The Public Theater presents an encore run of this comedy starring Oscar nominee Nia Vardalos and based on the eponymous book by best-selling author Cheryl Strayed. Directed by Tony winner Thomas Kail ('Hamilton'). More…
Vardalos is Sugar, an anonymous online advice columnist (later revealed to be Strayed) whom thousands of people have turned to for words of wisdom, honesty, and hope. At first unsure of herself, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and real problems of her readers, creating a beloved column about the monstrous beauty, endless dark, and glimmering light at the heart of being human.
See it if you want to hear psychobabble about forgiving yourself and being deserving. The message that kindness counts is worthy, but not new.
Don't see it if you demand engrossing theater. This show has hot button issues (self-loathing, child molestation, alienation, etc), but little depth.
See it if you'd like a staged reading of Chicken Soup for the Soul.
Don't see it if No reason not to see it if the premise interests you, but no reason to feel bad about passing it up either.
See it if you like to read advice columns or enjoy hearing about various human struggles. Material probably most resonant if you're a mother/have kids
Don't see it if you're looking for a play with a storyline, not just a bunch of vignettes, you're expecting this to be very insightful or fresh
See it if self-help books are your favorite genre, and if you enjoy daytime talk shows. If you liked Tuesdays with Morrie, this is for you.
Don't see it if You require tension and drama when you go to theatre.
See it if you love the book it is based on & enjoy non stop advice questions answered with personal experiences by the talented actress Nia Vardalos
Don't see it if you don't enjoy plays with no plot or build up, but a series of questions and answers about love and life.
See it if You are a Nia Vardalos fan -- though her performance is flat here. Like to think and hear about life's trials and ways of reframing them.
Don't see it if You are impatient with monologue after monologue -- with each being responded to by an advice columnist.
See it if you don’t mind being told what’s important, and don’t care about narrative, story or structure.
Don't see it if You do care about the above. The whole whole is letters being read to the audience. By the third, I wanted to kill myself. It was preachy.
See it if You like Nia Vardalos. It was boring and seemed to go on forever even though it was only 90 minutes.
Don't see it if If you like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding". You will be disappointed.
See it if you want to see one woman basically reading aloud from the self-help section at the bookstore.
Don't see it if you want more depth and character interaction, or a fully fledged out story.
See it if You are a fan of Nia Vardalos or the writing of Cheryl Strayed. The show is engaging on an emotional level but not much else. Set was nice.
Don't see it if You don't like mushy storytelling. This was an indulgent piece by the Public. Tough ticket to grab for not much substance.
See it if you are a fan of Cheryl Strayed or Nia Vardolos (doing her best to make a non-role engaging); you like life lessons in bite-sized vignettes
Don't see it if you are expecting a play, dramatic action, or exploration of relationships.
See it if you know and like the story.
Don't see it if you prefer a storyline that flows rather than a poorly connected dialogue among characters.
Also Great story, but poorly adapted for the stage.
See it if you are a fan of Cheryl Strayed or Nia Vardalos.
Don't see it if This is not a play; this is a dramatic reading of an advice column turned into a book.
See it if you like what is essentially an acted advice column well acted but after a while a little repetitive and over-written.
Don't see it if You are not a fan of this sort of rather rambling and incoherent advice to random problems.
See it if you are a Nia Vardolos fan, enjoy plays that are more like a succession of anecdotes than plays, enjoy a good cry, love over-sentimentality.
Don't see it if plays that go nowhere bore you, you don't care for Nia Vardolos, you dislike over-emphasis on sentimentality, disdain manipulated emotion.
See it if you really love Cheryl Strayed and don't mind a plotless show that doesn't quite earn the emotions that it tries to pull out of you.
Don't see it if you need a play that has plot, or if you prefer your tears to come about through true theatrical catharsis.
See it if You find advice columns profound and can't get enough of them
Don't see it if You bristle at frequent cliches. While acting was good , and staging was great; the play itself was melodramatic and banal.
See it if You like self help kind of topics. Lacking any dramatic qualities,static, mediocre acting that becomes redundant. If you like dear abby, see
Don't see it if Youre looking for drama, great acting and insightful theatre.
See it if you want to hear Cheryl Strayed's book read aloud.
Don't see it if you're looking for coherent drama with a substantial arc. You want to be moved more than fleetingly by short stories
See it if You're entertained by poignant stories about the innermost secrets of people's lives.
Don't see it if You are easily overwhelmed by information overload and prefer a linear performance.