I absolutely love going to Broadway musicals and plays. One thing that I do not love, however, is spending a lot of money to attend one of these plays, then being disappointed in the performance. Even if it is a play that you are familiar with and you know is good, the direction and the performance of the actors will play a huge role in whether or not they are actually able to bring the writing to life properly. It only took a few bad experiences at Broadway plays for me to realize how important it was for me to read Broadway play reviews before actually spending money on tickets. My entertainment dollar is very important to me, and so I do not like feeling as though a bad performance has cost me money that I could have spent elsewhere and been more entertained.
The great thing about reading reviews is the fact that the critics are usually very well educated when it comes to the plays and musicals in question, and so they will be able to tell you whether the cast and crew performed the play properly or not. Of course, that does not mean that you can trust every reviewer or critic to have your exact same taste. Some critics may just not view plays and musicals the same way that you do. However, reading a review before you attend a play can give you a decent idea of what to expect, which is definitely helpful.
Now that I have been taking the time to read the reviews before I attend a play or a musical, the chances of me not enjoying a performance have decreased quite a bit. It is definitely a good idea to educate yourself before you buy a ticket.