See it if you want to see this genuinely groundbreaking (in 1981) play pared down a bit, with first-rate actors, a peek of skin, & a fiery scene or 2
Don't see it if you're not up for a slightly dated story with a little too much stagy speechifying.
See it if you are a fan of Sondheim at his headiest or Doyle at his most minimalist; you want to support a first-rate cast of Asian performers.
Don't see it if you want a show driven by bombast, romance or traditional musical theatre spectacle.
See it if you're a fan of Parks (or deBessonet) and are up for engaging with a difficult, troubling play.
Don't see it if you want light, or even gripping, entertainment. Even in deBessonet's smart, polished production, VENUS demands some work from the audience.
See it if you want to see Harvey Fierstein at his Harvey Fiersteiniest. He's in good form, and the play is a solid vehicle for him.
Don't see it if you're intolerant of gay content.
See it if you're a fan of Leguizamo; you're interested in the representation of Latinx characters & histories; you're moved by fatherhood.
Don't see it if you only want to see Leguizamo at his best; this show is still very uneven and falls short of its admirable ambitions.
See it if you like Deveare Smith's bravura documentary acting style; you care about prison reform, BLM, and other contemporary social issues.
Don't see it if you dislike political theatre or feel uncomfortable watching theatre about disenfranchised POC while surrounded by well-heeled white folks.
See it if you're interested in formal experiments and engaging performances; the gimmicks are fun, & Radcliffe and co. are strong.
Don't see it if you're looking for new insights into the issues being explored; the show is clever, but not nearly as profound as it imagines itself to be.
See it if you want an entertaining, provocative, and moving new musical with some stellar performances (Amber Gray!) and a first-rate live band.
Don't see it if you can't put up with uncomfortable seating or tolerate the occasional narrative stumble.
See it if you like smart, challenging, beautifully rendered shows. Or if you're a fan of Vogel or have an interest in Yiddish history & culture.
Don't see it if you're impatient with elliptical plot structures, post-Brecht estrangement, or same-sex romance.
See it if you like idea-driven, ambitious musical theatre with live music and a charming cast.
Don't see it if you're allergic to hipsters, or if you need everything to make perfect sense in the end.
See it if You're interested in exploring identity, body issues, race relationships, life, sex, & death with a physically & emotionally committed cast
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with nudity or impatient with devised, conceptual work.
See it if you like stand-up comedy and might enjoy a meditation on how jokes work and why they must always be offensive to someone.
Don't see it if you're jaded, easily offended, or easily bored.
See it if you are interested in in edgy, adventurous, sexy, scary, interactive experiences
Don't see it if you are squeamish, prudish, or tire easily; you'll need to stay on your feet and be able to keep moving to get the most out of the show.
See it if you are a fan of, or are interested in, classic clowning and comedy technique performed with unrivaled virtuosity.
Don't see it if you dislike clowning, silent comedy, etc.
See it if you are interested in first-rate performances and provocative directorial choices.
Don't see it if you are too much of a Miller purist to engage with bold, unconventional directorial choices.
See it if you're really just there to see buff bodies working up a sweat. The bodies are lovely; the ideas are lacking.
Don't see it if you have on-stage seats (they're uncomfortable and have lousy sight lines). Also don't expect substantive engagement with the text.
See it if you're a fan of Jo Lampert. She's great in the show and leads a first-rate cast of great voices giving compelling performances.
Don't see it if you're hoping for a great musical or for new and nuanced insights into Joan of Arc. The book and lyrics are clumsy frustratingly simplistic.
See it if you are a fan of Annie Baker; you are interested in a surprisingly funny meditation on the nature of stories and storytelling.
Don't see it if you need fully developed characters or a completely taught production. There are a few lapses here.
See it if you consider LGBT rights civil rights; you like your politics with a little camp; you like your camp with a little earnest reflection.
Don't see it if you can't forgive an uneven patch or two; you don't like moments of broad comedy; you're uncomfortable around sexy, singing queers.
See it if you enjoy cerebral plays of ideas with some sexy moments, staged with a high level of skill. It's a smart show, artfully rendered.
Don't see it if complex ideas and wordy arguments overwhelm and/or bore you. Or if you're offended by frank depictions and discussions of sex.
See it if you're a fan of Stew and co., or of PASSING STRANGE. There's some great music, and a couple of stellar performances (esp Ato Blankson-Wood)
Don't see it if you want perfection. The show has been in development for quite a while, and still needs some structural work. Great at its best, but patchy
See it if you want a masterful performance & virtuosic direction. Supporting performances are uneven; van Hove and Strong are at the top of their game
Don't see it if You want full period dress & naturalistic sets; you're impatient with "conceptual" direction; you can't tolerate some unevenness in the cast
See it if you enjoy watching beautiful bodies perform astonishing feats. The comic bits mostly fall flat, but the aerial work is first rate.
Don't see it if you can't stand for two hours or you don't want to put up with being jostled and corralled from time to time.
See it if you're a fan of Lucas Hnath, fit guys in speedos, or explorations of emotional (and physical) violence.
Don't see it if you don't like Hnath's other work; this won't change your mind. Some moments are very uncomfortable (intentionally).
See it if you're a fan of the book, or if you enjoy technically ambitious, masterfully staged spectacle.
Don't see it if you dislike the source material (the show won't change your mind) or can't deal with strong accents.
See it if You are interested in challenging, ambitious performance that defies expectations.
Don't see it if You're easily frustrated by confusion or lack of coherent narrative.
See it if You have any interest in musical theatre, Alison Bechdel, or representations of LGBT characters.
Don't see it if You don't like musicals, you're homophobic, you want conventionally structured songs and acts.