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 If you like musicals and like Carole King's music. Good story of her life and career.
Don't see it if You do not like musicals and are looking for serious plays. You do not like Carole King's music.
See it if You love Nia Vardalos or have a heart. This show was very moving and excellently staged. I saw it 2 weeks ago and still think about it often
Don't see it if You're wanting a flashy, loud, or glossy production or just want to be entertained.
See it if you want a touching 90 minutes of human connection and empathy. Beautiful performances from all four actors
Don't see it if you need a traditional, narrative story arc
See it if Clever play about an advice columnist. Intelligent, witty and at times brutally honest.
Don't see it if The play talks explicitly at times about sex, drugs, relationships, etc. It may not be for the squeamish.
See it if you enjoy self help books and sincere lists of how to deal in a positive way with very sad situations.
Don't see it if 85 non stops humorless minutes of instructions on the right way to handle troubles is not how you want to spend your time in the theater.
See it if You want to see a powerful play about life and the questions we ask as told through vignettes of “dear Abby” type letters
Don't see it if You don’t enjoy non-linear story telling
See it if You're a fan of the source material,
Don't see it if You do not want to see a staging with limited dialogue between actors, you like shows with defined plot points
See it if CS"Sugar", fan, enjoy collective self-help experience, reframes of human pain. Audience seemed ready for healing session (sniffles&applause)
Don't see it if To me "Dear Sugar" monologues were tedious; actors trapped in mechanics (stand, sit, lock-eyes, roam stage). Unsatisfying as theater.
See it if You want to see a play told simply, with great emotional heft and resonance in everyday life.
Don't see it if You want a straight foward story with a beginning, middle and end.
See it if If you liked "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed, she has a singular voice, and like an emotional and meaningful experience. Nia Vardalos is great.
Don't see it if you don't want to see people talking about their feelings, and don't like one woman shows, which this almost is.
See it if you want to see some heart-wrenching stories read on stage, and want to think about the connections that make us all human
Don't see it if you don't want to see an audiobook on stage.
See it if Like to have your heart strings plucked at, know about psychological terms. Play takes you through stories submitted to an advice column.
Don't see it if You want a traditional play with direct dialogue vs monologues. If you hate psychological talk or think self-help is stupid or useless
See it if A must-see if you read and enjoyed the book that the show is based on. See it if you want to be moved and uplifted.
Don't see it if If you only like shows that are plot based with a linear story, or like big, splashy productions.
See it if you love Nia Vardalos and cathardic theater.
Don't see it if you want a straight linear storyline. This play is basically a bunch of monologues taken from an online advice column, but it's great.
See it if You want a thought provoking piece on mental health and the challenges that humans face while trying to survive. Nia was incredible
Don't see it if You have emotional triggers. Rape, miscarriage, and death are common topics. Could be difficult for someone who recently experienced trauma
See it if If you enjoy Dear Abbey, Chicken Soup for the Soul, or the writings of Cheryl Strayed. Interested in the premise? Maybe just read the book.
Don't see it if You don’t like overly sappy pieces, advice columns, or intimate melodramas. You want a well-structured play.
See it if you are a fan of Sugar and/or Nia; if you want to hear deftly written and acted advice on how to live a full and wise life,
Don't see it if you need a lot of action or drama.
See it if You are a fan of Cheryl Strayed's writing, or if you want a realistic portrayal of American life
Don't see it if You want a night of escapist theater. While it is at times funny, it is also a pretty emotional show.