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See it if Jeremy O. Harris is angry. His play pulls from Greek tragedy & modern themes. Lots of male nudity & strong acting.
Don't see it if Too many themes, too much histrionics & too long but you probably will want to have seen this production.
See it if Two fine actors perform monologues in two sad stories of loss. Love & heartbreak well acted.
Don't see it if Too large a performance space for these intimate plays. Also, topics & protagonists are too similar so little more is revealed in 2nd piece.
See it if Even when one does good works, ethics are compromised & one has to deal with that knowledge. Strong actors, in particular Sriram.
Don't see it if A little bit preachy but clever & quick enough to hold audience attention.
See it if Powerfully entertaining story of black actress’s 1930’s experience. Slightly hysterical writing/schizophrenic in point of view
Don't see it if First act is far too long & even misleading as to where story resolves so stay for second even if you are baffled or irritated.
See it if Immersion in one of the great American novels, charmingly related, innovatively staged. A long time to sit but so well paced.
Don't see it if This is an 8 hour production. One or two of the actors are not quite up to the ability of the others.
See it if Funny bitter look at a terrible marriage. Think Scandinavian 19th century “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” or “War Between the Roses”
Don't see it if You don’t want to believe love and hate can coexist between a long-married couple married
See it if Family history & issues are spun as different members unwillingly share information. Sort of refreshing/sort of diabolical.
Don't see it if If you're not comfortable with lots of high volume anger, this is not for you.
See it if Convincing family drama about finding one’s way back and forgiveness.
Don't see it if Accessible but not deep, more of a polished student effort. Feels very personal (which isn’t a criticism).
See it if Thoughtful one act plays where individuals try to make peace with inner demons & with the world. Ruminative but not as bitter as past plays
Don't see it if Two are monologues. Be forewarned: one topic is who writes history using Hitler as prism.
See it if Decent coming of age story set in boys’ church-based private school with wonderful a capella singing.
Don't see it if Themes are predictable if heartfelt and some lines are mumbled but the musical numbers are terrific.
See it if Women telephone operators in WW1- who knew? Interesting topic presented by winning cast who act, sing & dance while playing instruments.
Don't see it if You’ll like it so watch for its next staging. A little long, 2nd act music not on par with 1st, but that’s just nitpicking.
See it if A dose of reality hits Undine -how she deals with it forms arc of play. A measuring of upward/downward mobility told with insight & humor.
Don't see it if Image of black, middle class urban life, slightly cliche, slightly dated.
See it if If Aaron Sorkin wrote his own play I wouldn;t carp, but to eviscerate the charm, however wrong the fact of rampant racism, of Lee’s story to
Don't see it if ...serve as un-nuanced reflection on today’s world, is a mistake. Like being at a well-crafted play designed for junior high students.
See it if A clever enough sendup of the Christmas season with plenty of irreverence & scatalogical language.
Don't see it if Don’t expect a compelling story - cartoonish characters, little relatable emotion. But there are lots of laughs & is still previewing.
See it if A story of the issues of emigration & the values one holds onto mixed into a consideration of A Doll’s House. Who one is vs. who one was.
Don't see it if Lots of themes can be confusing & some plot points telegraphed early on, but a strong feminine voice. Acting/accents a bit uneven,
See it if You want to have a great topic for your next dinner party. You go to Stoppard plays for the ideas: egotism v. altruism. Well-played.
Don't see it if Once you have the concept, the play goes on a little too long. Frenzied staging detracts from measured acting. Serious but not stodgy.
See it if Three hander exploring racism, homophobia & general suspicion of the different among us but also incorporating every urban woe.
Don't see it if Characters confuse own points of view & sometimes shout over each other. Play’s intent somewhat unfocused & not original.
See it if Explores topic of passive & obvious forms of racism through experiences of three family members.
Don't see it if If play had stayed focused on the family”s need to act as though their world was fair & their reactions to the actual, it would be stronger
See it if An entertaining evisceration of the modern angst over portraying the real Thanksgiving in a grade school play. Talented cast.
Don't see it if The real damage done minority culture gets lost in silliness but the play speaks some truth and is great fun.
See it if A 65 minute monologue on memories & pain told by a character who can’t decide if it’s important enough to examine. Odd, sly. Well performed.
Don't see it if Our protagonist doesn’t care if you like him & many did not. Performance piece rather than play. Would morph depending on who acts in it.
See it if Attempt at revisiting 60’s protest era gets the details right but not the heart. But happy to see a young audience & they loved it.
Don't see it if If you want the truth of that movement you won’t find it here. Shrill acting, shallow characterizations. Plot reveal is contrived.
See it if A conundrum on power in a Texas town in the 60’s. Riveting Brian D. Coats. See in tandem with “American Son.”
Don't see it if a reworking of a story too often repeated in race relations is not for you. Fills two hours with some challenging dialogue.
See it if A violent & funny denouement of the aftermath of a possible crime. Intriguing & edgy.
Don't see it if Actual and implied violence occur along with plenty of crude language. Could use a bit of editing but characters are oddly compelling.
See it if Who gets to establish the rules in American society? If a play could rectify wrongs, life would be fair. It isn’t & this play examines how..
Don't see it if ...everyone and/or no one is complicit. Maybe a bit cliche, but also plenty to ruminate on. Good acting.
See it if A walk down memory lane with exhortations to keep up action somehow evinces disappointment rather than power. Includes audience talk circle.
Don't see it if If Gloria Steinem is not someone you respect, you may be irritated. Show is kept fresh with up to date topics.
See it if Pleasant production about a teen & his mother missing his father, his emotional need for a superhero & the one he finds.
Don't see it if Unfortunate, thin characterizations, banal lyrics & changes of range that do not improve the melodies keep this musical from being memorable
See it if Intense two-hander evolves from romance to drama in tightly plotted 70 minutes. Achingly sensitive as lovers try to understand each other.
Don't see it if Very emotive and well done, but occasionally the messages, important as they are, overwhelm the interplay between actors.
See it if Classic Irish theater, remarkably well-observed characterizations, every human emotion & historical, too in under 2 hours.
Don't see it if All the actors have Irish accents but the language is so lyrical that a few missed words hardly matter.
See it if Carnal, blistering adaptation of Miss Julie. Lots of symbolism.
Don't see it if Heavy-handed, melodramatic interpretation hampered by unintelligible and/or hit-or-miss accents. To be fair, some of the audience loved it.
See it if A poignant, honest look at a family dealing with the scourge of senility with love, dignity & humor and the most perfect cast anywhere.
Don't see it if Not everyone likes drama to contain such realistic issues, but the play encompasses all the emotions a family feels. My favorite Lonergan.
See it if Story of difficult diplomacy involving women protagonists replete with ambition, role playing & modern realities.
Don't see it if Serious stuff. Drags a bit midway, then picks up pace for satisfying resolution.
See it if A not always successful combination of Toscanini’s struggle against fascism/with love punctuated by interludes of gorgeous music played by
Don't see it if ...six remarkable musicians. If you don’t like classical music you won’t enjoy. Music is more compelling than drama but different & moving
See it if A plot set in a halfway house, where redemption can mean getting back to outside life or working through the underlying issues.
Don't see it if Still in need of editing & some pivotal characters are not yet fully realized. Somewhat cynical use of feminism.
See it if The stresses of transition from college to working life interest you, particularly how social relationships morph as situations change.
Don't see it if This effort’s millennial focus is applicable to other life changes but may seem too self-conscious. Good script, a bit overacted.
See it if Heartwarming portrayal of love & heartbreak set in NYC’s gay lifestyle of 1971-1980. Every line is milked for a range of emotions.
Don't see it if 2 tiny caveats: wish Michael Urie did less Harvey Fierstein & more himself (but is still great) & Jack DiFalco is now too old for role
See it if ...dysfunctional family where mother gets the blame is interesting. Stockard Channing is, as always, very good.
Don't see it if Maybe you haven’t seen this particular play, but you have seen this dynamic before. Several superfluous characters add little to action.
See it if Honest treatment dealing with disappointment - in plans, in dreams, in belief structure - for young individuals & perhaps for America.
Don't see it if Lewiston is a bit hollow, although Connor character is compelling. Clarkston’s tension, with excellent performances, is palpable.
See it if Loneliness takes on depth when applied to particular situations in the two Koreas. Small stories almost overwhelmed by intricate staging.
Don't see it if The Tory is a drama wrapped in glistening technology. Remember that at denouement. Also, be aware some of the technology & music is loud.
See it if A joyous, if rueful, story of Broadway gypsy’s hopes & dreams, as they climb or descend or hang onto their aspirations of fulfillment.
Don't see it if It’s the same show you saw 40 years ago, so nostalgic, some dialogue no longer shocks, some singing shrill but the audience was thrilled.
See it if A strong solo performance running through all emotions & packing quite a punch. What may seem like rambling isn’t..
Don't see it if A play that unfolds slowly, bit by bit, & is a solo performance is not your taste.
See it if Well constructed story of the chipping away of a young woman’s identity through minor, major &/or personal incidents. Brave portrayal.
Don't see it if There is frank talk & some action around sex, race, nudity & other inappropriate social behaviors, telling a very personal journey.
See it if A modern memory piece of overlapping losses, told from 5 characters points of view. Overtones of Our Town.
Don't see it if Confusing time lines. You have to stay focused, but with capable staging & actors, you will.
See it if Title says it all: a memory piece that is fluid & supple & honest. How we each deal with pain. Strong cast; Quinlan outstanding.
Don't see it if Timeline may be confusing. Otherwise real & emotional appreciation/exploration on personal, accessible scale. If there’s a talkback, stay!
See it if An intimate look at a family torn during the Irish troubles. Lots of stage action & plenty to watch, understandable Irish accents.
Don't see it if Advance notice made this out to be the best drama all season but it’s a story we’ve seen before writ large, adding polish not substance.
See it if Attempt to humanize Joan of Arc through retelling of story through her mother’s eyes. Starry actors.
Don't see it if Somehow this script or the acting trivializes rather than humanizes, painting in sweeping pastiche rather than individualized anguish.
See it if A story of misunderstanding among American cultures with a few cliches in otherwise creative storytelling & inventive staging.
Don't see it if Not quite on a par with earlier work (Men in Boats) & some confusing inclusions but may get ironed out during previews.
See it if Cabaret-style irreverent memory piece, multilayered emotions about (in this case) gay love in a fraught time. High scores even in preview.
Don't see it if Music is American songbook in style - if that or story concerning gay partners is not your taste, you may not like it. But I think you will!
See it if It’s the gorgeous music you know on a bare stage so you must focus on the story which is not as saccharine as you may recall.
Don't see it if But acoustics & projection make much unintelligible, there’s little chemistry between lead actors, & Laurie's dream ballet is just weird.