See it if you’re a fan of the film who’s open to a musical adaptation with new (though maybe too much) material. 👵🏻 Rob McClure is brilliant.
Don't see it if you don’t like large ensemble musicals with pop/rock scores*. The production is currently in previews ahead of its December 5th opening.
See it if you want to see a feminist adaptation with some great performances 🧛🏻♂️ (Hamill and Dukes - excellent, Curran and Saldivar - wonderful).
Don't see it if you’re a sexist Gothic purist.
See it if you want to see two stage actors (Acton and Porter) in top form, performing a Gothic ghost story play-within-a-play.
Don't see it if ... not as spine-tingling as I’d hoped, however what it may lack in suspense is more than made up for by the two performances.
Also (POSSIBLE SPOILER?) the title role leaves much to be desired.
See it if you’re a Broadway fan. Alessandrini’s writing features so many clever and comic lyrics you’ll wish you could remember them all!
Don't see it if you can’t appreciate parody. This is a harmless send-up of the current and recent Broadway seasons.
See it if ... Jelani Alladin is outstanding. Krysta Rodriguez, wonderful. Alan Menken's score (featuring 5 great new songs!) is as excellent as ever.
Don't see it if you can't get over the community theatre aspect of Public Works: a beautiful pageant of 200+ professional and community performers!
See it if you want to be bewitched by Tony-winner Katrina Lenk (who makes it look effortless) and if you need more music in your life. (You do.) 🎻🎺
Don't see it if ... I can’t think of anyone I wouldn’t recommend this to.
See it if … Ethan Hawke is excellent. Paul Dano subdued and understated (which mostly pays off in the second act). Music/sound design also excellent.
Don't see it if Sam Shepard, estranged brothers, and sibling rivalry aren’t for you.
See it if you want to see a small new musical with a great big heart ... featuring wonderful, funny performances and great barbershop harmonies!
Don't see it if you’re not looking for 75 minutes of lighthearted fun peppered with puns and NYC humor.
See it if you are interested in theatre history/like a good "showbiz drama"/are a fan of Janet McTeer.
Don't see it if you don't want to wonder at least once during the performance if they had to cast an ensemble to match McTeer's height 🤔 ...
See it if you're interested in an adaptation of an 18th century French comedy. The cast's handle on the clever verse is impressive.
Don't see it if you're not about that rhyming couplet life. Ives' infrequent contemporary references seem to happen by default.
See it if you want to see a fantastic cast of 7 in a new musical with a GREAT score, chronicling three generations of a Jewish American family.
Don't see it if you don't want to kvell.
See it if you're looking for a quintessential Broadway musical. This is American musical theatre gold.
Don't see it if you don't want to catch yourself laughing and smiling for 2 ½ hrs.
See it if you want to see this three-hander superbly acted. The first major NYC revival of an Albee play since the playwright's passing.
Don't see it if you don't like Edward Albee or are uncomfortable with sensitive topics/adult themes.
See it if you want to experience an art installation in an interesting format. Unique storytelling ... but not a theatre piece.
Don't see it if you're expecting a theatrical performance.
See it if you appreciate a REALLY well-constructed new play.
Don't see it if you don't like dark British comedy. The action is contained, but unlike some other reviewers, I did not find the play slow.
See it if you are a fan of - or are curious about - Beckett. Dianne Wiest is exceptional. Another rarely-done play given life at TFANA!
Don't see it if Beckett bores you. True, the middle of the (much shorter) second act is "slow" ... but that's inherently Beckett: tedium is essential.
See it if ... a rare opportunity to see a classic of the American theatre examining humanity and the human spirit. Brilliant costumes. Incredible set.
Don't see it if you can't bring your sense of humor to a convention-breaking play dealing with humanity's Biblical struggle through Ice Age, flood, and war.
See it if a voyeuristic Hitchcock-meets-MACBETH choose-your-own-adventure set in 1939 entices you. A sensory theatrical experience like no other.
Don't see it if you cannot open yourself to the experience. You may wish to avoid if you are uncomfortable with darkness, nudity, or are unadventurous.
See it if you like jukebox musicals or hits from the '50s and '60s. A wonderful Off-Broadway production full of "girl group" charm.
Don't see it if a colorful, campy musical revue of '50s and '60s pop is not for you.
See it if you are a fan of the score or a fan of Director Hal Prince.
Don't see it if a remount of Prince's 1982 staging doesn't appeal to you. Some delightful moments, but on the whole, an out-of-date production.
See it if an ultimate "power play"/battle of the sexes featuring masterful performances piques your interest. Provocative, absorbing, and gorgeous.
Don't see it if you can't handle aristocratic sexcapades or a play adapted from a 1782 novel.
See it if you are a fan of these plays/playwrights. The ONLY thing unifying these one acts is the playwrights' time in residence with Signature.
Don't see it if … THE SANDBOX was great, DROWNING morose and ineffective, and FUNNYHOUSE OF A NEGRO was like watching someone's poorly executed nightmare.
See it if you're taking children who appreciate theatre and fairy tales and can disassociate this from "the Disney version."
Don't see it if you can't appreciate the "let's put on a show" mentality. Charming but amateur and stagy.
See it if you're looking for an inspired production - expertly acted and cleverly designed - of a comedy that passes the test of time.
Don't see it if you're looking for a serious drama.
See it if a youthful, cozy production with sonnets set to acoustic guitar is your style. Accessible, enchanting, and FUN!
Don't see it if you prefer your Shakespeare served in a doublet and hose.
See it if you're looking for outstanding performances in an incredibly original, unconventional Broadway musical with a beautiful score.
Don't see it if you're looking for a conventional musical.