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 For one of the best ever lead performances by Jason O'Connell !! & To explore questions of machismo & dysfunction in western culture
Don't see it if You want happy or you want something very accessible - there is a lot of cautisc wit
See it if you'd enjoy a revival that would make Vonnegut proud. It's a wacky and rather perverse view of our culture. O'Connell is a master sleaze.
Don't see it if you are triggered by pervasive toxic masculinity. It's disturbing how relevant this play is 50 years later. Not hilarious to me.
See it if You want to see a well-written, well-staged, very funny play that seems to comment more on current times than the 70s.
Don't see it if There's cursing and some racial and sexual epithets and some gunshots, but these aren't distracting.
See it if you like the style of Kurt Vonnegut and/or if you want a satirical look at the world of the late 1960's through his eyes.
Don't see it if you like a more straightforward play (there is a lot of symbolism and interpretation).
See it if your sense of humor's dark. This satire covers it all: from gender roles & drunk drivers to pedophilia & murder. These actors are fearless.
Don't see it if you're sensitive to hilariously sardonic send-ups of the afterlife or you insist comedies, even blistering lampoons, come w/a happy ending.
See it if you want to be immersed in a thoughtful experience, often funny and poignant, well crafted, great set, random emotions, unique and awakening
Don't see it if you want a linear plot or if you might be put off as a Vonnegut connoisseur (I'm not). It was long, needs editing, but a brave production
See it if you want strong acting by several very different characters. It shifts from very funny to quirky to upsetting - and back again.
Don't see it if you want light entertainment. It holds your attention for the full 2 hours, but it was a little exhausting by the end - worth it, though.
See it if you like dark comedy and don't mind listening to a toxic, misogynistic, homophobic, racist, violent, white male (character) for two hours.
Don't see it if you can't find humor in the character described above, or if production, acting and staging mean nothing to you if you hate the material.
See it if You like relevant, topical comedies. Although written in 1970, it feels very "of the moment." It is also very theatrical. Great cast.
Don't see it if You like old fashioned drama and comedy. This does not have a traditional story line, or traditional ending.
See it if Fastidious revival of ABSURDIST play from 1970. Rare chance to see a piece of history! Themes of guns & toxic masculinity still relevant.
Don't see it if if you don't like ABSURDISM or want something current. Some didn't understand it. It's very stylized & a bit heavy handed, but still a gem.
See it if if you like satire and broad comedy with a purpose by one of America's most revered writers but are ok with ideas and little to no plot.
Don't see it if you don't like satire or absurdist comedy and are in need of logical plot points and concise storytelling.
See it if I haven’t seen such a satisfying show-great acting/directing/writing all way around. Casts from young to not too young were all fantastic!
Don't see it if If you are only looking for a linear plot line and some old traditional story telling will not be here.
See it if you like great acting + a thought-provoking script. O’Connell was fantastic; his monologue as Koningswald is worth the price of admission
Don't see it if crude behavior, racism, and sexism by a boorish character would bother you
See it if you enjoy an engaging adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat, not one dull moment, excellent performances.
Don't see it if you are not in the mood for uplifting high energy drama or in your face theatre that brings it home with a great ending. No spoilers here!