See it if You enjoy the Christmas classic and are ready for a new version, you enjoy carols with your Christmas stories
Don't see it if You have hardened your heart against A Christmas Carol.
See it if You appreciate naturalistic acting. You enjoy drama with more character and emotion than plot.
Don't see it if You need plot and action. You don’t want to spend time with white middle class artistic types. You need an intermission every hour.
See it if If you speak Yiddish and can follow without superscripts; you want to see every type of Fiddler production
Don't see it if You cherish the score - the lyrics in Yiddish don’t flow as easily as English. You want subtle acting - this is played very broadly.
See it if You like thought provoking theater that also entertains.
Don't see it if You don’t want a show that addresses race in America from the point of view of a person of color.
See it if You want an entertaining show with great music, super dancing and a really talented cast.
Don't see it if You don’t like Motown (who ARE you?) or hate jukebox musicals no matter how well crafted.
See it if You’re interested in a show that combines the political and the personal in an entertaining and moving way.
Don't see it if You’re a misogynist. You want an outright comedy, a big cast, a straightforward narrative.
See it if You want to see some extraordinary acting and exquisite staging
Don't see it if You did not like long shows. Investment bankers scarred you for life. You don’t like innovative staging.
See it if You like to see new original musicals; you’re really a fan of Alice in Wonderland (book, not movie)
Don't see it if You don’t like pop scores; you like coherent plots; you aren’t at all familiar with Alice in Wonderland
See it if It’s pretty much a must-see drama of this season. All performances are great but Elaine May is extraordinary.
Don't see it if If you’ll be triggered by portrayal of dementia and family’s response.
See it if You are interested in journalism; the issue of literal vs larger truth; are a fan of Jones, Radcliffe or Cannavale (all are terrific)
Don't see it if Despite the topic, it’s extremely funny and flies by at 90 minutes - unless you want a musical, I recommend it
See it if For Carey Mulligan’s performance. I was riveted throughout. It’s both funny and heartbreaking.
Don't see it if If you’re not adept at non-posh British accents, don’t like solo performances, or could be triggered by drama.
See it if Beautiful singing by leading cast. Stunning choreography, thrilling dancing.
Don't see it if You don’t like classics or singing more operatic-style than modern shows; even exquisite dance bores you: domestic abuse triggers you
See it if You love a beautifully melodic old fashioned score; you don’t want loud and frantic entertainment.
Don't see it if You’re bored by classic musicals or you have set ideas about how MFL should be produced.
See it if It’s an evening of extraordinary acting and thought provoking drama (not without some humor.)
Don't see it if It’s talk without action. If that doesn’t appeal, make another choice.
See it if Rylance fans and fans of Baroque music will love it. It’s staged beautifully, sung w/o amplification, and candlelit. Unusual and lovely
Don't see it if Don’t expect a well-written play, despite a great premise. Avoid if you can’t enjoy Baroque countertenor singing.
See it if Essentiallly an alternative folky concert telling a story. But wonderful singing and creative movement/choreography and lighting.
Don't see it if A true story about falling in love and fear of death sounds indulgent or too intimate for you. You want Broadway type music or hate folk.
See it if You’re looking for a fun, all-out singing and dancing show. Female lead cast is very good.
Don't see it if You won’t like a show about teenagers or a message about bullying and self-esteem wrapped up in the fun.
See it if You liked Kate Hamill’s S&S. It’s an irreverent take on Austen that stays true to (but modernizes) the themes and emotions of original.
Don't see it if Not for Janeite purists. Be prepared for gender blind casting, silliness and modern music.
See it if You enjoy immersive staging or just creative staging; you enjoy new and different musical scores; you support innovative theater.
Don't see it if Immersive theater annoys you; traditional musicals are your preference.
See it if You love Shakespeare and enjoy new takes that give you new insights into classic plays
Don't see it if You want period dress and sets. The production doesn't mess with text but has virtually no set or costumes. And it's almost 4 hours.
See it if You enjoyed Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility. You are up for a modern, funny, offbeat version of a literary classic.
Don't see it if You're offended by productions that take liberties with classics.
See it if You appreciate a classic musical, revived with care and love. You want to smile through a show from overture to curtain call.
Don't see it if You only like modern musicals. This is traditional but delightfully old fashioned.
See it if You enjoy thoughtful but humorous drama. If you liked The Humans, you might enjoy this. Funny but points of view explored sympathetically
Don't see it if You're offended by the idea of a modern exploration of a classic
See it if You are a fan of Hwang or Tesori, you want to support new musicals, you are prepared to think about how Westerners treat Asian cultures
Don't see it if You’re a Trump supporter. You don’t like politics in musicals. You want a coherent plot driven show.
See it if You enjoy the show. It’s a wonderful small scale production in which every element is perfect. Everyone has fun, including the cast.
Don't see it if You don’t like comedic musicals. You have a fear of dentists. You only enjoy large scale musicals.
See it if You are interested in ambitious new American plays. You want to laugh, be moved, and be moved to think.
Don't see it if You’re a homophobe, you don’t want to invest in a longer play (2 of them.) there’s lots of laughter but it’s not a light entertainment.
See it if You want an eye popping spectacle with lovely singing and energetic dancing. Amazing staging, great performances.
Don't see it if You want a score by one composer, not a mix of various pop hits. You aren’t into extravaganzas.
See it if You’re ready to see Oklahoma! as if for the first time. You love American musicals.
Don't see it if You can’t get the image of the film version out of your mind (and ears.) Be ready for rockabilly style and simple effective staging.
See it if You appreciate original musicals with scores that don’t sound like show tunes and great orchestration. You like innovative staging.
Don't see it if You want a feel-good show (although this is electric.) You aren’t interested in a book based on myths.
See it if You want a traditional type of musical that’s very funny.
Don't see it if You want something innovative. You’re hypersensitive re gender issues.
See it if You’d enjoy a unique one woman show that brings you from laughter to tears over and over. Phoebe W-B is a brilliant writer and performer.
Don't see it if You’re uncomfortable with graphic talk about sex; you don’t like one person shows; you want straightforward narrative
See it if Acting is uniformly impressive, Sorkin makes story resonate without being preachy
Don't see it if Don’t like long plays (almost 3 hours), not interested in issues of race, are TKAM purist (it does adapt the story a bit)
See it if Large cast of superb actors and all the characters are vivid, fully drawn, and give voice to the many aspects of Irish independence movement
Don't see it if There’s humor but it’s pretty serious and emotionally draining. Irish brogue could be difficult for some in audience.
See it if Timely reminder of how women’s participation in politics has (and hasn’t) changed; Falco’s performance is extraordinary
Don't see it if There’s lots to think about but it’s not a neatly wrapped package. If you want straightforward drama maybe this isn’t for you.
See it if You enjoyed the film, like rom-coms and pop music, want light entertainment
Don't see it if Don’t like pop scores (this isn’t a good one) want a thoughtful or challenging book
See it if It’s an American classic, beautifully directed and acted. And there are laughs! It’s not all grim.
Don't see it if You’re triggered by depiction of AIDS, you’re not ready to commit hours to a show.
See it if The performances are all wonderful but Billie Piper is unforgettable. Unique staging (as always for Armory). Fascinating modern adaptation.
Don't see it if The issue of infertility is a trigger for you. You’re looking for light entertainment.
See it if An entertaining modern fairy tale. Staging is lovely if not innovative. Singing uniformly excellent. Entertaining for kids and adults.
Don't see it if Fairy tales bore you. You prefer classic musicals to modern ones. You’re expecting innovative staging like Lion King.
See it if Acting, direction and staging were excellent. It moves at a brisk pace and holds your attention. Evils-of-capitalism theme is eternal.
Don't see it if It became more didactic than entertaining for me somewhere in the second act. I wanted a new take on self-interest vs compassion and equity.
See it if You support new musicals with original scores. Beautiful use of Middle Eastern musical styles. and moving theme of power of music.
Don't see it if A slip of a plot but moving characters. Miss it if MidEast peace is touchy for you. 90 minutes without interruption.
See it if You want to see some excellent comedic acting and have an evening of laughs.
Don't see it if You like straightforward plots and traditional comedy. It’s non-linear and absurd.
See it if Unbelievably beautiful singing by Kelli O’Hara and Patrick Wilson, and Robert Fairchild’s dancing is swoon-worthy.
Don't see it if You’re bothered by a thin plot/book, lots of dancing, 1947 melodies and somewhat operatic singing.
See it if Set, lighting and costume design are delightfully creative. The actors give it their all, and look like they’re having a great time.
Don't see it if Second act drags a bit (but I saw first preview so expect changes). Score is uneven (by multiple musicians, so no wonder.) Still, great fun!
See it if It's a fun, pop-score musical with imaginative staging, an excellent cast and stand out performances by Andy Karl and Barrett Doss.
Don't see it if You're a curmudgeon who hates musicals. You dislike being entertained.
See it if You have a child who's already seen Lion King, Aladdin, Wicked etc; You want a preview of a touring show/community theater production
Don't see it if You're expecting a visually or musically creative show. Sets inexplicably minimal and music (other than songs from 1960s film) forgettable.
See it if It's a marvelous showcase for fine acting by a talented cast. The play has held up very well and is still relevant today.
Don't see it if Drama and traditional, "well-made plays" don't appeal to you. There are darkly funny moments but it's definitely a drama.
See it if Lupine and Ebersole are worth seeing (and hearing) under any circumstances. Also if you are interested in costume design this is a feast.
Don't see it if Don't expect any depth to the characterizations of Rubenstein and Arden, who are worth more attention. Don't expect a lot of dancing.
See it if Philippa Soo is the only reason to see this show. Her clear, sweet voice is always a pleasure.
Don't see it if It isn't terrible, but it isn't good. Not sure why anyone put so much work into this: what were they hoping for? It's entirely forgettable.