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See it if You need a night out and that means a Broadway show with performers and dancers singing & dancing AT YOU
Don't see it if You know the Diana story, even peripherally, and will be looking for key plot points, many that are overlooked & confused in timeline
See it if You want to experience “Hamlet” presented with every word in tact - 3 1/2 hours of yummy Shakespeare.
Don't see it if Elizabethan English is difficult for you to understand. It was hard for my companions to get. It’s my education so I luxuriated in it.
See it if You have dreamed of an adaptation of “Frankenstein” with a zither-playing Wms’burg hipster in all roles except the Creature.
Don't see it if You expect an adaptation of ... “Frankenstein.” At least more than snatches of paragraphs from Cliff’s Notes.
See it if you've seen or read "Medea." This modernization is a take on the story that seems "ripped from the tabloid headlines."
Don't see it if You expect to see the classic play. This isn't it.
See it if you like your drama in miniature because this is a two-person performance with a minimalist set.
Don't see it if you don't like egghead-y plays. The literary references aren't bon bons; knowing them adds to the satisfaction
See it if you enjoy experimental theater craft, one-person performances, stand-up comedy.
Don't see it if you're uninterested in testing your patience to see where an experimental work is headed. He gets there. It's clever.
See it if You wish to see an important play by a woman playwright that hasn’t been revived since 1978. Studied in grad schools but unseen.
Don't see it if You don’t like immersive theater.
See it if You want to see Shakespeare presented by a masterful theatre company (Druid) which is faithful to the original text.
Don't see it if you don’t like Shakespeare or the history plays.
See it if Attending performances of Shakespeare’s plays is fulfilling for you. It’s interesting to see different interpretations and performances.
Don't see it if You wish to see a faithful interpretation of “Macbeth,” because this isn’t that. It clocks in at 1:45 p.m. I wanted all 5 acts.
See it if You know who U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug was. She was remarkable yet of her times in the ù70s. Watch videos of her first & see her brought to life
Don't see it if You’re not interested in NYC, NYS or feminist politics in 1976. This is a specific play. Fierstein wrote and plays her with love.
See it if You like Cher and singers who belt.
Don't see it if You’re looking for something as edgy as Cher is. This is formulaic and pandering. Cher’s so much more interesting & biting than this.
See it if The backstory of how a show made it to Broadway is as rewarding to you as the show itself. Has a nice origin myth, so to speak.
Don't see it if You’re looking for kick-lines and humor.
See it if you want to see this play from the 20th Century American Theater canon performed, and if you're curious to see Bening's return to the stage
Don't see it if you're looking for dramatic fireworks matching our kinetic-brained era. The play's 70 years old. Its pace and moral quandaries reflect it
See it if Nightly MSNBC broadcasts are like mother's milk to you.
Don't see it if political games turn you off. Yes, it's about Hillary & Bill & Barack in 2008 but it's more about the U.S. ever electing a woman president.
See it if You want to see all of John Guare’s oeuvre and Jerry Zak’s directing work.
Don't see it if You get agitated if a play falls a bit short of the mark. It’s a new play, it’s Lincoln Center Theater, it’s Guare & Zaks. Take a chance
See it if You go to theater to experience staged drama in person and live in front of you. This is a classic theatre focused on a reckoning.
Don't see it if Your knee jerk answer when someone asks you “how’d you like the show?” Is: “it was long.” That’s the measure of a hot dog, not a play.
See it if you’re want to experience a dominant contemporary playwright’s work; you’re interested in a story that foregrounds “hidden figures”
Don't see it if you lack patience or tolerance for social satire. This isn’t a work of history. It’s satirizing stereotypes in all ways.
See it if You prefer classic musical theater structure - song, dialogue, dance, song.... If you like young adult subject matter. You like silly jokes.
Don't see it if You want to experience a new form of musical theater. This is classic form. If you don’t have a sense of humor about political jibes.
See it if You are an empathetic person who goes to the theater to see dramatizations of stories we are living in real time with real consequences.
Don't see it if You shrink from intense experiences in the theater, you’re indifferent to humanitarian conflicts, if you like stories tied in a ribbon
See it if your personal sun rises and sets on Planet Bryan Cranston, you like reality TV, you like bombastic theater.
Don't see it if you don't like reality TV, you want to feel something as you witness a dramatic story unfolding, or if you haven't seen the movie "Network"
See it if You like having this story told to you in all forms - the novel, the film and now this Sorkin adaptation. Solid straight play w/some humor
Don't see it if How you judge a night at the theater includes “how long is it?” Or, how’re the seats? This is dramatic theater on an important theme.
See it if you miss straight plays on Broadway, you want to experience what true superior stagecraft offers - writing, directing, acting. It's all here
Don't see it if you are now going through the intensity of losing an elderly loved one to dementia. It's intense. The direction spotlights loss & losing.
See it if You want to see an Off Broadway straight play. Two acts with intermission - classic form. Watching Stockard Channing on stage A+++
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy straight plays, or Western European themes, symbolism or heavy use of metaphors. You simply won’t have the patience for it.
See it if you're a fan of Ahrens/Flaherty musicals, you're familiar with Haitian folklore, you can appreciate the crafts of staging & choreography
Don't see it if you're expecting an entirely joyous musical and story, because it's not. It's not a Cinderella story but one about a life that's sacrificed
See it if this is a family portrait unlike any other I've seen. I was completely drawn in. The writing & desires of each character were perfect
Don't see it if a portrait of a regional culture isn't something that's your cup of tea - or flavor of hot wings.
See it if you're curious to see Lauren Yee's breakout theatre production from the 2000s. If you're nostalgic for Rock music & its peak era.
Don't see it if you don't like expository storytelling, you're sensitive to violent prison scenes, or you're uninterested in the genocide in Cambodia
See it if You’re ironic and you like ironic theater because by ironic you think that means smarter than everyone else.
Don't see it if You expect the intelligence of Stoker’s thrilling novel to be preserved in this adaptation to the stage.
See it if You’ve seen the 2016 film on which this is based and are a big fan; if you’re a ‘tween or a parent of a ‘tween.
Don't see it if You’re expecting the heart or originality of “Once.”
See it if you know author Tara Westover's memoir "Educated." Similar scenario but, in theater, there's no escape. Heartbreaking & opening
Don't see it if you're not accustomed to the rigor demanded of an audience for a straight play. This requires stillness & focus.
See it if You appreciate plays that dramatize intimate, domestic moments in ways that make them miniature Greek tragedies. Secrets & pain are gutting
Don't see it if You have ADD. Truthfully - phones off, no candies to be nibbled or wrappers to be rustled. If you don’t focus entirely you’ll miss it.
See it if You like musicals like “American Idiot,” “Spring Awakening,” or “The Prom.” It’s about teens, as Morissette was when she created “Jagged”
Don't see it if You’re expecting a girl-power musical. This is about a family falling apart & mental illness & sexual coming of age & assault & ....
See it if you want to experience theatre craft as a high concept. If you're a fan of the 2016 French novel upon which this play is based.
Don't see it if The raw topic & presentation deter you. Nudity serves the story so it's not gratuitous. The rape is dramatized with violence. Be forewarned
See it if you appreciate verbatim/documentary theatre; you're interested in dramatized struggles with race, identity, justice and inequality
Don't see it if you're not interested in history, NYC history especially, one-person performances, tense and heart-breaking scenarios
See it if You’re a Baby Boomer who continues to need to be told the story of the American 1960s to understand better what you didn’t in your youth.
Don't see it if You’re looking for a deep analysis of a pivotal moment in either Johnson’s presidency or his administration. This is a survey of 4 years.
See it if you want to see the work that launched playwright Sam Shepard into the stratosphere in 1976. It contains the DNA of all his work.
Don't see it if you're sensitive to scatological staging. This is raw. It's dark, very Shepardian, offering no redemption. It delivers an American theme.
See it if You want the thrill of experiencing a new musical, if it’s crossed your mind that all this digital stuff is bad for us, you love polyphony.
Don't see it if You want to see what you already know, hear what’s familiar,or don’t know or understand social media - only because you won’t get it.
See it if You want to see a work that’s important in American theater history and in the canon of agitprop. This is the touchstone.
Don't see it if you don’t know why you should see it. It’s an intellectual exercise rather than an entertainment.
See it if you enjoy snuggling into a small & tight narrative, and are into gorgeous Middle East-heritage music compositions.
Don't see it if You're looking for high drama or a kick line of dancers. This is an aria, not an opera.
See it if You’re interested in the subject of “hidden figures.” Mary Seacole was lost to history but through this play & a UK movement is no longer
Don't see it if You desire linear storytelling because this is a hallucinatory time-traveling reverie.
See it if you liked "Fun Home" or any other teen dramatic musical. Mother-son story is touching. Super hero theme is endearing w/a twist.
Don't see it if You don't like sung-through musicals. There's a book but songs kept coming sometimes with no dialogue breaks. If you don't buy the premise
See it if You want to learn, or be reminded of, activities of the anti war peace activists in the Vietnam era. This dramatization is compelling
Don't see it if You want and expect a literal translation of the Catonsville trial. This deploys theatrical license liberally to good effect.
See it if you're a fan of Calvin Trillin's short book upon which this is based. You're looking for a melancholy experience. You're a romantic.
Don't see it if you don't know the Alice-Calvin love story because you need that background to appreciate this subtle Valentine.
See it if the humor of Harvey Fierstein tickles your funny bone and you care to know - or to revisit - this era in NY's gay heritage.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy a play full of dark humor. Go for the poignancy and fine joke set-ups, because both are in this play.
See it if you’re eager to be challenged by Tom Stoppard’s intelligence. He’s hard to follow. He’s a puzzle. With O”Brien’s direction, the heart swells
Don't see it if You’re looking to be entertained. You won’t be. However, you’ll think deeply and squint to figure out where Stoppard’s going. Smart stuff.
See it if , like me, you felt you SHOULD see this play because you missed it the first time around. Also, because Will Eno is an acclaimed playwright.
Don't see it if you're fidgety and your mind wanders. Has the wiring of my brain changed so much since this debuted in 2005? Perhaps. It's about "PAIN."
See it if You are open to experiencing a raw reinterpretation of a 75-year old musical in the American canon.
Don't see it if You want, and expect, to experience the music with the abundant and lush orchestra performances we love about R & H.
See it if like, the great age of 1970s independent cinema, you treasure the original, native voices of fine playwrights that emerged in the 1980s.
Don't see it if you have ADD and need to be stimulated by action. This is a thoughtful and atmospheric play about characters rarely explored on stage.
See it if you don't know the story of the forced de-segregation of Central High in Little Rock. See for superior singing voices and performances.
Don't see it if you're not interested in the subjects of civil rights, youth movements, America in the 1950s or are looking for a serious history play.