See it if Fan of the Titanic film, like musical spoofs, Celine Dion, and/or a Millennial? It’s right in our teenage 90s wheelhouse. People were dying.
Don't see it if If you take yourself too seriously. I’m jaded and I still laughed aloud, and found a lot of moments very clever. It’s got mild mature themes
See it if If you like elegantly simple plays with music about family, immigration from Haiti, and reconciliation with the past. Beautiful tone.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for something flashier. Some mature themes. If you don’t want your emotions tested. I heard sniffling that was justified.
See it if If you’re excited by plays that are unapologetic in their truth about racism. It retains its relevance and satire as expertly as before.
Don't see it if If you cannot handle uncomfortable themes. The language might be jarring, but it’s entirely true to the world. The N word is used frequently
See it if If you’re interested in how fascism can easily invade normal life. Subtle and even romantic 2-hander that devolves right before WWII.
Don't see it if PG-13 on staged sex. If you don’t want your beliefs tested about how easily we could fall into the trap, taking place just outside NYC.
See it if If you like devised theatre and have the patience to go along with what you might not understand immediately. It’s somewhat immersive.
Don't see it if If you insist on linear plots. Audience helps choose, so there are multiple options. One could go twice. Slightly mature, implied sex.
See it if If you like August Wilson and strong actors. There are a lot of very powerful moments that the actors get to expand on. It’s often funny.
Don't see it if If you prefer short works or something more contemporary. If you have trouble following detailed plots. If you want something less serious.
See it if Very lighthearted, intentionally nerdy 90s era comedy that might squeeze your heart a little bit. Somewhat reminiscent of the movie “Jack.”
Don't see it if If you wouldn’t laugh at a plot that includes some grey morals. Leans into dark comedy, doesn’t live there. PG-13. Isn’t entirely fluffy.
See it if If you like verbatim style theatre about relevant issues. Minimalist production gets right to the point of debate about race.
Don't see it if It felt like they didn’t have the rehearsal that ERS usually do? Pace was surprisingly slow. I liked the end, but I wish it were clearer.
See it if If you’re game for good melodramatics from my very favorite drama Queen. Tosca’s a lot, but in fairness, love is too. One of my favs.
Don't see it if If you don’t want intense tragedies. It takes a second to get settled and pick up in exposition. It does contain gunshots.
See it if If you like 2 handers about Black Male brotherhood and the trials of money. Parks’ work is as intense and classic as usual.
Don't see it if If you’re not interested in characters that are going through intense trials. This is not a simple story. You have been warned.
See it if Had to see the Classic London cast- (in 2013 for me) As absorbing as it ever was. Quintessential West End. Javert was especially good.
Don't see it if If you’re not impressed by the British invasion or don’t like musicals where you’ve probably heard the songs thoroughly by now. Loud show.
See it if If you like kids casts who can kick butt on stage. A lot of points to them. Strong show for a young audience. Generally good fun.
Don't see it if I saw this when it was hugely hyped, so I’m not sure if my expectations were too high. I wasn’t a fan of the songs. I found them forgettable
See it if I saw it for Hattie Morahan back in 2019. She was worth it. If you’re curious about Williams’ lesser known work.
Don't see it if Unfortunately the play features a stereotype of a Native person that didn’t read well today. Most points for the acting rather than the play
See it if I saw it when it first hit London in 2013. If you like South Park humor. Just never saw I could review London.
Don't see it if The structure of a musical holds up and is actually quite intelligent in parts. But the shock value is now even more dated.
Also Lots of people were laughing, but I merely chuckled unfortunately.
See it if If you like Stoppard, go. If you care about the Holocaust, its legacy, and/or family genealogy, go. It pulls you in and demands attention.
Don't see it if If you can’t sit through 2 hours no intermission. If you’re overwhelmed by the the Holocaust. If you have trouble keeping big casts straight
See it if You like musicals about musicals, and inclusion is important to you. It’s very personal, enjoyable, beautifully made. Worth the hype.
Don't see it if If you’re stuck in a box about what Broadway is supposed to be. It has mature themes.
See it if The more you know Chekhov, the funnier this is. It’s his first play deconstructed. If you like experimental theatre and short plays.
Don't see it if If you don’t like wearing headphones, find commentary annoying, or don’t appreciate the dark humor in Chekhov. Prop gun and very mild blood.
See it if It’s a must for Kpop fans and people who like concert centered shows. Overwhelmingly engaging. Cross of reality TV with Chorus Line.
Don't see it if If you’re put off by the music. Some dialogue is in Korean sans translation, as per plot. It’s a loud show with moving lights.
See it if NAILS its audience, as expected. I think avg kid age was about 2-4? Very sweet, fun theatre puns for the parents. Classic and new songs both
Don't see it if Show runs a little more than an hour. Not the easiest to get up from. Reminder partial view seats are in front- a panel hides the performers
See it if If you want a very timely play that is intense yet gratifying. It’s 4 characters, and it’s well written and acted. Not fluffy.
Don't see it if It’s not lighthearted, as it says it in the title. There is also brief nudity as one of the characters requires a shower. Not for kids.
See it if For the obvious cast. The ensemble is strong enough to be taken completely for granted too. So very old school Broadway.
Don't see it if If you insist on the things you see having something new to say. This is to make you smile and look back.
See it if If you’re intrigued by an adaptation that centers Queen Margaret’s story among the war of the Roses. It’s only an hour. Two-hander.
Don't see it if If you’re looking for a bit more creativity and don’t love your Shakespeare. I wanted a larger staging, more actors, and more umph.
See it if If you have ever gotten lost in a book, or consider yourself a literary nerd. There are a lot of uber charming moments. Cute warp factor 100
Don't see it if I wanted to like it so much more! If you don’t like narrated musicals or stories about HS. If you’re too serious or have little patience.
See it if You were bored by a bunch of Shakespeare and looking for what else it can give. The inclusive casting was refreshing in light of the plot.
Don't see it if Without knowing the family tree/nobles first. It can get quite confusing to keep track of why everyone matters. I wouldn’t bring a kid.
See it if Must be able to deal with a plot that unfolds slowly. Best to read the synopsis. Also interesting to see this and their Hamlet. Same cast.
Don't see it if If one doesn’t have a handle on the characters previously, it will be quite confusing. This is not a play to relax for. It’s very long.
See it if If you like the cast and discussion about the dynamics of small towns. It builds towards several important issues I don’t want to spoil.
Don't see it if Again without spoilers, I was left a tad confused by the darkest part of the plot. I didn’t agree that 1 character choice was earned.
See it if It’s closing, tom. If you like well written plays about Blackness, taking care of family and the LGBTQIA+ community, that are complex.
Don't see it if If you can’t take emotional plays right now. This one’s a beast, in the best sense. I sobbed, twice. Brief violence onstage. Talk of sex.
See it if So I saw it both at CC and Broadway, and it’s tricky to not compare casts. But it’s a delightful production that’s just well constructed.
Don't see it if If you’ll be too bored by classic fairy tales or longer musicals. There are some cast that I preferred over others, but it’s quibbling.
See it if Mainly for Joaquina, and the dancing. I’ve seen it described as too “indulgent” or corny, and it IS very romanticized. It’s “paradise.”
Don't see it if If you’re expecting a bit more risk-taking in the plot, or get annoyed by characters that just aren’t so fleshed out. It’s a real ensemble.
See it if You know your Hamlet already. It didn’t offer as unique a take as I’d hoped, but a lot of moments were thought-provoking. I’m going back.
Don't see it if It’s LONG, it’s Hamlet! Lawther’s approach is intense, so if you’re not on top of the plot you might get quite lost. 1 gun shot on stage.
See it if You like clever takes on classic Greek characters and they’re parallels with our world. Play measured up to what I expected.
Don't see it if You don’t like minimalist productions and/or audience participation. There is a small amount.
See it if You like solo shows, cabarets, and/or intelligent theatre. Michelle also wrote it. It might challenge you, but it’s Nina Simone.
Don't see it if Another show that shouldn’t be as relevant as it is because of lack of govt. action about race relations. If you want your denial, I guess.
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.