See it if Gender bending lead; low budget production at a studio space; talented young actors know bard’s words well; musicians light up gloomy space
Don't see it if Odor (due to no budget for costume laundry & small space I guess); 4 floor stairs to climb; bare set and tiring seats; long queue for WC
See it if Soloist portraying marginalized ppl in US - illegal immigrant, war refugee.. based on his interview, with quick&strong physical adjustments
Don't see it if 70min; this is the answer to color-blind theatre.. anyone should play anyone, your polished craft is your respect to the character you play;
See it if How gay men struggle to survive in Nazi Germany; Refined acting from “Max” & his closeted uncle; Intimacy successfully created;
Don't see it if Cheap props & set helped little with the make-believe; Loud gunshot; Nudity (super hot tho); Pace can pick up a little;
See it if 2 actors, gender bend; minimal set; male playing all supporting roles including the bride, female playing the monster & the doctor without..
Don't see it if ..contrasting physical/vocal/emotional shift; partly in Shakespearean English ; 3-sided theatre, can see ppl dozing on opposite side;
Also The male actor is a master of instruments and acoustic effects!
See it if Solo show; World history of Baby Boomer 1945-1969; skillful use of multimedia; super quick change among tons of characters; voice magician
Don't see it if You’re not into fun history lesson; 2 hrs with 15min intermission; no obvious plot, but with smart twist & surprise; personal & intimate
See it if 3hr of laughter; all actresses are great belters!Kate Rockwell’s clowning is perfect!Kudos to triple threat Grey Henson!High Energy!
Don't see it if Bit noisy at times; The ending number “I see stars” is too cheesy & unmemorable; stereotypical portrayal of Kenya&Africa (typical in MT);
See it if 60min storytelling & singing from Deanna Durbin’s perspective, with reference to Judy Garland; Actor covers her cold quite well;
Don't see it if Nostalgic, nothing too Surprising; The cold does make her lower register bit coarse; Tunes feel repetitive after 30min;
See it if A great production at a shabby off-broadway venue; African American women’s history smartly woven into a jukebox; lots of joy with bit tears
Don't see it if Some tech problems with the projector & mic; Hard movable chairs; The production encourages Sing Along, so let’s hope ppl sitting next to..
See it if 70min transcription of FBI interrogation; staged like a cold reading; casually acted; 1 row of audience are put upstaged..
Don't see it if and we can see their reaction the whole time (one lady fell asleep very soon), why? What’s the intention for staging the whole thing?
Also Vineyard Theatre hasn’t had any exciting production for a while..
See it if You admire Len Cariou; important msg of how we should take care of aging parent; realistic scenic design; intimate black box space;
Don't see it if 2hr with 15min break; No nuance in writing, feels slow & daily; no father-son chemistry between 2 actors; “son’s” laughter feels rehearsed
See it if Community-theatre-level production, with 2 great supporting actors; most solo numbers fall flat, mainly due to weak voice projection;
Don't see it if If you wanna support downtown theatre fringe show despite the quality; if you know any actor in person;
See it if Provocative content of interracial relationship; 2hr15min without intermission!! Funny at times, dark & heavy in general; layers of parody;
Don't see it if Nudity; lots of SEX & violence; scenic design using huge mirrors that reflect actors & audience; intentionally challenging..
Also “Yale mafia” taking majority of the cast; lots of Yale reference;
See it if Drama as a venue to discuss social problems; Pure, raw emotions delivered by chanting, shouting, singing; Audience is part of the show;
Don't see it if 30min standing and moving; 60min left seated; gibberish shared by all (yet super clear in meaning); nudity of women; violence & rape;
See it if Alex Riad is good at depicting young ppl in Bay Area, loved his previous work - Floor Is Lava @ La Mama; has some moving moments;
Don't see it if hard to empathize with a bunch of “young junkies” whining for 2.5 hrs; truthful acting alone isn’t worth that much time of a viewer
See it if Fan of Horton Foote’s writing; the gender norm of 1950s; unspeakable gayness hanging in air; luxurious set; “mom” is the main clown, funny..
Don't see it if .. but fails the dramatic part; 2hrs with 10 min intermission; twists about “who’s telling the truth”, not thrilling enough; southern accent
Also Signature Theatre is a great place to hang out
See it if 2 of 4 actors are brilliant & deliver touching moments; that alone doesn’t save the aimless writing; weak unreasonable happy ending
Don't see it if Feels dragging for almost 100 min without intermission; intimate black box theatre space, very close to actions; balloon explosion startles
See it if The most impressive visual effect is the flying toilet paper (as ocean water); Kid-fan of Percy book series may enjoy, but do bring earplug
Don't see it if Ensemble of 6, most actors are playing so many roles which look ridiculous (Percy’s mom=a classmate=the underworld elevator girl);
See it if Monologues based on interviews played by 1 actor - a shapeshifter for 20+ characters; structural racism exposed by a tragedy in 1991;
Don't see it if Racism or anti Semitic language triggers you; 110 min no intermission; very heavy content, thank god the actor finds humor within;
See it if Stripped down Wizard of Oz; “tell the truth, kid”..”go home to your mom who’s worried”; kindergarten kids may enjoy? Puppet controlled by 3
Don't see it if No band, loud recorded soundtracks, actors un-Miced (bold move), some are not audible; 90min no intermission; audience are dozing
See it if Themes include cowboy macho culture, closeted man seduction.. Ambiguous; Multi-media installation; way too experimental
Don't see it if flashy & loud at times; weak ensemble; words make little sense
See it if same divorcing story, told by husband (Act1) then wife (Act2); riveting acting & accurate directing .. LOVE the ✂️ Flamingo! Surprising end.
Don't see it if Downtown theatre small production;2 gender neutral toilets, long queue may delay the show; 80min no intermission; for fun, not for sense :p
See it if Good? Evil? Truth? Lie?Info revealed bit by bit, keeps me at edge of chair; 3 strong actors, esp. the young boy..so talented! Set & sound 👍
Don't see it if 70min no intermission; long climb to over-crowded restroom; some “clues” are thrown but never realized; the twist could be more surprising
See it if Playwright’s autobiographical work; gay son vs. dying parents & uncertain dad; breaking 4th wall a lot in last scenes; the “mother” actress
Don't see it if .. keeps my jaw dropping in awe; intimate theatre space @ LaMama basement (elevator available); dramaturgic scene is a bit self-indulgent
See it if Current events & flashbacks of a Muslim woman in a Greek refugee camp; All 4 actors are great, tho the female lead has a weaker projection;
Don't see it if Encounter with 3 males, 2 of it is realistic, while the last is a bit farfetched; Too much suspense, some feel unnecessary; 90min no intermi
See it if Loved Parker’s work in HBO’s ANGELS IN AMERICA,moved again by her “duet” with the young talented Hochman; multi-layered storytelling..
Don't see it if 90 min no intermission; little action; leaves me bewildered walking out of theatre and desperately trying to buy the script and dive back
See it if standup solo talkshow backed up by 5 brilliant musician/actor;Rock&Roll concert with original numbers discussing pain & death; Superb set!!
Don't see it if Cancer/loss of love/death triggers you; loud music; breaking 4th wall & sing along; chaotic last scene; 65min of teasing the “death”;
See it if Street dance (mainly urban) masters, strong ensemble with sparkling solos; choreography seamlessly matching the music & lyrics; high energy!
Don't see it if Similar dance style, could feel repetitive after 2hrs; Floor movements & footwork blocked by front row audience; budgeted set; vague story
See it if You’re ready for a new version; hormone-infused choreography; smart use of live-footage & LED and backstage; Understudy Tony’s acting!!
Don't see it if 1hr45min nonstop; “I feel Pretty” deleted, song sequence&intention changed, “Officer Krupke” not funny anymore; young actors’ debut!!
See it if Mexican indigenous folklores performed by 3 indigenous actors & 1 musician; visceral; created an ethereal atmosphere; Smart minimal props
Don't see it if You don’t want subtitles - spoken in Spanish, Mayan, etc; 1 actor is gender non-binary and tells the story of childhood trauma;85min nonstop
See it if Aftermath of a school gunshot; perspectives of various agents; all actors are great; playwright aims to provoke but not to resolve
Don't see it if Audience seated at both sides of a middle ground/stage, can see others’ faces in scenes; 80 min no intermission; super depressing ending
See it if Fringe gem; 6 actors all have their moments; Strong lead & brilliant ensemble; Live BGM is so fitting; Smart writing by a young playwright;
Don't see it if Soho Playhouse’s mainstage functions at its best, change of light&sound creates an underwater experience; Death&mourning, heavy topic;
See it if Fringe style small production of friendly 4ppl cast; fast spoken words accompanied by live music; 1 singer has great voice; new studio space
Don't see it if Can’t figure out its relation with the Greek classic; Cast encourages audience participation; Casual intro talk; 2hrs with 1 intermission
See it if A cappella of history of cocktails (Irish coffee is tasty); nice bar venue; 4 hardworking actors managed to pull off various accents;
Don't see it if Many small accidents (some are actually funny); material not in actors’ body yet, they don’t feel the joy, thus neither can we;
See it if Modern adaptation with Pop/rock elements; musician as narrator (Shakespeare clown); smart use of limited space&props; audience interaction
Don't see it if 2hr with 10min break; 40ish seats; close to the action; requires lots of imagination; act2’s pace slows down, and not as witty as act1
See it if 80min of personal burning-man adventure & the problematic history of IQ test; shifting from comedian persona to lecturer persona; forceful..
Don't see it if ..but lack ease at times & may exhaust some audience; Cultural references (names) hard to get for foreigner’s ear; Weak ending in Love&Peace
See it if The falling apart of a small town/family; smart writing makes you empathize with these strangers; 2hr50min passed in a wink;
Don't see it if Horrible scenic design & seating: 2 side areas are behind the stage, 4 pillars are blocking sight. 2 intermission with long toilet queue
See it if 2 acts, 2hrs, 1 intermission, 1 singer & 1 pianist (both highly talented); The actor has full control of stage, bring us to Berlin, London..
Don't see it if Plain set; Spotlight turns the room hot; Acoustic at La Mama basement is passable - thank god the singer is skillful with the mic!
See it if Solo show, 75min of genuine life story: making peace with dad, battling cancer, fulfilling childhood dream; heartfelt live music; with humor
Don't see it if Little acting craft; no singing skill; tho better than a highly skillful act; intimate basement cabaret venue, 1 toilet room for each gender
See it if Maury Yeston is a genius, so is the cast of 5+1 pianist; A revue with smart choreography and number sequence; 75 min of joy;
Don't see it if You want a plot; Revue is more fitting for cabaret setting, since disconnected songs could be challenging for both actors & audience;
See it if a lesbian Jewish comedian’s autobiographical show - the versatile actor acts out all Jewish mothers, including her own; unique perspective
Don't see it if .. to milestone events in this country’s recent history, including 9/11 & AIDS epidemic; 75min of swift witty lines;
See it if Black men’s struggle against HIV+; calling for shattering the shame; great performance by trio; raise questions with humor; unique writing
Don't see it if LGBTQ problem is not your problem; sex, nudity, alcoholism, suicide trigger you; 90 min without intermission; minimal audience engagement
See it if In preview, cut from 4hr last week to 3hr now; doesn’t feel long due to lively language and intriguing acting; 10+ actors portraying tough,
Don't see it if .. broken, underprivileged women; Some scenes are weaker probably due to recent rewrite (1 actor shouts out “line” at one point);
Also If life is a constant struggle, is it still worth living?
See it if So much tension between each pair of characters; sitting at my chair edge expecting for more; 75min well spent
Don't see it if You feel weird when the playwright is playing one character; the buildup takes a bit too long; small space with coded toilet; plain set
Also It’s simply too hard to admit one’s mediocrity, isn’t it?
See it if The friendship between & the struggle of 2 female scientists; 90 min of laugh and tears; the acting is so REAL, so moving; echoing ending;
Don't see it if Criticism of patriarchal society may hurt some ego; No intermission; Go & Watch it!!
See it if Reimagines an African-American woman’s involvement with Carter’s presidency; raises awareness for equal rights & global warming; 1st preview
Don't see it if 100 min no intermission; 2 leading actors shift into opposite gender.. while the drag lady is comical, the🙍🏾♀️Carter isn’t convincing;
See it if I thought about leaving during intermission. Glad I didn’t. Act 2 is deeply moving. Act 1 covers two unrelated themes thus fulfills neither
Don't see it if Black life in mid 20c USA - freedom rider, school discrimination, etc. Sadly, feels relatable today. Monotonous music makes ppl dozing.
See it if You ever concerned about American’s future post-election; High-energy parody drives audience into constant laughter; discuss Sino-American
Don't see it if .. relationship in a witty way; could be offensive to some - Queen (Hilary) & I, Book of ‘Merica; 2 hrs with 1 intermission; Ends 11/10;
See it if Smart reimagined version; several brilliant plot twists in ActII; impressive set design, surprising scene change; supporting characters 👍
Don't see it if Little chem Mac & Lady Mac, renders the duet scenes (esp. the death scene) landing flat; LOUD thunder effect; super strong AC; GAY-friendly
See it if Nazi sport history told by 2 Jewish athletes; 70 min with smooth scene change; simple effective staging; identity struggle against labeling
Don't see it if documentary style, talky with little action or interaction; literary devices applied with traces; plot too heroic and somehow implausible
See it if How drug addict destroy self & ppl around; actors turn out to be brilliant after a gradual warmup; feel heavy-hearted exiting theatre
Don't see it if Intimate space with 3-sided audience, 3 rows each side; simple set; 90 min no intermission; not entertaining, but with comical moments;