See it if You enjoy strong character-driven dialogue. Even without knowledge of the classic Dionysus tale, this is excellent story-telling.
Don't see it if You are a climate-change denier? You are offended by disparaging comments re. NJ?
See it if You enjoy Waller-Bridge's performances & writing (on stage & in the tv show). You are hungry for works about complicated female characters.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy discussions of explicit sex, or find brief descriptions of animal suffering troubling.
See it if You are a fan of Sam Shepard plays. You want to see Hawke and Dano's performances. You want a master class in sets and props!
Don't see it if You were expecting a riveting story instead of Men Being Insecure and Angry.
See it if You want a master class in immersive theatre, including story-telling, set-creation, and audience-in-role. Exquisite, deeply involved show.
Don't see it if You are not interested in narratives of immigrants and refugees.
See it if You were hoping for more from the lead actress. Nottage's genius was lost in caricature.
Don't see it if You do not want to be surprised by the storytelling.
See it if You are interested in legal and political conversations. You want to bring themes of assault & gender discrimination to the social forefront
Don't see it if You were hoping for a deeper dive into the core story-telling and do not enjoy audience participation.
See it if You are interested in stories about immigration/roots/home/family. You want to support a production about Iraqi-Americans.
Don't see it if You are expecting an explicit connection to A Doll's House.
See it if You are a theatre-maker or educator. You think about questions of representation and education without calling it "political correctness."
Don't see it if You are not open to the play's themes being pushed to their absolute (ridiculous) limits.
See it if You enjoy British drama with interesting twists and turns in the narrative. Probably as effective as a detective novel instead of a play.
Don't see it if You prefer more resonant writing which makes you think about the world around you. This is entertainment, but not much more.
See it if You enjoy modern retellings of classic works; this is an electro-pop version of Shakespeare's Anthony and Cleopatra.
Don't see it if You are nervous about immersive performance (dancers are IN the crowd, you become a dancer too) and are bored by hairography as choreography
See it if You enjoy kitchen-sink dramas, stories about families, inter-generational character-driven narrative.
Don't see it if You were hoping for more, from both the story and the star-studded cast.
See it if You're a fan of the movie - they're pretty true to it! You enjoy large, flashy musicals.
Don't see it if You prefer that an audience not film during the show. This crowd wanted to capture it all, believing too strongly in the power of zoom.
See it if You are thrilled by EXCEPTIONAL female leads with spellbinding monologues. You want a master class in set design.
Don't see it if You do not have much experience with Shakespeare's HAMLET. The play is still good, but some of the nuance may be lost.
See it if You appreciate classic musicals and want to see star-power to the max. You enjoy strong female lead characters and self-reflective works.
Don't see it if You prefer deeper, intense works. This musical is pure joy from start to finish - and clever in its addressing of gender roles.
See it if You appreciate historical love stories. You welcome fresh stories instead of tropes.
Don't see it if You are triggered by themes of slavery and violence.
See it if You enjoy light-hearted stories, 2D charicatures, and aren't bothered by casual rape culture.
Don't see it if You find sexism distasteful. You dislike campy productions.
See it if You are interested in the inner-worlds of teenage girls. You like ensemble pieces with snippets of each character's life.
Don't see it if You are not interested in monologues about emotions, menstruation, sex, bodies, relationships. Though I highly recommend that you go anyway*
See it if You love an array of 3D female characters! You enjoy strong ensemble shows and exquisite writing.
Don't see it if You like a piece with more polish (though this was pretty wonderful given the low-budget production!)
See it if You enjoy stories told in-the-round, you want to see POC on stage, you enjoy fun songs and staging.
Don't see it if You are bored by tropey romance stories, are angered by supposed female empowerment that actually results in a jilted lover becoming a tree.
See it if You love strong story-telling, near-immersive theatre, BEAUTIFUL music, deeply emotional stories.
Don't see it if You struggle with themes of family violence or descriptions of physical violence. You prefer straight plays/musicals, not a combination.
See it if You want to explore tragedy from a child's perspective.
Don't see it if You have high hopes for the treatment of this perspective to feel authentic.
See it if You appreciate strong musical performances but are not bothered by a story line with plot holes.
Don't see it if You have high hopes for a production dealing with important themes. They are not handled well.
See it if You enjoy a wonderful combination of intelligent, light-hearted AND in-depth treatment of intense questions (eg. the nature of art)
Don't see it if You have little familiarity with the characters: Joyce, Lenin, Tzara. Even then, see it anyway!
See it if You enjoy dark comedy, you enjoy masterful writing which highlights wonderful snippets of human nature.
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with exploring questions of community, violence, forgiveness.
See it if You enjoy classic musicals, flashy dance numbers, star-studded casts. Exquisite dancing, especially for "Too Darn Hot!"
Don't see it if You prefer more modern musicals instead of revivals. You find the whole show's premise sexist, despite the clever dramaturgical edits.
See it if You want an experience to be both entertaining and moving; such a good balance! You support this important message for LGBTQ+ youth <3
Don't see it if You do not enjoy flashy musicals or find stories about high school/celebrities boring. You are offended by being called a homophobe #shrug
See it if You enjoy long-haul story-telling; sitting through 3 hours of a play for a 15-minute action-packed end feels like a lot.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy family dramas set in the midst of political turmoil.
See it if You want something unlike you've ever seen before. You are interested in contemporary gender & race politics exploring sex & power.
Don't see it if CW: Consensual non-consent. Themes of racism & dominance. You cannot sit through 2.5 hours of intense and sexually explicit subject matter.
See it if You want to hear stories about pain and marginalization, but also of joy and music. You appreciate EXCELLENT ensemble and solo singing.
Don't see it if ...You do not support hella important stories about queer young men of color...?
See it if You enjoy commercial children's theatre. You want to taste the most delicious (though $$$) Bailey's hot chocolate of your life. & GAVIN LEE!
Don't see it if You dislike Christmas. You are hoping for a high-end production. You dislike kitsch.
See it if You enjoy relationship-based stories, are interested in gender politics, and are fascinated by discussions about sex.
Don't see it if You prefer flashy productions, or are uncomfortable hearing emotionally and sexually explicit monologue/dialogue.
See it if You want to think about modern political organizing through a historical lens. You enjoy strong acting from a small ensemble.
Don't see it if You find it dull to have playwrights and older audiences mock the idealism of youth. You are frustrated by political apathy.
See it if You enjoy duo-driven stories peppered with wonderful detail. You enjoy masterful set and lighting design.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy dialogue as the key mode of storytelling.
See it if You like to keep a finger on the pulse of new playwrights launching their careers. Peiffer's work is incredible.
Don't see it if CW: Sexual assault, rape, growing up female, men being trash. An incredibly important story, but I wept the whole way through.
See it if You enjoy deeply emotional portraits of a family/community working through loss and trauma. You want to do some cathartic crying.
Don't see it if CW: Suicide, self-harm. I wish I had known how intense it would be - the soundtrack is so beautiful but the dialogue expands on the music.
See it if You enjoy straight plays with relevant socio-political content and great acting by a star-studded cast.
Don't see it if You are interested in these socio-political conversations providing answers to your questions.
See it if You have great nostalgia for 2000's punk music/culture. You enjoy excellent but brief character acting by the lead's parents.
Don't see it if You dislike "immersive" theatre where performers join a standing crowd. You are bored by in-jokes within in-jokes, including penis humor.
See it if You enjoy large-scale musicals with beautiful costumes, and an inventive attempt at projected scenery. (Worth it for the blossoms scene!)
Don't see it if You're a purist and prefer the film's story-line. No Rasputin or Bartok the bat was a disappointment!
See it if You enjoy live piano, performance-art-esque productions, and fascinating how-it's-done backstage tours.
Don't see it if You prefer to spend good money on more high-profile productions. This was cool, but not worth the $35 I paid. #studentbudget
See it if You enjoy Golden Age productions and do not mind that staging them in the 21st C without self-reflection is troubling. Abuse is excused.
Don't see it if You don't appreciate productions that rely heavily on their stars to carry them.
See it if You look for stories not usually told. You are interested in the history and politics of street art.
Don't see it if You prefer a slightly more polished production (though I recommend this anyway for the purposes of learning and exposure.)
See it if You enjoy Josh Harmon's writing and appreciate strong performances from an excellent cast.
Don't see it if You are looking for socio-politically relevant stories. Another scene involving rich white people is not what the theatre world needs.
See it if You appreciate Deaf representation and productions involving ASL. You enjoy thinking about socio-political themes.
Don't see it if You want to be wowed by the interesting themes. These were less resonant than they could have been.
See it if You know the playwright's work and are familiar with the historical context in which the play is set.
Don't see it if You expect masterful presentations of revolution. I was really hoping that this would feel radical, and instead struggled to stay awake.
See it if You appreciate representation of autism on stage. You enjoy detailed storytelling & devised work. Lovely use of music and technical elements
Don't see it if You prefer that this representation is authentic and more visibly inclusive of autism-spectrum performers and creators.
See it if You enjoy belly-laughter at performances given by a masterful cast (and set design!)
Don't see it if You prefer "serious" drama and storytelling, or if slightly slapstick comedy is not entertaining to you.
See it if You like the idea of adding your name to millions that will make up a (boring? ugly?) art work, eventually.
Don't see it if You don't like being patronized. You don't care about one man's boring story. You don't like boring dad jokes.
See it if You enjoy political ensemble pieces. You want to learn more about the student protests in South Africa, as well as race politics as a whole.
Don't see it if You do not have an open mind, are not willing to LISTEN and attempt to understand the messages that these young people are conveying.