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See it if u admire the writing of McCraney and want to see an early work of his; u identify with being smart and talented but an outsider in school
Don't see it if u have seen too many gay coming of age stories; don't like great singing; are offended by male nudity; can't identify with African Americans
See it if you like to be surprised by theater, want to see a very clever update of the medieval play EVERYMAN, r open to considering the big questions
Don't see it if u prefer a more conventional evening in the theater, don't like working a bit to figure things out, either personally or w/ an audience.
See it if u are fan of Caryl Churchill this is up there with her best; u like her mix of puzzling and profound; like theater that takes u 2 new places
Don't see it if you don't like theater that is sometimes confusing, plotless, surreal or if you feel all's right with the world - this playwright does not.
See it if up for intense dysfunctional family drama w/ sharp dialogue+strong doses of social politics re: post-holocaust Jewish-American life.
Don't see it if u like plays short and sweet - this one takes its time (almost 3 hours) and is somewhat unwieldy in pulling its disparate elements together
See it if you've seen the first two installments of this trilogy-this one brings all the threads together in a powerful, emotionally shattering finale
Don't see it if good people's quiet desperation not something you want to experience at the theater; if u have disliked previous Nelson plays in this style
See it if Timely subject matter overrides how clumsy the socio-political points are shoehorned into play's uninspired dramatic arc.
Don't see it if U don't like long anomalous op-ed type speeches and characters using metaphors and similes more suited to literature than everyday language.
See it if All things Robert Wilson and/or M Baryshnikov intrigue you. You like avant garde stagings the farther out the better.
Don't see it if you expect real dancing from Misha. You need some cohesive meaning in your theater and not just random bits thrown against the wall.
See it if you want to see one of the great plays of the late 20th Century directed by the author and acted beautifully
Don't see it if u feel that the problems of three little people in a Tea Room in Port Elizabeth South Africa circa 1950 don't amount to a hill of beans.
See it if love great natural acting, are a fan of these plays by Richard Nelson where everyday people struggle to make their way in difficult times.
Don't see it if you need more plot than this play delivers, or if you can't identify, for example, w/ the financial crises of hard working people.
See it if You've heard about the play and its great success way back when, and you want to see a bit of British theater history
Don't see it if if u want to see a play that has stood test of time. Sadly it now comes off as exactly what it is: the amateurish writing of an 18 yr old.
See it if you are a fan of Sarah Jones - this is her at her best, if you like plays that take on important contemporary social issues like sex-work.
Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see this. It's an enlightening, thought-provoking, and cleverly devised theatrical experience.
See it if u are good at puzzles, like very complicated interlocking (I think) stories, u want to see terrific young actors, esp. Heather Lind.
Don't see it if the science of consciousness doesn't interest you, extremely complicated plays with 4 actors playing over a dozen roles doesn't appeal
See it if a fan of these playwrights & like absurdist fare that doesn't necessarily add up to 1+1=2. Kennedy play is complex and excitingly staged
Don't see it if Absurdist plays not your thing,If racially charged examinations of Black experience don't interest you. Fornes annoys the hell out of you.
See it if theatrical,literary,Jewish,European,American & LGTB history & fine writing, all staged w/ music, heart, and imagination appeal to you.
Don't see it if early 20th Century Jewish literary history seems too esoteric or you've never heard of Sholem Asch and have zero interest learning about him
See it if you can bring along a politically aware teenager. I think s/he wouldn't be bothered by the cliched writing. Maybe get consciousness raised
Don't see it if agitprop done with a sledgehammer & cardboard characters with heavily underlined political themes are not your thing.
See it if you enjoy soft rock, want to hear a terrific new actor/singer, like stories about contemporary young people that's unusual and uplifting.
Don't see it if you've maybe seen one too many shows about a misfit struggling to break out of his shell, prefer music that's original and a bit challenging
See it if You admire Shepherd's absurdist side. This one of his more accessable plays, at times appallingly funny.Maybe not as shocking as it was once
Don't see it if Albee's dead or missing children have exhausted this particular trope for you. If you don't admire Ed Harris's prodigious talent
See it if you want to see an uplifting show about the coming together of gays and straights in working class England, with a hetero romance to boot!
Don't see it if you don't like Cyndi Lauper's style of disco/pop, or if male characters in drag turn you off.
See it if you love to see hypocrisy and self deluded religious and sexual notions cleverly and sometimes viciously exposed and ridiculed.
Don't see it if you hate South Park or that kind of over-the-top scatological, raunchy, sometimes shockingly adolescent humor. Don't bring unhip grandpas.
See it if you love blue-grass music, love Will Swenson to the point you'll see him in anything and are a fan of HEE-HAW
Don't see it if like me, you find cornball jokes unfunny, bluegrass music pleasant but not particularly stirring, and let's-put-on-a-show staging tiresome.
See it if you like your musicals dark. A powerful, and ultimately positive, lesbian coming-of-age tale. The father's story is another matter.
Don't see it if you prefer your music easy and immediately tuneful - this score is a bit more challenging. The story, too, requires an open mind.
See it if you want to be utterly enchanted by great music, great dancing and gorgeous staging and costumes, not to mention two glamorous leads.
Don't see it if heavily dance-oriented shows are not your thing, or if for some reason you have tired of hearing Gershwin's music.
See it if You love the score - it's done beautifully. Staging offers original touches as does casting. Very satisfying version of a classic show.
Don't see it if You don't like classic musicals, or have strong feelings about past versions of this show and don't want to see a new take on it
See it if you are open to having your expectations and opinions about the characters and events you are seeing overturned again and again.Stay with it
Don't see it if the subject of adult-child sex is not something you want to deal with in a theater.
See it if If you enjoy Mike Birbiglia, this is one of his best. As always deeply personal, funny, at times TMI, but always smart and insightful
Don't see it if u are having infertility problems. u are offended about frank talk about sex or human biology.
See it if u like extreme reimaginings of classic plays mixing disparate elements, accents, stage effects, acting styles & casting. Sally Field shines.
Don't see it if u feel there needs to be some connection between play's text & the way it is performed. I found almost none. Much dissonant direction.
See it if you are looking for somewhat stylized take on teen girls' sexual awakening with touches of the grotesque and gallows humor
Don't see it if u don't want to see sitcom-level writing applied to serious topics and are put off by unneccessarily graphic sex & violence
See it if you admire Wilson's plays - this is one of his most accessible and one of his best.
Don't see it if Can't think of any reason not to see this.
See it if u r looking for something totally original, love Josh Groban who is perfect as Pierre and sings great, or like being on stage with the show.
Don't see it if u r turned off by lots of recitative frenzied staging, mix & match period styles of costuming & music, aud. participation if seated on stage
See it if u take pleasure seeing classic antique brought to life by huge top notch cast Big old fashioned set to die for. J. Mays & Sherie R Scott!
Don't see it if you don't like old fashioned exposition and pace. If you've ODed on Nathan Lane shtick - there's a lot of it here.
See it if fine production terrific acting from Rachel Weisz Corey Stoll Emily Bergl et al beautifully staged & costumed. Great play by 1 of the best
Don't see it if u have no familiarity with post WWII British social conditions & politics, or don't care. If you can't identify with mentally ill characters
See it if You admire Hunter.This is as good as anything he's done.Young cast is terrific.The theme of religious fanaticism couldn't be more timely.
Don't see it if u are indifferent to the religious crises of twenty-somethings;if u find the dreariness and pain of mid west life too alien and off putting
See it if you're like just about everyone else in the audience and LOVE LOVE LOVE this show
Don't see it if like me you just don't understand the appeal of rap and wonder why all those women were dancing around in their underwear
See it if If you like seeing the piss taken out of the 60's generation. Watch out tho, even at their worst, you might find yourself agreeing with them
Don't see it if You prefer more depth of character in plays - this one is a bit on the cartoonish side. Or if you don't agree Zoe Kazan is brilliant.
See it if you enjoy grotesque characters and situations, sadistic adults, children screeching/not singing unpleasant music
Don't see it if if you dislike grotesque characters and situations, sadistic adults, children screeching/not singing unpleasant music
See it if u r a Stew completest If you know or care about African American musical history, esp 60's southern gospel & its evolution into rock and pop
Don't see it if you expect something as polished and ground-breaking as PASSING STRANGE. This is half-baked & the music is often uninspired and repetitious.
See it if u want to see a great play in a great production. I was amazed how subtly & powerfully Lange and cast built up the emotional intensity.
Don't see it if indifferent to characters in thrall to addiction, facing the hopelessness resulting from roads not taken. Avoid seats far audience right.
See it if you have a strong interest in and familiarity with the play - this is an abstract, condensed version that focuses on language and ideas.
Don't see it if You know nothing about the play - you will not understand the plot or characters given the minimalist staging and lack of visual context.
See it if you are open to real time theater set in a realistic English workplace and can identify with working class struggles
Don't see it if you have trouble understanding thick regional British accents - the language can be challenging. But the writing rewards your effort.
See it if you like Lonergan's writing - this is one of his best. An often appallingly funny dissection of self absorbed celebrity and its acolytes.
Don't see it if You're southern & squirm when New Yorkers satirize some of your quirks & ways of expression Underneath the mockery are some universal truths
See it if you know the play -it felt to me like a new work.If you don't know the play, this is one of the masterpieces of theater by one of the greats
Don't see it if you hate abstract staging, or prefer feel-good theater. Conflicts here are real and utterly contemporary in spite of historical elements.
See it if you love The Four Seasons and want to hear the old hits done exactly as you remember them. And if you like biographical musicals this is #1
Don't see it if You don't care about this genre of music or are looking for a more romantic story-based musical.
See it if you love the score which is played and sung masterfully with a full orchestra, love gorgeous costumes and beautiful stage pictures.
Don't see it if you can't make allowances for outdated notions of male/female relationships, or the glories of self-sacrifice and unrequited love.
See it if you are excited by extremely theatrical story-telling. I found the frenetic pace and flash exhausting and the story less than worth it.
Don't see it if like me, you aren't particularly dazzled by flashy staging or if you've seen one too many shows about autism
See it if you haven't seen it yet. It's one-of-a-kind with jaw dropping visuals and puppetry by Julie Taymor and some great songs.
Don't see it if you hate Disney or can't make allowances for some of the slapstick humor or questionable reactionary world views.
See it if u want to see a great playwright transform the family-gathering-holiday-dinner play. With direction and a cast like this u get a masterpiece
Don't see it if your empathy doesn't extend to people to whom bad things happen, even if they bring it on themselves, or you can't identify with them
See it if you want to see a very dramatic inside-view of the world of today's factory workers & the social dynamics of downsizing and upward mobility.
Don't see it if Socially conscious dramas are not your thing, or, if upper middle-class, you only want to see your self or your class portrayed on stage.
See it if Shakespeare's work interests you.The worst play by him (if he wrote it) I have ever encountered. Cast is game and they make the most of it.
Don't see it if You know how bad the play is, or if you have an aversion to cornball Elizabethan plot devices.
See it if you have an interest in forgotten plays of the early 20th Century. This one is a gem and deserves this excellent, beautifully acted revival.
Don't see it if you only like cutting edge, contemporary dramas, or think old black and white movies are boring and fake.