See it if you are interested in NYC history and want a sensitively directed, jewel-like production with a great cast
Don't see it if you are only up for musicals or star spectacles, and history leaves you cold
See it if you love twisted people in twisted plots, and don't mind a bit of blood spurting now and then. 'The White Devil' and Isabella both standouts
Don't see it if you expect Shakespeare, and don't like to go out of your comfort zone by any novel journeys into Renaissance drama
See it if you adore new takes on the musical form, with an incredible ensemble and choreography; you love spirituals and gospel done with deep respect
Don't see it if you are critical about verisimilitude or just credibility....the story of a gay black singer feels truncated and underdone, sadly.
See it if You want to see one of the most influential stories of all --and love female-centered plots; Celestina herself is fantastic
Don't see it if You can't take seeing a play in Spanish even though they have projected translation above stage
See it if You want to be surprised by seeing new sides of an old warhorse; this is a brilliant homage to Shaw and his satire on English classism.
Don't see it if You want major stars in leading roles instead of incredibly talented artists, like the leads here.
See it if you love or have never seen Janet McTeer! Fencing, witdueling, charming pants off men, Hamletizing, and just fascinating us.
Don't see it if you want a musical. or you hate the idea of a backstage show. the shakespeare quotient is not very highbrow so some snobs may not like this.
See it if you're a playwright in training, or a afficianado of Worlds' Fairs or fascinated by electricity and stage history
Don't see it if you are easily put off by incoherence and slow-moving domestic scenes
See it if You want to see how melodrama of the 19c may have looked and sounded; and you relish diva roles (Bernhardt and many others took on Leah)
Don't see it if You can't get past the very big acting style of high melodrama. Or you feel nauseous at seeing Austrian anti-semitism enacted.
See it if you are morbidly curious about a tragic-lesbian fashionista meltdown staged like a slumber party at Smith; some great diva moments!
Don't see it if you do not have an iron butt...no intermission while Petra et al howled and raved for hours...And if you are hoping for German shmerz, nein
See it if you want a vivid portrait of the damage & contagion of racism, &/or are tired of shallow writing in plays
Don't see it if you voted for Trump and want theater to be a 'safe place' to see mindless plays
See it if you want to know more about the Harlem Renaissance, esp Hurston and Langston Hughes as friends and collaborators
Don't see it if you demand constant high intensity or spectacle
See it if you are an Alice freak or have just graduated from Bard or Brown
Don't see it if you are seeking something meanginful and entertaining...it's mildly interesting but that's it.
See it if you love a progressive message, a factory chorus, red glitter & super-divas
Don't see it if you are a sourpuss & want deep meaning or have strong views about right and wrong ways to camp or drag
See it if you think you know the play too well, or dont know it at all. These actors give their all! magnificent staging/movement as well as speech
Don't see it if you want romance (none) and the classical world leaves you cold
See it if You know the stunning films of Isabelle Huppert and want to see if she can come across on stage (hint: OUI OUI OUI). She burned it up.
Don't see it if you cannot: abide a nonlinear plot, or stomach incest a la Phedre done Rashomon style, or shut out the queasy memory of Chris Noth as Mr Big
See it if You want to be absorbed by Nottage's genius and this superb cast's acting in a subtle and many-layered play about racism in Hollywood
Don't see it if You insist on treating racist stereotypes as a matter of the past, and can't stand deeper complexities under the mask of entertainment
See it if You have a jones for Irishness (the stage variety) and for the grand malarkey of it all, with some tragedy under every shamrock.
Don't see it if you are Irish from Ireland. Or feel that 20 seconds of Riverdance is too much
See it if You want to know how we all got Trumped and what is at stake: nothing less than liberty and justice for all. Profound and tragic.
Don't see it if You are a mindless consumer or a follower of Ayn Rand. You are afraid to think and feel at the same time. You hate crying at plays.
See it if you like variety and surprises....and short pieces...and want to know more about some lesser known groups
Don't see it if you refuse to (or cant) sit down or stand for a performance
See it if you enjoy poetic playwriting with unpredictable characters
Don't see it if you don't like constant zigzag cuts between 'realism' and brechtian telling up the wazoo
See it if you love immersive theater, russian excesses, and wild gypsy-punk dancing in a mix of musical styles
Don't see it if you are a serious Tolstoyan, since this is a teensy, over-sugary, depoliticized slice of War and Peace
See it if You know about the Tuskegee Airman and wish to renew your appreciation for them, it's Veteran's Day, or you're with military out-of-towners
Don't see it if you are extremely critical like me, because it's too slow, and seems a bit shallow for the serious topic
See it if you enjoy superb clowning, ensemble playing, and great unpretentious showmanship in the commedia dell'arte style
Don't see it if you want something big, slick and precision timed....this is satiric, punny, and part improv
See it if you're easily bored and always want to leave once you get the plot.
Don't see it if you want to see a play. this is many many plays.