See it if you've never seen Picnic before and want to do so where you can watch the actors up close. Skinner and Patterson give the best performances.
Don't see it if you want to see a perfectly cast production or you're uninterested in dated material that doesn't argue for its relevance. Two intermissions
See it if you're fluent in French and want to see a pretty straightforward staging or if you're familiar with the play and want to see it in French.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy low-budget downtown theater or reading supertitles. You need good sight lines at all times and dislike hard folding chairs.
See it if you enjoy network TV procedurals that present big issues through the simplified lens of individual experiences. You like sparse staging.
Don't see it if You like above average acting and you don't have the patience for a show without much to say that still goes on for almost 2 hours.
See it if a nontraditional site-specific show that approaches Russian history and religion in an irreverent, anarchic way sounds exciting.
Don't see it if a three hour production all the way out in Greenpoint that is vulgar, sacrilegious, crass, juvenile in humor, and meandering sounds hellish.
See it if you want to see some character actors make the most of the material they're given and want to do the playwright's interpretive work for him
Don't see it if a few amusing moments and decent costuming won't make up for a cliched, derivative play that has nothing to say, new or otherwise.
See it if you like more intimate productions and revivals of work that's relevant and charming but very much of its time. Great songs. Lovely set.
Don't see it if you're expecting Broadway quality vocals, performances, production, etc. It's charming and sweet but not vital or dynamic or exciting.
See it if you like smaller musicals about human beings with complicated, if undramatic, lives. You like ensemble shows and great music.
Don't see it if you dislike ensemble shows and small stories. You need all the story lines to be wrapped up at the end. You don't like seeing the musicians.
See it if you can go with friends and not take this show seriously at all. Tear it apart later over drinks. Make it an inside joke.
Don't see it if you're expecting a really deep exploration of the Divine Comedy or religion/death/spirituality. You get offended at cultural appropriation.
See it if you want to be entertained by some adorable maggots and over the top shenanigans. The set is gorgeous and the material is winning.
Don't see it if you hate child actors and busy (colorful, kinetic) productions. You can't suspend your disbelief & go along with where the story takes you.
See it if you love Sutton Foster and you're OK with seeing a production that mostly works. It also helps if you love this show.
Don't see it if you love this show and know it well and it would bother you to see it hampered by a smaller production and some weak direction/choreography.
See it if you're familiar with Gorey and want to see an intimate take on what he was like as just another human being.
Don't see it if if want to learn a lot about Gorey or see something really exceptional in terms of theatre.
See it if you like audience interaction and you'd like to see a holiday concert that combines Western and African musical traditions.
Don't see it if audience interaction makes you uncomfortable, you don't like sing alongs, and you need a story.
See it if you understand what you're going into and you want to see an old-fashioned musical with some great dancing & none of that problematic stuff.
Don't see it if you're expecting more than that. This isn't a show that's making a statement or trying something crazy or impressive or new.
See it if you've never seen this show before. I loved the way it was staged with the foam blocks and the cast was fantastic, particularly the ladies.
Don't see it if you don't like neurotic types. You're expecting a great deal of character depth.
See it if you want the storytelling of Jersey Boys with the female friendships of The Marvelous Wonderettes and a lackluster original score.
Don't see it if you want to be challenged. I admire all the awesome female energy behind the show but the material was convoluted and too safe.
See it if you want to hear a smart, funny comedian talk about his life and depression for a little under 2 hours. It's a great night out.
Don't see it if You can't find the humor in mental illness and depression. Also, if you sit in the first row, he may make eye contact or engage with you.
See it if you want to see two great actors bring some interesting new musical theatre work to life and you are very patient.
Don't see it if you can't stay focused for 2 hours and 10 minutes of three wildly different musical monologues.
See it if the idea of an a capella musical written and performed by earnest theatre majors sounds appealing. You like simple, serviceable music.
Don't see it if you're expecting something as dark and incisive as Side Show. Or if you don't like simple romances without much depth or conflict.
See it if you like crime stories and trying to figure out mysteries. You like plays about affairs and their attendant drama. Fantastic set.
Don't see it if you don't like dark material. You don't like plays that try to do too much and then fail. Kernels of brilliance, ultimately banal.
See it if you like stories about chefs with family drama and/or plays about illness/death and acceptance/grief. Diverse cast. Great set. Solid acting.
Don't see it if you don't like plays where characters monologue to the audience. You don't like plays full of watered down cliches.
See it if a one-man show that starts like a Ted Talk and transitions into a radio play sounds enjoyable. A sound-based play trying something different
Don't see it if you don't want to wear headphones for 2 hours with no intermission. A John Smith story with noble savage mysticism sounds played out.
See it if you love Sean Hayes. You lean towards agnosticism. You enjoy humorous plays on Broadway that are more like stand up or nightclub acts.
Don't see it if you're expecting something terribly biting or insightful. If you're very religious, it could offend. If you're not, it's a bit weak.
See it if you enjoy seeing people try things and really want to support young, less experienced creators and performers.
Don't see it if you enjoy shows that are actually good and dislike shows that are not. Also, don't see it if you're not a patient person.
See it if you enjoy amazing gospel and rock & roll singing and guitar and piano. You want a funny, entertaining, and occasionally moving night out.
Don't see it if you need a strong book. This is a jam session with a smattering of story. Also, avoid it if you don't like 2 person shows with a static set.
See it if you enjoy straightforward stories about how families and communities can react to outside pressures. A talented company of actors. Good book
Don't see it if Low budget staging with tables and chairs. Interstitial staging between scenes weak. You don't like mood singing during plays.
See it if you love country music. You'd like to see a diverse cast of "sinners" who were left out of shows like Bright Star. Fantastic score.
Don't see it if you hate actors playing instruments. The second act drags for plot reasons. Might work better with stronger, older actors. Abstract lyrics.
See it if you enjoy fabulous productions of average material. It was hilarious and the performances were great. It was handled as well as it could be.
Don't see it if you don't like simplistic yet convoluted morality tales. It's hard to say where this goes wrong. It just doesn't pack the punch it should.
See it if you thought Honeymoon in Vegas was hilarious but wished the music and lyrics were dumber. Decent vocals and lots of dancing. Not a bad cast.
Don't see it if you thought Nick Bottom was incredibly annoying. You don't like repetitive songs that seem endless. You expect a Scrabble show to be clever.
See it if you enjoy very flawed shows with gorgeous singing and costumes. The cast was very talented and I'd like to listen to the score again.
Don't see it if you can't appreciate the good parts of flops. This show is a mess of any princess story from Grace Kelly to Diana to Anastasia.
See it if a folk, pop, retro jazz/soul score sounds like a good time. Be, Gray, and Page are unique voices we need in musicals. I loved the experience
Don't see it if performed in the round/actors moving through the audience. You prefer more lavish sets/choreography/costumes. The book is a little muddled.
See it if you're a theatre buff or love opera. This is a great history lesson that happens to be intimate, charming, funny, and beautifully sung.
Don't see it if you hate amplified opera. Or if you need a big flashy, glamorous production. The costumes have improved but the choreography is lackluster.
See it if you enjoy Shakespeare and Broadway classics. Cariou has thoughtfully curated both elements and his performance is that of a true star.
Don't see it if you're expecting something revolutionary. This is more of a twist on a nightclub/cabaret act.
See it if you want to see Gideon Glick and Lindsay Mendez give very capable performances. You enjoy watching people dance at weddings.
Don't see it if you don't want to wallow in someone else's misery over being single. There's no insight and there are no solutions.
See it if you want to see three excellent actors grapple with this material. You like artificial, meta thought experiments over personal, real stories
Don't see it if you don't enjoy modern morality plays. If you're already "woke" this play will just get a bit tedious as it problematizes without solving.
See it if you like investigating flawed material. Bashor has shades of Benanti and sings beautifully. Hardworking ensemble. Bogart charming but flat.
Don't see it if This is unquestionably a flop score. Actors SO STIFF. High school blocking. Vulgar but inoffensive. Sexual w/o heat. Priest is too obvious.
See it if you love the Rockettes who shine in the 2nd half. Danny Gardner is a delight. Kacie and Lilla are game. Costumes & set. Big orchestra.
Don't see it if you can't stomach the bad SYTYCD choreography in the 1st half & cheesy script. Policy allows photos during the show. Very little diversity.
See it if you want a quirky indie YA approach to mental illness and sexual assault. A retrograde neurotic male lead from an 80's-90's teen movie.
Don't see it if sudden loud noises (e.g. shouting & banging around the set) bother you. 2h45min is too long for you. You like specific, meaningful dialogue.
See it if you appreciate smart writing doing interesting critical work. Williams and Woodard are particularly strong. Racial issues handled deftly.
Don't see it if The ideas sometimes seem more effective than the play itself. Much 4th wall breaking. Family/death content can be cliched. Slightly miscast.
See it if Audra gives another beautifully rendered performance. AMAZING tap dancing. Clever costumes. Great lighting. Smart, funny dialogue.
Don't see it if Tells instead of shows. Lack of character development. The affair story line is weak. Some sound issues. But heck, see it anyway!
See it if This is an incredibly well-acted production of a very good play from a relatively new writer. It's long but doesn't drag too much.
Don't see it if I applaud the attempt to address this subject and tell this story exclusively from a female POV but the script isn't remarkable, just good.
See it if Benjamin Walker. He has so much charisma in this role and is totally present in every scene. Great renditions of pre-existing pop songs.
Don't see it if PB has millenial ennui & a romance plot to make him more sympathetic. It muddles the original material. Poor choreography. Mediocre songs.
See it if you're interested in classics made accessible. Solid performances, especially from Gabriel Ebert. Surprisingly funny and easy to follow.
Don't see it if you hate nonlinear storytelling and sparse staging. You don't like allegories about the self and morality/religion. Refreshed, not new.
See it if you have nostalgia for the squeaky clean version of the 50's-60's. The Wonderettes "sparkle" and there's no question that they're marvelous.
Don't see it if This is a concert strung together with bits, not a play. But if you love this music, it's very enjoyable. Two audience participants.
See it if Harrower seems to have the best grasp of Una at 12. When Williams taps into her, the play comes alive. Natural, not romantic or sensational.
Don't see it if Williams uses a weird voice a lot. Both actors choose to stumble over their lines. No confidence in any aspect of execution. Mild language.
See it if you hate reading. You would be completely entertained just seeing a show in a church. Lots of people took photos before the show.
Don't see it if you could stand just reading the original stories. There is nothing to the lighting/sound. The acting is bland and amateurish. I left early.
See it if The music. So many gems. Cute costumes. Charming and funny if lacking depth and understanding of material. Worthwhile for theatre buffs.
Don't see it if you want a perfect show. This production also struggles with tone and direction. The performances are just OK. Weak choreography.
See it if you're a fan of Nico. He's good. You want to provoke a conversation about the subject. With low expectations, it's funny. Solid, not boring.
Don't see it if offended by a bit of language and drug use. You want fully realized characters with coherent arguments. Lots of cliches. Mixed messages.
See it if Costumes on point. Dual portrayal of Amal is worth watching. You like cheesy family dramas and soap opera romances. Practice your French?
Don't see it if you like reading. After Act 1 I predicted it was a book adaptation. It's a weak one. Projections as set. You're tired of dementia plays.
See it if You like 1930's-1940's movies full of wit and banter about morality that touch on gender roles. You like drawing room plays performed well.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a slight play extended with two intermissions so they can change the set over. The show was good but it still dragged.
See it if you want to hear a good score, mainly reminiscent of Lucy Simon but borrowing from many places. You like musicals about religion and/or art.
Don't see it if you like musicals about people. Carlo was erratic. Fabrizio was shallow. Older characters are Disney villains. Acting was distractingly weak