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 The subject matter is still revelant. The actors really brought their A game. Truly enjoyed the show.
Don't see it if If you are a hunter. Don’t enjoy a good laugh or are looking for a musical.
See it if If you want to see a revival in which the themes of male chauvinism that occurred in the 1960s are still relevant today
Don't see it if You want a coherent, plausible story that is not overpopulated with arcane symbolism that interferes with the story and you have no patience
See it if You love Vonnegut. Or if you like plays that point out something terrible about society, but end up creating more of that terrible thing.
Don't see it if You are tired of stories of selfish white men who win.
See it if you like dark absurdist works. Strong anti-violence message. Some laughs. Strong ensemble cast. High prodn values. Strange digressions.
Don't see it if you dislike brutality. HBWJ assaults you. Jason commits, but it's hard to take (and loud!) I was uncomfortable. Admirable, but not enjoyable
See it if you are an inveterate Vonnegut fan. Otherwise, don't.
Don't see it if you are a discerning Vonnegut fan. This is subpar to his work. Huge chunks of the play are just tedious, long-winded non sequitur vignettes
See it if I really didn't care for this show at all & Surprised by how positive the other reviews on here are. If interested go off of their reviews.
Don't see it if Found the pacing to be EXTREMELY slow. Harold goes off on tangents that amount to nothing, tried to milk for laughs but it just wasn't funny
See it if If you like good acting, directing lighting and an esoteric story. KV, JR is a very provocative writer and the show is well acted, staged.
Don't see it if If you do not like a story with several meanings that tests your thought process. If you like big productions.
See it if Satire about male bravado and changing male roles. Disturbing situations with many funny lines. Good over-the-top acting by the 4 leads.
Don't see it if Makes the same point repeatedly, getting more ridiculous. Funny but lacking depth. Surprises & creative staging keeps it entertaining.
See it if Vintage Vonnegut (at his satiric best) proves shockingly timely & moving Whip cracking direction; strong acting propel potent drama Neat set
Don't see it if At times tends towards narrative vs action which can slow pace But Jason O'Connell's Harold in a stunning star turn covers any dramatic sins
See it if The two youngsters were so good.. The set was fantastic. The idea that an almost 50 year old play can be produced is "enuf "to see it
Don't see it if My view may be influenced by "A BAD DAY".. transportation a disaster, food dismal, wrong attire for the eve Don.t ask. Will try it again.
See it if absurdity gone wild keeps you amused. Lots of madness in the service of signifiant ideas including imaginative use of the set.
Don't see it if realistic dramas are your preferred form. These are stock characters performing farce.
See it if you enjoy a biting and effective satire about guns, violence, marital relations and a cake. Excellent acting and staging. Very powerful play
Don't see it if you don't like a play about killing and a cake. Some of the dialogue is disturbing.
See it if You enjoy Vonnegut's work, and want to see a very talented group of actors perform his work very well. Quirky and fun, a great night.
Don't see it if If you don't like small cramped venues with uncomfortable chairs. Or you don't like Vonnegut.
See it if you enjoy Vonnegut and his odd sense of humor.
Don't see it if If realism is your thing, this show is probably not for you. You dislike stereotypes and the use of dead characters to move the plot along.
See it if Kurt Vonnegut's 1970s inflected comedy with guns, big game hunters, widows, orphans & little girls killed by icecream trucks grabs you
Don't see it if absurdist comedy, Kurt Vonnegut, intermissions, jungle fever, abusive husbands, direct address, guns, dead little girls dont float your boat
See it if you resist sorting people into Winners and Losers; are interested in how the gods of the old world become the devils of the new one.
Don't see it if you want to feel happy watching it. Actors apply their talents to irritate. Cruel, scornful dialogue; kicking easy targets when they’re down
See it if you like a quirky Vonnegut play which feels relevant to today's times. The actors are committed and give great, energized performances.
Don't see it if you don't like small, intimate venues or absurd plays. Production makes good use of the space, but it's certainly no Broadway spectacle.
See it if you love edgy acting and are a Vonnegut fan
Don't see it if Vietnam era drama/comedies touching on contemporary issues (gun control) are not your bag
See it if you want a chance to see a rarely produced satire by Vonnegut that deals with war, killing, machismo, abusive behavior & changing attitudes.
Don't see it if you are turned off by the subject matter. It is a satire but at times heavy handed instead of clever. I found the ending to be unsatisfying.
See it if you like Vonnegut, appreciate strange stories & dark comic satires; can see how a play written in Vietnam era has relevance for today
Don't see it if you want a play to get better in 2nd half - this one does drag a lot then; or if you don't want to see an over-the-top macho type
See it if A revisit (or introduction) to Vonnegut delivers his classic acerbic rumination on the inevitability of the mess we have made of the world.
Don't see it if Men's endless vanity & confidence is on exhibit & given wild interpretation by Jason O'Connell. Slightly ragged around its absurdist edges.