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 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'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
See it if you like biting, funny satire that really hits home, despite being written almost 50 years ago, a great cast with some great standouts
Don't see it if you don't plays that are very self aware, artificially heightened drama and acting and a nonsensical plot with bizarre episodes thrown in
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 like the satire of Vonnegut. Excellent production. Machismo to the max is disturbing.
Don't see it if If you don’t like Vonnegut’ perspective.
See it if You enjoy intense dramas. It would be nice if more soundtracks were introduced in between time to fill the voids. Wanda J. was not seen much
Don't see it if You prefer something light and entertaining.
See it if you want to see Kurt Vonnegut's only attempt at playwrighting in a professional, faithful production of his work.
Don't see it if You need a successfully realized treatment of very ambitious ideas. Do not mind scenery chewing as an attempt to excuse the play's flaws.
See it if you like absurdity. you are okay not truly understanding the point/direction or are a Vonnegut whisperer. Great acting and hilarious moments
Don't see it if incredible displays of caricatured male brutishness will disturb you rather than amuse. you don't like dark humor
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 You’d like to try something on an elevated level. The story was interesting and surprising and the cast really did a great job!
Don't see it if You’re hoping for something simple that won’t challenge you at all.
See it if You want to see an absorbing play that hits home
Don't see it if You have trouble reading between the lines
Also Really great acting. An important play in this divisive time
See it if to experience this play from the the early 1970's by this important American writer.
Don't see it if if you do not like profanity or are ill at ease watching a frenzied and quirky play.
See it if you want to see a highly relevant revival of Vonnegut with great performance by Jason O’Connell as Harold Ryan
Don't see it if you don't like Vonnegut, or if you're not a fan of cynical humor
See it if Definitely see it if you're a Kurt Vonnegut fan! This is the wackiest show I've seen in a long time but somehow so relevant in today's time.
Don't see it if you are easily offended or don't like to see anything 'out of the box". Show is almost 2.5 Hr.
See it if it is a very intense drama about an evil man who destroys everything around him. It gets you thinking, but not in a good way
Don't see it if It is slow moving and depressing