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Reviews (53)
45
Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Quirky, Overrated

See it if ...oh, don't see it. Sutton is wrong, wrong, wrong, and the direction is terrible. A few good performances but that's it.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fresh, smart production of this play. This one's not it.

90
Resonant, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Moving

See it if you're interested in a smart and moving musical about extended family and different kinds of love. Still emotionally effective after years.

Don't see it if you want a traditional, old fashioned musical, or if you don't want to be emotionally moved.

45
Clever, Cliched, Disappointing, Banal, Indulgent

See it if you just want a chuckle. Or you want to see la Lupone. In a bad play.

Don't see it if you want any nuance or truth or... well, anything. So many super-talented people went so wrong with this one.

75
Ambitious, Intelligent, Resonant, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if you want a glimpse at the backstage drama of putting up a drama. Very inventively staged.

Don't see it if you want clear, linear storytelling. The theatrical techniques used were much more compelling than the actual play.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Original, Slow

See it if you want to see fantastic acting, beautiful writing and staging of a play in which little happens, but many little details are revealed.

Don't see it if you want a lot of plot or a lot of action, or if you don't want a slow play with a long running time. This one demands your attention.

65
Ambitious, Cliched, Confusing, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you only care about hearing Idina sing her lungs out.

Don't see it if you expect anything either honest or resonant. It's a lot of psychobabble BS.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a fantastic performance by Langella, and an interesting play that puts you inside the experience of a man with dementia.

Don't see it if you're not prepared for an intense and painful drama.

70
Disappointing, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in an intelligent, historically and biographically based play about Oscar Wilde, with a good performance by Rupert Everett

Don't see it if you're looking for a masterful production. The play is better than this production shows, and the Bosie is particularly weak.

65
Confusing, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you like ambitious, unusual immersive theatre with some interesting ideas and committed performances.

Don't see it if you want a clear story or plot that you can follow, or if you're impatient with long, sometimes indulgent movement sequences. Hit and miss.

75
Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you're interested in an inventive new approach to a great classic American play, with terrific performances.

Don't see it if you're interested in Miller's original intent. Van Hove's concept implies that the witchcraft in the play is real, contradicting the text.

75
Entertaining, Great dancing, Funny, Delightful, Great choreography

See it if you like sexy Fosse-style choreography and great songs.

Don't see it if you were a fan of the original production (like I was). This one is a pale imitation, and by now is VERY tired.

90
Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Moving, Great singing

See it if you like AMAZING performances, and a heart-felt story told in a moving and entertaining way.

Don't see it if you like spectacle (the production is effectively stripped-down) or if you require perfect dramaturgy - the show itself is somewhat flawed.

70
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Intelligent, Dizzying

See it if you like experimental, non-linear and non plot-driven theatre.

Don't see it if you want your musical theatre to be clear and linear and "entertaining."

50
Disappointing, Overrated, Thought-provoking, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in complex plays with big ideas, and are patient with inconsistent performances.

Don't see it if the level of acting is important to you (the leading performance was quite weak), and you like your plays well crafted.

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Resonant, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if you're interested in a very smart reimagining of a familiar musical, told in a way that brings new resonance and emotional weight to it.

Don't see it if you're a purist, and you're not open to a new interpretation of this musical.

65
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you've got tremendous patience for indulgent, not terribly skillful avant-garde performance.

Don't see it if you like your "non-traditional" theatre performed with more skill both on and off the stage.

95
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you're looking for a smart, entertaining, engaging play performed by two astonishing actors. A fascinating piece of history told brilliantly

Don't see it if you like your theater simple and undemanding, or if you're offended by strong sexual situations or nudity.

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in a slow, simple play with some fantastic acting and a story that unfolds naturally and slowly.

Don't see it if you're not able to be patient with a play that is small and simple, and which doesn't state its themes obviously.

70
Entertaining, Romantic, Overrated, Epic, Great singing

See it if you want middle-of-the-road entertainment that is not challenging or thought provoking.

Don't see it if you're looking for any depth in story-telling, or great craft in the writing, which is often simplistic and cliched.

70
Clever, Great staging, Fluffy, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like pretty costumes, jokey lines and big, splashy production numbers, in a show beautifully crafted for young people.

Don't see it if you're expecting anything deep, thoughtful, or nuanced.

75
For a previous production
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you like a beautifully crafted bio-musical, with great music and performances

Don't see it if you're looking for something deep or profound. This is fairly paint-by-numbers, though well done and entertaining.

80
Great staging, Refreshing, Enchanting, Great writing, Great singing

See it if you want a fresh, intelligent take on this classic musical. True to the original yet completely new in its approach.

Don't see it if you're looking for a radical reinterpretation of the show.

80
Great staging, Original, Resonant, Enchanting, Must see

See it if you like beautifully staged musicals that engage the audience's imagination, and create many moments of genuine theatre magic.

Don't see it if you're not ready to give into it. The show isn't perfect, and will only really satisfy if you see it through the open heart of a child.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if You want to see a beautifully acted, intelligently directed production of this masterpiece of musical theatre.

Don't see it if You're looking for a traditional "Fiddler," or one that pushes on the funny. This is a deeper, quieter "Fiddler."

80
Clever, Great staging, Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if You want a good laugh and lots of entertainment for clever, dazzling songs and a witty book.

Don't see it if You want much depth or substance. This is a night of fluffy entertainment.

85
For a previous production
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in a well written, directed and acted play about relationships between a group of young women.

Don't see it if you want a play with easy answers.

85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a smart, engaging play that deals with complicated issues in a gay relationship, with excellent acting.

Don't see it if you want a play with a traditional narrative structure, or traditional staging.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you want a smart, thought-provoking drama that makes you look at our world in new ways. Fantastic play and production.

Don't see it if you're squeamish about violence.

75
Original, Intelligent, Ambitious, Disappointing, Resonant

See it if you want to see the legendary Chita in a fantastic performance, and an ambitious if imperfect new musical.

Don't see it if you want a perfectly crafted musical - this one is ambitious but sometimes misses the mark.

75
Great writing, Intelligent, Resonant, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to hear a very personal story from a master theatrical storyteller.

Don't see it if you're expecting perfection. The performance is a little stilted, the stories don't add up to enough.

65
Disappointing, Great acting, Insipid, Overrated, Raunchy

See it if you only care about seeing a dazzling leading performance, and nothing else.

Don't see it if you want any intelligence or artistry in the writing or production. Jokey and obvious and not truly substantial in any way.

85
For a previous production
Ambitious, Great staging, Epic, Relevant, Original

See it if you're interested in a fascinating story, based on history, about artists creating in an atmosphere of social and political oppression.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to go on a complex, challenging journey, or if you're disinterested in a thematically complicated piece of theatre.

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Riveting, Great singing

See it if you're interested in a powerful albeit painful story of sexual abuse, and abuse of women. Compelling expose of a tragic situation.

Don't see it if you're looking for "entertainment." This is a dark, challenging story that's well done but hard tough.

85
Entertaining, Great staging, Refreshing, Absorbing, Great singing

See it if you're interested in a classic Greek myth retold in the style of a folk opera, with terrific music and performances.

Don't see it if you want a story that is complex or particularly nuanced, or a traditional musical. This one is pretty unusual.

65
Disappointing, Great choreography, Slow, Confusing, Good performances

See it if you like Audra (IF she's in the show), and fantastic choreography and dancing. A few other very good performances as well.

Don't see it if you like a well-crafted show with a deep, meaningful book. This one is unfortunately a pretty average back-stage musical story.

85
Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like this delightful, old-fashioned show, and are looking for very strong performances of this charmer.

Don't see it if you want a show that's particularly deep or complex, or if you're looking for innovative staging. This is old-fashioned entertainment.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're interested in a smartly written, well staged and acted play that uses the techniques of Shakespeare to tell a contemporary story.

Don't see it if you're not interested in the British royals.

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Funny, Great dancing

See it if you like light, fluffy, funny old-fashioned musical theatre.

Don't see it if you like theatre with any substance at all.

85
Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you're interested in a fresh, dynamic new staging of a familiar play, staged and acted beautifully.

Don't see it if you're a purist and not interested in new interpretations of this classic play.

70
Hir
Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious, Disappointing, Original

See it if you're interested in strong writing and very original ideas.

Don't see it if you like nuance in performance - two of the four performances were over the top and undermined the power of the play.

85
Relevant, Resonant, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like thought-provoking, socially important musical theatre, told with skill and heart.

Don't see it if you like musical theatre fluff, or if you're not open to its complex lessons and messages.

60
Funny, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated, Raunchy

See it if you like watching naked boys and silly musical numbers.

Don't see it if you want anything with any depth or substance.

70
Great dancing, Entertaining, Romantic, Disappointing, Great singing

See it if you like beautiful dancing, good singing, and a light, romantic story.

Don't see it if you're interested in nuanced acting or storytelling. This one is strictly entertainment, and there's not much beyond the singing and dancing

75
Clever, Great staging, Intelligent, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if you want a thoughtful show for young people, with really great staging and original writing, and a strong female protagonist.

Don't see it if you want a musical for young people which is formulaic and simple - this one makes you work a little.

75
Ambitious, Original, Riveting, Absorbing, Great staging

See it if you like a unique experience that literally draws you into the action, where you observe as a voyeur and your experience is really up to you

Don't see it if you are impatient with oblique plots, confusing story points, etc., or if you're not up to the physical experience of following it around.

85
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you want to see a very intelligent and moving new musical, with beautiful performances and some of the freshest writing on Broadway in years

Don't see it if you like musicals that are strictly entertaining, as this one challenges you to think and is darker in themes than many others.

90
Great staging, Intelligent, Original, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in a unique experience, one that engages you and requires you to be a true participant.

Don't see it if you expect clear, linear plots or aren't willing to give yourself over to the experience.

85
Raunchy, Hilarious, Clever, Entertaining, Resonant

See it if You want to see a super-funny, well written and staged show that is also, ultimately, also surprisingly moving.

Don't see it if You're offended by anything. Because this show tries, and succeeds, and offending everyone.

70
Cliched, Overrated, Entertaining, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want an entertaining night of theatre and a story that is formulaic but still entertaining.

Don't see it if You're looking for nuance in writing, performances or staging. The score and book are cliched and unexceptional.

85
Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You like smart, dazzling staging that puts you inside the experience of the play's protagonist and gives you a unique view of his world.

Don't see it if You require excellence in playwriting - it's a little formulaic in its execution.