Following a sold-out off-Broadway run, acclaimed comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia ("Thank God For Jokes," "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend") brings his new solo show to Broadway. More…
In 2008, Nathan Lane introduced New York City theatergoers to Mike Birbiglia by presenting Birbiglia’s solo theater debut, "Sleepwalk with Me," which went on to be adapted into a New York Times bestselling book and Sundance Award-winning feature film of the same name.
"Birbiglia is an expert storyteller and crafter of jokes...Birbiglia allows us all to laugh at him as we relate to him, remaining the butt of all of his own jokes...Most of the jokes were solidly on the good side...It was refreshing to laugh with an entire theatre about the troubles and aches of a universally human conundrum. The piece acknowledged our current political landscape, but didn’t inspect it or rely on it for the laughs, which led to a refreshing evening of laughter-as-medicine.” Full Review
"'The New One' has more laughs per minute than any other new show on Broadway, and the production, staged by Birbigla's longtime director Seth Barrish, hasn't lost anything that made the off-Broadway version such an unabashed delight...Birbiglia's strength as an artist is in how easily he manages to endear himself to us. He instantly has us on his side...Barrish, meanwhile, has done the near impossible: he's made a small show feel large, while still retaining its intimacy." Full Review
"Here, as has always been true when watching this singular comic performer, one has to admire Birbiglia's willingness to expose his shortcomings (not physically, of course), discuss his most embarrassing moments, make self-deprecating comments about his looks and behavior, and, above all, espouse his very singular views on life." Full Review
“Birbiglia’s solo show is not a play so much as it is a standup comedy act with high production value. That’s not a criticism, just an answer to the question ‘what is it?’, because it turns out that ’what it is” is a hilarious and heartwarmingly universal portrait of one man’s skeptically reluctant journey to parenthood...Teeming with insight and wit, and performed by an instantly lovable schlub, this is an ideal show for, well, everyone.” Full Review
"'The New One,' directed by Seth Barrish, is about Birbiglia and his wife's decision to become parents, the struggles they go through to arrive at pregnancy, and his fretfulness about how becoming a family man will change his life and identity. This is familiar comedic territory but Birbiglia gives it new energy, thanks to the telling details in his stories." Full Review
“Birbiglia gives a candid, soul-bearing performance. His comic timing is nearly perfect...It’s sweet, it’s sentimental, but it’s also surprising in its candidness at times...What makes ‘The New One’ such an enjoyable show is not Birbiglia’s sense of humor — which is great; the man is really, really funny — but his ability to make the story genuine and honest. Though he candidly discusses problems in his marriage and with raising a little girl, he does so with love and heart." Full Review
"Mike Birbiglia is a brilliant storyteller (and the first straight, white man in a while to make me laugh so hard I cried)...Brought me and the audience to places of laughter that made the Broadway house feel like a comedy coliseum. The response was so active, visceral, and unbelievably alive...Birbiglia’s vulnerability, impeccable comic timing and comfortable delivery (no matter who the target, it never sounds aggressive) are comedic and Broadway gold." Full Review
“Birbiglia has that innate ability of creating instant intimacy...His self-deprecating, neurotic and animated insecurities about being a male, a husband and now a new father are just some of the reasons to instantly love him...By the time I left...I had that slightly exhausted feeling that comes from many a belly laugh, when you can’t just help but feel good. And that’s a really good feeling.” Full Review
"'The New One' is an expertly crafted hilarious adventure that highlights such various vantage points and thought perspectives of Birbiglia’s life, love, and non-sleepwalking dreams...It’s utterly hilarious, sweet, vulnerable, and connecting, and it would be a challenge not to be swayed by his deceptively simple style and expert delivery. It’s smart and on target, daring us not to join in with his dilemma and laugh right alongside him as he muddles his way from beginning to the end." Full Review
"Dropping big bucks to see a low-key, self-effacing comedian in person might seem like a waste. Such an attitude doesn’t account, though, for the paradoxically lazy energy that Mr. Birbilgia emanates...As he restlessly circumambulates, verbally and physically, he’s always reaching for explanations that seem to explode on him. Yet, in the end, a symmetry emerges from the chaos he describes and embodies. Such is the gentle genius of one man’s comfortingly haphazard approach to comedy." Full Review
"He walked on stage and from his first line, delivered in a warm-and-friendly-but-awkward manner, I was a convert...Seth Barrish serves as director, although Birbiglia seems to be directing himself (which, admittedly, is precisely how it should appear)...Not as big and spectacular as 'King Kong,' needless to say, but gargantuanly more entertaining." Full Review
"About his reluctant journey to fatherhood and how it has changed his life. That may sound about as scintillating as potato salad, but Birbiglia isn't some generic straight white guy whining about domesticity. He is raw, self-deprecating and painfully aware of both his privilege and his failings...The show isn't groundbreaking in structure, style or substance...But the meticulous and evocative way he expresses himself makes 'The New One'—like a newborn baby—special, unique and lovable." Full Review
"A good laugh is worth its weight in a boatload of King Kongs. And Birbiglia's got a million of 'em. Well, maybe a thousand...Birbiglia is a masterful humorist with a knack for making the most serious subjects hilarious...Perhaps one of the secrets to Birbiglia's success is that he is a storyteller...But the biggest surprise is Birbiglia's ability to fill the stage with little more than the wit and wisdom of someone who understands that humor is the bitterest truth refusing to take itself ser... Full Review
"When is a standup routine not a standup routine, but a legitimate play? Partly when it comes with theatrical trappings like a thoughtful set, subtle lighting and sound effects...Mike Birbiglia’s 'The New One' qualifies as a real play — a brimmingly warm, entertaining one on a universally relatable topic...Kudos to director Seth Barrish for keeping the tone from shifting into either the maudlin, the too-dark or the trippy, New-Age blissful." Full Review
"Birbiglia could name his daughter Little Ricky and still seem fresh. He’s that good...The monologist starts with some terrific observational stuff that lays the groundwork for the main event, and won’t sound a bit funny on this page...The emotional heart of 'The New One' beats loudest after the actual new one arrives, and Birbiglia’s physical isolation becomes a metaphor for his emotional distance from mother and daughter." Full Review
"Amiably nerdy Birbiglia finds surreal hilarity in the mundane and wins us over with humor that is neither malicious nor diminishing, along with insights that are moving but not mawkish...The material lands so acutely because Birbiglia is pungently nailing some pressing contemporary preoccupations that are rarely talked about on stage or elsewhere...Director Seth Barrish expertly assists Birbiglia in finding a way back from the more offensive places the narrative could take him." Full Review
"Under Seth Barrish's direction, 'The New One' keeps a steady, casual tone consistent with Birbiglia's genial, nice-guy persona. The 80-minute piece is very funny on a sweet, realistic level. The only moment of shear theatricality, a really good one, comes from set designer Beowulf Boritt. I'll leave it to the storytellers to present you with that one." Full Review
“Birbiglia’s latest solo show was a hit in a small theatre earlier this year, but his low-key approach translates surprisingly well to Broadway’s more capacious Cort. Here, he turns his path to fatherhood into a suspenseful tale...Birbiglia’s main weapon is his deceptively indolent delivery, which is paired with a milquetoast demeanor that barely conceals dark undercurrents about the way men, or at least some of them, experience having kids.” Full Review
"Birbiglia excels at offering fun anecdotes, dramatizing conversations with offstage characters, making Seinfeld-style observations about daily life and performing occasional physical bits...The show loses some steam as it goes along, trading bite for sentimentality and taking meandering turns, but overall it is very funny and well-constructed. Parenthood is well-worn territory for comedians, but Birbligia manages to be fresh, revealing and (as always) relatable." Full Review
"Fox: The comedy was super-strong. Lots of different types of jokes, expertly crafted. I probably say this after all of his shows, but it’s the funniest one yet. More than anything, though, I was most impressed by how it’s structured...Holdren: There were also things about the narrative that he thinks he’s living (of Obsolete Doofy I-Have-No-Agency Father Figure) that made me raise my eyebrows a bit. But as a thing built to make me laugh, really well done." Full Review
"Smart, entertaining one-man show...In lesser hands, this would be little more than an extended stand-up routine, but Birbiglia is a fine storyteller with solid acting chops...Birbiglia tells the story as if for the first time...Along the way, he dispenses with the hilarity and sneaks in some valid concerns about bringing a child into a world of rising sea levels and environmental neglects, along with one infuriating (to me, anyway) comment about understanding why some men leave." Full Review
"'The New One' focuses on a hilarious rite of passage as a gentle soul regales the audience with his life ups and downs and we relate to his travails in one form or another...Birbiglia guides us into his personal thoughts and viewpoints on his life...His ease of recounting his past is consistent hilarity and his humor is never forced and in your face. He just glides, smooth as butter...A clever, insightful look at how even guys who never wanted to can become great dads." Full Review
"Anyone who’s seen Birbiglia go it alone on stage knows that Birbiglia has an uncanny knack for spinning private discomfort into disarming, delightfully laugh-packed yarns...Birbiglia’s self-awareness and smarts keep the show from sinking into an annoying pity party, though he has an irritating habit of shouting too much. And while the material isn’t exactly earth-shattering, it’s always engaging and sometimes startling...Birbiglia’s likability and ace storytelling are their own special effec... Full Review
"Don’t let Birbiglia’s Build-a-Bear physique, schlubby uniform (khakis and ill-fitting casual shirt) or milquetoasted voice fool you. Or maybe do — because his very relatability allows him to get away with surprisingly sharp-edged humor about some very serious subjects...He is the sort of guy who sticks around, even when things get a little rough. Maybe because he’s able to laugh at the situation — and make everyone else laugh, too." Full Review
"Birbiglia's engagingly comic approach mostly succeeds at avoiding clichés about the fatherhood-shy as he describes his journey in terms that would resonate most strongly with men within a typical reproductive age...Off Broadway, with its up-close-and-personal connection between performer and audience, would actually be a better venue...The Broadway dynamic is not one in which there is a lot of room to accommodate a genial lone performer who is not a superstar." Full Review
See it if Hilariously irreverent, honest take at parenting through a paternal, instead of maternal lens. Lets you dislike him so you end up loving him
Don't see it if One man shows based in comedic patter aren’t your thing, or if you don’t have emotional space for the male experience at the moment.
See it if mike is one of the most relatable comics in the biz and he excels in story telling. this show is funny and real and you will laugh and cry!
Don't see it if you don't like a one man show full of personal details. but see it anyway - its great!
See it if A beautiful, funny, insightful evening of theater about becoming a parent.
Don't see it if It's a one person show that's part storytelling and part standup. If that's not your thing...
See it if You want to see a consummate comedian who is also a Thurber award winner at the top of his game. Also if you don't want/have kids.
Don't see it if You're a humorless parent who has to pretend that being a parent is perfect and easy and joyous. And you're can't hack honesty re parenthood
See it if you want to see a fantastic storyteller tell refreshing stories and jokes about life. Anyone of any background can identify with this show.
Don't see it if you are looking for a regular play. This is a mix of standup comedy and a one-man show.
See it if You like great humor about relationships, family, babies as told by one of the best comics out there. 85 minutes of laughter and smiles!
Don't see it if You don’t want to see a one man show or not wanting to see a comedy.
See it if you like brilliant, funny story telling.Birbiglia is sweet, charming,&hilarious as he recounts his path to fatherhood.Absolutely delightful
Don't see it if you are a sour puss!Seriously this is a fun show with something to say.It entertains and touches.Birbiglia is a gem.
See it if you want to see a great comedian as well as a story teller. I went in not knowing anything about this comedian and laughed the whole time.
Don't see it if you are looking for a play or musical. This is a Comedic experience. This is a one man show telling some funny stories. Still recommend it.
See it if you are a fan of Mike's comedy or even if you don't know him yet. This show is hilarious and so so much fun.
Don't see it if you can't handle poking fun at parenthood, this might not be right for you.
See it if ... you want a great experience of solo theater that will make you laugh, think, almost weep and leave you exhilarated.
Don't see it if ... you're a wet blanket... and/or only want glitzy musicals.
See it if You're a fan of Mike already and/or you're a parent or may soon be one. There's lots to see here.
Don't see it if You don't like stand up or one man shows. You're expecting something raunchy or incredibly political.
See it if you want to laugh really hard and escape for a little while. If you are looking for a fun date night that guy's guys will totally enjoy.
Don't see it if you have no sense of humor
See it if you love Mike Birbiglia. Even if you've never seen Mike Birbiglia's previous specials (like me) you should still see this show.
Don't see it if you don't like to laugh while also thinking deeply about love, struggle, and identity.
See it if you like Mike Birbiglia; you like great comedy; you have or have ever thought about having children; you want to leave the theater smiling.
Don't see it if you have no soul? Can't think of any reason not to see it. Not even if you already saw it. Because I did, before it went to Broadway.
See it if You like longform stand-up comedy and are interested in a man's take on the tough road of fatherhood
Don't see it if You aren't interested in tough truths about parent-child relationships
See it if If you have ever thought about how children change relationships between friends and or partners, and don't necessarily like the changes.
Don't see it if You think children are the be all end all
See it if you are, like me, a Birbiglia fan. He does a great job with this monologue, tying everything together in a moving, amusing way. Enjoyable.
Don't see it if you don't like one-person monologue shows. If you have seen him before and don't like his style. But why not give this a try. It is good!
See it if want a really funny well performed story masterfully delivered by a great actor/comedian/writer
Don't see it if want more of a traditional play or musical
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