Wheelhouse Theater Company offers a return engagement of famed novelist Kurt Vonnegut's rarely produced satire. A searing and darkly comedic look at American culture. More…
After being presumed dead for eight years, respected war veteran and big game hunter Harold Ryan returns home. He brings with him an old way of thinking, celebrating a Hemingway-esque machismo and American exceptionalism. Harold soon discovers that the society he returns to has made attempts to progress into a more modern, enlightened cultural narrative. 'Happy Birthday, Wanda June' is a dynamic and often comic meditation on toxic masculinity and a capitalistic America's failed attempts at progress cloaked in honor and morality.
See it if You absolutely love Vonnegut and don’t care about lack of pacing, lack of theatrical narrative and characters that are cartoonish
Don't see it if You are easily offended or care about issues of toxic masculinity and it’s effect on the world bit want it expressed theatrically
See it if You want to explore everything in Vonnegut's canon. You like black humor. You enjoy VERY broad acting. You enjoy theater of the absurd.
Don't see it if You are tired of representations of toxic masculinity.
See it if You like off beat plays. (I just didn’t get this show one bit, at all and was painfully bored so I don’t know what to say here.
Don't see it if What I can say is people around me seemed to really like this show. Because I can’t understand the humor I really can’t judge this show.
See it if you are a Vonnegut fan and want to know how his writing works on stage, if you are interested in family drama with a twist.
Don't see it if you like a more straightforward plot and great writing.
See it if if you like explicit sexual references, reflecting on macho behavior, on war. Acting was great, but definitely not subtle.
Don't see it if if you like subtle performances and nuanced plays.
See it if You're interested in a woman's story and how she survived a return of a machismo relationship with humor, grit and singing.
Don't see it if You don't like broad characterizations and stereotypes of male female relationships.
See it if You are a Vonnegut completist or you want to continue digging into the topical ugliness of man’s nature. Some may find it funny...not me.
Don't see it if Today’s politics have heightened your awareness of or lowered your tolerance for the animal nature of man.
See it if you are a Vonnegut fan although the bombast here and the indulgent performances sink it.
Don't see it if you object to cartoonish, indulgent theatre. The actors have been praised but they are hammy,and indulgent.
See it if A bit heavy handed, DARK comedy dealing masculinity or toxic masculinity and attitudes toward war, killing and violence. Good acting.
Don't see it if You're not entertained by heavy handed DARK comedy, physical humor or political statements
See it if If you want to see a revival in which the themes of male chauvinism that occurred in the 1960s are still relevant today
Don't see it if You want a coherent, plausible story that is not overpopulated with arcane symbolism that interferes with the story and you have no patience
See it if You love Vonnegut. Or if you like plays that point out something terrible about society, but end up creating more of that terrible thing.
Don't see it if You are tired of stories of selfish white men who win.
See it if you want a chance to see a rarely produced satire by Vonnegut that deals with war, killing, machismo, abusive behavior & changing attitudes.
Don't see it if you are turned off by the subject matter. It is a satire but at times heavy handed instead of clever. I found the ending to be unsatisfying.
See it if You Like an odd show that goes in different directions but come together at the end.
Don't see it if If you Hate Killing .(people and animals)
See it if you like Kurt Vonnegut or want to see a cynical play making you think death and killing.
Don't see it if you don't like serious dramas with heavy themes.
See it if you’re interested in seeing a production of this Kurt Vonnegut play and you can handle lots of loud-volume dialogue.
Don't see it if it wouldn’t bother you if some of the actors appear younger than the characters they’re portraying.