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 absurdist plays with an undercurrent of unrest and relevance. Black comedy at its best,
Don't see it if ...you need literal and linear explanations for everything. You dislike cramped, warm off-Broadway theatre spaces.
See it if You are a fan of Vonnegut and aren't easily shocked. It's his stylistic character work, and it is well done!
Don't see it if you hate guns, straying a bit from reality, or Kurt Vonnegut.
See it if you love farce, absurdism, brilliant direction, and a marvelously broad acting style from this perfect cast in a very intimate theatre.
Don't see it if you cannot handle themes of misogyny and violence in this dark comedy of toxic masculinity. Well costumed in the 70s eerily relevant today.
See it if Really good cast! Loved the intensity, you felt it in the air.
Don't see it if You dont enjoy a provacative play where you will leave discussing it over drinks.
See it if You enjoy Kurt Vonnegut style writing, beautiful staging with complimenting lighting and a stunning cast
Don't see it if You want a straight forward play with the basic and boring setup of beginning, middle and end
See it if you are an avid Vonnegut reader and understand his writing. Appreciate a modern tale of a classic, with the consequences of male stupidity.
Don't see it if you can't stand conflict, absurdity or things that are not neatly wrapped up like a birthday cake for a cute girl with a green balloon.
See it if You are appalled by Trump et al, or if you like Vonnegut
Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with extreme patriarchy or strong emotional content.
See it if You like great acting and intense drama in an intimate theater setting.
Don't see it if You want a light-hearted show
See it if you want a thought-provoking show; you like satirical, dark humor; you love seeing absolutely fantastic acting; you like quirky characters
Don't see it if you don't like satirical, thought-provoking humor; you don't like plays; you don't like hearing/seeing foul language or gestures in a play
See it if You want to see a funny, thought-provoking, and very timely examination of how a very recognizable type of man treats the planet and others.
Don't see it if A critique of raging, unfettered machismo is not your cup of tea.
See it if you like basking in Vonnegut's inventiveness. It's of its time stylistically, and yet as topical and disturbing as a presidential tweet.
Don't see it if you're put off by the unconventional and unpredictable.
See it if You want to see some of the best acting performances this season, in a play that feels like it could have been written yesterday. Amazing.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with theatre that is unapologetically speaking to timely and controversial issues.
See it if you like Kurt Vonnegut, witty hummer, fantastic acting, cleverly devised shows, and creative staging.
Don't see it if you don't like Kurt Vonnegut hummer, are triggered by an unsavory leading character.
See it if You want to get inside the head of one of America’s most iconic authors, enjoy highly inventive and engaging theater with incredible actors
Don't see it if You don’t like or respect Kurt Vonnegut. You don’t respect fantastic direction.
See it if Powerful acting. Intimate theatre setting. If you grew up in the late 60’s/early 70’s with authors like Vonnegut, Heller, Salinger.
Don't see it if Want light entertainment!
See it if You like Vonnegut, timely pieces, dark humor, fantastic acting, creative/ensemble driven shows.
Don't see it if You don’t like theater that touches on contemporary issues, some suggested violence, tough issues.
See it if You enjoy creative performance and interpretation of great texts.
Don't see it if You don't like plays with clear commentary on our society.
See it if you want to see great acting in a play that touches on relevant issues but also has some HILARIOUS scenes.
Don't see it if you can't handle some uncomfortable scenes with misogynistic content.