See it if you want some decent 'downtown' theater... almost 2 pieces of theater. And can relax into the very different second (piece of theater) half.
Don't see it if you really need a perfect piece. But go support theater anyway... I don't think any other industry suffered as much during covid.
See it if you want a delightful dose of musical theater. Though flawed, the 11 o'clock number is worth the price of admission. Glad it came back.
Don't see it if you need real depth in your musicals. The story arc is more of a hump and some of the caricatures are somewhat unsettling.
See it if you want to have a transformational theater experience. Isn't that what theater's for? Poignant and uplifting.
Don't see it if you want a big production and razzle-dazzle. A small touching play with wonderful writing by a playwright I will be on the lookout for.
See it if you already did (it's closed). It was a provocative and painterly invitation into a theater experience that one's linear mind won't get.
Don't see it if you need to "understand" every single theater experience. This is art. Experience it.
See it if you want to see a master performer telling a heartfelt story about a heartful woman embodying her & a whole bunch of other people seamlessly
Don't see it if you need "big" entertainment or can't flow with the go... Mr. Santiago-Hudson was switching characters sometimes with only one word spoken.
See it if ...well, it's closed so you can't. So refreshing to see a play with gay Black characters that isn't ABOUT that. Human and heartwarming.
Don't see it if you don't want to experience some Pulitzer Prize writing and great acting.
See it if you want an odd juxtaposition of Cambodian surfer music (who knew?!) & heart-breaking historical drama. Well-done and quirky.
Don't see it if you're looking for a straight play or a musical... this is neither and sort of both.
See it if you're open to a whole new take (and staging) of this classic. Inventive and provocative. The final tableau... heart-breaking.
Don't see it if you're attached to the musical as you've known it...especially the superb Jerome Robbins's choreography. But DO see it if you can.
See it if u like Letts (I'm a big fan) & are prepared 2 be surprised by where he takes you. Wasn't expecting it to do what it did. More resonant after
Don't see it if you're not willing to go with the flow when theater makes a sharp turn into the unexpected. (Trying not to spoil.)
See it if you like interestingly-crafted, well-acted, challenging theater. 3 lives & 3 time periods happening in parallel, at times together on stage!
Don't see it if you don't like being challenged emotionally or intellectually. Your brain (and heart) will need to work hard to keep up with this play.
See it if you like funny, touching, heart-felt & everyday family drama. Well-written & well-acted. You become part of the family! Enjoy!
Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle or deep existential exploration. This is just a delightful and moving family drama.
See it if you like a good, theatrical musical well-staged and performed. I'd never seen a live production, just the movie. It's quite different +++
Don't see it if you don't want.... Wait, I can't think of a reason NOT to see it! Have fun!
See it if you have a generous spirit & bear up through almost monotone acting for the ultimate redemption.
Don't see it if you're judgmental of people doing the best they can (in this case "acting") while baring their soul to the world.
See it if you love Miss Tina. Ms. Warren lets you love her as her. Though somewhat lacking, ONE single number was worth the $. & there were many more.
Don't see it if you're looking for high art.
See it if you care about the state of HIV/AIDS in this country, especially among black gay men (see title). Worthwhile, if not the greatest of theater
Don't see it if you're looking for just being entertained. This ain't that.
See it if you did (it closed). Awesome. Virtuoso acting by Mr. Washington. Somehow maybe even better than the original, which I saw, with Ms. Smith.
Don't see it if you didn't. It's closed. What a tour de force you missed!
See it if you like great ensemble acting in an exquisitely-written play. Playwright, Mr. Guirgis, has sure got some chops!
Don't see it if you don't like real 'street' flawed characters on challenging journeys.
See it if you're interested in cutting-edge & edgy theater. Mr. Harris is really pushing the envelope. Actually more like ripping it open!
Don't see it if you're homophobic or not looking for a show that challenges.
See it if you like Baba's work. Or would like to find out if you do. He's definitely a unique talent, crazy smart & courageous.
Don't see it if you hate rap or want a story arc. This is more education entertainment. But worthwhile
See it if you want to know what all the buzz is about & have a # of hours (almost 7!) to invest. Don't want to throw the baby out with the bathwater..
Don't see it if you have high standards for compelling dramatic theater... this is lighter than its length may imply.
See it if you know the piece or like edgy downtownish (still a bit) avant-guard-ish theater. Heartbreaking and -changing.
Don't see it if you want a mainstream piece of "entertainment". Some group singing & dancing was added (IMO unnecessarily) to give it broader appeal I guess
See it if you like great acting & intriguing writing. It was delicious while watching, but 1 of those that kept getting better after it was over. Hmmm
Don't see it if you're looking for razzle-dazzle. This quiet 2-hander is for the avid playgoer.
See it if you've seen a lot of bway (or you'll miss the references). Mr Alessandrini's clever takes on so much of bway (& beyond) is always a delight!
Don't see it if you've hardly seen anything...the references are the current & recent seasons often done via way way past seasons' songs.
See it if you like dark, neurotic, everyday characters really well written and powerfully portrayed by two impressive actors. Delightful 2-hander!
Don't see it if you like mainstream straight drama without any quirks. This somewhat off-beat couple may not be for you.
See it if you want a musical spectacular with great production values & don't mind mindless fluff.
Don't see it if you're looking for a musical that has meat & a worthwhile story. Virtually all veneer.
See it if you liked the Harper Lee story. Well done. And the moral shades of gray are still pertinent.
Don't see it if you're not looking for a serious evening of drama.
See it if you're interested in new, mature theater that's provocative. I'm a Tracy Letts fan, but this is perhaps his best!
Don't see it if you're looking for light theater entertainment.
See it if you're interested in cutting-edge theater that pushes the envelope on a provocative topic. Radical
Don't see it if you're not willing to be confronted with uncomfortable (simulated) sexual acts and subject matter.
See it if you can't repress your curiosity of what a white boy from England rapping is like. I recommend deploying your curiosity elsewhere.
Don't see it if you don't like rap (this won't help) or do like rap (you won't be happy).
See it if you want a clever small play about a really interesting Black woman in baseball. Charmingly portrayed by April Matthis.
Don't see it if you're... no, can't think of a reason not to see it.
See it if U R interested in new, edgy (if a bit too conceptual) theater about race in the US of A. The choreography & movement by Kelly is masterful.
Don't see it if you don't want to be challenged (emotionally, intellectually, even physically) by provocative theater. Not an evening of "entertainment".
See it if you want to see a new and exciting approach to Broadway musicals. Thoroughly engaging.
Don't see it if you need your musicals to be more traditional.... Like, "And now, here's a musical number."
See it if you know and love the songs.
Don't see it if you don't have a particular connection to this piece. It wasn't necessary to revive (or revise) this show.
See it if you want a well-written and -acted ensemble piece about a broken family, perhaps more broken than they knew.
Don't see it if you want something light, breezy and "entertaining".
See it if you want a well-done drama based on real life (Murdoch). Who knew this was his beginning? Interesting.
Don't see it if you're looking for like entertainment. Not that this challenges the audience, but it's not just to entertain.
See it if you can! Stunningly fresh production of this classic you _thought_ you knew. And O M G, that IS the original book! Who knew?!
Don't see it if you think of this musical lovingly as something just as sweet as could be. T'ain't.
See it if you want some good music in an innovative adaptation. Saw it early in previews.. hopefully tightened up.
Don't see it if you want a polished razzle-dazzle musical. This ain't that.
See it if you're interested in new(ish) theater. The lead has chops.
Don't see it if you don't want to forgive attempts at new topics and approaches. It doesn't succeed too well, but still worthwhile.
See it if you want a well-written 2-hander performed by pros. Didn't know the work before but it worked for me.
Don't see it if you're looking for flying sets, large casts and lots of action. This is small and intimate and intense. Mmmmm
See it if ur young or open to feeling really old if ur not. So great 2 see such a young audience really enjoying musical theater. There's hope!
Don't see it if you're above like 30 and uptight at all. Or go and have some fun!
See it if you like edgy, fresh musical theater from a young, exciting, black, queer and, yes, fat writer. He goes there without apology. Courageous!
Don't see it if you're looking for tame and entertaining. Entertaining, yes, but not tame.
See it if you like unusual, innovative theater. Frightfully relevant and well done. Gotta love a musical with a bibliography!
Don't see it if you need a very linear piece.. or a "book". Or if you don't like a cappella music. (Your loss.)
See it if you already bought tickets but keep low expectations. Maybe there's a chance you won't be disappointed. I had no expectations and still was.
Don't see it if you haven't already bought tickets. And you won't be disappointed that you didn't buy them.
See it if you like classic old school drama acted & produced by professionals. Benning & Letts tear it up. Slow at 1st but keep your seatbelt fastened
Don't see it if you're not into serious 'straight' family drama. You'll probably want to leave at intermission (but don't!)