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 A terrific production of a play by a brilliant author with a stunning cast. Vonnegut was a visionary and this production is true to it.
Don't see it if If you do not know about Vonnegut's anti-war stance and why he felt so strongly about war you voted for Trump you will hate this play.
See it if you are interested in excellent, over-the-top comedic performances and an absurdist, imaginative take on death.
Don't see it if a lot of time spent watching toxic masculinity, even in a satirical form, is too painful to sit through.
See it if You read Vonnengut. You're interested in violence as connatural to man in general, and specifically as an American value.
Don't see it if You're uncomfortable with Hitler playing shuffleboard in paradise, or with a mirror held up to you. You dislike the 1970s
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 enjoy good acting, interesting and different plays. Not ordinary, by any means. Some light moments even if the play is intense.
Don't see it if you expect a typical show. Absurdity within the play, even if it delivers a message.
See it if you enjoy the writing of Kurt Vonnegut or are interested in a relevant, funny, but dark look at gender, at violence, at mortality...
Don't see it if you prefer realistic stories.
See it if If you like Vonnegut's short stories or Slaughterhouse 5 then this will win your heart!
Don't see it if You want a typical play & aren't willing to be challenged or think. This has Vonnegut's writing stamp all over it.
See it if you're hunting for a timeless & timely dark comedy that explores our ugly obsession with defining masculinity & heroism in the modern world.
Don't see it if you're triggered by unabashed boorishness, misogyny, bigotry & chauvinism; you don't believe in 2nd chances (to see this gem of a revival).
See it if Like absurdist work, Vonnegut’s piercing societal lance, dark humor, great staging/set/lighting, stunning perfs and precise direction.
Don't see it if It’s about toxic masculinity and lead character is repulsive. The actor O’Connell mesmerizes, but may be too much for some. It’s SATIRE.
See it if You are ready for Kurt Vonnegut’s first play,Misogyny, violence, craziness, we are niece, ENTERTAINMENT, a birthday cake that makes no sense
Don't see it if You are easily offended by anything. You dislike guns, hunting, men who behave badly,Stereotyping, nonsense, Edginess,quirkiness.abuse.
See it if Absurdity of macho culture brought out by Jason O'Connell, a force of nature. Super talented cast keeps the hilarity rolling. Still relevant
Don't see it if You don't "get" absurdism. People with aversion to guns may be uncomfortable. The girl in the cast is dandy. The boy is already a talent
See it if You like quirky funny characters in unusual situations and interesting family relationships.
Don't see it if You dislike when characters break the fourth wall and talk directly to the audience or you prefer conventional characters and stories.
See it if you want to see why Kurt Vonnegut is one of America's great writers. Jason O’Connell's performance is spot on.
Don't see it if you are easily offended by political incorrect writing or you are not in the mood for thinking.
See it if You are a Vonnegut completist or you want to continue digging into the topical ugliness of man’s nature. Some may find it funny...not me.
Don't see it if Today’s politics have heightened your awareness of or lowered your tolerance for the animal nature of man.
See it if You want to see a play that also serves as a masterclass for actors. You are a Vonnegut fan. Enjoy visceral, guttural dark comedies.
Don't see it if You dislike Vonnegut's works. Are thinking about going with kids because it has a kid on the poster? (You know that's probably happened.)
See it if you'd appreciate dark, ironic humor of a 45+ year old play being absurdly, horribly relevant to the times we live in now
Don't see it if you don't dig sarcasm about such things as machismo, murder,wars, soldiering, trophy hunting, marriage, peaceniks, women's lib, the "n" word
Also A hoot and a half! Jason O'Connell is a force of nature.
See it if A tour-de-force performance by O'Connell is reason enough but everything else about this show is spectacular. McLuggage is excellent too.
Don't see it if You find a hateful character who dominates a show to be too much-too loud, too angry, too crude, etc. The humor really tempers that though.
See it if already at full speed for 1st performance at Duke; exceptional work by cast who are adept at all the twists and speed changes
Don't see it if five people to my left departed at intermission shows relentless satire and symbolism my not be everyone's cup of tea
See it if It's got one of the best live performances I've ever seen (from Jason O’Connell) and an extremely strong supporting cast as well.
Don't see it if You're bothered by a slow and slightly confusing start - the play hits its stride halfway through the first act and keeps getting better!