See it if Go for Julie Benko's brilliant, funny, heartbreaking Fanny, stay for an entertaining, old-fashioned big musical.
Don't see it if You aren't interested in old-fashioned, lengthy musicals or prefer big splashy sets and effects
See it if You like masterful storytelling. This is a beautiful look at a refugee's experience, joys, and tragedies. The cast is brilliant!
Don't see it if You are looking for a lot of action, are put off by depictions of violence, or not open to learning about a non-western culture.
See it if You've spent time in theater, especially amateur theater and/or just want to laugh at everything that can go wrong - going wrong.
Don't see it if You prefer highbrow capital T Theater, serious shows or are annoyed by silly fun.
See it if You want to see a new play with music (not a musical) that draws parallels between today and the Depression era, that also needs work.
Don't see it if You want a cohesive, consistently funny, profound show. Too long, lacks focus. Half the audience thought the show was over at intermission.
See it if You are open to dark, quirky shows with potential, but isn’t quite there yet. Are not squeamish at depictions of violence.
Don't see it if You need a clear, linear plot with a happy ending. Show needs some work, but has potential as a cult show.
See it if You are familiar with, or interested in, small town politics as a microcosm of society today. Open to sudden twists.
Don't see it if You need action, clear resolutions, or cannot sit quietly. Actors are off mic at times, so hard to hear if someone eats m&ms like popcorn
See it if You're interested in the dynamics of a disparate group of friends gathered for an unclear purpose by a hilariously energetic host
Don't see it if You don't like very talky plays or lack patience to follow an unclear story line to see where it ends up.
See it if You are now, or ever were, a high school book nerd misfit fantasizing about life inside a book's world. Want a happy evening out.
Don't see it if You like your shows deep and serious or high works of art. Might bore young kids, but likely appealing to tweens and older.
See it if Treat yourself to an evening of top notch Broadway performers in a classic Sondheim musical. You enjoy a fun, different take on fairy tales
Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim or don't want to be entertained. Or you can't get a ticket.
See it if You enjoy British period drama as relevant today as when it was written, especially in this time of the Great Resignation
Don't see it if You're not a fan of PBS-style British drama or need a lot of activity in a show.
See it if You are interested in James Joyce, and find Ulysses much easier to digest when spoken or acted. Aedin Moloney really brings Molly to life.
Don't see it if You don't like Joyce, or don't like one-person shows. This is a well-acted monologue. Also not for kids due to mature subject matter.
See it if You want to relax with an evening of smart, funny take on a classic story. The cast is great and clearly enjoying themselves.
Don't see it if You need your theater to be serious, or you don't find humor in mob stereotypes.
See it if You want to see Fishburne and Rockwell on stage in a classic Mamet play. First act is slow, but 2nd act very good.
Don't see it if You're offended by working class men of dodgy morals in the 70s speaking frankly (meaning not PC in today's terms) or prefer lighter comedy
See it if You want to see a masterful performance by Rob McClure and have a fun evening with lots of laughs. This show deserves a longer run.
Don't see it if You are dead set against seeing shows adapted from films, though this might change your mind. You don't enjoy laughter and fun.
See it if You want to be carried into a mythical experience via beautiful singing, storytelling, and staging. Creative use of live recording!
Don't see it if You need realistic stories, sets and staging, big casts. The Scottish accents are a little thick at times, but adds to storytelling.
See it if You want to enjoy a lot of laughs with a fresh take on a Shakespeare classic
Don't see it if You're a Shakespeare purist, have never been to a dysfunctional family gathering, prefer serious drama
See it if Explores Jewish history, asks some tough questions, funny at times, dark and heartbreaking at others. Some segments go on a bit too long.
Don't see it if You know nothing about Jews & aren't interested in learning, don't like 1-person shows, are offended by tough questioning of beliefs
See it if You are interested in a mature drama about Irish women's experience emigrating to Australia in 1850, an experience still resonating today
Don't see it if You prefer comedy, lighter themes, or looking for family-friendly entertainment.
See it if You want pure escapism, to laugh your hooha off, enjoy over-the-top insanity, with a dose of woman power. An extended (good) SNL skit.
Don't see it if You're looking for classic Broadway theatah or are offended by raunchy language.
See it if You are open to a different take on Cyrano performed on a sparse set by actors creating everything through words and movement
Don't see it if You have a short attention-span (VERY wordy, quickly spoken) or prefer big sets, fancy costumes, and makeup
See it if You're interested in the Suffragist movement, performed by an excellent all-woman cast. Slightly long first act, excellent second act.
Don't see it if You don't like feminist themes. You're looking for a frothy family musical.
See it if You want to see 2 one-act plays by a classic Irish writer, smartly performed and tied together with song.
Don't see it if You're not interested in Irish rural stories from early 20th century or struggle to understand thick accents and speech patterns
See it if First part was a bit confusing, pays off for 2nd half of show which was great! Usher is a powerful voice of an underrepresented community
Don't see it if You aren't familiar with (or curious about) black, queer culture, musical theatre culture, or are offended by strong & sexual themes
See it if You like plays that explore life's struggles, hopes, and fears, and coming to terms with it all. Much more humor than I expected!
Don't see it if You prefer big casts, big shows, and lots of action. This is 2 men having a series of conversations on life.
See it if You are interested in black womens' stories told through performance, poetry, and movement
Don't see it if You prefer plot-driven shows in a traditional play or musical format.
See it if You're a fan of British comedy. This is very good! Avoid rear mezz seats where poor acoustics make it difficult to hear at times
Don't see it if You are looking for a short, breezy comedy or struggle with heavy accents
See it if You want to see outstanding choreography, are interested in stories of Five Points still relevant today, excellent ensemble cast
Don't see it if You don't like long shows (2:40!), don't like lots of large production numbers, want glitz & glamour, are a stickler for historic accuracy
See it if You want an entertaining, well-written and acted, thought-provoking story about women in different centuries dealing with systemic bias
Don't see it if You think "critical race theory" is a subject to avoid or you're looking for fluffy escapism.
See it if You enjoy pop music and new twists on history, and want a fun 90min escape from real life.
Don't see it if You need a strong plot, don't like cheeky, modern takes on history, or might be offended by a few off-color jokes.
See it if You want a fun show about serious topics faced by dysfunctional family and friends
Don't see it if You want a show that deals with issues in depth, are easily offended by ideas and words your older family members still use.
See it if You like ghost stories and a-typical musicals. Good music, though story a bit unfocused at times.
Don't see it if You want a big, feel-good musical
See it if You want to see an atypical, beautifully staged musical with an interesting take on self-exploration. Also Yazbeck's 2 outstanding numbers!
Don't see it if Watching characters trip on LSD might offend, or you are looking for a fluffy musical.
See it if You enjoy The Temptations and Motown music, and want to see the Temps' turbulent backstory
Don't see it if You don't like jukebox musicals
See it if You are a fan of Cecily Strong, one-woman shows, and meditations on life. An enjoyable 100 minutes with a talented actress.
Don't see it if You expect Cecily's broad SNL humor. She does a great job, though characters could be a tad more defined.
See it if You want a short, entertaining comedy touching on current social issues of how formerly incarcerated people are seen and treated.
Don't see it if You want something fluffy and light. This is uplifting, but the characters' struggles are real.
See it if You want to see a classic American drama still thematically relevant performed by top notch actors.
Don't see it if You prefer musicals or lighter entertainment, or struggle to sit still for 2.5 hours. Are upset by racially charged language or themes.
See it if A piece that feels as thematically fresh, relevant, and important today as when it was written performed by an amazing cast.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by language and play-within-play stereotypes common in the 50s/60s even though it is entirely relevant in this show.
See it if You enjoy amazing singing, bluesy and Motown-style music. Value important stories of black women.
Don't see it if You're looking for deeper character development and storytelling. Feels like this only glosses the surface of these stories and characters
See it if You are a mother or a daughter, lived in NYC during the 70s-90s, enjoy relationship dramas by strong actors.
Don't see it if You don't like dramas about relationships and memories, and are unable to pay attention for 90+ minutes.
See it if You love a solid ensemble musical about how people come together in tragedy. You want to feel hope and goodness in humanity.
Don't see it if Memories of 9/11 are still raw. Wonderful show worth seeing, but I was surprised at how strongly it brought back some memories
See it if You love Sondheim, you are (or have been) in your mid-30s contemplating your life relationship-wise
Don't see it if You don't like Sondheim, want a solid plot, aren't interested in contemplating relationships
See it if You are interested are interested understanding a prior major event in racial awakening in light of the awakening brought by George Floyd.
Don't see it if Hearing the raw, honest perspectives of people who lived the experience is upsetting. Also some footage of the violence.
See it if You enjoy sci-fi and musicals, have a slightly warped sense of humor, or want a fun, entertaining show.
Don't see it if you don't like sci-fi or get squeamish at even light touches of horror. Or if you don't have a sense of humor.
See it if You want to support Irish theatre in NYC, the Irish Rep in particular. Good actors, let down by a draggy script.
Don't see it if you don't understand Irish accents or references. Or you want a show that is uplifting - this isn't it.
See it if You loved the movie, love hearing a plethora of rock & pop songs, enjoy beautiful scenery and energetic dancing
Don't see it if You don't like suggestive staging & costumes (not for young kids) or loud music. Or you'll be annoyed there's no resolution of Duke's story
See it if You enjoy a well-acted, funny, family sitcom with some hilarious and touching moments.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with some cliches around race and sexuality. Or looking for a profound commentary.
See it if You want to see the hottest show on Broadway, are a fan of US History or want to learn about it. History class should have been this fun!
Don't see it if you don't like hip hop music
See it if You want to see a fun, entertaining new musical before it moves to a house that matches the size of the actors' talent.
Don't see it if You like big splashy productions. This is a small splashy production!
See it if you want to be wowed by beautiful staging, singing, costumes, puppetry, and dancing. You don't need a child to enjoy this.
Don't see it if you don't believe in the magic of a theatrical production to take your breath away.