See it if there's a potentially interesting concept, concerning an Indian immigrant family's story in the midwest, and the actors seem energized by it
Don't see it if The writing is uninspired, pedestrian fare, and, at least by intermission, the characters weren't interesting and weren't heading anywhere
See it if The two leads are great and the critics may be right that there's an interesting commentary on some burning issue to be divined from it
Don't see it if Lots of very fast talking, particularly by McTeer; very difficult for 60-somethings to capture; it ended up as much ado about nothing
See it if The actor's portrayal of Scalia is terrific; the two foils are fine but stereotypical. The personal story is an effective tear-jerker.
Don't see it if The treatment of serious constitutional issues (guns, gay rights) is superficial and relies on histrionics not analysis; and it's slow-going
See it if You enjoy lovely Alan Jay Lerner melodies sung beautifully by Melissa Errico and Stephen Bogardus, supported by a cutely exuberant ensemble
Don't see it if You require a book and lyrics that are better than amateurish or sophomoric, or inventive direction or staging
See it if you're interested in an exploration of issues of church and state and the ability of a single determined leader to affect events
Don't see it if you prefer a script with poetic beauty, strong character development or emotional impact
See it if the second half is a really wonderful, creative exegesis of what it means to grow up and old -- enhanced by three terrific performances
Don't see it if the first half merely sets the stage for the excellent second half and despite the great acting is quite dull and way overlong
See it if like a remarkable performance by an actor with Down syndrome, combined with a lot of funny, trenchant observations on common life experience
Don't see it if don't like a play with a single, sad, serious theme sugar-coated by plenty of comedy that limits both probing analysis and emotional punch
See it if a well-acted and well-written think-piece, artfully and bravely conveying both sides of the debate on affirmative action policies
Don't see it if It’s a bit cerebral at the expense of emotion, though a key monologue-diatribe brings down the house!
See it if This is a wonderfully acted and directed comedy, marked by exuberance, that showcases the impressive talent of its young cast.
Don't see it if The dialogue is fun and it has its emotional moments but the plot is uninventive and the play is a small one.
See it if This is a compelling character study and love story, told with humor, that also addresses serious questions. Daniel Gerroll is superb.
Don't see it if You're looking for something light, fluffy or not at all serious.
See it if This is a very skillfully written and performed history of the Michael Milken junk bond era, with very slick staging.
Don't see it if It's entirely superficial -- there's no attempt to understand the decisions made by the key players, so it's fine exposition but no analysis
See it if you enjoy a masterful theater experience -- this play presents a wonderfully-written combination of poignancy and humor, superbly acted
Don't see it if you do not enjoy a fast-talking script that you'll want to hear again, or you'd like to avoid a brave treatment of timely social topics
See it if you like uniformly excellent acting in a well-written, well-directed heart-string-pulling melodrama punctuated with insight and some laughs
Don't see it if you'll be disappointed by a modest character study that lacks character development and has only a handful of memorable or lovely lines
See it if the level of creativity in the direction of this compelling drama is consistently enthralling and the actors are wonderful
Don't see it if the Somerset Maugham story can be depressing and frustrating and a trifle slow at times, though be sure to stay for the second act!
See it if you enjoy mostly veteran actors performing really well, in an interesting disquisition on marriage that is clever and often light-hearted
Don't see it if you expect something with gravitas -- this play is more like a parody than a serious work of drama, so its best play Tony nom. is excessive
See it if you'll enjoy a wonderfully fast-paced, intricately staged, highly musical and contagiously upbeat portrayal of a very slight story
Don't see it if you require emotional arcs, lyrical writing or deep meaning to keep you energized
See it if you enjoy historical recreations written, staged and acted with panache, but without any insights into what makes the key players tick
Don't see it if you're intolerant of over-long (3 hours!) dramas marked by constant and annoying, repetitive cycles of the players yelling and making nice
See it if This is an exuberant amalgam of almost all the elements of great theatre: music, staging, direction, sets, and acting combine to perfection
Don't see it if The script is fine but neither particularly lyrical nor powerful -- but it still manages to convey an emotional arc
See it if you enjoy a well-acted and energetic play that has a tough time reconciling its pretentious second act with its silly, farcical first act
Don't see it if you won't tolerate a 3-hour production that could be really fun if it dropped much of the oddly serious second act and took only 85 minutes
See it if you think good acting and a slightly novel structure (monologues repeatedly interrupting 4-player dialog) can offset a dull, insipid script
Don't see it if you think a 48-minute play should make at least some sense, have at least some meaning, or be at least slightly thought-provoking
See it if 90 minutes of delicate charm, with superb performances by the two leads (Tony Shaloub and Katrina Lenk) and a star turn by Andy Polk.
Don't see it if It's slow-paced and the series of vignettes for a surprisingly large number of subsidiary characters don't add to the two leads' key story.
See it if A superb production, a timeless and beautiful score, and an exuberant group of performers -- each cast member sings wonderfully
Don't see it if A modest book, but the evening is a charming cabaret act of captivating melody, and the four musicians are as terrific as the cast
See it if It's a light-hearted, well-acted -- Jeanine Serralles stands out in a uniformly excellent cast -- and extremely well-directed piece of fluff
Don't see it if It wants to find deep meaning in a tennis competition but doesn't deliver, leaving it an amusing sitcom
See it if you can appreciate the sheer enjoyment of the cast as they sing and dance; Bryce Pinkham is captivating and Corbin Bleu is charismatic
Don't see it if an unbelievably hackneyed book will stop you from enjoying a truly fun piece of entertainment and the Irving Berlin songs
See it if you enjoy well-written observations on life, superbly acted by wonderfully talented actors
Don't see it if you're impatient -- this play's ruminations on mid-life crisis and aging are in no hurry, but the two-intermission pace is part of the charm
See it if you will be thrilled by seeing the power of unbridled creativity in staging and direction to transform the familiar into something new
Don't see it if the unrelenting darkness and downright subversive nature of the slow second act will outweigh the enthralling glory of the first.
See it if Excellent, genuine drama -- interesting characters grapple with challenges and explore multiple sides of tough issues, with superb acting
Don't see it if Although repeatedly punctuated by emotional power, it's arguable the principal character broods a little too long on his choices
See it if Excellent dialogue, cute plot, and terrific acting make for an entertaining and at least mildly engrossing evening of theatre.
Don't see it if Much of it is fairly sitcom-like; it doesn't grapple with the serious issues it hints at (of love and relationships) until close to the end
See it if you appreciate a sumptuous, exquisitely staged and beautifully and effectively directed production of the musical with songs to die for
Don't see it if you require even lovelier and more powerful voices than this excellent cast brings to bear -- no one can equal Julie Andrews!
See it if you like a farcical treatment of historic and literary events with terrific wordplay and acting, directed to makes it positively rollicking!
Don't see it if you prefer plays that are coherent, reasonably comprehensible and offer at least some emotional impact
See it if Stirling performances by the two leads, effective direction and occasionally amusing entre-act projected titles are the highpoints
Don't see it if an over-hyped, over-the-top, dull story that lacks nuance, genuine character development or any real emotion despite the constant screaming
See it if This is both a captivatingly charming piece of fluff and a master class in acting; John Lithgow could not be more compelling or likeable
Don't see it if The personal, family stories that Lithgow tells to set the stage for the two stories he reads/enacts are better than either of them
See it if The music -- countertenor Iesten Davies' performance -- was excellent. The set is lovely. The acting is no better than OK.
Don't see it if The play seems pointless and lacks any character development or emotional impact. It's slow, long and the lighting is poor (can't see faces)
See it if This is a very well-acted and well-directed, thoughtful-seeming production with top-notch lighting and an excellent set
Don't see it if The characters are uniformly self-indulgent and often dull, and the story is implausible, not meaningful and lacks emotional impact
See it if This is an ambitious production reflected in its large, excellent, hard-working cast and elaborate sets, and it includes a TV-movie star.
Don't see it if The point is unclear. It's about "time" -- it's in the title, it's how the sets are used, and there's one speech about it. But it's slow.
See it if The songs are perfect and so is Kelli O'Hara. It's a joy to listen and watch, and the staging is surprisingly good for such a short run.
Don't see it if The choreography is fine but not inspired and goes on longer than need be, and while the male leads sing really well, Kelli outshines them.
See it if you'd like a vibrant, moving, beautifully written and often funny depiction of the perils of ambition and the challenges of relationships
Don't see it if you want it to be about tennis, which is used only as a fun vehicle to explore far more profound issues; or if you don't like rapid dialogue
See it if A compelling drama that addresses racial issues without rancor; the well-directed and uniformly gifted cast achieves emotional high notes
Don't see it if Despite the well-crafted dialogue, interesting characters and superb acting, it drags a bit
See it if you like magic/mentalist stuff, very well-executed, in the context of creative story-telling. Derek DelGaudio is very likeable.
Don't see it if you're not intrigued by mentalists' tricks, or you don't like having your magic mixed with an under-cooked message about personal identity.
See it if you enjoy crisp and realistic dialogue addressing the meaning of family, skillfully portrayed in a political context
Don't see it if every character having a serious problem seems too much, and you'd prefer the Israel-hating character to be even more clearly repudiated
See it if you'll enjoy a very well-acted drama focused on a serious contemporary issue (loss of US manfctrng jobs, with a dash of racism and nativism)
Don't see it if you expect a prize-winner to display beautiful writing, some humor to leaven the sadness, and to avoid constant, Brownian motion by the cast
See it if you're eager to experience a celebrity cast regardless of the ineffectiveness of the production; the Miller script certainly has potential
Don't see it if you like to understand the dialogue -- Mark Ruffalo mumbles almost every line (apparently intentionally), making the play largely incoherent
See it if you'll enjoy an exceedingly well acted and directed drama about modern relationships that is amusing and, ultimately, emotionally powerful
Don't see it if you'll let an overlong but comedic first act get in the way of appreciating what is, overall, one of the more compelling recent plays
See it if you enjoy a super-high energy and charming performance with the actors/musicians moving throughout the theater, marked by some great moments
Don't see it if you dislike a banal script and pedestrian score, even if superbly executed, and find excessive razz-matazz demeaning for serious theater
See it if uniformly superlative acting in a good old-fashioned drama with riveting moments
Don't see it if much of the first act is extremely slow; also, the playwright indulges in a copout plot device to avoid resolving the key tension he creates
See it if A very amusing play that is ably executed by a capable cast with exquisite direction and great banter that captures modern mores skillfully
Don't see it if The contrived pathos towards the end, though very well done, makes the play disjointed and fails in its goal to create depth or real meaning
See it if This sung-through musical is consistently affecting and the cast is terrific -- Stephanie Block has a tragicomic show-stopper.
Don't see it if The show begins as comic, becomes interesting drama and ends in maudlin excess, with no expl. of the key child-adult relationship behind it.
See it if your enjoyment of non-stop fabulous acting by star Amy Ryan won't be overcome by a script that is variably pointless, farcical or pompous
Don't see it if you prefer meaning, sustained development and/or strong emotion to accompany tour-de-force acting
See it if you like a well-acted character study in an interesting Korean ethnic context with emotional moments and clever riffs about food
Don't see it if you dislike overly ambitious efforts to be thought-provoking about death or disjointed though well written narratives by subsidiary players
See it if Its strengths are superb direction, staging and acting but it's essentially a skillful circus act, not a meaningful drama
Don't see it if Its silly gender role-reversal casting and slapstick-like humor reflect a lack of serious purpose and it's not all that funny!