See it if you love 80s music; I don't but found the love for it in the script and costumes and characters infectious.
Don't see it if looking for a very tight story; it tells lots of stories intersecting without enough time for depth given to any given one. Like High School
See it if you enjoy cabaret-style family histories, musing on humanity and where people come from. I left the theater humming.
Don't see it if you're looking for insights into Judaism itself; these are Jewish stories because they're about Jews. Some NSFW content done lovingly.
See it if you can empathize with people who can find meaning in taking themselves seriously in a fantasy world; you like rom-coms.
Don't see it if you'll write off roleplaying as "too weird for you" you're bothered by cringe-y romcom humor, or very occasional swearing.
See it if you love Bertrand Russel, Ludwig Wittgenstein or philosphy/logic. I delighted in seeing them come to life. I enjoyed Ludwig's development.
Don't see it if your idea of entertainment does not include surface level discussions of European male philosophical ideas. This play isn't more.
See it if you want to spend a night watching sexy dancers in moulin rouge attire in a red-lit bar space. It's a show that loves showmanship.
Don't see it if you're looking for story or much characterization. Things don't develop as much as evoke feelings.
See it if <3 RunBoyRun. Felt Mom's fear, anger & love, the sister's love, the boy & Disciple's pain. It's beautiful. In Old Age tells a powerful story
Don't see it if you don't have patience. Both shows are slow to start, especially if you don't have the context of her other plays about the same family.
See it if you like atmosphere. The smells and sights and sounds of this production were great. Pyramus and Thisbe is hilarious, actors were having fun
Don't see it if lacking some sight lines will bother you; there are columns throughout the center of the area being used as a stage.
See it if You love folk music. If you saw it at NYTW, the new version has more character depth and neat choreography and is worth re-seeing.
Don't see it if you're looking for something naturalistic; this is over the top in the tradition of greek theater.
See it if you like awkward comedy that plays on people's insecurities, overstated. You like the platonic ideal of bar conversations.
Don't see it if you'd like the conversation to be particularly interesting or deep. Actor-improved spontaneous group conversation sounds great. This isn't.
See it if You like shows led by strong personalities and great music. You like raunchy humor (a whole section is devoted to double-entendre).
Don't see it if you don't want a relentlessly depressing story, are looking for something romantic (this couple only barely works as a couple)
See it if you like stories of art/commerce and age. The magic of children's stories is a great backdrop, but not focused enough for the main draw
Don't see it if you need a tight script. Points about living through the war were not fully explored, but were also not really the point.
See it if you like family drama plays and want to understand the Muslim experience better. Takes place in Britain, but has a lot to say about US.
Don't see it if you're looking for a tight play (does not need all 2 hrs 40 mins of runtime), you'll be offended by frank tear downs of white liberalism
See it if You'd like a play about the past having consequences, musing on age, love, responsibility, some natural and some absurdity
Don't see it if you're uninterested in the problems of old people, need a show full of action, want to leave the theater hopeful and happy.
See it if you'd like funny vignettes of an irreverent Christian heaven mixed with poignant vignettes about the Titanic.
Don't see it if you'll be offended by an irreverent portrayal of the afterlife. Despite enjoying the portrayals, I'm not sure this made sense done one-man
See it if you like musing on truth and history with excellent actors bringing over the top characters to life
Don't see it if you like more naturalistic theater. The courtroom drama gives interesting characters, framing and staging, but is very theater-not-real
See it if you'd like to see a loving, empathetic portrayal of a man who stood up for his beliefs against racism. Excellent performance and direction.
Don't see it if you're looking for something unique, or need more than one voice. Great execution, but nothing stood out to me as breaking new ground.
See it if you want a unique theatrical experience that actually gives you the feeling of being a protester. It draws you in.
Don't see it if you need a linear storyline. It is an experience, not a play. It's not sympathetic to the other side. In Ukrainian, but understandable.
See it if you love southern folk and rock, characterizations, raw personal storytelling, unique theater.
Don't see it if bothered by part new-age part Christian spiritual talking to ghosts. The experience still works if you don't "buy" her metaphor however.
See it if you're interested in a discussion on art and money. You love Stravinsky or Disney or both. You like sparse shows.
Don't see it if just enough real history to not have quite a satisfying story. I know Fantasia 2000 exists and they have a beautifully animated Firebird.
See it if You want to laugh. You want to cry. You have to want to do both those things, though the crying didn't hit me until the very end.
Don't see it if You don't want to hear about death and meaning (or lack thereof) in life and in grief in a comedy. It's 90 minutes of mostly 2 guys talking.
See it if you love atmosphere, especially of the noir and jazz variety. You enjoy evocative theatrical movement.
Don't see it if you will be bothered by strangers in the dark accidentally bumping into you as they navigate poorly lit areas with running actors.
See it if you love math or poetry. You love plotting where every line counts. This is my favorite play.
Don't see it if you don't like very wordy plays, you won't enjoy connecting who in the present is wrong about what in the past.
See it if you want to celebrate the Jewish experience with alternating fun and touching performances.
Don't see it if you'd like characters. This is a concert about Jewish immigration than a story. Immigration itself is more a main character than the names.
See it if you're interested in neuroscience explained well and interspersed with comedy and freestyle. I learned a lot. Love between leads is adorable
Don't see it if you don't like: white guy rap, dark basements, self-deprecating humor relying in part on competent woman less competent man tropes.
See it if you like immersive theater. Actors make the parts their own. Judge+Sweeney duets gorgeous. Timing is perfect. Sitting at tables worth it.
Don't see it if don't like audience interaction. Sweeney would yell directly at audience members which was scary... but also made horrifying scenes funny
See it if you've been at a loss for words over a piece of art, and find beauty in the ephemeral nature of music.
Don't see it if this show is one man telling a story about seeing a concert; it is not always riveting.
See it if you'd like an absurdist play about how and why to keep living when everything seems awful. Reminded me of The Children
Don't see it if you won't laugh at humor in a bleak world; you need a through-line story with resolution
See it if you'd like to see a beautiful story about finding light in love, and finding and living and sharing your truth when we're all afraid.
Don't see it if you need high production values (don't sit in the back row); won't sit through 2 1/2 (connection b/w plays non-obvious awhile)
See it if see what Marc Antony's "Friends Romans Countrymen" speech would sound like in an 80s Sci Fi Dystopia, or what Cleopatra would wear.
Don't see it if You're looking for a polished production; this theater is good for taking a chance on new writers with low budgets.
See it if You like actors' shows: even the minor characters (like Motl's Mother) have recognizable characterizations. Minimalist set lets chorus shine
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by a very binary understanding of gender - it is a show about a tradition
See it if you want to see Raul Esparza charm sleazily, but happily, Jin Ha steal your heart, and Brandon Urowitz act his heart out. The actors had fun
Don't see it if you're looking for a deep show. This one doesn't quite know what it wants to be. It re-hashes a lot of its sound from older Sondheim shows.
See it if you want more interactivity than Sleep No More. You are given your own character to play and experience the world through.
Don't see it if You have to know exactly what is going on. Even at the end, I was not fully clear on all implications until talking to designer afterwards.
See it if you want a cerebral discussion on the importance of art &anti-art in the face of political realities, but certainly not taken too seriously
Don't see it if you don't want to listen to LOTS of words; I almost think this play is better read than seen. The women are not as interesting as the men.
See it if you want to see an excellent production of a hard show by a small theater. They make use of their space well.
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by guns pointing directly at the audience, lack of props. Usual "this is about killing presidents" apply.
See it if you like songs that tell stories and give character, you want to support community theater.
Don't see it if you like your stories crisp. This is a bit disjointed. It's hard to like the main character for most of the show. Lots of talk of death
See it if you want to rejoice at humanity. This is a show about the joys of human connection.
Don't see it if you have a problem with simplifying stories. While the show doesn't shy away from Islamophobia, entirely, it's mostly telling kind stories
See it if you're interested in several different neat ways to stage tennis, and a lecture on feminism and Billie Jean King.
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by the surface level discussion of ALL THINGS GENDER. The fact that Caitlyn Jenner isn't a man is used as a joke once.
See it if you like characterization; each of these girls is a fully fleshed out human just in the conversations before a soccer game.
Don't see it if bouncing between talking about the Khmer Rouge, periods, soccer and more all at the same time with same significance will bother you
See it if you want to be transported by music. Sound design makes this well worth seeing live. The performers are great. Muse on love, time, and fear.
Don't see it if you can't empathize with the protagonist for whom love comes with terror based on past trauma and a dream
See it if you revel in music, especially Arabic and Jewish music. You like quiet slices of life. See it to watch Katrina Lenk's fantastic performance.
Don't see it if you like plot or spectacle, you're not good with accents
See it if you like old-school musicals with simplistic love plots punctuated by pretty songs and amusing over-the-top performances. Good live music.
Don't see it if you're looking for good writing; I think maybe the bookwriter was trying to translate Chinese directly? Some points overly belabored.
See it if you'd like to support a show where kids with disabilities are represented, with a great cast that empathizes with the children they play.
Don't see it if You don't have 3-8 year olds. It's a simplistic storyline about overcoming anxieties due to kindness and friendship.
See it if you like neat ways to stage stories, movement-based silent stories, the absurd
Don't see it if you're looking for storylines you can follow, you don't see the absurd or beautiful in the tragic
See it if you enjoy compassionate minimalist movement-based storytelling of truth-based military stories from women. Some staging was gorgeous.
Don't see it if it's about celebrating women in combat not questioning the war. Some tripping over lines, some hard-to-follow symbolic bits, sound issues.
See it if you love Sondheim, are interested in US history, like the performers.
Don't see it if subject matter bothers you; you don't like concert productions where they're still figuring out sound and aren't off-book.
See it if You like period soap operas. You are interested in a story written by a nineteenth century woman told by a production team of women.
Don't see it if you're looking for an empowering piece. This is focused on the suffocating environment of the 1800s and relationships.
See it if you like escape rooms with production values. The actors are totally in their roles. Hints are therefore ore interesting.
Don't see it if you're looking for challenging escape room with very clever puzzles. The storyline is not entirely coherent.