If/Then age appropriate?

musicalfool
Chorus Member
joined:4/5/13
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 01:23pm
For those who may have seen If/Then in DC - is it appropriate for a 10 year old? I know every kid is different, but in general, is the subject matter Ok for a pre-teen?
dramamama611
Broadway Legend
joined:12/4/07
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 01:29pm
I can't speak to appropriateness, but I can't imagine the interest level to be very high.
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brotherhoodofman
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joined:1/4/12
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 01:30pm
I would say no, not for most 10 year olds. I'd consider it a strong PG-13 with more uses of the F-word than a PG-13 movie has (since one song is titled "What the F"). I would say this is appropriate for middle school/junior high kids with an adult present. High school would be fine. But I think there's material too mature for a fourth or fifth grader.
disneybroadwayfan22
Broadway Star
joined:2/10/13
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 03:08pm
Yeah, it has swear words and mentions of sex, so I say 13+
musicalfool
Chorus Member
joined:4/5/13
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 1/3/14 at 03:09pm
Thanks all, I appreciate it.
TheGingerBreadMan
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joined:12/7/12
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 2/15/14 at 08:58pm
Bumping this with a question - Would a 13 year old feel uncomfortable seeing this with a parent? I'm not talking about if the show is appropriate, I'm not worried about that, but would the show make the teen feel awkward sitting next to a parent?
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LetTheSunshineIn2
Swing
joined:3/10/12
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 2/15/14 at 09:14pm
I don't think there is anything that would make the 13 year old feel uncomfortable next to his/her parents, there is nothing super explicit- just language and implied sex (waking up in the same bed). But,I don't know how much teens will enjoy the show. The show's premise (what if I made this choice or that) may not be very interesting to them. That said, I really enjoyed the show in DC and would certainly recommend it for adults.
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 2/15/14 at 09:20pm
The 13 year old in question is actually a very experienced theatre goer and is more intellectually advanced than his peers, and enjoys things that would make his peers fall asleep after 5 minutes, so I'm not worried about that. He rarely sees a show that he doesn't like.
Some people can get a thrill, knitting sweaters and sitting still. That's okay for some people, who don't know they're alive!
LetTheSunshineIn2
Swing
joined:3/10/12
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 2/15/14 at 09:23pm
Then you should be just fine. Enjoy the show!
TheGingerBreadMan
Broadway Star
joined:12/7/12
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 2/15/14 at 09:26pm
Thanks for the info! :)
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bwayphreak234
Broadway Legend
joined:7/4/10
If/Then age appropriate?
Posted: 2/16/14 at 06:59am
Bumping this with a question - Would a 13 year old feel uncomfortable seeing this with a parent? I'm not talking about if the show is appropriate, I'm not worried about that, but would the show make the teen feel awkward sitting next to a parent?

That depends on the parent/teen relationship. It is entirely subjective, and there's no universal answer that will apply to all parents and teens. I grew up seeing everything with my mom, and it was never awkward for us. My mom took me to Chicago, Rent, Miss Saigon, The Graduate when I was in 5th grade. Not awkward for either of us at all. Other parents and teens, it very well could have been. It really depends.
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