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 see a show that may be a bit contrived yet manages to touch on many emotional and heartfelt ideas with a genuine genius.
Don't see it if You have a cold, cold heart...or if you think theatre without much plot that deals with emotions and darkness should stay at the therapists.
See it if You wan.to be moved by raw and vulnerablse performances in this powerful show! Be prepared to dig deep...
Don't see it if You prefer narrative plays. This is a series of advice columns told through monologues.
See it if Advice columnist comes to terms with her own grief, regrets, and mistakes in life through interactions with her followers. Enlightening.
Don't see it if Plods along due to lack of character development, conflict, and plot. I checked my watch about an hour through. Enjoyable in a low key way.
See it if Fine ensemble work & Kail's yeoman direction provides interest for about 1st 30 minutes of this confessional style advise drama But then...
Don't see it if Despite its empathetic qualities & often heartfelt questioning, the play becomes rather static & heavy - losing interest & becoming boring
See it if You're a fan of Cheryl Strayed or Nia Vardalos, enjoy expository plays, don't miss character development, like sexually intimate stories
Don't see it if you expect linear storylines with character development, don't like s series of letters read on stage or actors playing multiple parts
See it if you’ve ever written to an advice columnist. Or even if you haven’t. The situations are varied; you’re sure to find yourself in at least one.
Don't see it if you prefer traditional narratives. This show has no singular story. There’s no action. But the words will move you.
See it if You want to see fantastic actors in a wonderful, thought provoking show.
Don't see it if You want a light time at the theater. This play will make you think. At one point basically everyone in the audience was crying.
See it if You enjoy slow plays without a linear story line. This is an advice column read out loud- masterfully. Well acted and beautifully executed.
Don't see it if You need a linear story and don't enjoy random snippets of story and a lot of just standing around.
See it if you want a talky play that has something to say.It had me in tears at the end, but there was a lot of laughter before that point.Very moving
Don't see it if you want a play with traditional plot.This is series of Dear Abby type letters, but on a deeper emotional, philosophical level. Excellent
See it if Amazing performance by the whole cast, especially by Ms. Vardalos. Touching. Moving. Emotionally raw. Filled with humanity.
Don't see it if There's not much of a plot. It's more of an anthology of grief.
See it if letters to an advice columnist voiced by actors as they walk thru the columnist's living room & kitchen; emotional responses by 'Sugar'
Don't see it if you want a plot, drama, & well-developed characters; don't want a variety of emotional life stories
See it if you'd enjoy a play that's not a linear narrative so much as an original, affecting portrayal of the human experience. The acting is spot-on.
Don't see it if you don't enjoy outside the box theater.
See it if The lonely/disappointed seeking online advice seems compelling. Their stories are touching, but the play structure leaves their reactions...
Don't see it if ...unknown and the plot undeveloped. Cheryl Strayed's intimacies become cloying. But Nia Vardalos and cast are adept at gleaning our empathy
See it if you would enjoy a play with a small cast that explores very human problems and moments.
Don't see it if Many around me were moved to tears, but I didn't feel the same emotional impulse. A sweet reminder of what makes life worth living.
See it if You enjoy well crafted vignettes exploring the human experience; willing to have the feels
Don't see it if You want a traditional play with a linear plot
See it if If you enjoy a good , complex story about people's lives. Beautifully written and produced. Bravo to the cast!
Don't see it if If you enjoy only musicals or light dramas.
See it if you like a show that can be summed up in 3 words: "Life Lesson Letters." Each character had a "poignant" letter.
Don't see it if you want to see something to keep you thinking after the show. The "poignant" parts felt a little forced and predictable.
See it if You like a heartfelt and emotional play about life, grief, and forgiveness. Most people will find something relatable to their own lives.
Don't see it if You want more action. The plot is revealed slowly and beautifully in a series of questions and answers.
See it if you are in need of some good old-fashion storytelling that pulls at the heart strings.
Don't see it if you think that life experience doesn’t make one an expert, able to give good common sense advice.
See it if You want to feel something.
Don't see it if You feel like reading an advice column out loud for a couple hours and calling it a play seems to easy.
See it if The fine threads of emotions, love, loss, brutality and longing weave a rich tapestry of stories that are the lives of real people.
Don't see it if You have no patience for introspection. The age of Trump fights against emotion, if that is where you are, stay away.
See it if This is a performance piece rather than a traditional play. Riveting stories in the form of advice columns. Moving with light, funny moments
Don't see it if This is not a traditional play in terms of structure, narrative and character. More like mini vignettes strung together by "Dear Sugar"
See it if you are a fan of Cheryl Stayed & her brilliant way of addressing the human condition. The audience was obviously moved.
Don't see it if the things that affect our lives seems indulgent to you
See it if "Dear Abby" comes alive, are interested in the effects responses may have on troubled souls, or enjoy storytelling thru a series of letters.
Don't see it if Would not like a potpourri of issues in a "dear Abby" style, if you do not enjoy small venues, or if you want a large scale production.
See it if Feels like a theatrical exercise and lacks narrative development but is a deeply emotional very deep dive into empathy and shared humanity
Don't see it if You need narrative development and don’t like any hint of raw emotion and sentimentality