William M. Hoffman's groundbreaking 1985 AIDS drama asks: what would you do if your best friend and lover fell ill, and the whole world felt like it was against you? More…
'As Is' highlights the often forgotten heroes of the American healthcare system: the friends and families of the sick, and the workers who keep it going against unimaginable odds. It offers an earnest exploration of the fear, rejection, and acceptance that New York men and women faced in the early stages of the AIDS crisis.
See it if you'd like an of-the-moment, well-written work about AIDS. AS IS paints a detailed, honest portrait of the disease. Memorable characters.
Don't see it if you want a polished production. Varying levels of acting skill. Bare-bones set. Occasional lags--and forced laughs--in the script.
See it if Very good directing, acting and staging. A very moving piece on the AIDS epidemic. Very good story by Hoffman, good cast.
Don't see it if If you do not like the subject matter on AIDS.
See it if you want to see a pioneering play, written in the midst of the AIDS crisis, on the effects of the disease on its victim & those around him.
Don't see it if you expect a contemporary take on the subject. It's a respectful revival of a time-specific play, cutting edge in its time but stale today.
See it if Breathing fire, broad composite look at AIDS crisis as it was actually going on Both protagonists a bit one-dimensional but deeply human
Don't see it if Production lacks the urgency of the writing & ensemble needs tightening but effective Like St.Vincent's, a testament to those who were there
See it if you're interested in experiencing some of what gay life was like in NYC as the AIDS epidemic took hold.
Don't see it if you would rather not experience the extreme grief & frequent hopelessness of gay life in NYC as the AIDS epidemic got worse & worse.
See it if you want to know the circumstances being dealt with at the onset of AIDS. This play reviews many of the issues faced at the time.
Don't see it if you want an up-to-date view of the gay community or the advances made in treating this disease.
See it if You see how people reacted how so many people were afraid. You also see a deep friendship, caring, love, also the anger.
Don't see it if you don't want to know what happened to people life when they first found out they have AIDS.
See it if Some poignant moments (at the bar, hospital bed). The guy with AIDS and the doctor are the 2 standouts in the cast.
Don't see it if Very uneven cast, monologues slow down the play. Would have had far greater impact with faster pacing & a more talented cast.
See it if You are interested in the way the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in the early 1980’s affected the NYC gay community + those close to them.
Don't see it if You can’t deal with raw language and simulated gay sex scenes. You are wanting to see an uplifting drama. You have no interest in Aids.
See it if interested in an 80s classic & gay love story, reminder of fear of all we didn't know, solid revival
Don't see it if no interest in AIDS history or gay story lines, or intimacy of OOB productions
See it if The late Bill Hoffman's classic AIDS play given a stirring rendition in a small space. Still tugs at the heartstrings as a love story
Don't see it if It's a paean to the valor of many during the AIDS crisis -- and shows how some chickened out. A tribute to the memory of St. Vincent's Hosp.
See it if u want to see an important play about the early years of the AIDS crisis that focuses on the humane relationships rather than the politics
Don't see it if you are not interested in revisiting the events of that time.
See it if you don’t remember what the AIDS crisis felt like. This work shows the fear that infected relationships, workplaces... even medicine itself.
Don't see it if you lived it and don’t particularly want to re-live it.
See it if you have grown nostalgic to see a production of the first play ever written about AIDS.
Don't see it if you were hoping to see lighting captured in a bottle again after 33 years of its premiere. Trust me when I say, you will be disappointed.
See it if you want a powerful, classic play -- snapshot of life of gay men early in AIDS epidemic (1985). Emotionally resonant and well-written.
Don't see it if you want Broadway-level production. This piece deserved better direction and vision -- but is redeemed by the power and beauty of its text.
See it if you are interested in seeing a rarely performed piece of LGBT theater history.
Don't see it if you're looking for top-notch production values or any new insights into a classic.
See it if Early days of the AIDS plague--if you were there this will pack a powerful emotional punch; if you weren't you can really learn some history
Don't see it if You feel revulsion for gay people and the AIDS crisis--in which case you should also probably move to Alabama or something.
See it if Your interested in a beautiful play that is so touchingly directedThe cast is brilliant It is an emotional play with some laughs.
Don't see it if Your homophobic
See it if You want a Fabulous Show, better than the Broadway show done The 80s. A real steal at off-Broadway prices intimate yet Broadway quality
Don't see it if You’re homophobic or looking for a lighthearted fluffy show this one’s serious yet has comic relief
See it if Meet the production of misfit actors. Every actor projects on a different volume level besides most of them not being master of their domain
Don't see it if This play always feels like a poor stepchild of "Angels in America". The writing and narrative feels forced and, at times, unrealized.
See it if you're curious about seeing one of the first plays to depict the AIDS pandemic. It's oft-forgotten & not performed very often.
Don't see it if you're looking for a profound take on the subject. It's dated & pales in comparison to The Normal Heart (which came out a few months later).
See it if you would like to learn what is was like when aids first hit and be able to now realize how much medicine has helped keep people alive,
Don't see it if this topic doesn't interest you.
See it if you want to understand what the AIDS epidemic meant for thousands of gay and bisexual men in the 80's and 90's. Still relevant today!
Don't see it if you are homophobic or refuse to face the reality that AIDS is still a serious decease. Then again, maybe you should see it.