See it if Enjoy off-Broadway, inexpensive shows, small theatre, talented cast, "Fringe", multi-raced plays, homosexuality, and some line flubs...
Don't see it if Dislike all the above
See it if you like who-done-its in Chicago
Don't see it if you are homophobic
See it if If you like shows that meld humor and mystery and maintain a strong sense of atmosphere.
Don't see it if You don't like venturing far from the theater district.
See it if You enjoy a story that builds slowly and unassumingly in an unknown place (the fringes of Chicago during a transit strike).
Don't see it if Can't think of a reason not to see it.
See it if You like mysteries and a bit of complexity
Don't see it if You don't like urban edgy storylines
See it if you're really into murder mysteries and like straight forward, plot driven, narrative storytelling
Don't see it if you don't like cliched characters that feel like they came out of an old gangster film or find dialogue & acting is more important than plot
See it if you love noir drama with a side of whodunnit and brilliant witty dialogue
Don't see it if you don't like noir theater
See it if you're looking for some very good actors, and don't mind having to look hard
Don't see it if you have to have a well-written play with a compelling storyline to be able to enjoy your evening.
"There is much to admire in this fast-paced production. Trumbull delivers a nuanced performance full of humor and charm. Moody projections of the Chicago landscape fill the backdrop as recognizable film noir archetypes push the story along...One quibble: The production’s over-shadowy lighting makes it hard to connect with the characters on stage. Even a show that embraces the noir does not need to keep everyone so literally in the dark."
"An absurd, heartfelt murder mystery that will draw you in and keep you guessing, even after you leave the theater…It plays off of a lot of noir tropes, and provides a few laughs along the way as characters subvert genre expectations…I walked out vaguely aware that there was something I was supposed to learn from this cautionary tale, but also baffled as to what it was…Definitely worth seeing if you're at all interested in a contemporary twist on one of the oldest kinds of stories."
"'Off Track' circumlocutes several important issues without raising one deep, rich, enduring question about any of them. This failure on the part of a playwright is unfortunate and unfair not only to an audience but to the show’s actors that have to struggle to make sense of a play...The playwright has chosen to introduce characters he abandons on page and on stage as underdeveloped stock characters without convincing or interesting conflicts."