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See it if You're interested in insightful, brilliantly characterized plays with a song that will be stuck in your head for weeks
Don't see it if You want happy endings or straightforward hero-villain narratives
See it if You want to support amateur artists in a strange, over-the-top, occasionally amusing and occasionally embarassing parody.
Don't see it if You want anything polished. It was so slapdash, sloppy, and forced that I genuinely thought I'd misunderstood and was watching improv.
See it if You like ludicrous over-the-top comedy full of parody and physical humor
Don't see it if You care about plays with straightforward plots or any sort of gravitas -- this is pure absurd humor
See it if You want complex, painful theatre with complex, painful characters and relationships
Don't see it if You want a satisfying ending -- the ending was great but very dissatisfying. You care about pacing -- some of the jumps were dizzying.
See it if You like great singing, great dancing, and painful stories about people making mistakes
Don't see it if You want a perfectly written show -- this is early Sondheim and you can tell
See it if You want to see a cool magic show interspersed with disconnected scenes that aren't as self-aware as they want to be
Don't see it if You want a thoughtful play that actually considers intersectionality instead of just nodding at it
See it if You want to see a thoughtful, complex, intense play with a diverse cast of vivid characters. You care about genius, secrets, loss, and more
Don't see it if You like plays that tie everything in a neat bow. You want straight-up classic Southern Gothic (this is more an homage.)
See it if You want to see a hilarious story about an immigrant family that will leave you crying and calling your parents to tell them you love them
Don't see it if You're bothered by edgy humor and frank representations of inter-cultural racism (e.g. conflict between Korean and Japanese people)
Also A sitcom waiting to happen!
See it if You want a beautifully acted, if at times clumsily written, portrayal of mental illness
Don't see it if You're bothered by over-the-top dialogue, or want plays to have clear resolution and character development
See it if You want a delightfully fun musical that deftly handles social issue while also making you laugh and wowing you with belting
Don't see it if You're bothered by dirty jokes (and I don't just mean sexual!) or want something serious
See it if You like quirky, avante-garde productions that do interesting things with the original script. You're ready to show up early for good seats.
Don't see it if You dislike obstructed views (it's a flat stage with chairs, so only the front row has a clear view!) and depictions of pedophilia
See it if You like ensemble casts and multiple cute plots that sometimes interconnect. You want to hear the world's best beatboxer.
Don't see it if You want memorable songs (the songs are fun but not groundbreaking) or surprising plots.
See it if You like contemporary theatre with vividly-drawn characters and powerful elements that come together beautifully at the end
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See it if You like fun, funny, very rough improv using karaoke tracks from popular pop songs.
Don't see it if You want to see something polished; you care about singing quality (two of the singers are GREAT, one is fine, two are actively bad)
See it if You like small, intimate productions that wander through the twists of a relationship falling apart. You want your expectations overturned.
Don't see it if You mind uneven singing quality (the lead woman wasn't as good as the rest of the cast), weird pacing, and self-indulgent writing.
See it if You want to see a pretty, if predictable musical about a woman trying to escape a bad marriage. You like baking. You don't mind being hungry
Don't see it if You expect great songs. One song and one singer are EMBARRASSINGLY better than everything else. And one subplot made zero sense.
See it if You want a beautiful, heartfelt, energizing musical full of gorgeous songs and wonderful characters. You're interested in unusual staging.
Don't see it if You expect a professional production with great singers. It's an amateur production -- okay singers, questionable sound engineering
See it if You want to see a quirky, intense drama about environmentalism. You want to see great actors give nuanced performances of frustrating people
Don't see it if You want something straightforward. You’re bothered by odd pacing and, to quote another reviewer, endings that are a little far-fetched.
See it if You want an intimate show that will leave you thinking.
Don't see it if You want a clear plot -- this is more about making you think and feel than it is about telling a tight story.
See it if You want great dancing, funny and occasionally tearjerking songs, and an interesting ensemble cast
Don't see it if You want flashy sets, you're bothered by outdated stereotypes of black and Asian characters, you care about pacing (Chorus Line is slowwwww)
See it if You want to see good actors perform a mediocre show with a few great songs
Don't see it if You want great sound (could barely hear the lead singer), you mind shows that run too long
See it if You want to see a hilarious, spot-on, frequently touching depiction of privilege in theatre, featuring a large and hilarious cast.
Don't see it if You need straightforward structures and tidy endings
See it if You want to see a beautifully acted one-woman play that's essentially a monologue on post-war trauma
Don't see it if You're bothered by racism and transphobia. You want a likable narrator or satisfying conclusion.
See it if You want to see some great songs and talented actors, and don't need any sort of emotional arc or forward motion.
Don't see it if You dislike melodrama. You don't have the patience to sit through eighty minutes of singing/monologuing for ten minutes of plot.
See it if You want a beautifully-acted, if clunkily written, story about people who don't know how to let go of a lost loved one
Don't see it if You're tired of stories about people working through their grief over a lost loved one; you expect anything new or thoughtful about AI
See it if You like dark psychological stories with fantastical twirls (I'd call it more fabulism than absurdism)
Don't see it if You're bothered by small-scale, sometimes confusing productions. You prefer straightforward narratives or musicals.
See it if You like brilliantly acted, interestingly staged twists on Shakespeare.
Don't see it if You want a big-budget production; you're bothered by slightly confusing stage direction (e.g. wasn't always clear if characters were dead)
See it if You want a rousing, beautifully sung, beautifully staged musical that blends the dazzle of Broadway with the interaction of dinner theatre
Don't see it if You want memorable songs or developed characters
See it if You like stylistic magical realism about war and healing
Don't see it if You want straightforward contemporary theatre; you don't like deliberately dramatic performances; you're easily disturbed by violence
See it if You want to learn more about neuroscience while listening to freestyle rap and laughing a lot
Don't see it if You want a straightforward show. This is a combination psych lecture and rap session; definitely not your standard performance.
See it if You're interested in hilarious, quirky British comedies that address important political issues.
Don't see it if You like straightforward narratives and dislike off-the-wall humor and very minimal budgets.
See it if You like hilarious queer tragi-comedies that deal with painfully timely issues; you don't mind shows trying a little too hard to be profound
Don't see it if You're bothered by sexual jokes (nothing explicit), bright lights, or smoke effect
See it if You have kids or love The Lion King, or want a beautiful spectacle-filled musical with great costumes.
Don't see it if You want to be surprised -- it's just the film in live action, plus a couple songs.
See it if You want to laugh out loud and you don't mind dirty and often cruel humor.
Don't see it if You want something light -- yes it's funny but it gets dark. You care about accuracy -- Mormons don't even believe in Hell.
See it if You want to see a clever, quirky musical with talented child actors.
Don't see it if You expect great music -- there are a couple memorable songs, but most of the fun is in the visuals.