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Blackbird

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the show

Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams star in 'Blackbird,' the story of an uneasy reunion between a woman and a middle-aged man 15 years after they had a sexual relationship when she was 12. More…

Una and Ray meet for the first time in 15 years. They are clearly not comfortable in other's company, and we soon find out why: When Una was 12, Ray seduced her. Now she has found him by accident, and they must delve into their complex feelings for each other. Winner of the 2007 Olivier Award for Best Play.

1h 20m | Already closed | Belasco Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (600)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy
81
Avg Score

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Intense, Inconsistent, Edgy

See it if you're a fan of Williams and Daniels, who get lots of stage time. Mostly yelling, thanks to the script and director.

Don't see it if you want a show that makes sense. The plotting is irrational. You learn nothing from this overheated play. I wanted to like it, but couldn't

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Riveting, Intense

See it if You like hard hitting, in your face drama. Perfection! Tough to watch at times. The stuff that nightmares are made of. That's good theatre!

Don't see it if You can't handle real life ugly situations.

77
Enchanting, Edgy, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if good acting, good set, and good directing. Good to see Jeff Daniels on the stage again.

Don't see it if It loses itself at times, inconsistent directing and story at times gets hung up. It deals with a very disturbing subject but doesn't go far

60
Intense, Unsettling, Overrated, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great performance by Jeff Daniels (revisiting the role he played almost 10 years ago).

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with the subject (pedophilia/child molestation), which is not portrayed but is discussed explicitly between adults.

83
Intense, Thought-provoking, Disturbing, Could've been better directed: tone stays on 1 note, michelle williams has an affected speech pattern., Murky morality

See it if You want an intense, challenging show. You can handle taboo sexual topics w/out a clear villain or victim. You want a show that stays w/you.

Don't see it if You can't/don't want a show about taboo sexual topics. You want a clear victim & villain. You want all questions resolved at the end.

65
Absorbing, Disappointing, Edgy, Slow, Overrated

See it if You want to see Jeff Daniels at his finest.

Don't see it if You want to hear about sexual predators for 90 minutes.

86
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Masterful, Edgy

See it if You enjoy great acting and high drama. Two character play of confrontation reveling past events that might change the character's future.

Don't see it if on a first date or for celebratory evening. This is serious theater with a deep gut wrenching resonance.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if You love intense drama, excellent acting, uncomfortable subject matter.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with taboo subject matter. Or cannot watch Law & Order SVU

7
Banal, Excruciating

See it if You just have to see every show on Broadway, no matter how boring and poorly acted it might be

Don't see it if You're going to fall asleep (like many did) while the actress talks and talks and talks without any emotion in her voice at all.

79
Intelligent, Intense, Riveting, at times, Great set, lighting, sound, Masterful acting

See it if You like actors' body of work, you like pieces that aren't fluff or have no easy answers, you want Drama (with a capD) about moral issues.

Don't see it if You don't like watching an argument, are squeamish about sexual situations, want a happy ending, don't like talky pieces with little action.

79
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Original

See it if you enjoy a show which makes you uncomfortable, has characters that are a bit unlikeable, and overall tells of a strange relationship.

Don't see it if you enjoy light, fluffy, and feel good shows. Show would have been much better in a smaller venue.

84
Intense, Great acting, Upsetting, Edge of your seat

See it if you're a fan of Daniels or Williams and you're up for an intense night - both go all out. Direction could have been more nuanced - one note.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with pedophilia soft pedaled and made ambiguous, and you're not ready to leave unsettled and without a clear resolution

85
Great acting, Uncomfortable, Dark

See it if you want to see compelling acting, feel like a fly on the wall during an intense hour and a half confrontation between two characters

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play with very dark and disturbing subject matter, you want to lift your mood

79
Great acting, Powerful, Thought-provoking, Great direction, Script = emotionally distancing

See it if you want to admire 2 actors at the top of their form in a script that allows them to bare all on their journey, excellent technical work

Don't see it if you want to be emotionally identify with the characters, the script has a distancing effect where the audience seems 2 serve only as voyeurs

76
Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if Daniels was amazing, Williams was not. if you like straight up acting you will love this show. The writing was not great.

Don't see it if when this affair happened he was 40 and she was 12. The writer should have made her a bit old. 12 is 12 but if she is 16 it may make a dif

80
Absorbing, Disappointing, Great writing, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Jeff Daniels is terrific. The play itself is a gem. Michelle Williams ruined it for me. I saw the original and was blown away.

Don't see it if You only like big brassy musicals.

52
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Overrated

See it if If you like to feel actors acting, working hard. If you saw the last production and didnt get the gut punch of the last scene, its here.

Don't see it if You saw the Allison Pill/JD production. You like subtlety. You are sensitive to pedophilia/incest storylines. You want pacing.

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Must see, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're looking for an intellectual, cathartic theatrical experience. Williams and Daniels are superb.

Don't see it if you're looking for a comedy or light night out at the theatre.

82
Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like to be challenged as an audience member

Don't see it if you want something light and fun

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like interesting intelligent plays; if you like intense dramas with some humor and a few twists and turns.

Don't see it if You want light fluffy entertainment.

80
Absorbing, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you're prepared for an emotionally-draining 90 minutes of two scene-thrashing (literally) actors fighting their way to truth and acceptance.

Don't see it if you are looking for a rollicking family night out, are uncomfortable with sexuality and rape, or dislike edgy modern staging.

84
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Original, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a great acting by both stars.

Don't see it if your uncomfortable with sexual allegations

90
Absorbing, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like deep psychological drama. This 2 hander oens some deep questions about child molestation and its effects on victim & perpetrator.

Don't see it if You have trouble with harsh sexual topics, are squeamish about honest love, lust, sex conversations. Have no empathy for sexual oppressors

80
Great acting, Intense

See it if excellent performances turned out by Jeff Bridges and Michelle Williams in an intense, relevant, and topical script

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable with theater and performances that is raw and intense and deals with difficult subject matter.

82
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You appreciate wonderful acting by Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels. They give their all in this riveting production

Don't see it if You prefer lighter subject matter or have experienced significant psychological trauma.


March 10th, 2016
"An immensely powerful work that only occasionally maximizes its potential in the fitful production...Williams’ Una starts off both hopping mad and, it would seem, certifiably mad...This interpretation also begins the production at a fever pitch that can only sweat itself out...Mr. Daniels, as go...
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March 10th, 2016
"'Blackbird' is a comfortless 80-minute reckoning of arrested time and soiled innocence...Plot and morals are beside the point; the slow drip of memory like acid on the present is what Harrower is after...Joe Mantello reimagines his exactingly sharp 2007 staging...Time has been shattered for thes...
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March 10th, 2016
"So complicates the questions of consent and trauma and recovery—and even love—that it would be difficult to look at any of these subjects the same way again...It’s hard to think of another director besides Mantello who could so confidently package so much unprettied trauma within the big-box con...
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March 21st, 2016
"Watching Williams work is like seeing a figure from a documentary perform a fictional reënactment of her own life. She shifts between the two realities—what’s true in the world and what’s true onstage—without ever losing sight of her partner...The director, Mantello has a weakness for emphasizin...
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