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 always wanted to see a Vonnegut play. This was well-acted
Don't see it if ...you want the traditional drama/show. This requires some thought and analysis!
See it if Two outstanding performances with Kurt Vonnegut dizzying and absorbing dialogue but not always making sense.
Don't see it if You would not like edgy, sometimes confusing action.
See it if you like an off-beat comedy that is surprisingly relevant!
Don't see it if you are not a Kurt Konnegut fan or don't like to be made uncomfortable.
See it if You are a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or want to see a comedy that’s sort of bizarre but funny and thought provoking
Don't see it if You want to see something more conventional
See it if You like Kurt Vonnegut Jr. and dark comedy and enjoy watching a group of artists truly flex their creative muscles in this resonant romp!
Don't see it if You think that any play that challenges "normality" is "weird".
See it if You are interested in theatre that unpacks themes of masculinity, rage, and gender roles in an old play that is depressingly still relevant
Don't see it if Kurt Vonnegut's admittedly dated writing doesn't appeal to you
See it if You want to see an amazing cast Off Broadway. Impressed that a young company can produce such high quality
Don't see it if Light, unoffensive entertainment.
See it if you are a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, or like absurdist plays that hold a mirror up to society in a humorous way.
Don't see it if you don't find sarcasm funny or don't like Kurt Vonnegut.
See it if You love great plays and want to see one of the best ones of the season. This play blew my mind
Don't see it if You want escapist entertainment. This play is dark and disturbing and will reach inside of you and fuck you up
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 like to laugh, you like dark/gallows humor, you're a fan of Vonnegut, you want to see amazing performances by the actors
Don't see it if you are offended easily, if jokes about death and killing aren't your thing
See it if you're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut and the American "dream" family of the 60s/70s. It's satire and it's sarcastic, in your face crazy.
Don't see it if you are the person the play makes fun of: the trophy hunter, the manly brute, the one stuck in the old ways when America was "great".
See it if Like a great play where true craft in every dept. puts on an amazing show! Great acting.
Don't see it if If you don't like male centered plays.
See it if If you like pieces that explore periods of change in American history. Also if you like dark humor. There is definitely dark humor.
Don't see it if You dont like black comedy.
See it if You want to see a smartly staged, quirky, funny show. Jason O'Connell created a great character with many nuances.
Don't see it if You don't like Kurt Vonnegut!
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.