REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Mike Birbiglia: The New One” Opened with a ShowScore of 87

Show-Score | Aug 3, 2018
“Mike Birbiglia: The New One”, written by Mike Birbiglia and directed by Seth Barrish, opened on August  2, 2018 in New York City. “Mike Birbiglia: The New One”, written by Mike Birbiglia and directed by Seth Barrish, opened on August 2, 2018 in New York City.


11 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 84.

Alexis Soloski 
The New York Times
ShowScore: 60 
"At first excruciatingly funny and then just kind of excruciating. The first hour, about his wife and cat and brother and vascular repair, is gorgeous, just the right amount of wrong...But once Mr. Birbiglia actually has a kid, most of what makes him so immensely appealing — his acuity, his empathy — goes down for a nap...The jokes don’t really stop, but they take a brakes-stripping turn toward self-pity ...After the birth Mr. Birbiglia seems awful."
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter
ShowScore: 90
"His comedic observational skills are sharp as a tack...Birbiglia seems deeply sincere in his lack of self-regard. It makes him all the funnier and more relatable...By the end of the evening, you feel less like an audience member than an old friend. Which is not to downplay the performer's incredibly sharp wit and gift for wordplay...It takes tremendous skill to come across in such an unskilled manner....That the show is being staged in such intimate confines only makes it all the more special."
David Gordon
ShowScore: 85
"Directed by Seth Barrish, 'The New One' is original perspective on a familiar situation. Birbiglia is at the height of his powers as a storyteller, and his innate drollness earns laughs from particularly embarrassing subjects...Really, the laughs are nonstop. There's not a single lull. But it's also surprisingly tender, particularly in the later section."

“Mike Birbiglia: The New One” was also reviewed by Allison Adato of Entertainment Weekly, James Wilson of Talkin' Broadway, David Finkle of New York Stage Review, Jonathan Mandell of New York Theater, Raven Snook of Time Out New York, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Sholiton of Gotham Playgoer, and Matt Windman of AM New York.


The show was also reviewed by 8 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 92.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Absorbing, Funny, Great writing, Clever, Masterful

Anna DeWitt, ShowScore: 95
See it if… "You're looking for an engaging one-man performance filled with hilarious and poignant observations on love, life, and sacrifice." 
Don't see it if…"One-man shows aren't your thing, or overly personal stories (including sometimes uncomfortably truthful anecdotes) make you uncomfortable."
Alexander 7333, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You like Mike Birbiglia and want to see his best 80 minutes yet; you've ever had a kid." 
Don't see it if…"You're sensitive about parental abuse or abandonment--those issues were handled less delicately than I thought they should have been."
Rodash, ShowScore: 90 
See it if…"You are a fan of Mike Birbiglia and his nice-guy, self-deprecating, unflnchingly honest brand of humor.
Don't see it if…"You don't like solo shows and/or have no sense of humor."

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