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 are a Vonnegut fan although the bombast here and the indulgent performances sink it.
Don't see it if you object to cartoonish, indulgent theatre. The actors have been praised but they are hammy,and indulgent.
See it if you are attracted to bizarre. you are a fan of Vonnegut. & if your interest is piqued by an adaption of his work. He wasn't a playwrite.
Don't see it if you are smart...if you are smart...stay away. you can't stomach an endurance test.
Also Actors did work hard, however & that is to be applauded.
See it if you like quirky, somewhat absurdist comedy. A very funny satirical look at our culture and gender roles. Fabulous performances!
Don't see it if you only like realistic dramas with naturalistic acting.
See it if the topic of gun control, expressed in a profound yet entertaining way, interests you.
Don't see it if you want a play where you can zone out.
Also I was very pleasantly surprised at just how good this was!
See it if You like Vonnegut’s writing style, you enjoy dark comedies, you enjoy shows that make you think
Don't see it if You prefer a sitcom style comedy, you’re looking for something light, you don’t like being uncomfortable at themes raised
See it if you like satire and are willing to explore America's complicated relationships with war, sex, and gender dynamics
Don't see it if you need something short and snappy, you like something super realistic, you don't want to get into the politics of feminism and gender
See it if If you are a fan of Kurt Vonnegut you would probably love it. It was really odd and helps to know what to expect. Acting was great!
Don't see it if You hate Vonnegut. Don’t see it if you offend easily.
See it if Ready for a decent play with lots of fluctuations between real/surreal,past/present. A bit slow. The teenage actor played exceptionally well
Don't see it if When watching a play you are not sure if you understand everything or there is something beyond the scope of your mental practice.
See it if Fantastic acting from this wonderful cast. The play is timely and so well told. Over the top on purpose and staged well. No reason to not go
Don't see it if If you are a pro war sexist this is not for you....even though you might actually learn something.
See it if You want to see a brilliantly staged version of Vonnegut's novel and you love Vonnegut
Don't see it if You love Trump and want to spend your evening chanting " Lock Her ( Him ) Up " while holding your gun in the air and think MAGA
See it if You like intimate theater with great acting + a clever script. Everyone was terrific; Jason O’Connell and Kate MacCluggage really stand out.
Don't see it if You want a grand production — or want to bring your drink into the theater. We had to toss our wine after the short intermission.
See it if You want a look at toxic masculinity through the lens of 1970s America.
Don't see it if You are easily offended by bad language and shocking situations. Also, the plot is non-linear, so it can feel a little trippy at times.
See it if You're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut or plays that experiment with naturalism in a fun, low-key, and illuminating way
Don't see it if Loud noises, nonlinear narratives, or old plays (well, "old" circa 1970) bother you
See it if A bit heavy handed, DARK comedy dealing masculinity or toxic masculinity and attitudes toward war, killing and violence. Good acting.
Don't see it if You're not entertained by heavy handed DARK comedy, physical humor or political statements
See it if You like Vonnegut and absurdist comedy. Jason Connell does a great job playing a macho overbearing guy and the rest of the cast is topnotch
Don't see it if You are easily offended by boorish behavior or if you don’t like absurd broad comedy. Plot is a little confusing at times.