.
See it if You appreciate queer narratives, thoughtful subtext and layered writing. There's so much going on if you lean forward and take it all in.
Don't see it if You want PLOT, THEMES and TOPICAL ISSUES screamed out at you. This one makes you do some work.
See it if You're interested in seeing some incredible performances from Damon Daunno, Mary Testa & Ali Stroker, and hearing gorgeous re-orchestrations
Don't see it if You don't want to see a big directorial misfire trying to shove a square peg of a show into a round hole of a concept.
See it if You are a musical theater completist and want to see everything.
Don't see it if You are tired of movie-to-musical transfers that feel like an uninspired cash grab. This feels very producer-driven work-for-hire all around
Also Sarah Stiles is a true gem shining through the bleakness of this show
See it if You want to see Laurie Metcalf continue her record as one of the most thrilling stage actresses on Broadway, in an interesting play.
Don't see it if You have little interest in another man's take on the endlessly fascinating political figure. This is short on new insights or layers.
See it if You like a piece that gives you a lot to think about, and a lot to discover in glances, sighs, and side comments.
Don't see it if You are more driven by plot than character, or prefer that the "message" of a play be directly signaled to the audience.
See it if You are a Harry Potter fan and love to sink into a long, absorbing story. The show is magically transfixing and a great way to spend a day.
Don't see it if You don't already know the fictional world established--you will be lost.
See it if you want to see masterful work from one of the most interesting playwrights working today, breaking down form and narrative to speak truth.
Don't see it if You don't like work that pushes against traditional structure, and prefer a classic three-act well-made play.
See it if You are a fan of nontraditional music-based theater, drag, astrophysics, performance art, or Prince.
Don't see it if You have a limited definition of what theater is supposed to be.
See it if You are ready to be challenged, provoked, enlightened, and to think. This piece will stay with you for a long time after.
Don't see it if Your whiteness makes you expect a pat on the back just for showing up to a play about race--this play isn't concerned with your comfort.
See it if You love a Golden Age musical sung beautifully by some of Broadway's best talent with stunning choreography.
Don't see it if You already know Rodgers & Hammerstein isn't for you. This doesn't break new ground, it's pretty by-the-book.
See it if You like to luxuriate in a great piece of literature. The play is a masterwork. The cast is brilliant. The direction is inspired.
Don't see it if You don't have the attention span for a 4 hour play that is slow and stationary.
See it if You absolutely love the show/score.
Don't see it if You want a little life force in your musical theater. This felt on autopilot, with no real spark that indicated why this show, why now.
See it if you are invested in the future of musical theater. It's like nothing you've ever seen--structurally, stylistically or emotionally.
Don't see it if you aren't open to take the ride with it. The piece shifts, reshapes and takes its time. If you can't relax into that, you may not love it.
See it if You are engaged/interested in diplomacy, international relations, and politics. This is a fascinating look behind the curtain.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in those subjects and/or don't have much of an attention span (I was rapt but admit it could have used some cuts.)
See it if You appreciate an expertly crafted play. Saw Nixon as Regina and Linney as Birdie--both were fantastic and seemed perfectly cast.
Don't see it if You are put off by a classic slow-burn three act structure.
See it if You are looking for an honest take on the fade of friendships over your 20s, and how lonely that experience can be.
Don't see it if You are easily turned off by characters acting whiney, needy, or self-absorbed. This is not about the protagonists finest moments.
See it if You're in need of a 'diva' fix; LuPone and Ebersole are great and elevate really mediocre material
Don't see it if You haven't limited resources to pick shows this spring--this one vanishes from memory almost as soon as the curtain call is done.
See it if You love this score, or love Sondheim. The music, played gorgeously by a full orchestra, is front and center of this production.
Don't see it if If something between a concert and a full production doesn't warrant the ticket price for you. It often felt under rehearsed.
See it if You can be sustained by a few fleeting moments of utter brilliance (the opening monologue, the skeleton dance, Marylouise Burke)
Don't see it if You want to fall in love with a play. The casting gimmick makes it more of an intellectual theatrical experiment than an absorbing evening.
See it if You want to reaffirm your faith in the American Musical. Believe all the hype, it's that good.
Don't see it if You are one of those people who gets off on resisting the popular tide.
See it if If you love a perfectly crafted musical with great performances and an ebullient score.
Don't see it if You aren't one for earnestness, or not partial to musical theater.