See it if Funny Bye Bye Birdie reworking where B'way stars invade IN over Lesbians attending Prom will inspire tolerance. Good but too familiar to wow
Don't see it if Another High School musical with emotionally juvenile hayseeds & cheap at-the-dance epiphanies will have you longing for more original fare.
See it if You have time for plenty of nothing. A mordant, despairing MC Hall wanders an empty space describing his losses, while mocking his audience.
Don't see it if 70 minutes is more than plenty of nothing. You got no time, got no interest and won't "get it." Not as devastating or as funny as Beckett.
See it if There's no difference btwn a thug & an unprincipled politician when creating a need for unwanted protection. Raul enlivens the monster-bully
Don't see it if Didactic theater of ideas has U chasing an early exit. My row left. It's a well-observed analysis & satire of tyranny that remains prescient
See it if Grandmother's senility as loving family suffers comically is the death watch you must see for the acting. Dull naturalism well acted by May.
Don't see it if The inherently sad situations feel like you're trailing behind actors while they read phone texts. Protracted/repetitive and not enriching.
See it if A naive factory owner dealing with strikebreakers and disloyal family/friends is novelty enough for a well-mounted pot-boiler in midsummer.
Don't see it if A boulevard play with telegraphing exposition & 3 acts of secrets will keep U from undergoing early Hellman in the shadow of Hammett's style
See it if Exciting staging and powerful singing put the swagger back in a truncated Carmen Jones. Anika Noni Rose is a terrific lady in red.
Don't see it if Culturally sanitized (transposed to 40s Chicago) with the Best of Bizet and homespun lyrics is not your idea of a blood sport Gypsy Carmen.
See it if Status quo LGBTQs, seen from a Transgender POV, are obligated to fight for their rights. It's a Trans-genre play: contrived sitcom & polemic
Don't see it if Comedy attempting to skewer the rank & file for not being PC & empathetic will leave you unassuaged. Wants to be Wilde; settles for harried.
See it if This time around, powerfully sung, diversity infused, Carousel, about love surviving suffering, is all U need. Appealing but lacks ingenuity
Don't see it if Professional production suitable for any small opera company feels languorous. Long dance pieces are cumbersome without any narrative drive.
See it if Lunacy by way of Joyce, Tzara and Wilde will help U define the artist's role in society. Positively, Mr. Hollander? Absolutely, Mr. Numrich!
Don't see it if Fin de siecle is an Irish stage name or you're not a fan of silly wordplay. It's a lively play where every word is of importance, Earnestly.
See it if A life seen in three ages (hopeful, resolute & diminished) will illuminate our indomitable need to thrive. Exquisite acting/revival of play.
Don't see it if You care nothing for watching unrivaled artistry. Jackson proves her legendary status, Metcalf cunningly prevails and Albee roils the mind.
See it if Lorca allegory of Spain reduced to domestic drama with fetching/retching actors will feel modern to you. Piper impresses, adaption did not.
Don't see it if Staged behind glass Natural History Museum Diorama with voices heighten by mikes is not "live" theater. It felt preserved in Pandora's jar.
See it if Zoo Story, on our dehumanized society, will feel vital after slogging through "Homelife." Finneran saves home, Sparks brings the animal home
Don't see it if 2 2-character 1-acts jawing about isolation will have you wanting a snooze on 1 of the benches. Absurd naturalism is for patient audiences.
See it if A couples' attempt to battle with their unconscious behavior will have you exploding with laughter. I think that's the point. Not certain.
Don't see it if 70 mins., a few jokes from fine comedians aren't enough for the money spent. If only Martin would add 10 mins. & write a satisfying ending.
See it if Slapstick calamity building to the annihilation of cast/crew/setting is your idea of lowbrow fun. Obvious, silly and good fun for any age.
Don't see it if At B'way prices a show must be literate, moral and true. The play is a lengthy sketch with many comic payoffs delivered by qualified fools.
See it if Road-to-Hell is paved by selfish Mothers & self-loathing. Wringing dark laughs out of unfinished family business dampens emotional response.
Don't see it if Dealing with dementia and moving a parent to a nursing home isn't funny no matter how well-acted. Difficult subject is deftly directed.
See it if Drawing room drama in two time periods of a wealthy family shows you we are built for joy and woe. Juxtaposition of time incites the action.
Don't see it if Smartly structured play built for character revelations but not story will have you clocking the time. Well-acted but even better direction.
See it if After caring for their dying father 5 siblings discover being an adult is staying grounded and wanting to fly. Not as fun as it wants to be.
Don't see it if A whimsical pantomime approach to death, aging & childhood will leave you befuddled. Even Tinker Bell would find this Pan too airy fairy.
See it if A "Dream" with elderly spirits & wrestling lovers shouldn't forgo Will's music for musical comedy hard sell. Obvious fun, but not ethereal.
Don't see it if U feel "Dream" doesn't need shtick but invention & subtle interpretation "that give delight, and hurt not." Comedy that clobbers is a pain.
See it if Watching the foxes spoil the vines is why you attend the theater. Salve, the Reginas, who know how the earth must be eaten so you'll watch.
Don't see it if A well-written melodrama is two intermissions too many. It's a full night of good vs evil with memorable scenes and a set that gets applause
See it if Winston becoming an unperson by the Ministry of Love will shock you off your screens. Violent stage adaptation is real horrorshow good.
Don't see it if You are squeamish or easily tripped up by plays within plays. This is a brutal, creatively staged piece of agitprop designed to assault you.
See it if In a floating empty stage unadorned by pageantry you can enjoy Sondheim's music without a wave of distractions. Fine singing fills the stage
Don't see it if All you remember from the original production was Aronson's genius scenery. There is no see in the middle of this sea but score soars again.
See it if A beautiful pop score well-sung is enough to get through the twee antics of Amelie. Movie was visually original; show is colorful but dull.
Don't see it if You hated the movie. Musical did not enhance the absence of interest in the main characters and the love story flounders. Nothing engages U.
See it if Time spent with a self-absorbed actor planning a tour will amuse for 3 hours. Coward plays without great comic bits should be forced to tour
Don't see it if You expect the Kevin Kline of his manic years. He's playing it too real & the farce never gets frantic/fun. Present mirth needs re-gifting.
See it if Contented couples hearing the call of the wild help U realize you've given up your animal nature. Tomei makes this unconvincing fluff flow.
Don't see it if Albee absurdity mixed with magical realism & stagy sexual scenes will puzzle you.Transcendence isn't everywhere; just in Ruhl's imagination.
See it if Newfoundland 9/11 incident is worthy of a gander for all its stomping hospitality. May warm hearts though cheerfully inconsequential drama.
Don't see it if Calculated uplift lacks the poetry to turn quirky/quaint into lyrical/profound. I remained grounded as the airplanes. This is not Local Hero
See it if Short-stories in depression era flophouse enhanced by beautifully sung Dylan songs will redeem your faith in musicals. Original & affecting.
Don't see it if Discouraged folks in a quiet hamlet shouldn't sing & dance. It moves tunefully through a modern Calvary where redemption isn't always joyous
See it if Love requires self-respect walking in heals or fighting in bunny slippers. Play is too sitcomy at heart, but there's heart enough to enjoy.
Don't see it if One-liners, on the sleeve dialogue & telegraphing emotions challenge credibility for U. Cast plays as if to a 2nd balcony across the street.
See it if Rural Irish life laced with a Steinbeck & Waltons sensibility make it all "Grand" for 3+ hrs. Fine dialogue & a large talented ensemble help
Don't see it if Padding & pandering make it too popular. Play is both tragic and triumphant in final minutes...when did the Irish ever see "God so quickly?"
See it if Janet McTeer can do no wrong even with muddled material. Beautiful sets and fine acting struggle against academic approach to Hamlet/Cyrano.
Don't see it if Anachronistic ideas in 19th century theater are not satisfying/convincing. Verbose! Every scene beats a dead horse harder than Richard III.
See it if Lovely Lerner/Lane score minus half its book is enough to revive ESP bodice-ripping tale that still isn't very clear. Enjoyable 60s relic.
Don't see it if Musical of kooky smoker in love with hypnotist who's in love with who she once was is proof that nothing dates faster than a musical. Silly!
See it if Tabloid worthy story of tragic fate told with intense understated verve by Mulligan is the shopworn recovery tale you want to hear again.
Don't see it if Gruesome tale told with a MeToo-men-are-to-blame spin (in an often inaudible accent) is little more than invective laced with schadenfreude
See it if A quality family show full of every stage trick/scenic effect in the book is better than a quidditch match. Cast/production earns high marks
Don't see it if A day with the muggle hordes is why U won't line up at amusement parks (even for the bathrooms). You'll wait for Godot; not more of Harry P.
See it if A pipe dream is your umbrella & courage is required to exit perdition. Nice ensemble of Barflies & Whores who can't escape their delusions.
Don't see it if 4 hrs of O'Neill's well-observed truths & predilections will feel like a lifetime of nickel whisky squalor. Denzel shines but lacks menace.
See it if Shaw's great work should be as cheaply mounted as R&H's "Cinderella" at a High School. Call in The Maid of Orleans to clean up this mess.
Don't see it if Joan's visions include Children's Theater costumes and a set ordered at Blinds To Go. Detrimental empathy sets in early at this table read.
See it if Monolithic play of injustice upon minorities will play with your cognitive distortions of America. See it for the acting, not the production
Don't see it if 8 hours of political/social diatribes & caterwauling scenes will wear you out. Even with a discount, don't see it all in one day. Too Much!
See it if Sumptuous MFL without star wattage will satisfy. Show/cast is first rate, but wouldn't it be loverly if it had its own spark of divine fire?
Don't see it if Why can't a musical be more like a play? Because more reality isn't, "Lot's of chocolates for me to eat." Worth seeing. It isn't done in.
See it if An extended rant on the privileges denied a white student applying to college is worthy of your sympathies. Preposterous Liberal fodder.
Don't see it if Tiresome PC characters arguing the inarguable without a satisfying or ironic resolution is just a childish drama posing as a comedy.
See it if Taking responsibility for a nuclear accident due to rising waters will encourage U to stop consuming more. Well-acted kitchen sinking drama.
Don't see it if 3 people rehashing their past while you wait for "secrets" is the very definition of tedium. Dull, static, should-have-been a one-act bore.
See it if The visit of an Egyptian band to an Israeli town will fill you with the sounds of romantic longing. Lovely and moving show expertly played.
Don't see it if Your idea of a musical is garish designs infused with hyperactive music. This modest show plays to the gentle cadence of small town life.
See it if Attempts to bridge ideologies in his heart/home brings a sorrowful loss to a liberal Anglo-Irish landholder. Overstuffed with contradictions
Don't see it if U aren't interest in British/Irish Colonialism or the pre-history of The Troubles. Play is a Chekhovian tapestry of life during occupation.
See it if A high-concept, well-acted Hamlet with an ensemble of 9 is this year's shoestring hipster plaything. Isaac gets to rant in his underpants.
Don't see it if An overly humorous Hamlet that fails when it needs to be heroic isn't worth attending despite great acting. If only it lost all its mirth.
See it if You'll surrender to Moore's bemusement/trumping of authority. It's funny but his "every-man-triumphs" memoir isn't, "Waiting for Lefty."
Don't see it if U want quick comic bits with a rousing call to arms against "The Man." This political talk/game show is a protracted preaching to the choir.
See it if Suicide in a life without change is a fait accompli or just Fatalism for Dummies. Grim play is all pretentious banter between unkind people.
Don't see it if Humor derived through forced illogical concept and ridicule is a Twilight Zone episode for sadists. Unsatisfying and poorly argued polemic.
See it if Reopening her once slammed door, Nora will discover why she slammed it in the first place. Metcalf & Company elevate the verbose material.
Don't see it if Domestic squabbles in a boxing ring will wear you out from all the no equivocating stances. Argue less (in a comedy) and we'll smile more.
See it if An inventively staged aggressive musical involving a charming misanthrope won't keep repeating on you. It's a fast crawl to a better 2nd act
Don't see it if U suffer from motion sickness (turntables in constant motion) or a fondness for less is more storytelling. Andy Karl once calm becomes cool.
See it if A funny, dated satire of upward mobility will convince U we are all connected by proximity/desire. Play still provokes but fails to move.
Don't see it if You aren't able to imagine a time before the Internet or ubiquitous cell phones. Story is improbable today but entitled kids haven't change
See it if It takes a woman with great comic timing to joyously bring a classic musical to life. Great cast of prized hams make this: Bette-r than Cats
Don't see it if Playful, spritely company in well-mounted production will pull you out of the depression you so richly earned paying too much for Hamilton.
See it if The rebuilding of a man's spiritual house will put you in awe of creation. Excellent direction implants story ideas better than the script.
Don't see it if Watching simple lives crumble is too Inge for U. Tracy tries to manifest the sublime but lets us down by retreating into domestic strife.
See it if An empty space concept that crushes the play's lyricism and blatantly ignores the script (Laura is crippled) is all that's needed to be arty
Don't see it if Elephant Man contortions alongside Mantello's mannered acting will remind you of a sideshow. Fall in love with long distance and leave early
See it if Huckleberry Finn told with country songs improves Twain's comic tale of fellow river travelers in an era of racial discord. Muddied waters.
Don't see it if Faithful to a fault with excessive narration runs a musical aground. Show occasionally soars but most songs just repeat what's understood.