See it if The cast are all very good. Better than the story, really.
Don't see it if It feels like a 1930's B picture (with some cursing thrown in) - it's fun but not essential viewing.
See it if You like intense procedurals. You like diverse casts. Or plays about racial justice. Or military plays. Honestly: just go see it; it's great
Don't see it if There's some cursing and a few gunshots. Otherwise this is well worth your time.
See it if It's the Cole Porter songbook, performed in a fun, New Orleansy sort of way.
Don't see it if You've heard Sinatra, Ella, & every other damn singer sing these songs. Harry's great, but it's tough to give a new take to them.
See it if It's professional magic. If you like that sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like. Many different kinds of magic are on display
Don't see it if You don't like magic? It's not must-see, but it's a very fun evening.
See it if Boy is this one tough to write. Dandy really puts his all into this, but it just didn't work for me. It's well-thought out & fervently acted
Don't see it if but he has sort of an insecure ringmaster affect to his voice that was off-putting. And the story was weird but not interesting. Not for me
See it if It's truly fantastic burlesque - the singing, dancing, juggling, aerial work, etc are all top drawer. It's delightful start to finish.
Don't see it if You don't like burlesque or bawdy humor. You need your Nutcracker to be traditional; this very much isn't.
See it if You like dialog-heavy minimalist theater. The acting is good enough to largely make up for it, and the writing mostly warrants their skill.
Don't see it if The set is barely there, so don't see it if you're looking for flash. It's fun but not life-changingly good. Worth it as a cheap ticket.
See it if It's best to think of it as 2 interconnected 1 person shows. They're both great&inform each other. It's masterfully done. You should see it.
Don't see it if There's drug use, some blood, and references to violence. But unless those things are prohibitive for you, this is worth your time.
See it if Fantastic acting by everyone involved. It's got maybe the best set I've ever seen. Raises but doesn't answer questions of elder care.
Don't see it if It's (intentionally) a skosh confusing. And it'll trigger you if you know anyone with dementia or Alzheimer's.
See it if Everyone sings, dances, and acts their hearts out. Gary Busey is Gary Buseying at varsity levels (though he only barely sings) & having fun.
Don't see it if Sadly, the play just isn't very good. See it if "Gary Busey is God" is a description that intrigues you, but don't expect a modern classic.
See it if The live jazz is great (I raised my score 5 points because of it), the set is well-designed, and the story is interesting.
Don't see it if It's also confusing, all over the place, longer than needed, & left unresolved. I liked it, but it's eminently skippable unless you <3 jazz.
See it if It's a 90 minute monologue about blowjobs. With jokes. You know based on that whether you want to see it or not. It was...ok, I guess?
Don't see it if Feels like something being workshopped for a stand up special or a dirty TED talk. It winds up ALMOST-but-not-quite succeeding as either.
See it if The clever writing is the draw here; both of the actors are excellent, but the text is exceptional.
Don't see it if Some of the bits about cancer are hard to hear. Don't see it if you need a big cast or impressive staging; this is a minimalist production.
See it if It's a seldom-produced Shakespearean epic with no doubling. It's very well done. It's a good company with good actors. Go see it.
Don't see it if There are a LOT of characters and they can be a little tricky to keep track of, but unless you need impressive sets or male actors, see it.
See it if Some of the singing is good, though the songs themselves aren't great. Weird dystopic/New Age vibe. Might be of appeal to someone. Not me.
Don't see it if The cast are good, but the play isn't. It's not exactly BAD, but I wish I'd stayed home instead of going. Learn from my mistake.
See it if It's 3 unrelated vignettes. It's more funny than serious, but the middle piece in particular will make you think.
Don't see it if There's a lot of multimedia that really adds to the experience, but if you're opposed to watching tv at the theater, you might object.
See it if You're a Kids in the Hall fan or you just like intelligent comedy accompanied by deliberately mediocre (but funny) songs.
Don't see it if Unless you SEVERELY hate Canadian accents or intelligent comedy, there's no real reason to skip this.
See it if You like the movie or musicals generally. This is a great deal of fun and there's not a weak link in the cast. Ride the elevators afterward.
Don't see it if It's a man taking a job from a woman and that feels problematic. The play acknowledges the problem and it didn't kill my enjoyment, but YMMV
See it if If you see only one play about sex toys this year...make it one you enact yourself with actual marital aids. This is a bit of a mess, TBH.
Don't see it if It's slightly misogynistic. It was had to hear 2 of the actors. I didn't care about 2 of the 3 characters and actively hated the 3rd. Avoid.
See it if It's got sword fights and sex and palace intrigue and war and French monarchs. It's well written and acted. And it's fun. Go see it.
Don't see it if There's a LOT of plot and no staging to speak of. This is a minimalist production, other than the costumes.
See it if It's something of a celebration of people fighting to change the system. But it's very much preaching to the choir.
Don't see it if It feels like a college lecture much of the time, and not in a good way. I thought I should be taking notes. The characters are clichés.
See it if It's a somewhat touching meditation on friendship and love in adversity.
Don't see it if There's a fair bit of implied violence & it's intense. If you heard "women in prison" and thought "Shannon Tweed," this is not for you. :)
See it if It's basically a John Hughes movie turned into an SF musical. The characters are fun/feel honest, songs are good, and the cast is having fun
Don't see it if The love interest is VERY manic pixie dream girl; I liked the rest of it in spite of her, but your mileage may vary.
See it if You like Chekov, or just plays with well-defined (but mostly unpleasant) characters. It's very funny and very well done.
Don't see it if There's a gunshot at some point, so avoid if that's a concern.
See it if You like recontextualized classic musicals - a sweet tale of Okie love becomes something modern, dark, & relevant. Also there's free chili
Don't see it if You want a typical Broadway musical - the singing is top notch, but there's limited dancing and almost no set to speak of.
See it if Bit of a swing and a miss - they're trying to do something new (audience chooses who plays what role, though I think it was decided already)
Don't see it if It's...fine. It's well enough acted and staged, but you've seen better Midsummers. splitting the woods/mechanicals scenes didn't work for me
See it if It's sort of like if the Shining starred cell phones and was awful. The only positive I have is that the staging was sort of impressive.
Don't see it if It's a mess; loud, confusing, & projected onto screens by cameras that can't adjust to shooting bright cell phones. It tries hard. And fails
See it if It examines power and gender dynamics in mixed race couples in a way that I've never seen addressed before. It's got a fantastic monologue.
Don't see it if There are depictions of sexual violence and relationship breakdowns that *I* found very very difficult to watch. YMMV. It's very good.
See it if It's an ancient tragedy rewritten for modern times. It's well-written and acted by a cast having the time of their lives. Go see it.
Don't see it if You don't like Bruce Springsteen songs or shows with the most minimal of minimal staging. Otherwise this is one to see.
See it if Each half works as an independent play, but they REALLY need to be seen together. Fun special effects, good story; if you like HP, see it.
Don't see it if There are a couple plot points that don't go anywhere, but it just works. Only don't see it if you don't like fantasy.
See it if It's VERY well written, the stage is fantastic, it's fairly short, and it's cheap.
Don't see it if The acting isn't 100% there. It's a game cast, but you could see some of them ACTING in a way that was distracting. Overall worth seeing.
See it if It's not super well acted or written. It's a bit confusing and relies a lot on coincidence and magical events to move the plot forward.
Don't see it if You have anything else to do. This is not a fun night. It's 80 min that feels like 2 hours.
See it if It's a classic-style musical. Fun characters with a lot of singing (and no dancing). Everyone needs change and finds it.
Don't see it if The set is pretty minimal. The story is fun & thrusts at depth, but some of the emotional work feels unearned. Well worth your time, though.
See it if You even vaguely like David Byrne, Talking Heads, or live music. I'm only a moderate Byrne fan & was blown away by the music & choreography.
Don't see it if He doesn't do Psycho Killer. That comprises 100% of my complaints with the show. You need to see this.
See it if There's a plumber who reads Shakespeare, a Shakespearean prof who grows weeds, & a teenager who might be a sociopath tied to a chair.
Don't see it if That's a glib description, intentionally. It's thought-provoking and surprisingly nuanced. I didn't like them, but I feel like I knew them.
See it if The evolutionary reasons for religion are of interest or you want to understand why some people believe and others don't. Also? Sick rhymes.
Don't see it if You hate rap, are a creationist, or can't abide Canadians on principle. It's very entertaining and will likely make you learn something.
See it if At first, some of the acting seemed obvious, but it became clear that the character was being phony. It's open and messy and honest. See it.
Don't see it if Protagonist isn't overly likeable, the nudity/language aren't going to be to everyone's tastes, & it fails the Bechdel test. But it's great.
See it if You want to learn about how we shape and are shaped by culture. You like science and rap. You like (mild) audience participation.
Don't see it if You don't like rap or would prefer not to learn anything at the theater. Honestly, this is good, even though he NEVER mentions PE or Run-DMC
See it if LBJ is a fascinating bastard. He's shown here going from idealist to broken man. It's well done and important to see, but it's a sad arc.
Don't see it if It's intense, dry, & has a lot of cursing, racist language, & violence in it. Lots of flubbed lines. Cox is great, but I didn't buy his LBJ.
See it if It's clever mind-reading "magic" that he partly explains. He's funny and charming.
Don't see it if It's a long, very well done mentalist act - if that's not your cuppa, avoid. Also avoid if you hate gorilla suits (not that you'll see them)
See it if It's the sort of story that really only works in theater - 5 characters who're caricatures but feel fully realized, at a significant moment.
Don't see it if There's some violence in it and some cursing, but really there's no reason to not go and enjoy. It's very good.
See it if Beautiful language and fine acting in a nice space. It's not an amazing play, but it's a good one.
Don't see it if It's depressing. It (spoiler alert) breaks Chekov's rule. This is a seldom-produced for a reason play, but worth seeing once. Esp. here.
See it if You like Shakespeare, Kennedy-era period dress, or simply good acting. It's maybe the most woke Shakespeare play &this is a great production
Don't see it if Honestly, aside from it being outside in the summer, there's nothing to dislike here.
See it if It's a Holocaust play where the Shoah is a definite presence and motivator, but not the only thing.
Don't see it if I've spent a few days trying to decide if Hannah's a hero or a misguided idealist. I'm still not sure, but you should find out for yourself.
See it if You already know if you like this story or not. Their Juliet is great; almost everyone else in the play is at least very good. Worth seeing.
Don't see it if No AC in the theater, which detracted from our enjoyment. There's a very brief nude scene, so avoid if that's not your cuppa.
See it if It's an off-Broadway musical that's clearly got ambitions. It's well acted and the songs are catchy. If you like light musicals, see it.
Don't see it if It's longer than it needs to be and the story is sort of a mess; it's entertaining enough, but it's not essential viewing by any means.
See it if You want a short but intense play that feels longer than it is in a good way.
Don't see it if It's a little creepy, I guess? TBH, while this isn't essential viewing, it's very good, & if you think you might want to see it, you should.
See it if You like the movie, puppets, or anything gothy. It uses projection and lighting and puppetry in fun ways that serve the story.
Don't see it if There's no breakout musical number. That's the only thing keeping it out of excellent territory; the songs are all good, but none stand out.
See it if Don't. Just don't. There's some fun gogo dancing in the beginning and a nice aerialist bit at the end, but everything in between is bad.
Don't see it if It's weirdly right-wing. It's painfully slow (65 minutes have never felt longer). It has no intermission, but people still left. Avoid.
See it if It's a straight-ahead musical about a kid with a dream who makes good in the business of show. And it has the doctor from Star Trek:Voyager.
Don't see it if It's a good example of the breed, but if musicals don't do it for you, this won't change your mind.