"The script wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. There were a few funny moments and the plot became slightly more interesting during the second half, but overall, I found it to be a mediocre and somewhat dated story which relies too heavily on the appeal of the celebrity figure around whom the plot revolves...The cast did a fine job at bringing these characters to life...While I wasn’t exactly a fan of the play itself, on the whole it was well-produced." Full Review
See it if Characters lie to themselves when the truth is too hard to reconcile with social norms. Consequences ensue. Good use of older/younger selves
Don't see it if You aren’t interested in the pain caused by rigid social norms in 1950s Texas. You don’t enjoy stories that jump back and forth in time.
See it if you saw the movie (or not). It's still an absorbing, funny, hokey, edgy script (WAY ahead of its time). Good cast, just somewhat unbalanced.
Don't see it if you can't handle EVERY character reminiscing whining arguing teasing kvetching fighting then making-up for 2+ hours. You can! It's worth it!
See it if You like plays that are not completely linear, well acted and unique. Deals with many issues and has twists you don’t expect.
Don't see it if Want a big production, or something completely linear. Deals with deep issues for the time period.
See it if you admire the play and have wanted to see a production, are interested in a period take on topical subject matter.
Don't see it if you are bored by unit set / straightforward period productions, want a consistently strong cast, dislike plays centered around women.
See it if You are a Jimmy Dean fan or enjoy well told friendship stories about a group of small town friends, which span several generations.
Don't see it if If you are sentive with stories about bulling, sexuality and identity Issues.
See it if You want to see a play about a Jimmy Dean obsession and how some friends dealt with it when they were young and older.
Don't see it if You are not interested in a play that took place during that time period.
See it if You enjoy a fun, light morality play. Not preachy, just makes the point about how self-delusion leaves your life broken.
Don't see it if If the miscasting/poor casting of one of the protagonists can ruin a show for you.
See it if It's that Southern gals thing: lifelong friends, a stranger upsets the balance and deep secrets are revealed. Good ensemble.
Don't see it if you're looking for fresh insights into human behavior. Or you have a low tolerance for stereotypes.
See it if a solid ensemble piece with humor and intelligence that engages on many levels. What happens to childhood dreams allowed to group up?
Don't see it if small town life and confused youth distress you. Issues include bullying, poor parenting, loneliness, homophobia, gay baiting, lost dreams
See it if Gracyzk's elegy to Southern small towns & James Dean myths has a few suprises despite heavy soap opera dramatics Evocative set/soundscape
Don't see it if Soler gets several good performances (esp Chris Clark) & keeps action fluid but can't overcome play's hyperbolics Forward looking LGBT theme
See it if Emerging from the mid 70s, the play holds up well, despite the ending where everyone gets closure of some sorts. The acting is passable.
Don't see it if Texan women are standing around and bitching about the heat and life while being devoted fans to James Dean.
See it if IF a good cast exploring a good story makes your night then you are in for a treat, well acted and presented.
Don't see it if If you prefer fluffier entertainment or big productions you should probably pass this one up
See it if you want to see a talented cast bring this great story back to the stage in a small house where you can enjoy all the action.
Don't see it if you are not supportive of the many shades of gender experienced by people in the past and today.
See it if You enjoy plays which challenge gender norms and would like to see a great staging of a story told before on stage and film.
Don't see it if Sexual differences put you off or you have trouble following stories told in retrospect.
See it if you want a glimpse back in time about a small town with a connection to the legendary James Dean
Don't see it if you are easily confused and can't follow the dialogue closely that takes place in a simple but realistic set
See it if You want to see a well written show, maybe not all great actors but pretty good, together with the clever staging makes for a great evening.
Don't see it if You’ll be disappointed if every roles not performed to perfection. Overall, cast is a bit uneven but does great job. Surprisingly relevant.
See it if You love good theater. The cast was great and the set excellent. This play is still relevant to gender issues but strains credibility
Don't see it if you don't like having your credibility stretched too far - these characters have the largest capacity for self delusion ever.
See it if you like an "Oldie, but a Goodie!" Wonderful characters. Deals w Bible Belt LGBT prejudice before it was a hot topic. Very decent production
Don't see it if you're satisfied with having seen the original, definitive production on Broadway 35 years ago. Otherwise this is your chance to catch up!
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