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See it if want to marvel at how a simple story can stretch into 2 joyless hours. The creators have successfully avoided nearly all humor & sexiness
Don't see it if you are expecting to enjoy the talents of A. Nogueira, J. Perez or M. Zegen. They all deserve better material beyond one engaging charm song
See it if want to see a cleverly staged & directed version of the play. Some lovely performances and a lot of humor. Musicians add a fun, hip factor.
Don't see it if are expecting a fully resolved production. There are some audibility issues, and the Lobbyists are better musicians than actors.
See it if want a fresh take on a tired tale. M Warchus has perfected show at the Old Vic, and it shows. Great casting choices and inventive staging!
Don't see it if recoil at musical underscoring and sentiment. While the show is very emotional, the new scenes and back story make the emotion feel earned.
See it if are curious to see a talented playwrights oeuvre. This is a much longer, but much lesser effort. Judith Ivey's acting is only reason to go.
Don't see it if have little patience for annoying & unconvincing characters that are on the spectrum. Joe sees duck faces on people, which leads to tragedy.
See it if want to eavesdrop on aimless conversation among unconvincingly drawn characters. The lesbian undercurrent is the entirety of the plot. Zzz..
Don't see it if expect any degree of realism. I'm sure there's an interesting play about Sally Ride being a lesbian. This dull and plodding affair is not it
See it if enjoyed the Crystal & Alexis fights on Dynasty. There are several in this vastly overrated gay soap opera. K Soller & P Hilton come off best
Don't see it if are expecting greatness. The "what story should I write" framework saps any dramatic urgency, since plot developments are all "up for grabs"
See it if want to see pre-Oz Judy story told with a lot of skill, and top notch cast. Act 1 is really tight, w/ a knock out number "All Ma's Children"
Don't see it if The plot of Act 2 could use some tightening, but M. Von Essen and R. Rakos both sound glorious throughout. So much better than I expected!
See it if want to see the equivalent of a children's book w/ mediocre songs added. I feel sorry for the talented adult cast members given bad material
Don't see it if can't stomach smart-alecky child actors. 2 1/2 hours of a poorly cast, unintelligible kid who's in virtually the entire show is 2 too many
See it if love Cyrano and simply MUST see the balcony scene again. This was my 3rd time seeing a production and that's the only memorable scene.
Don't see it if are expecting a charming farce. The humor is forced and the adaptation a missed opportunity. Actors are fine, but below TRT usual quality.
See it if want to see Alex Timbers spend a shitload of money to mask his dearth of directing craft and imagination, just like he did with Beeteljuice
Don't see it if expect the clever/corny way Mama Mia used ABBA's songbook. Snippets of chart-topping songs are thrown at the wall like spaghetti. None stick
See it if like long-winded Irish folk who try really hard not to say what's on their mind. After awhile, you just want a little action and drama.
Don't see it if expecting a heart-warming Christmas tale. It's set in an undertaker's office, and gets bleaker yet. Inferior to The Seafarer and The Weir.
See it if want to see how several talented collaborators can be on different pages when writing a musical. None of the elements cohere. Bland ballads.
Don't see it if are expecting something campy. The set & charm songs deliver on that, but the rest of the score is too serious, and the leads are very dull.
See it if are curious why critics set aside their expertise if the subject is controversial and the playwright a minority. There's no play there.
Don't see it if can't stomach well-trodden jokes about academia and politically correct therapy-speak. Had there been an intermission, I would have left.
See it if really love Annie Golden or Joe Iconis. If not, there's really not much there except underwhelming silliness. I laughed just twice in Act 1.
Don't see it if you think SNL sketches go on too long. Plot takes forever to get going, the recruiting/training of Annie as a bounty hunter is dull filler
See it if you slavishly follow critics picks. Seems over hyped. Starts strong w/ teachers instructing classroom but goes off the rails and loses focus
Don't see it if have trouble pretending the Emperor has clothes (pun intended). Beyond the shock-value, there are just too many topics and themes.
See it if you're a C. Shinn completist and missed the far superior '08 LCT Theater production with Pablo Schrieber. That felt vital, this feels inert.
Don't see it if the play no longer works in the MeToo# era. The initial Pulitzer talk must have been for the topicality of 9/11 and the Iraq War back in '06
See it if want to laugh, because the show is very funny. There are great jokes, great comic actors (J. Halson & J. Belhman), and clever novelty songs
Don't see it if need a solid 2nd Act. The air goes out of the balloon once Dorothy admits her deception. The last 30 minutes are a pretty big letdown.
See it if want to see a predictable, mediocre family drama. It hits the expected notes of black sheep, drug-addict sibling stories on a snazzy set.
Don't see it if expect the past brilliance of this author. Some interesting themes are raised, but dropped in favor of banal family intrigue. It's skippable
See it if want a loud, yet curiously uninsightful recap of Rupert Murdoch's creation of populist news in UK. Two unsympathetic leads is one too many.
Don't see it if are expecting insight about why Murdoch has been successful. Is it as simple as people loving sex, money and racism? Play doesn't explore.
See it if for audacious subject matter, which for about 1/3 of the show is handled humorously and/or impactfully. The other 2/3 is confusing filler.
Don't see it if can't sit through a pointless and interminable Thanksgiving scene. Doctor office scenes are the most powerful and arresting part of the show
See it if curious about film to musical transfers. This isn't the worst one, but there's just not enough plot or emotion to sustain 2 1/2 hours.
Don't see it if loud, overwrought and relentless production numbers get on your nerves. HOWEVER, Leslie Kritzer steals the show. She slays in both acts.
See it if want a strong production that lets A MIller's words speak for themselves. Except for some color-blind casting, it doesn't impose on the text
Don't see it if You should see it. Tracy Letts brilliantly captures Joe's capitalistic pragmatism. He's equally matched by an empathetic Benjamin Walker.
See it if want to learn about the history of America through the lens of 3 Jewish immigrants. Brilliant staging - simple, but on an epic scale.
Don't see it if are troubled by a slight loss of focus. First 2 acts are masterful, third slightly muddles more current part of story, but still brilliant!
See it if you want to indulge Tim Sanford in his quest to produce socially-relevant if unpolished and unprofessional work. Time to cancel subscription
Don't see it if can't stomach Once On This Island told without the engaging music, charm, or clear protagonist. Plus, the last of the 5 endings is dreadful
See it if .. you love C. Keenan Bolger. She strikes a beautiful balance of childlike curiousity & adult soulfulness. Oddly, the music doesn't add much
Don't see it if are expecting a remake of the film. The "how did he fall on his knife" framing device is flimsy, but does provide a fresh window on the tale
See it if are feeling patient. There's some humor & some winning performances (G. Abud, M. Kane, F. Boswell). L. Margherita & J. Lamon steal focus.
Don't see it if are expecting any social relevance. It's a fairly simple, yet inconsequential plot. A couple of songs are fun, but too many just mark time.
See it if are open to a solidly written, very funny boulevard comedy. At the outset it seems like it is going to be more original than it is.
Don't see it if are expecting the fresh, non-traditional story telling of Small Mouth Sounds or Make Believe. This show is much more conventional
See it if are curious about R. Jones' work. However, it is nothing like his Hairy Ape at the Armory. That play's themes were amplified by the space.
Don't see it if are expecting much character development. It's more about the townsfolk and their biased search for a person to blame for a train accident
See it if love, love Joe Iconis. Although this show doesn't have the same catchy tunes as his others, despite many reprises of several numbers.
Don't see it if want great acting/singing. Most of the cast feel like second choices. Plot points can be seen a mile away. The "revolution" in Act 2 drags
See it if you want well-drawn characters in a dramatic setting. The specifics about life at the refugee camp are very compelling. Two leads are strong
Don't see it if get impatient. There's more than a little homage to Waiting for Godot. While the plot, characters and dialogue are good, it is way too slow
See it if a director, 2 actors and playwright all at the top of their game. I can't recall a recent play that's made me want to lean forward and focus
Don't see it if are expecting a linear plot. Changes in POV and narrator are half the fun. The economical use of sets greatly adds to the air of intrigue.
See it if want to see thinly drawn characters repeat the same unconvincing arguments. R. Esparza starts at 180 mph, so he has nowhere to go. Tedious.
Don't see it if think this Rebeck play will be better than others. Her workman-like scripts don't engage. I left at intermission, as I did Bernhardt/Hamlet
See it if want to see the intense passions of the play brought to life in an intimate setting with an amazing cast. C. Stoll & N. Bowers really shine
Don't see it if unless you read a plot outline beforehand. Seriously! Doubling of roles, limited costumes & gender-switches don't help distinguish who's who
See it if a fairly accomplished, if same-ish sounding score. Its concept album origins quickly become a liability as the story is too simple/generic.
Don't see it if you're expecting the next Hamilton. It ain't. J. Henry gives a hearty performance, despite having to sing 10 variations of the same song.
See it if need to see events you're familiar with in a rushed, awkward & confusing staging. LBJ gets lost in the shuffle, but maybe that's the point?
Don't see it if are expecting the brilliance of All The Way. Bryan Cranston was much better than Brian Cox as LBJ. And that script had passion and momentum.
See it if you love T Letts. It isn't his best, but it's VERY good. Things go off the rails a bit in Act 2, but it's always funny and thought-provoking
Don't see it if you thought Frankie & Johnny had too much nudity and sex. This play has thematic similarities and is even more in your face. Loved the cast!
See it if are a Holocaust completist. Characters are real and interesting, but the playwright hasn't made a persuasive case for why to dramatize it.
Don't see it if are claustrophobic. You're asked to spend over 2 hours in a tiny room tucked away in a basement. Feels like a fire trap.
See it if you appreciate plays that slyly draw you in to listen to not always pleasant soul-searching and angst. It made Chekhov so relevant to today.
Don't see it if can't lean in and listen. There's lots of humor, but it's not a comedy. The audience interaction bits were really well-handled by the cast.
See it if are curious what's considered important theater in '19, or if you want to actively feel ashamed of your privilege and wallow in guilt
Don't see it if are expecting the playwright to present a persuasive case for why you should feel ashamed and guilty. It is knee jerk theater meant to shock
See it if don't mind jazz-inflected musical snippets rather than real book musical songs. Left at intermission as nothing had happened in all of Act 1
Don't see it if are annoyed by overly poetic dialogue and stock characters. A fabulous subject (all-female, all-black jazz group in 1940s) is squandered
See it if want to see a powerful song where a mother's comforting love curdles into a diatribe against homosexuality. The show hits its stride here.
Don't see it if Meta "how to write a show about me" conceit is tiresome. PH should've helped shape this promising piece and put it in their smaller theater
See it if Premise sounds dreadful (12 Step meeting for tech addicts), but the ride is exhilarating, smartly dissecting societal impact of technology.
Don't see it if insist on plot driven musical. Really more of a song cycle, but the issues raised are so wide-ranging, it inspires awe, like Hamilton did.
See it if a powerful performance by G. Geary as the son. His transformation from Act 1 to 2 is very powerful and affecting. He's the best thing in it.
Don't see it if don't have patience for same metaphors being slammed into your face for a drawn out 2 1/2 hours. M. Siff & A. Rothenburg seem like amateurs.
See it if want to watch J White make N Lane break. It is like a Carol Burnett show outtake. Why we're watching it at Broadway prices is anyone's guess
Don't see it if think you "should" see it because Taylor Mac is an "important" voice. Judy is not. I can't decide which I hated more this or HIR.
See it if for the most poignant rendition of "Do You Love Me" I have ever witnessed. Steven Skybell's performance reaches it emotional peak in Act II.
Don't see it if ...are expecting anything more than a solid production with a few standout performances. For me, being performed in Yiddish didn't add much.
See it if want to see a playwright get heavy relationship baggage off her chest. The hyper and heightened emotions are tempered by the last 15 minutes
Don't see it if if you need a protagonist with a clear want. The first date scene is excruciatingly long. The toxic masculinity joke wears thin really fast.
See it if want to read absorbing program notes about HC Andersen's life. You'll need to, because what's onstage is disjointed and very hard to follow.
Don't see it if are expecting the music to enrich the proceedings. It mainly gets in the way, and curiously isn't even from the era in which Andersen lived
See it if you'd watch Kelli O'Hara read the phone book. That would be funnier than her miscast performance here. Makes you yearn for Marin Mazzie.
Don't see it if you're expecting any fresh spark of innovation or originality. Too Darn Hot is very athletic, but it goes on forever without ever building.
See it if you loved Legally Blonde, Heathers & Mean Girls & don't mind sitting through a lukewarm, inferior rehash of the three. Lead actress is good
Don't see it if cringe at parody lyrics of popular songs. After recognizing & laughing at use of a 90s hit, it is tough to sit through the unfunny lyrics
See it if you've read the books or seen the movies RECENTLY! It enriches the experience immensely to know the plot and characters from the books.
Don't see it if are mildly interested in the wondrous world JK Rowling created. It assumes a basic knowledge of the key characters. I didn't want it to end.