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See it if you like intimate shows that explore modernization vs. tradition, familial and romantic tension, and cross-cultural literary influences.
Don't see it if you prefer flashy shows with production budgets, set changes, and seating that doesn't feel like a school gym. Also, the acting was uneven.
See it if you like humorous musicals (especially physical and slapstick humor), clever and bawdy political commentary, dense rhymes, and period pieces
Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare originalist and you don't like dirty jokes or over-the-top acting.
See it if you like country music and Broadway-quality singing, and have a layperson's interest in issues of social justice and race relations.
Don't see it if you're well-versed/active in social justice work & don't like narratives centering white activists. Also, if you prefer big-stage spectacle.
See it if you like thoughtful, unconventionally-framed historical narratives about controversial figures. It makes history feel immediate and relevant
Don't see it if you've never heard of Malcolm X; this isn't for a total beginner. If you don't like courtroom dramas or find them trite as a framing device.
See it if you like amateur theater & don't mind varying levels of acting. Some scenes were moving. Hecuba & Poseidon/Menelaus largely carried the show
Don't see it if you expect production values higher than your average school/church/youth group can afford. The majority of the actors felt inexperienced.
See it if you're in the mood for a dark and twisted family dynamic, a compelling and often unreliable narrator, a meandering narrative, & a spare set.
Don't see it if you want a more traditional play with multiple roles, external rather than internal conflict, and a clear plot.
See it if you like an effective blend of news-based late night comedy w/ a musical variety act. The small space allows intimate audience participation
Don't see it if you don't like political (esp. left-leaning) humor, you prefer shows with clear plotlines and emotional investment, or you prefer spectacle.
See it if you like well-written country-inspired showtunes, sympathetic family drama, cute romances, and fluffy happily-ever-afters.
Don't see it if you're looking for fast-moving, crisp narrative. Parts of the show feel slow. Some of the southern/Cajun accents are hard to understand.
See it if you like mind-bending, thoughtful science fiction examining issues of humanity & technology in microcosm. It made good use of a small space.
Don't see it if you're looking for the fun, lighthearted escapism that often comes with science fiction on stage. Also, the quality of acting varies.
See it if you're in the mood for a serious historical drama that is clearly meant to comment on the present day. Makes you think.
Don't see it if you're bothered by strobe lights, imperfect British accents as attempted by Americans, or varying levels of acting experience.
See it if you like touching family sagas and raw, realistic narratives about immigration and gentrification. The whole audience laughed and cried.
Don't see it if you want a fluffier show or a spectacle w/ many moving parts. The pacing was also a bit uneven, likely to ease non-immigrants into the story
See it if you like disturbing, thought-provoking, politically relevant shows that don't pull punches. You'll leave the theatre thinking about the news
Don't see it if if you don't like gratuitous violence. The show could've made the same political points with less gore. Also, the female lead was mediocre.
See it if you care about current events & like nuanced politics thoughtfully reflected in a classic, cleverly-mounted play (some things never change).
Don't see it if you don't like plays with strong messages about the immutability of human nature, or if you prefer your politics lighter or more humorous.
See it if you're interested in feminism and American women's history, a fan of the inimitable Patti Lupone (in top form), or love beautiful costuming.
Don't see it if you're looking for an especially memorable score; the lyrics were competent and the music enjoyable but not cohesive across musical numbers.
See it if you'd like quality acting, intimate staging, and serious, compassionate, wrenching, portrayals of how disability impacts human relationships
Don't see it if you prefer lighter and happier "feel-good" shows, larger casts, spectacle, snappy narrative pacing, or flashy staging.
See it if you have an interest in C.S. Lewis, philosophy, or religion, all examined in loving detail by an attentive playwright and a thoughtful actor
Don't see it if you prefer clear and dramatic narrative arcs, tight pacing, or abundant action. This is a quiet, meandering character study of a play.
See it if you want an adorable, wacky, slightly campy experience that's more of a concert than a musical. It's charmingly thoughtful and self-aware.
Don't see it if you're expecting a fully choreographed show or a large stage and set. Also, the lead singer is a good narrator but a middling singer.
See it if you have time for a sweet, amateurish show w/ all the pitfalls of a work in earliest stages of development. It makes good use of the space.
Don't see it if you want a well-edited show w/ a strong narrative arc. It had too many underdeveloped plot points, and the music & lyrics were not memorable
See it if you like Greek drama, don't mind a mix of modern and classical vernacular, & want a treatment of contemporary issues in a historical setting
Don't see it if you expect high production values, a polished and professional presentation, or subtle, nuanced acting. The quality of acting was varied.
See it if you want a thought-provoking, meditative, unconventional one-woman show about immigrant identity, family, and historic injustice.
Don't see it if you don't like multimedia, experimental shows. Don't expect a spectacle or an abundance of energy and movement.
See it if you are interested in oddball religious cults, esp doomsday cults. It'll make you think, but only if you care about the topic to begin with.
Don't see it if you're looking for a varied and exciting plot. You know within the first 15 minutes how the show is going to end, and it moves predictably.
See it if you want to be challenged as well as entertained. It's a masterful and intimate performance, and the material is timely and complex.
Don't see it if you want fluffy entertainment or a big Broadway spectacle. It's in dramatized lecture format; be prepared to pay attention to every word.
See it if You have a reasonably good grasp of the big hits and want an in-depth, educational look at Broadway history and how the magic is made
Don't see it if You're hoping for an exhibit that focuses more on the content of major Broadway shows than on the creative process.
See it if you want an immersive production that feels more like an experience than a mere show. Lively, effective blend of genres & sumptuous staging.
Don't see it if you want sympathetic protagonists w/ personal agency. True to its source material, the plot carries the characters rather than the other way
See it if you're a Gorey fan or enjoy semi-biographical character studies of odd, lonely artists. The format is odd, but the good acting carries it.
Don't see it if you prefer a standard narrative arc, a broader cast, more exposition to ease into the story, or more action (the show can feel a bit quiet).
See it if you like intimate, dynamic, cabaret-style shows with storytelling between songs. It illuminates issues of race & gender in a heartfelt way.
Don't see it if you expect a large ensemble cast, a linear plot, or a theater with traditional seating. The actors come right up to the audience's tables.
See it if you like the feel of Agatha Christie mysteries, intimate productions, nonlinear storytelling, and lots of twists.
Don't see it if you like trying to solve the mystery and find it frustrating when information is withheld or twists are added just to maintain the suspense.
See it if you like complex intergenerational family dramas, narrators as framing devices, and simple but effective set design.
Don't see it if you like fast-paced, tightly-plotted plays. Act 1 was slow, consisting mostly of background info. Some characters were underdeveloped.
See it if you’d like an amped-up staged reading with all the energy of a rock concert. The music is fun & catchy, and the characters raw & sympathetic
Don't see it if you prefer a more traditional show format with realistic acting and a full set. If you don’t like pop/rock shows, this might not be for you.
See it if you like nuanced, Virginia Woolf-esque portraits of women, families, and relationships. The set design was smart and effective.
Don't see it if you want tighter plots with more action. This is a thoughtful, slower piece. Also, the accent work was a bit distracting.
See it if you're in the mood for a heartwarming, high-quality community theatre production of a classic musical with cute kids and a cute dog.
Don't see it if you find nonprofessional child actors of varying skill levels annoying. The physical space feels a bit like a spruced-up school gym.
See it if you have an interest in this controversial historical villain. You like artsy, indie plays consisting of complex characters studies.
Don't see it if if you want a clear storyline with a strong emotional arc. It also doesn't teach much history beyond what you've likely learned in school.
See it if you're a Shakespeare buff looking for a solid, community theatre-level production of a lesser-known work.
Don't see it if you don't like genderbent casting, or conversely, if you want a nuanced, innovative use of genderbending. The dance elements felt extraneous
See it if you like complex depictions of family and spirituality. There are some outstanding musical numbers and truly emotional scenes.
Don't see it if you prefer a tight narrative with a well-balanced story arc. The second act was much better than the first.
See it if you're looking for a show to make you think, and laugh. Septimus and Lady Croom were particularly well-acted.
Don't see it if you are easily put off by Americans doing subpar British accents, or a wide range of acting talent (from Broadway-level to college amateurs)
See it if you're a Harry Potter fan looking for a few hours of cheesy and light entertainment or a trip down memory lane. A feel-good romp.
Don't see it if you've never read Harry Potter, or don't like professional shows that feel only a step or two up from an enthusiastic student production.
See it if you have an amateur interest in either science or rap music and want to be both educated and entertained. It's an inclusive, intimate show.
Don't see it if you like a more polished, professional show, or if you're an easily bored expert in science or rap. Also, audience volunteer quality varies.
See it if you like cute scenes and endearingly, realistically awkward characters meandering through a quiet, intimate, slice-of-life show.
Don't see it if you prefer taut pacing, higher stakes, and neatly wrapped-up plots without loose ends or any suspension of disbelief.
See it if you want great acting and an optimistic, rigorous portrayal of high-stakes international diplomacy that humanizes history for non-historians
Don't see it if you're looking for light entertainment rather than heavy political material. This show requires viewers to pay close attention to detail.
See it if you're interested in an experimental use of space and interactive media, and themes of immigration (including non-English dialogue).
Don't see it if you want deep character development, genuine surprise endings, or strong plot arcs. It's more a meandering slice-of-life than a narrative.
See it if you're in the mood for a meandering, intimate trip through a couple's evolving relationship over the course of a few decades.
Don't see it if you want high production values, super professional acting, or a taut narrative. It felt a bit amateur, like an ambitious college play.
See it if you want a serious, moving show about violence & human cruelty. It's performed in four languages; the live translator blends in seamlessly.
Don't see it if you dislike low production values and minimal sets, or if you have difficulty with plays in translation. Also, the quality of acting varies.
See it if you like semi-immersive theatre. A clever, empathetic, insightful take on both 70s gay subculture (nods to Rent) & millennial coming-of-age.
Don't see it if you don't like the over-the-top aspects of historic gay/drag culture. The music & lyrics aren't extraordinary (but the book & set are great)
See it if you like great set design, intense character development, plot twists & raw depictions of racial tension/violence/historic trauma—and chess!
Don't see it if you want escapism or light/fun entertainment. Or women—it's an all-male cast & the women discussed are archetypal. It also felt a bit long.
See it if you care about academia, women's rights (esp. women's suffrage), LGBT issues... or you just want to see an good play about women in love.
Don't see it if you don't care for frank discussions of serious (and still-relevant) political issues, or if you prefer a show with more bells and whistles.
See it if you love absurdist theatre, playful interpretations of Russian history, delightfully lunatic characters, and unusual performance spaces.
Don't see it if you prefer your characters realistic, genuine, and deep. It's also performed in a slightly worn-down church; don't expect a standard theatre
See it if You have a particular interest in the fashion industry. I also enjoyed the dramatic set design within the constraints of a smaller theatre.
Don't see it if You prefer subtle, nuanced acting or a conventional narrative arc. The primary characters were all (perhaps deliberately) over-the-top.
See it if you're going in with no expectations, prepared for one plot twist after another, all just barely held together by the storyline/acting.
Don't see it if you expect a 100% serious, tragic, and well thought out show. At times, it felt so over-the-top that it tipped from dramatic into the absurd
See it if you're ready for a true, seamless blend of technology & storytelling. It's an anthropological narrative spliced w/ commentary on its making.
Don't see it if you want a straightforward Broadway experience with minimal electronics (you wear headphones) and a larger cast (it's a one-man show).
See it if you want a new spin on a classic or an intimate indie show that feels like it was mounted by a crew of ambitious, underfunded grad students.
Don't see it if you care about production values, you're a stickler for internal consistency, or you find gender-swapping or doubling of roles confusing.