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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.