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Medea (BAM)
Must see, Funny, Intense, Riveting

See it if You want an intense update of the Greek tragedy. Great performances by the cast! Elegant and intense and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if The story is violent and intense (it deals with mental illness) and may make viewers uncomfortable.

Greenwich V
Great staging, Intense, Ambitious, Immersive

See it if you want to have a moving evening of theater with this immersive staging of the tragedy of the students in a co-ed Catholic boarding school.

Don't see it if It’s got gay (and straight) themes, drug use, adult language, and some sharp criticism of the Catholic Church & the actors get pretty close.

Midtown W
Slow, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if you’re interested in on-campus sexual assault allegations. This piece looks at an event from the point of view of accuser and accused.

Don't see it if You’re looking to see a PLAY. This is a short story - all narration and little dialogue / action.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid

See it if you liked JERSEY BOYS or A BRONX TALE the movie. You like simple story’s with clear good and bad guys.

Don't see it if You have educated theater-going taste - there’s nothing for you here.

Follies in Titus
East Village
Intense, Profound, Riveting

See it if you know TITUS ANDRONICUS and/or Italian. If you are interested in Drama as a cathartic tool for both audience and performer.

Don't see it if you like simple Shakespeare productions or have an aversion to experimental theater.

The Last Match
Midtown W
Quirky, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like tennis and theater. If you like character studies over action.

Don't see it if you need straightforward and linear narrative

Othello: The Remix
Midtown W
Smart, Refreshing, Quirky, Epic

See it if know Shakespeare's OTHELLO. Some of the plot flies by (in this 80 min version). If you want to support hip-hop theater (other than HAMILTON)

Don't see it if don't like hip-hop. It's charm'll be lost on haters.

During previews
Tiny Beautiful Things
East Village
Disappointing, Resonant, Ill-conceived

See it if you want to feel a variety of emotions. The lovely moments are not manipulated but true. The playwright and "Sugar" speak from the heart.

Don't see it if you want to see a play - it's not a play. It's an oddly-constructed series of monologues. Some of it seems like filler.

Small Mouth Sounds
Midtown W
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if you are curious about how a play with limited dialogue can develop its characters, tell its story, and sustain the audience's interest.

Don't see it if you object to nudity. Avoid it if you're looking for something too easy - the lack of dialogue makes the audience work.

For a previous production
Ambitious, Entertaining, Hilarious, Intense, Quirky

See it if you're a HP fan (or even if you're not) and if you like parody WITHOUT snarkiness and irony! The show is funny and gentle! Bravo Matt Cox!

Don't see it if you have trouble keeping up. The piece is very fast-paced and actors play multiple roles.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if you love TROY, THE ILIAD, or obscure Shakespeare! The most contemporarily-spoken Shakespeare I've seen in a long time!

Don't see it if You object to homosexuality on stage, you're a Shakespeare purist, or you hate loud noises!

Banal, Funny, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you have a soft spot for a feel-good story. The positive message, though, is pounded home... We get it!

Don't see it if you want good dancing - the choreography was the most disappointing part. Where were you Jerry Mitchell?

Midtown W
Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if you don't mind a playwright intentionally confusing you. Four great actors doing great work under a great director.

Don't see it if you have to go alone - you'll want to discuss it over drinks afterward!!!

Bright Star
Midtown W
Great staging, Dated, Great singing

See it if you like Bluegrass, new musicals, or The Importance of Being Earnest. A B'way star is born in Carmen Cusack! Great Directing!

Don't see it if Although the music is great, the book and lyrics are lacking.

The School for Scandal
West Village
Clever, Exquisite, Funny, Fluffy, Resonant

See it if you like a good old fashioned (1777) sex comedy and/or you're into tweeting gossip about people. Red Bull's production is witty and fun!

Don't see it if you can't understand plays in language written before 1980.

Entertaining, Poorly designed, Well sung

See it if You love the story and the music. Brennyn Lark is the real deal as Eponine!

Don't see it if You hate LED sets. There are some poor performances in the current cast as well.

Richard II (BAM)
Great staging, Absorbing, Exquisite

See it if you like Shakespeare (and want to see a less-performed play); you're a Whovian; you like medieval music. RII has some of Shakes' best verse!

Don't see it if you're bored by Shakespeare or English history; you're expecting Tennant as the Doctor.

Buried Child
Midtown W
Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Epic, Hilarious

See it if You want to see Ed Harris act the hell out of a role! Props to Madigan, Sparks, and Pine as well. A well-deserved Pulitzer to Mr. Shepard!

Don't see it if What were they thinking with casting the two younger actors. They are way out of their depth amongst the people mentioned above.

Dizzying, Ambitious, Profound, Intense

See it if You like intense one-person shows or have a hard time keeping up with non-traditional storytelling.

Don't see it if you don't like uncomfortable moments (as this play has many) or you're looking for a nice diversion.

Midtown W
Clever, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you like the book or the film. you like insanely clever lyrics. you like a classic villainess played by a man! you want a show for kids.

Don't see it if you're adverse to scrappy kids on stage. you want a musical with more substance.

Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you are interested in having your heart broken by a musical.

Don't see it if avoid shows with gay and lesbian themes.

During previews
Smart People
Midtown W
Ambitious, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You're interested in provocative plays that spur great discussion. You like serious topics.

Don't see it if Are easily offended by language, situations, nudity or frank talk.

Cliched, Intense, Resonant

See it if You have yet to discover the AMAZING Cynthia Ervio. She is a gorgeous singer and a wonderful actress that made this cliched story sing!

Don't see it if You're expecting Jennifer Hudson the pop star to shine. This is not her night.

Banal, Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating, Entertaining

See it if you like A HARD DAY'S NIGHT

Don't see it if you're expecting either a full musical or an adaptation of Shakespeare: it is neither.

Sleep No More
Absorbing, Confusing, Epic, Must see, Great staging

See it if you know a little about Macbeth are not afraid of "immersive" love an adventure are not overly concerned with linear thinking

Don't see it if Can't run up and down stairs Are claustrophobic

Epic, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Delightful

See it if You have a positive world view. The performances (esp. Ms. Malone’s) are all first rate. This “revisal” gives us the best of the original!

Don't see it if are unhappy with travel to far reaches of Manhattan.

During previews
Intelligent, Kaleidoscopic, Epic

See it if you know the play (or if you don’t), if you want to see some great acting, if you enjoyed the staging of CURIOUS INCIDENT or WAR HORSE...

Don't see it if you don’t like “durational” theater, object to homosexuality, or are an arch-conservative.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Intense, Masterful, Quirky

See it if you love Sondheim, Sweeney or innovative staging.

Don't see it if you don’t like to think at a musical. Some might feel claustrophobic in the pie shop. WARNING: There may be no eels.

Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Heart-warming

See it if you like now musicals and new composers. You like great ensemble work. You’d like a gentle reminder of our shared Humanity.

Don't see it if You like spectacles, familiar stories or pop scores or classic musicals with tunes you’ll go out humming.

Funny, Overrated, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you like carbon-copies of classic musicals. Star-driven vehicles. David Hyde Pierce & Kate Baldwin are standouts.

Don't see it if you like innovation and new ideas. If you’ve seen Hamilton or Dear Evan Hanson or a profound revival that made you rethink a classic show.

Delightful, Intelligent, Great singing

See it if you like your Shakespeare without high concept just clear, clean storytelling by an ensemble that plays beautifully off one another.

Don't see it if you can’t be still for a longish first act.

Delightful, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if You want to the BEST physical comedy (& wittiest improv) in NYC. It was great to see Christopher Bayes' work after hearing of him for years.

Don't see it if You're a Republican. Many jokes at Trump's expense (I know the theater's s'posed to be a safe place...)!

The Layover
Midtown W
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting

See it if you enjoy "film noir" (they're calling the play "neo-noir") and you want to see some intensely good acting!

Don't see it if you want clear heroes and villains. Be ready to work hard - it's a world in which characters can tell the truth and lie at the same time.

From Cold Lake
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're up for a few MONTHS of theater-going: This is a serialized piece! It invites comparison to PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION!

Don't see it if you need your comedy aggressive or your theater star-driven. Come for the serial, stay for the amazing original music!

Great staging, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if you love classic B'way! The choreography is so gorgeous!

Don't see it if you're married to the Jerome Robbins staging.

Enchanting, Delightful, Great staging, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if you want to see singer/actors at the top of their game! This is the most perfect musical ever and Ellis' production is perfection as well!

Don't see it if you have no heart...

Something Rotten!
Midtown W
Hilarious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like to laugh, you know Shakespeare or Musicals or BOTH!

Don't see it if you want a deep show. It's pretty trivial.

The Crucible
Midtown W
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Relevant

See it if you know Miller's play well; you may see things anew. Van Hove keeps the tension and oppression constant!

Don't see it if you're afraid of wolves...

Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy

See it if you like your Shakespeare reconcieved, you like a good discussion after a show, you want to see Cush Jumbo at the top of her game as Kate.

Don't see it if you like pretty Shakespeare, are anti-feminist, or can't wait in line.

Great staging, Epic, Must see

See it if You love theatre - this production is amazingly theatrical!

Don't see it if You like easy answers. This play frustrated some people with its ambiguous ending.

Disappointing, Great writing, Epic

See it if you enjoy PigPen's theater music, heavily featured in the show.

Don't see it if you want a magical theater experience. This play is amazing but this production is... charmless. Nunn doesn't trust the material.

For a previous production
Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you enjoyed NEXT TO NORMAL (with which it has much in common). I went with a group of teens and they really responded to it. Music is great!

Don't see it if don't enjoy rock musicals or new musicals or only see star-driven shows.

Red Speedo
East Village
Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like new plays. If you like dialogue that whizzes by. If you like characters caught in moral dilemmas.

Don't see it if you look for lots of stagecraft and moving scenery (although the set is AMAZING!)

West Village
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Exquisite

See it if you're interested in a combination of Kushner, Wilder, Beckett, and Magic Realism The ideas about time and death left me meditative.

Don't see it if you want simple storytelling. This play makes you work.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Intense

See it if Think R&H is hackneyed and corny. This production opens the emotions of the play so that you can really see what makes R&H great!

Don't see it if Hate the original choreography. For no reason, this production sticks with Robbins' original and only those moments seem frozen in the 50's.

During previews
Midtown W
Intelligent, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if questions of the role of sexual labels in society are interesting to you (and in this show bisexuality seems not to be a thing).

Don't see it if you are offended by homosexuality... or dead lab mice.

Masterful, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in innovative staging and great acting! If you're trying to see all of Arthur Miller's plays for his centenary!

Don't see it if You want an easy night at the theatre

Invisible Thread
Midtown W
Great staging, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if you support new works. you enjoy inspirational teacher stories.

Don't see it if are uncomfortable with homosexuality.

Midtown W
Great writing, Disappointing, Delightful, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You're a dog lover You love Annaleigh Ashford You're a Julie White fan

Don't see it if You're hoping for much from Mr. Broderick.

Banal, Dated, Indulgent, Disappointing, Intense

See it if See it if you are interested in Black History and don't mind melodrama and emotional manipulation.

Don't see it if You have a low tolerance for bad playwrighting. This SHOULD have been a great piece, worthy of the brave veterans it portrays, but no.