See it if For a lively, modern interpretation of Hamlet re-examined for 2022. How have some family conflicts never changed? What is the answer now?
Don't see it if If you’re going to be totally turned off by changes to Shakespeare and refuse to accept the characters are their own people. Not for kids.
See it if You’re interested in plays that examine the complexities of race/privilege in 1918. It seems a love story, if only it were allowed to be.
Don't see it if First- use of the N word by a White character. 1918 settling, so racism is blatant. Women are put through quite a lot. Not an easy plot.
See it if To see a concert-like prod. but all star cast pull of a classic beautifully. It’s good enough that it’s easy to forget how hard it is to do.
Don't see it if You’re unhappy with serious musicals, and/or have little patience for big casts and adaptations. I’m having a hard time justifying this.
See it if Not just for Tina fans, a good exploration of that time, conflicts around race, marriage, and power, and of course powerful live performance
Don't see it if Triggers for domestic violence. It is truthful without being trauma porn. If you’re not up for journey of Tina’s career, highs and lows.
See it if If you like Michael and dance. MJ does a great job showing how Michael develops as a performer. Parallel casting is very interesting.
Don't see it if Triggers for parental physical and emotional abuse. If you don’t have patience for biographical musicals.
See it if If you really like Beanie. I was going for Ramin and he’s unfortunately out atm. The dancing was also fun. Beanie was funny. I missed umph.
Don't see it if It’s not even about that it’s not Barbara, it’s that I’m convinced a stronger singer exists. I wanted Beanie in the book part only.
See it if You want a low key but absorbing new musical 2 hander from Scotland that got raves at the Fringe. 2 actors bring us on a magical folk tale.
Don't see it if If you really struggle with Scottish accents. I heard a couple behind me who were unfortunately lost. If you have no patience for minimalism
See it if If you’re a big baseball fan and you’re interested in how sports, racism, and discussion of ones’ sexuality might intersect. Good acting.
Don't see it if Definitely not for kids. Mix of complicated themes and more nudity than one might expect on Broadway. It’s completely justified.
See it if If you like McAvoy, director Lloyd’s work, want a fresh take on a classic, and enjoy lively plays. Minimalist staging lets the words speak.
Don't see it if If you’re not good with verse or have no patience for long plays with a large cast. Not for kids. Might have difficulty on accents maybe.
See it if You like intense Greek tragedy inspired drama about growing up amid the army combined with what it is to be a Black Woman today. Powerful.
Don't see it if Violence and war is too much for you on stage. Play does not shy away from the realities of war. You struggle with complex plots. It’s long.
See it if You want to see a highly relatable comedy/ drama about a family who is struggling to agree on what’s most important in life. Very current.
Don't see it if You don’t find family tension funny; you’re offended by liberals or religious criticism. Some characters are bluntly homophobic and racist.
See it if If you’re a 20th century/Russian history buff with a penchant for rock music and cute doggos. Songs are catchy, energy is very fun. Clever.
Don't see it if You hate strobe lights and loud music. They’re essential. Haze is used as well. I sat quite close, so I’d sit back a 2nd time.
See it if For the cast and potential cast. Improv performers are certainly talented and very well-cast. They know their stuff.
Don't see it if If you don’t have that much time for theatre. Am I allowed to say I was expecting more from this improv? I was honestly bummed.
See it if You’re there for Edna Walsh or Domhnall Gleeson. I liked the poetry and the absurd plot. Gleeson is a force of nature. Good acting all over.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for anything straightforward. The plot isn’t easy, nor is it pretty. There are dialogue complexities that are tricky.
See it if If you like a romantic story that’s doesn’t rehash cliches. Great acting was delightful. You want to see more true inclusive stories.
Don't see it if If you want a drama or tragedy. But you’ll really be missing out.
Also Slight points off because I found the end a tad abrupt.
See it if You’re looking for an engaging play that isn’t afraid to tackle our cultural landscape. You like plays with effectively intense metaphors.
Don't see it if If you don’t like feeling uncomfortable or psychological dramas. This is not a happy go lucky story, despite the colorful beginnings.
See it if You want to see a play that should have been a splash on Broadway in 1955. LaChanze is a wonder. Structure is dated, but the content isn’t.
Don't see it if You plan on ignoring what Alice Childress already saw 70+ years ago. You’re looking for theatre without any depth.
See it if If you’re interested in a fresh take on ironically a very classic musical. It’s wonderful to see Bobbie as a woman. The staging is great.
Don't see it if I could be picky about some of the characters and numbers that I’m not sure worked, but I think it’s minimal. Not for children.
See it if If you’re interested in musicals willing to have conversation about racism and immigration struggles. The acting/singing/dancing is lovely.
Don't see it if If you’re going to be bothered by the musical still centering a middle-aged White man. I knew his learning was essential, but… I dunno.
See it if If you understand the plight of the siblings. Most of the moments that worked for me related to my concerns about the future. Why I went.
Don't see it if If you have trouble with Irish accents. I’m ok, and I still lost lines. If you don’t have a sense of humor about the trials of carers.
See it if You love Austen/rom coms. I’m a massive Austen nerd, and I loved the blend of nerdy details that are often missed with a fresher staging.
Don't see it if You insist on adaptation being word for word and miss the point of what other mediums bring. You have trouble with multi-casting.
See it if If you love this cast. They’re very talented. If you’re fine with over the top performance and Shakespeare re-done.
Don't see it if I added 15 points because the cast deserves it. Had it not been for them, I would have slammed this. I expected much more creativity.
See it if If you are interested in solo shows and great music/storytelling. RSH effortlessly embodies over 20 people. They tell us about “Nanny.”
Don't see it if If you don’t have any patience for solo work. If you are too conservative. There are descriptions of sex/drugs/violence. Not for children.
See it if This is really a must see. Beautiful and devastating ritual designed for the Black Community for a sense of healing in response to violence.
Don't see it if It is explained that White people are invited, but firmly expected to be respectful of the ritual. If you wish to ignore the current reality
See it if You like great ensemble based, well rounded shows. Engaging, deep, and varied characters blend realism with song/poetry. Powerful acting.
Don't see it if You’re not interested in relevant plays. You only go to musicals. You don’t like theatre that will make you think.
See it if You like great actors. Godley, Miles, and Beale are pretty masterful. The narrative and staging are very effective too. Length is no issue.
Don't see it if Presents a romantic view of the journey of the brothers, that is criticized, but some may feel not enough. Not for children. Sound of gun.
Also A vast number of my points went to acting.
See it if For the actors. This is a beast of a play, and the characters are famously heinous to each other. But not a weak performance in the group.
Don't see it if If you can’t admire good acting through a veil of SEVERE verbal conflict and pain. I would not sit in the front, house left. Fake cigarettes
See it if If you liked Hedwig, British history, pop concerts, great singing, or any combination of the above. This show thrives on the concert it is.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a full scale plot, or a snob about history. The energy is through the roof, and rightfully so. Might overwhelm.
See it if What sticks with me is Keyonna, a young Black woman grappling with her dreams, love, and an imaginary confidant who just happens to be...
Don't see it if If you’re not ready for the reality check/don’t believe Black people deserve to see themselves represented in the arts/in denial about life.
See it if If you’re a fan of Bobby and Rose, and are up for Medea. It’s not pulling any punches. It was very haunting. The update was consistent.
Don't see it if If you don’t like experimentation with space, voice over, or cameras onstage. I’m still not sure I liked it. I found the minimalism useful.
See it if 2 groups- 1) Anyone interested in social activism. 2) 30+ year olds who grew up on these songs. Basically ME. Trying to have some opinions.
Don't see it if If you hated Next To Normal, or don’t like when every character has a subplot. It weakens the effect. Frankie’s plot could have done more.
See it if If you are a Motown fan and are not going to spend the show picking the dancing to pieces. It’s very technically ambitious. Incredibly fun.
Don't see it if If you’re not up for well-done, but a bit clichéd jukebox musical. I was hoping for a bit more than a life story of the band.
Also It’s sooo close to great, and perhaps I’m being picky.
See it if You haven’t. Classic seminal work that was overdue for a revival. The cast pours everything into this, and the result is epic. Very powerful
Don't see it if If you want to ignore what Black Women continue to experience in this country. If you can’t handle truths. Not for children.
See it if You like 80s New Wave era and an excellent cast who accompany themselves onstage. Young hope is mixed with the trials of Ireland in the 80s.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a more diverse, dramatic plot. The stakes seemed oddly low. You don’t like the music. Irish accents are hard for you.
See it if This play goes beyond message driven theatre and is a heartbreaking call to action. Absurdist drama centered around one alarming statistic.
Don't see it if If you do not want to face the reality of an epidemic. Play contains talk of suicide. There is drinking, drug use, nudity, and a love scene.
See it if If you like the cast and bemoan the trivial fad culture of New York. If you’re interested in the struggle between creativity and paying rent
Don't see it if If you dislike snappy dialogue and vaguely unlikeable, snarky characters. If hearing about the trials of the restaurant industry bores you.
See it if You like exciting rock opera style musicals. You like the cast. MUST be a fan of current music, and be cool with sad stories. Big show.
Don't see it if Not for children. If you’re going to spend the whole time complaining about changes from the film. If you don’t like pop music.
See it if If you like the cast and/or adaptations of classics. I adjusted to the music then really enjoyed it. It broke my heart just like it should.
Don't see it if If you’re a snobby expert on Cyrano and can’t deal with any new takes. Not for children. If you don’t do well with tragedies.
See it if If you’re a fan of modern non-linear work with a lot of powerful women. It’s very intense, but worth it. The staging is very interesting.
Don't see it if If you’re not up for the intensity or don’t like having a feel for what you’re going to see. It was rather overwhelming and daring.
See it if Joshua Henry is really overwhelming. That is the main reason. The plot is very relevant and the dancing/ensemble is beautifully clear.
Don't see it if If you prefer far more spelled out plots or are not a fan of concept albums. It’s musical roots are essential to the structure of the plot.
See it if You want a modern take on Howard’s End/Gay Rights issues across generations. The 2 are beautifully blended. It’s a modern Greek epic.
Don't see it if You are unwilling to engage with the play. It’s 2 parts, (2nd hits previews soon) and it’s long. Time flew by for me. Not for kids.
See it if You like immersive theatre with very little interaction and current dialogue about climate change and immigrants. Great sets considering.
Don't see it if You don’t like plays broken into tracks and have trouble keeping track of non-linear plots. I wanted a bit more from the characters.
See it if If you are interested in the concept of playtime and how our society views it. The audience interaction is very gentle. It’s a small space.
Don't see it if If you prefer a more traditional plot, or zero aud. participation. I was hoping the show was longer.
See it if for a show that thoughtfully examines our millennial generation paired with the stigma of mental illness and the trials of the heart.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for something a bit faster paced. If a story of people in their 20s/30s won’t interest you. CW: talk of suicide. No kids.
See it if If you like the actors then run. All of them are excellent. The minimalist set shows off Pinter’s plot beautifully. Worth seeing twice.
Don't see it if If you don’t want to understand Pinter’s use of the pauses, then don’t go. The opposite of a big flashy musical. Also not for children.
See it if You’re an fan of these actors and/or playwright. For most Chekhov fans I’d say. I think it works better if you know Vanya. Loved the set.
Don't see it if If you’re not game for bad language, sex jokes, and/or a gun onstage. Also, if you prefer your classics not “made accessible” by an update.
See it if You want to see an underrepresented voice in musical theatre share with you the complex truth of their life. Wonderful music, ensemble work.
Don't see it if You can’t face current musical theatre. You refuse to take in harsh realities. Story does not shy away from sex and difficult discoveries.
See it if If you want a very solid, dated, but highly competent production. Well acted and directed. Actors all nailed the style of Chekhov. Humorous!
Don't see it if If you dislike the Seagull. I didn’t find much to quibble over if you like the play. It could be rough on aud. who are new. It is long.
See it if (Saw with understudy/Norbert) You like a production that remains just enough faithful to the plot to center the musical. Great singing/dance
Don't see it if You’re not into classic musicals at all, or the opposite- if you can’t deal with a classic plot being altered for a modern audience.
See it if You know and love your Chekhov and Mueller. Interesting, intense, partially on your feet explosion of 3 mammoths. Grand experiment.
Don't see it if It’s almost too intellectual. I studied with the Assembly and I love them, but this play asked an awful lot of its audience. My brain hurt.
Also I wish I had seen it a few times to take it all in.