See it if you love a play adapted from a true story; disparate pieces coming together to form an epic tale; a show that's funny, tender, heartbreaking
Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3 hour/2 intermission epic (which is as quiet and funny as it is grand and moving). If you can do that, see it.
See it if you are a connoisseur of terrible shows? Nothing redeeming about this one. Gave it a 17 because the guy who played the friend was good.
Don't see it if you can see literally anything else. The script and set design are the worst aspects but it’s all bad. Also a rude, drunk, texting audience.
See it if you are moved by a play that is both profound and normal, with a wonderful and flawed hero, and feels as timely now as it did decades ago.
Don't see it if you can't extrapolate how a very specific experience has many universal realities and truths.
See it if you haven't yet - it's a classic for a reason. The choreography and dancing are great and the story is fun.
Don't see it if you are looking for something new or modern.
See it if you want to see Laurie Metcalf in full form, giving essentially a one-woman performance.
Don't see it if you're looking for much else. The writing is bad, the staging pretentious and pointless, and some of the other actors are phoning it in.
See it if you want to see fantastic individual performances that make you long for revivals of Kiss of the Spider Woman, Cabaret, Fiddler and more.
Don't see it if you're looking for any kind of narrative or interesting way of tying the songs together. It's just a revue.
See it if you like a character-driven, moving musical with a healthy dose of dance and period piece.
Don't see it if you have a concern over trauma from heavy war storylines or you're looking for a funny, happy, glitzy, glam musical.
See it if you love the actors involved, who are exceptional across the board. You like a stylish period piece.
Don't see it if you'll be bothered by the very dated play with its racism, misogyny and abuse.
See it if you want to see masterfully performed Shakespeare performed in a modern way (in staging and in spoken style). You love inventive staging.
Don't see it if some of the more hipster elements might annoy you or you prefer your Shakespeare very traditional.
See it if you have any interest in current events, certainly, or, better yet, you aren't much of a Shakespeare person but are open to seeing it fresh.
Don't see it if you can't see the forest for the trees or don't understand the concept of a parable. You want to stay as far from politics as possible.
See it if you want to take a bath in language and enjoy the insider-y look at what goes on in a writer's room.
Don't see it if you will be bothered by not knowing the specifics of the setting or task, or by the increasingly surreal happenings.
See it if you love the story and a quirky, winking Christian Borle. The show is at its best in the relationship between Charlie and Willy Wonka.
Don't see it if you're expecting the over-the-top sets and magic of the original film. This is a brightly colored but sparse interpretation.
See it if you enjoy a well-written, well-acted play with a combination of comedy and drama and great twists. Or you just love Allison Janney.
Don't see it if you only enjoy plays set in the present time or plays with completely linear plots.
See it if you love a nontraditional theater experience and an intricately designed, elaborate spectacle.
Don't see it if you find elaborate but obtusely plotted shows pretentious. You don't enjoy walking for hours in darkness and often leaping out of the way.
See it if you are very familiar with "God of Vengeance" and would like to see the full story behind it played out.
Don't see it if you will be confused by a play within a play within a play or you will be disturbed to see a dark period in history play out.
See it if you enjoy a character-driven, dialogue-rich play that considers what we bring to relationships and how they evolve over time and change us.
Don't see it if you aren't interested at all in exploring relationships, LGBTQ themes, or Harvey Fierstein. You need an action-packed play to be engrossed.
See it if you are looking for a candy-colored, light, cute musical that is less concerned with big songs and more with setting a tone and having fun.
Don't see it if you want something big and brassy or loud and intense. Amelie is frozen yogurt with sprinkles. It's not profound but it's very sweet.
See it if you appreciate well-crafted acting, fully formed characters, fantastic set design and a riveting "day in the life" story.
Don't see it if you won't be able to connect to a deeply character-driven play or its 1970s setting.
See it if you love one-person shows that show someone grappling with a difficult subject but not finding any answers.
Don't see it if you want more than a bare bones set and meandering ruminations.
See it if you've ever been in your 20s, ever been invited to one too many friends' weddings, or ever felt like your time wouldn't come.
Don't see it if you feel you just can't relate to the sometimes hilarious and sometimes challenging experience of people looking for love.
See it if you love a bare bones set or just want the play's language to say it all.
Don't see it if you saw and loved the production of a few years ago. You won't be wowed by an onstage rain effect and are looking for a believable story.
See it if you love Tracy Letts' writing and/or Reed Birney's acting. You're interested in a play that asks good questions and doesn't have answers.
Don't see it if you're bothered by shows that love slowly and feature mostly quiet two-person scenes. You're not interested in questions of faith.
See it if you have intense nostalgia for the Phantom of the '80s and would like to see that production again.
Don't see it if you are looking for a musical that in any way competes with everything else on Broadway right now. Its age is apparent in every way.
See it if you enjoy a play that gives you a glimpse at its characters in a particular setting and moment in time.
Don't see it if you would be bothered if most of a play's action is in its language rather than its staging.
See it if you would enjoy a modern portrait of all the ways it's the ridiculous and profound to be a high school girl.
Don't see it if you want a play about soccer (this so isn't about that) or would be annoyed by realistic teenage dialogue for 90 minutes.
See it if you are taken by powerful individual performances or love Broadway shows that don’t feel like Broadway shows.
Don't see it if you’d be bothered by a show clearly written by men that does not pass the Bechdel test and could have used some work on its way to Broadway.
See it if you want to laugh and love copious pop culture references, a quick pace, and a play with equal bite and heart.
Don't see it if somehow the descriptor “super gay” is not a compliment in your book (as it 100% is in mine).
See it if you love Sondheim or Steven Pasquale. You're there because you already love an aspect of it.
Don't see it if you're outside of the target audience above. It's a competent but not impressive staging.
See it if you are in the mood for a great revival. It's firing on all cylinders and is visually very impressive.
Don't see it if you're looking for a modern show. Nothing about the plot/content has been updated here.
See it if you want a cute princess/rags-to-riches story that is well-cast and doesn't make you think too hard.
Don't see it if you're looking for something edgy, innovative, or unique.
See it if you have any interest in the political process, history, negotiations, international relations, or a darn good story told superbly.
Don't see it if you can't sit through a three-hour play. It doesn't feel that long, but if it would be an endurance contest for you, better pass.
See it if you love classic musicals, you want to see a top-notch cast perform a show with perfect precision, you love an over-the-top costume or two.
Don't see it if you are more inclined to a modern musical, you'd be offended by the dated stereotypes/generalities, you're going in expecting transcendence.
See it if you like intimate stories about modern relationships, hot young gay men, and inventive staging.
Don't see it if you would be bothered by a lot of nudity; you are turned off by a shakily-run venue.
See it if you enjoy a portrait of a complicated family and portrait of a time and neighborhood. You like an intimate theater and a genuinely good play
Don't see it if you are concerned about having a strong reaction to a very surprising, traumatic event. There is definitely shock and fear evoked.
See it if you love well-choreographed slapstick or you want to sit in the infectious energy of others laughing their heads off.
Don't see it if you're not in the mood to be swept away by something light, indulgent, and cleverly entertaining. It's not high art. But it's fun.
See it if you're interested in a play that deals with money and class in a fresh and interesting way; you want an Amber Tamblyn acting masterclass.
Don't see it if you prefer plays with more sets or characters. This is a single-set, four-character piece that is funny and intense, but moves slowly.
See it if you want to see a lesser-known Sondheim work done simply but well.
Don't see it if you're looking for a lush or large-scale production.
See it if you want an enveloping, engrossing, intense Sondheim experience. Truly exceptional work all around.
Don't see it if an intimate, in-your-face Sweeney would be scary or too much for you.
See it if you don't mind rooting for a jerk protagonist, don't need catchy or clever songs, enjoy basic visual gags, and aren't tired of turntables.
Don't see it if you are offended by constant misogyny or people laughing at rape jokes. You expect a well-reviewed musical to actually be good.
See it if you enjoy farcical British humor and love it when female actors find strength within their stereotypical roles and end up stealing the show.
Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Noel Coward or really hate a classic farce. I generally don't enjoy farcical shows and I still enjoyed this one.
See it if you want to see exceptional work across the board on Broadway.
Don't see it if you completely hate Sondheim or absolutely need a big, loud, brash musical.
See it if you like a bluegrass tinge to your musicals, you like shows about ordinary people, and you are charmed by "dad jokes" and earnestness.
Don't see it if you will be bothered by gross stereotypes, a poorly written book, Irish accents instead of Canadian, and no depth given to any characters.
See it if you don't mind sacrificing some traditional musical elements for amazing visuals and inventive staging, or you loved Here Lies Love.
Don't see it if you are looking for hummable tunes or a feel-good show, or you value good plotting over spectacle.
See it if you are interested in the role of educated women at the turn of the century and want to find some relevance/parallels to the modern day.
Don't see it if you expect consistently excellent writing or a lavishly staged play. Everything about the play is pretty literal though ultimately resonant.
See it if you love dark musicals, especially John Kander's recent work (e.g. Scottsboro Boys).
Don't see it if you like your musicals traditional in pacing or structure.
See it if you'd enjoy seeing the step-by-step decision-making of the classic Oregon Trail game applied to life. You don't mind depression as top plot.
Don't see it if you'd be turned off by a theater that is basically falling apart, or if plots in different eras converging à la The Lake House disturb you.
See it if you're fascinated with the idea of a prepackaged musical for troops to stage and are willing to take a sacrifice in quality for the concept.
Don't see it if you won't be able to overcome the simplicity, cliches and propaganda inherent in the content given that it was a midcentury military musical
See it if for some reason you wouldn't rather see a better Cirque show or a better plotted show, preferring instead the worst of both.
Don't see it if you could see anything else on Broadway. To say it's mildly diverting is generous.
See it if you want to hear one of the greatest voices on Broadway. You're ready for a devastating story told in a visually sparse, musically lush way.
Don't see it if you want something happy, dance-y, colorful or fun.