See it if Like shows about regret, relationships, angst, weddings.
Don't see it if Are troubled by alcohol abuse. Expect a fully sharpened piece.
See it if You have an open evening and many cocktails beforehand. Really like one person shows that aren't ready for the stage.
Don't see it if Expect a good script or performance.
See it if You like seeing kids in shows (even if they aren't very compelling). Like little glimpses of SS's raunchy & surprising humor.
Don't see it if You want it be as funny as SS is -- not even close. Expect a fully-baked, polished, and ready-for-the-Atlantic musical.
See it if Like political send-ups. Need a fun & frothy farce. Are fans of the entertaining women in this cast.
Don't see it if Are easily offended language. Are tired of politics. Are wanting a serious take on the presidency.
Also Julie White steals this show! 👏👏
See it if You are a D Messing fan. Like light, sentimental comedies. Enjoy fun and effective ensemble acting.
Don't see it if Want a serious show. Need realism. Have difficulty suspending disbelief.
See it if You liked conversations that are complex and intriguing. Appreciate excellent acting. Liked Hunter's other Idaho-based plays.
Don't see it if You are an impatient audience member and need action other than meaningful conversational interaction.
See it if Like a Capella and use of tech with voices. Stories of the sea or Scotland. Like non-traditional musicals &/or actors playing multiple roles
Don't see it if Need high production values. Don't like a Capella vocal music or electronic manipulation of singing.
See it if Are a Vogel fan -- or Parker, Morse or Day. Appreciate excellent ensemble acting in a Pulitzer winning drama.
Don't see it if Bothered by difficult topics-- pedophilia, child abuse, incest. Want elaborate production values -- this is effectively stripped down.
See it if Like stories of women and relationships
Don't see it if But off my graphic talk of sexuality and bodily functions. Want more action than just conversation.
See it if Are a fan of Wilder. Like bold, wild attempts at updating classic texts. Appreciate bold staging, puppetry, a disappearing 4th wall
Don't see it if Aren't patient -- it's three hours long. Don't like old texts being updated and made more conttemporary.
See it if Want to be entertained & challenged. Like daring musicals. Interested in Blackness & Queerness.
Don't see it if You are put off by sex, queerness, questioning Christianity, or teasing Tyler Perry.
See it if You like dance and movement pieces -- as well as poetry. Want to better understand the experiences and perspectives of Black women
Don't see it if Want a play, traditional musical or linear story. Are sensitive to cursing or sexual language.
See it if Need a chuckle-- but too often at the expense of gay male stereotypes. Like broad, quippy humor.
Don't see it if Are bothered by lots of alcohol use and much sexual banter. Looking for a deep, serious look at post-pandemic friendship.
See it if You like Letts, Pendleton, or Brown -- all shine in this. Want to be challenged to question who records history and to what end.
Don't see it if Want a light comedy -- there is humor here, but it's also quite dark and challenging.
See it if Like Morisseau's playwrighting. Interested in American history and important discussion of slavery and racism.
Don't see it if You avoid important investigations of the troubling racist history of the U.S. Are offended by language or violence.
See it if You liked the original. Like baseball, queerness, issues of race. Want to see Jesse Tyler Ferguson shine and steal the show.
Don't see it if Are easily offended by language or full frontal nudity (and lots of each).
See it if You are a fan of: Taub, Soo, Colella, American and/or women's history. Like musicals.
Don't see it if Are bored by history. Dislike new musicals.
See it if Are interested in native and indigenous voices and stories. Like non-traditional performance.
Don't see it if Need a fully baked product. Are impatient and not interested in a wide variety of performance talent.
See it if Are a fan of the play or Nottage. Like opera. Appreciate talented vocalists.
Don't see it if Don't like opera.
See it if You like Shakespeare inspired humor. Appreciate a tongue in cheek feminist take. Are a Urie fan. Need a giggle with a classic inspiration.
Don't see it if Need Shakepeare to be serious. Are offended by lots of sex jokes. You take yourself too seriously.
See it if You like the quality of work the Irish Rep is known for. Fan of O'Neill. Are tolerant of wildly variable acting performances.
Don't see it if Struggle with O'Neiil's verbosity and and traditional, old-fashioned dramas. Can't abide watching badly miscast actors.
See it if Like excellent acting. Are interested in issues of mental health and illness. Like intimate, in-the-round immersive theatre.
Don't see it if Want audience anonymity. Need linearity and clarity. Aren't bothered by an intimate representation of mental illness.
See it if There is no reason to see this production. It is not a script ready for production and the direction, staging, and acting reflects that.
Don't see it if Want to see a cogent, focused or well-produced production.
See it if You appreciate monologues and the interesting and valuable voices of Asian senior citizens.
Don't see it if Don't like single actors performing existential monologues.
See it if You have out of town guests who insist. No other reason.
Don't see it if Want a theatrical experience that is an enchanting, fresh, lively, engaging.
Also Time to put this production out of his misery.
See it if You like intimate, close-up theatre that addresses tough topics like abortion, religion, drugs, relationships, family. Are an Irish Rep fan.
Don't see it if Are looking for a light and easy 90 minutes in the theatre. Are frustrated by actors that vary widely in skill and effectiveness.
See it if Are interested in language, culture, identity, and questions of "home." Appreciate naturalistic acting by a small, intimate ensemble.
Don't see it if Need action or a fast paced production. Are impatient and not interested in interpersonal and cultural issues.
See it if You are Crazy for Harry Potter. Want an amusement park-like experience.
Don't see it if Want a legitimate storytelling experience in a theatre. Are bothered by constant chatter (mainly very enthusiastic kids) and candy wrappers.
See it if Like the use of puppets within a play. Appreciate actors working hard to interpret and tell a story about family that's odd and uneven.
Don't see it if Desire a well-written, clearly-directed, evenly-acted new play.
See it if Like a big, bold, fun, unapologetic production of an American classic. Like Hugh, Sutton, Jefferson or Jayne. Love fun dance numbers.
Don't see it if Want something new and inventive -- this is just a straightforward telling of this musical.
See it if Are as fan of the play or O'Neill and open to a contemporary interpretation.
Don't see it if Need action instead of dialogue. Want a feel good night at the theatre.
See it if You like frank discussions of race and oppression. Are open to Non-Linear, symbolic, thought-provoking theatre.
Don't see it if Are easily offended by language. Don't like Hip Hop music. Want lighthearted entertainment that doesn't stick with you.
See it if Are a Rashad and/or Morisseau fan. Compelled by stories of work, struggle, class, identity. See fine acting. Dance & projection is 👍.
Don't see it if Need a lively and compelling storyline. Are offended by cursing. Don't have patience.
See it if You are a Barron fan. Appreciate intense and in-depth exploration of relationship, sexuality, sensory experiences. Like the non-traditional.
Don't see it if Are offended by graphic demonstrations and discussions of bodily functions and fluids, sexual assault. Bothered by intense sounds & smells.
Also The BEST stage phone calls I have ever seen or heard. 👏👏 Clare Barron.
See it if you like musicals based on movies that require very little thought. Want to see McClure in an amazing performance. Need a fluffy, toe tapper
Don't see it if Want substances or currency. Dislike movies turned into musicals.
See it if Like Motown, R&B, or the Temptations. Are a fan of jukebox musicals. Looking for fun night of entertainment.
Don't see it if You hate jukebox musicals or the music of Motown. Don't care about one. guy's version of a singing group's history.
See it if You love great ensemble acting in a fine production -- outstanding script, design, cast, overall production.
Don't see it if Need action and large cast. Are impatient and can't sit still. and listen for three acts.
See it if You are interested in personal storytelling and want to witness a spectacular trio of actresses. Are a fan of Brown, Falco or Ireland.
Don't see it if Need "action" rather than conversation. Are offended by frank talk of personal issues (abuse, sex, relationships, cancer, death).
See it if Want to see a fine actor take on a very difficult monologue. Have interest in the traumatic impacts of childhood & adolescent trauma.
Don't see it if You avoid references to sexual and physical abuse. Do not like monologues or small, very claustrophobic theatre spaces.
See it if You like courageous and creative new musicals. Want to see a terrific cast and stunning production (set, etc).
Don't see it if Are impatient with a nontraditional musical topic (LSD). Are put off my drug use. Can't sit for three hours.
See it if You like rarely seen period musicals that have a melodramatic style.
Don't see it if Are impatient. It's long and drags at times.
See it if You like loud and contemporary vocal styling. Appreciate a quirky and loose examination of history.
Don't see it if Want to see an actual musical. This isn't one. It's 6 talented women singing their hearts out and being campy.
See it if You have a soft spot for 80+ year old plays. Appreciate a fine cast of accomplished actors. Want to take a step back in time.
Don't see it if Have no patience for a old fashioned stories that are packed with sexism. Need action.
See it if You have a friend in the cast or crew (which half of the audience of 23 seemed to have). They are trying hard!
Don't see it if Don't want to have actors in your lap and singing loudly in your face.
Also I did appreciate the attempts at inclusivity: LGBTQ, race, disability.
See it if You see all that Nottage writes or are a huge fan of Aduba. Have an eye for wild costumes (Aduba) or ear for incarceration stories.
Don't see it if Seek a fully developed concept and script. There are a few moments of clarity and fine acting, but a lot that aren't.
Also Was very excited to see Aduba, but found this a one-note performance.
See it if You love Sondheim, Lenk, and/or Lupone. Updated beautifully. Want the glitz and fun of a full-blown Broadway production.
Don't see it if Don't want to see/hear a splashy 3 hour Broadway musical. Don't like talk of love, romance, marriage and COMPANY!
See it if Like Faith Salie. Appreciate one-actor monologues. Are interested in coming of age and romantic stories tales.
Don't see it if Want to avoid frank talk of sex and eating disorders or the F-bomb. Aren't interested in 90 minutes of details about this actor's life.
See it if Are interested in racism in the arts/theatre. Are a fan of LaChanze. Want exposure to playwriting/styles of the 50s.
Don't see it if Are impatient with the datedness of the play and its overbroad and highly exaggerated production.