See it if You're a Sondheim fan interested in a great staging of a wonderful show
Don't see it if You're hoping for elaborate sets/staging (not that this show ever really features that... )
See it if You haven't seen Company performed live. If you like Sondheim. If you don't mind an ambitious show in a church.
Don't see it if You want a traditionally staged show. This, although well choreographed, has a community theatre feel, prob bc it's in a church and dated.
See it if you want to see a production of a great musical given it's all by a decent cast who work hard to perform with limited resources.
Don't see it if you are looking for a Broadway style production performed by semi professionals who do a decent job in a difficult environment.
See it if If you want to see a very good yet amateur production of a classic show with an incredible Bobby and Joanne with great directing.
Don't see it if If you want to see a professional show. This is a strong community theatre production. Or if you want to understand what's being said.
See it if you LOVE the show Company and appreciate cool old churches.
Don't see it if you are hard of hearing or can't sit through mediocre at best performers making their way through Sondheim. Bobby was the strongest.
See it if you are willing to give an off-off Broadway production a chance. The material is great but the execution is inconsistent.
Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim's work or want a Broadway caliber show. There are some standout performances in the cast.
See it if For the music to this show is quite amazing. the book falls quite flat.
Don't see it if The sound bounces around so much I'm wa surprised the actors could keep on the beat. Very exhausting to listen to.. Talent had its moments
See it if you've never seen a live version and/or enjoy community theatre, offbeat theatre locales or have never been inside St Bart's Church.
Don't see it if you're expecting a full-blown production, have trouble hearing or don't like echoing church acoustics or concert vesrsions of shows
See it if you care to support a dedicated community theater troupe. Spotty performances, some quite good. At times, hard to hear in such a large space
Don't see it if you want a polished production of a Sondheim classic.
See it if you want a community theatre level [talent, design, intention] of a Sondheim classic, sound & lyrics elude the proceedings at times
Don't see it if you need your Sondheim well produced, cast & directed, or if you don't like Sondheim or musicals
See it if you're open to well-intentioned community theater & talent mix of hits & misses— Bobby & Marta are hits, & are (like me) a Sondheim newbie.
Don't see it if need excellent acoustics (faulty mics made actors unintelligible at times) & visibility, or demand uniformly strong performances.
See it if you appreciate legendary Sondheim scores, including numbers popular today, or are nostalgic about your middle age single life in NYC
Don't see it if you dislike long musicals with minimal sets or stereotyping an attractive single white and white collar NYC male unable to commit to a woman
See it if if you know the show by heart and are desperate for a live 'fix'. the cast are game and have great voices, and the staging works well.
Don't see it if you are even slightly hard of hearing. this intimate piece unfortunately gets lost in the vast church venue.
See it if You like Sondheim, you like Company, you don't mind seeing an amateur (but solid) production where the singing/acting is uneven at times
Don't see it if You are looking for a big musical with a gripping plot. You don't like uneven acting/singing. Bad acoustics are a deal breaker.
See it if Attended Dress Rehearsal. See it if you want to support a community theater ambitiously taking on this beautiful but difficult piece.
Don't see it if you expect professional actors or production values of Broadway -- But I only saw the open dress rehearsal, so it probably has improved.
See it if you like community theater; you're ok with a mixed-ability cast performing a score that occasionally seems beyond them (Amy was fabulous).
Don't see it if technical issues with sound design and near-constant balance problems between singers and orchestra would frustrate, you want a star cast.
See it if you'll see anything Sondheim or if you want to see what community theater looks like in NYC.
Don't see it if you want good singers that can handle the lyrics (the one exception is the actress playing Amy) or want actors that are properly miked.
See it if You want to support community theater or know someone in the cast. Or really love the play.
Don't see it if You want to be able to HEAR anything, the acoustics were terrible. The play was slow and at times stilted.
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