See it if you are ok being confronted with difficult questions about morality and your own belief system, you are open to exploring ambiguity
Don't see it if you are triggered by descriptions of or conversations about pedophilia and pederasty, you're looking for a feel-good piece....this is not it
See it if you are interested in often overlooked aspects of American history involving immigration, you want to see some amazing acting.
Don't see it if you want to see something that's a bundle of laughs, you don't have patience
See it if you like old-fashioned Christmas shows, you want to see something short and sweet that gets you in a holiday mood.
Don't see it if you're interested in something plot-based with an actual story, if you are already over Christmas and Christmas musice3
See it if you enjoy intense two-handers, stories about young love (or what passes for love), plays that introduce lesser-known aspects of history.
Don't see it if you are triggered by someone saying "Heil Hitler," you don't have the patience to sit through a gradual, subtle unfolding of character.
See it if you have a familiarity with the subject matter and you want to see a solo actor engage in a stunning feat of making the senseless make sense
Don't see it if you need a story arc, any sort of cohesive plot, or even actual recognizable characters. I would consider this intellectual experimentation.
See it if you want to see two masterful actors playing off each other flawlessly, if you appreciate difficult topics being addressed unflinchingly.
Don't see it if you want to keep everything light and fluffy, if you'd rather pretend that racial trauma and generational trauma are not a thing.
See it if you can deal with pitch-black dark comedy, you are ready for some masterful and nuanced acting dealing with difficult topics, you love MLP.
Don't see it if you are triggered by sexual abuse, grooming, pedophilia, or anything like that. If you are expecting something lighthearted and fun.
See it if you like Camille A. Brown's work, you are interested in movement-based theatre
Don't see it if you are expecting something plot-based, or even character based. This piece is often characterized as a choreo-poem.
See it if You’re interested in political maneuvering, meditations on America’s troubled history, you love Austin Pendleton.
Don't see it if You’re not in the mood to listen to people talk…it is A LOT of talking.
See it if You enjoy plays that ask you to consider the grey shades of right and wrong.
Don't see it if You need to escape from the gruesome reality of this political moment. This play forces you to consider true uncomfortable individual choice
See it if you like seeing actor-centric work. These are three clearly accomplished artists plying their craft. The nuance they capture is amazing.
Don't see it if You are triggered by infidelity. If you are annoyed by long scenes or a lot of talking that demands you actually pay attention.
See it if I saw it because I read the review in the New York Times and because I am interested in one-person shows. I was disappointed on the whole.
Don't see it if You are triggered by suicide, strobe lights, direct address to the audience, incoherent plots, unnecessary fixation on vaginal penetration.
See it if you're interested in theatrical adaptations of works of literature, you think that it's important for black authors to receive wider regard
Don't see it if you are turned off by implied violence, you are triggered by systemic racism, you can't follow non-linear timeline action, you want comedy
See it if you are interested in seeing one character play two different characters, but not very well. You are interested in the implications of PTSD
Don't see it if you need fireworks and special effects. This is literally two actors talking onstage for 90 minutes. Some of it is interesting.
See it if you are a fan of classic works reimagined, if you want to see some really fine acting, if you feel lost and want theatrical commiseration.
Don't see it if you hate direct address and/or audience involvement, if you value action over discourse, if you hate Chekhov to begin with.
See it if You like theater based in realism where characters explore relevant issues like abortion, women's relationships with their bodies, power
Don't see it if you don't enjoy moral quandaries. Definitely don't see it if you are rigid in a solidly pro-life stance.
See it if you want to support more mainstream theater that celebrates diverse stories, if you like seeing fresh young talent onstage
Don't see it if you are bothered by sex, sexiness, smart black women, queerness, etc etc.
See it if you enjoy the artistry of solo shows, you are interested in the current conversation about the fluidity of borders
Don't see it if you need bells and whistles, you want something with an actual cohesive story-- this show is more vignettes falling under a topical heading
See it if you do not care about plot, like, at all.
Don't see it if you have control issues or you absolutely need things to make sense. You don't want to risk being showered with sand.
See it if you are interested in historical drama, the Holocaust, how history can teach us lessons about the present and the future
Don't see it if you need razzle dazzle. The play is pretty bleak with a simple set and not much in the way of bells and whistles.
See it if you like intimately staged Shakespeare, you like Shakespeare at all-- because this production is exceptional for an off-off Broadway space.
Don't see it if you want some distance between yourself and the action, you don't want to travel to Queens, you are tapped out on watching Shakespeare
See it if you are interested in fresh takes on Shakespeare, you find teenage angst compelling
Don't see it if you mind walking up 4 flights of rickety stairs to see a show, you're expecting polish, you prefer your Shakespeare to be traditional
See it if you like three-tissue family dramas, you want to support Asian-American playwrights and actors
Don't see it if you are triggered by plays dealing with cancer, a parent's imminent death, 12-step programs and alcoholism, incontinence. Lots of triggers.
See it if you're interested in the different ways people express and work through their trauma, you want to see some grade-A acting across the board.
Don't see it if onstage sex acts bother you, if you are turned off by 12-step programs, you don't like to listen to a lot of talking about hard stuff
See it if you are into fever-dream, magical realism where seals can be women and every hotel room looks exactly alike except for where the bed is.
Don't see it if You need a clear-cut linear plot with fully-fleshed out, well-rounded characters. You are turned off by implied drug use.
See it if you are interested in timely productions that deal with current events, you like strong female protagonists
Don't see it if you need flashy theatricals. This show is a lot of talking about a lot of complex subject matter.
See it if you want to watch beautiful people doing amazing things with their bodies, you enjoy spectacle, you have a sense of humor
Don't see it if you're lame, you hate people who have muscles and no body fat, you're scared of sexiness
See it if you like to see casts of kickass women onstage, you like queer-centric stories, you have a silly side, you have a crush on Lea DeLaria
Don't see it if you're solidly homophobic, you need a linear plot that makes perfect sense, you hate when actors break the 4th wall and talk to the audience
See it if you are interested in experimental theatre, you have deep abiding love for either of the works being used, you don't mind weird.
Don't see it if you prefer straightforward, linear plots and ideas; you don't want to have to think too hard;
See it if You like fairly straightforward family tearjerker type stuff. Might appeal to fans of the TV shows Parenthood and This Is Us
Don't see it if You’re looking for anything groundbreaking. If you’re triggered by people dealing with cancer or dementia
See it if you like character-driven, dark comedies dealing with interpersonal relationships, you have a love-hate relationship with your sister.
Don't see it if you are scared of examinations of mental illness and suicidal tendencies, you are offended by casual sex, you hate millenials.
See it if you are titillated by long, drawn-out seductions; you are a fan of Tennessee Williams and/or William Inge; you like to listen.
Don't see it if you want more action and less talking, you are opposed to gay romance, you get bored when nothing happens
See it if you love witty word-play, jokes coming so fast that you miss a dozen if you spend a second trying to figure out that last one.
Don't see it if you have no patience for rhyming, witty or not, you are looking for depth or sincerity, you are annoyed by period pieces
See it if you enjoy fresh, timely theater that examines what is happening in our world now. If you are ready to laugh and cry at the same time.
Don't see it if you don't want to watch characters confront dark, complicated emotions. If you are turned off by anything having do to with shootings.
See it if you love Joshua Jackson. He's just as charming as always. Or if you are a champion of the underserved and underrepresented.
Don't see it if you have a short attention span or need pacing to move quickly. If you are made uncomfortable be people struggling to overcome obstacles.
See it if you like fresh takes on old stories, you enjoy seeing good work produced on a shoestring budget
Don't see it if you're expecting to see a recreation of the movie "Troy," you prefer when classical text stays classical
See it if You're in the mood for light-hearted escapism that requires zero thinking, you love music from the 50s and 60s, you don't care about plot.
Don't see it if You desire depth or realism, you have an aversion to bright colors and high pitched squeals/screeches, you get bored with repetitive jokes.
See it if You enjoy devised theatre informed by real-life interviews, you want more information about the Syrian refugee crisis.
Don't see it if You prefer plot-based and scripted theatre, you're in the mood for a comedy.
See it if you enjoy seeing American classics reworked and reimagined in ways that may or may not serve the script, you think weird is good.
Don't see it if you prefer more straightforward treatment of the classics, you think directors should leave well enough alone
See it if you enjoy absurdist elements in your family dramas, you're into weird wordplay or child abduction mysteries, you love Laura Ramadei's acting
Don't see it if adults playing kids bothers you, if you have an aversion to cramped or uncomfortable seating, you like metaphors to make sense.
See it if you enjoy challenging and potentially disturbing theater, you are a fan of the book, you want to see how much worse it can get.
Don't see it if you are negatively affected by bright, flashing lights. I am incredibly surprised that they didn't have a warning about this in the lobby.
See it if you have an interest in how the human mind works. You are fascinated by mentalists, psychic manipulation, hypnosis, the power of suggestion
Don't see it if you're expecting a play or something involving a plot. This is much more akin to a magic show involving lots of audience participation.
See it if you enjoy comparing ancient Greek epics to modern-day conflicts, if you don't think cohesive plots or linear story lines are important.
Don't see it if you tend to tune out when there is no driving action on stage, if you prefer concrete characters.
See it if You enjoy seeing classic works modernized and reworked. You are interested in a marriage between opera and musical theatre.
Don't see it if You are an opera purist. If raunchy, broad humor bothers you. If you are looking for subtlety or realism.
See it if You like intimate spaces and/or Shakespeare in modern dress. See it if you want to get up close and personal with Austin Pendleton.
Don't see it if You are sensitive to tight, uncomfortable seating. If you dislike poorly executed Shakespeare. You can't tolerate shows over 3 hours long.
See it if You are dying to see Glenn Close in sparkly robes and turbans. If you love Andrew Lloyd Webber. If you aren't looking for huge spectacle.
Don't see it if You expect any actual depth or real human emotion. If all you can afford is a super-far balcony seat. This would have been better up close
See it if You want to see a fresh take on women's rights and how different women fought for them. This is shockingly relevant, considering.
Don't see it if You are bothered by sapphic love, non-traditional casting, and bare-bones production values. The set is non-existent.
See it if you are into irreverent, historically-inspired musicals. This musical is not for the faint of heart-- murder, sex, infidelity, power grabs.
Don't see it if You are bothered when you don't have a clear sightline 100% of the time. The seating is flat because it's being staged in a church.
See it if You enjoy dark, dark comedy. This is typical McDonagh-- funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. The actors are amazingly specific.
Don't see it if Your ears are lazy and you don't want to have to decipher heavy Irish accents. Family violence, abuse, and in-fighting turns your stomach.