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 have the patience to hang in there. The first act of this play is bad including the acting. But all of the acting gets better
Don't see it if you like to understand what you are watching.
See it if You want to see a rarely produced Vannegut play, like absurdism & can laugh at anything.
Don't see it if This was an overacted, muddled mess, not funny (although lots of people laughed). Not at all interesting. I like offbeat but this was bad
See it if It has an OK story, somewhat interesting.
Don't see it if I really disliked most of the acting, especially the main guy who was so unlikeable as a Macho Man.
See it if you are attracted to bizarre. you are a fan of Vonnegut. & if your interest is piqued by an adaption of his work. He wasn't a playwrite.
Don't see it if you are smart...if you are smart...stay away. you can't stomach an endurance test.
Also Actors did work hard, however & that is to be applauded.
See it if you are an inveterate Vonnegut fan. Otherwise, don't.
Don't see it if you are a discerning Vonnegut fan. This is subpar to his work. Huge chunks of the play are just tedious, long-winded non sequitur vignettes
See it if I really didn't care for this show at all & Surprised by how positive the other reviews on here are. If interested go off of their reviews.
Don't see it if Found the pacing to be EXTREMELY slow. Harold goes off on tangents that amount to nothing, tried to milk for laughs but it just wasn't funny
See it if If you like... I honestly don't know. Some of the acting is really great, but not for me.
Don't see it if You like a plot that makes sense and characters that you can even remotely relate to.