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 like stories with topical plots, this one, though written during the Vietnam era could not be more relevant to today’s headlines.
Don't see it if You don’t like a lot of symbolism, exaggeration and satire used to make some very serious points.
See it if you like the offbeat offered by Vonnegut presented in a glamorous set with solid acting, making you laugh and compare to today's newsmakers.
Don't see it if you want a calm evening in the theater. This is an energetic romp from beginning to end that may be offensive to some.
See it if Errant husband returns to family after extended absence. In Vonnegut's testosterone-fueled satirical world, all alphas are apes and "A"s.
Don't see it if Shag carpet underfoot! Poly-carbon allergy alert! Wall-to-wall, even under your seat. High prod. values, but 2 hrs of Neanderthal caricature
See it if inventively/w humor reflects macho aggressiveness in set, characters mimicking animals, songs of the '50s/60s: "you belong to me"
Don't see it if dated satire of Hemingway machismo; frenetic and overacted (other than by fine K McCluggage), more cartoon than sharp social criticism
See it if entertaining, excellent acting. Play is OK but not great. Interesting in way fourth wall is broken throughout. Nice 1970s costumes.
Don't see it if you won't enjoy an actor wildly roaming around the stage in an animal-like & violent manner. Incredible performance, difficult to watch.
See it if You want to experience a carefully crafted production that is definitely “theatre of the absurd” as well as sadly relevant ! It’s Vonnegut �
Don't see it if You can’t go with the flow ! You don’t like plays that ridicule traditional roles of masculinity. You don’t like Kurt Vonnegut’s style.
See it if Harold returns Odysseus-like to wife Penelope who is besieged by suitors. Conquering hero Harold heads the household with hyper-masculinity.
Don't see it if Harold’s vicious behavior and savage grunts are vaguely reminiscent of the way Trump and the Trumpsters are attempting to govern.
See it if you love brilliantly staged & acted over the top farce.This surreal show is over long, but truly fun. Great tech elements.Direction is great
Don't see it if you want a show with a real point to make. This is a very funny and well acted fantastical farce.
See it if You like Vonnegut's sensibilities. You appreciate how good casting gets you halfway to character. Wife perfect. Pilot wonderful.
Don't see it if You dont like mugging, some gross gestures, lip smacking, dry humping couches, wild eyes.
See it if you would enjoy a biting commentary on toxic masculinity and its misogynistic and racist violence.
Don't see it if you want to miss yet another lights-out, balls-to-the-wall turn by Jason O’Connell. The New York stage is immeasurably lucky to have him.
Also This work is particularly relevant in our current political climate.
See it if a fan of absurdist works, Kurt Vonnegut, or actor Jason O’Connell--who absolutely steals this show; if you don't mind brutality & sexuality.
Don't see it if you need drama to make sense at all times; don’t like absurdist or post-modern works; dislike sexuality, misogyny, violence, or dark humor.
See it if you like dark funny comedy, plays that are intellectually challenging with fine acting & themes about the "nature" of men, women & society.
Don't see it if you dislike plays whose meanings are difficult to discern, have farcial elements and not "realistic" character depictions.
See it if Toxic masculinity blasting on an outdated boombox knocking and harming everything in its way. So over the top, it gets funny at points.
Don't see it if Feels less relevant since current daily news of Prez is toxic masculinity: self absorbed,childish, trigger happy, insecure &hateful,misogyny
Also Free ticket from Show Score.
See it if if you're a Vonnegut fan and are willing to go on a crazy, wild trip. I especially liked the musical interludes.
Don't see it if you have a problem with theater of the absurd and want to be grounded in reality.
See it if you enjoy satire &/or Vonnegut's writing. DEF different, not for everyone (folks left during intm). Don't miss his artwork on your way in!
Don't see it if you prefer linear plays, str8-up dramas (no farce), real characters (no fantasy scenes) & no over-the-top ad-libbing.
See it if Stage set-fun/exciting Acting-top notch Dialogue-some funny/ brilliant/ nutsy Story line-confusing All pieces wonderful, how do they fit
Don't see it if You need a straight story line, are uninterested in another take on male/female relations and systems.
See it if you like the fourth wall broken, like quirky characters and historical time frames-and curious outside the box staging and zingy politics.
Don't see it if don't like a show carried by one actor--can't stand too much bombast, uneven performances and long drawn out plots.
See it if You are up for a brilliant, but very tough play depicting just how cruel a man can be. Vonnegut was a masterful writer.
Don't see it if Searing drama is not your thing.
See it if you want to be truly entertained. It's about a dad returning after missing for years and the afterlife - all of which has comical effects
Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional comedy
See it if you like bizarre but relevant plays, you want to see the Wheelhouse Company ensemble work together, you like non-stop action
Don't see it if you don't like Vonegut's work; you don't like plays that carry a message; you only like happily ever after plays
See it if you like surreal, absurdist theatre. Beautifully designed staged. Relevant discussion of gender roles acted beautifully by all but male lead
Don't see it if you are easily offended by language or raunchiness. If you don't like off-beat, incongruous, surreal scripts. But it is worth the effort.
See it if you enjoy over the top comedy, with an important message, that makes you think.
Don't see it if you want to see a straight drama about important subjects.
See it if you're a fan of Vonnegut's bleakly funny dystopic writing; for O'Connell's star turn dripping with toxic masculinity
Don't see it if you don't like dark humor with touches of absurdism; you're impatient with some overwriting--point is made well before the final moment