Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool (Broadway)
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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool (Broadway)

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(293 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Absorbing

Mike Birbiglia's new show about failing bodies, recovery, and laughter as the best medicine.

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76 Reviews | 16 Followers
Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like great storytelling and appreciate great comedy.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a big, splashy Broadway musical. This is “on Broadway” but it’s a one-man comedy show — but so much better than any other

58 Reviews | 8 Followers
Profound, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like first-person accounts on life and all the ups and downs that come with it! Told through brilliant comedic timing and presence.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows, or you don't want to see a show that makes you think about life deeply.

55 Reviews | 10 Followers
Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like an animated storyteller that connect ideas into humor and relatable topics

Don't see it if You don’t like solo shows

90 Reviews | 14 Followers
Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if this is a one man show, and although a comedian, he is really a dramatist as well. Scored it with my first perfect score- a great guy .

Don't see it if you want a musical

478 Reviews | 92 Followers
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Funny

See it if you are already a Mike Birbiglia fan. You will be talking about this play LONG AFTER you leave the theater. It's truly BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!

Don't see it if a smart play about life doesn't interest you. Crawl back under that rock you live under and wait to win the ticket lottery for Music Man. Read more

506 Reviews | 336 Followers
Great writing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You want to have a great time. Lots to think about and also so many laughs! It was a lot of fun.

Don't see it if If you like to laugh I think you should see it. I’d recommend this to to anyone.

176 Reviews | 41 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you love a one man show - funny but really hits home for people in their 40s-ish

Don't see it if The humor is dry - my person preference, but it may not be yours.

280 Reviews | 77 Followers
Funny, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever

See it if you have a pulse! This is a great show for all adults! You will laugh the whole time. He is an amazing story teller and performer!

Don't see it if do not like comedy about getting old and not being as healthy as you would like.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
November 13th, 2022

"Birbiglia’s virtuosity as a narrator is very real, giving him full control over the evening and the audience’s reactions."
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Time Out New York
November 13th, 2022

"Like all of Birbiglia’s joints, 'The Old Man & the Pool' is carefully structured: The chatty sidetracks always loop back to the central path. Birbiglia is an expert at controlling the pace and energy of the evening."
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November 13th, 2022

"If you’ve ever seen Mike Birbiglia before, whether on stage or screen, then 'The Old Man and the Pool' feels like catching up with an old friend — albeit one with a lot more health problems than you."
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November 13th, 2022

"This is a man in full control, perhaps not of his body or his health or any of the bad stuff that life brings our way, but of how he, and perhaps his audience, can cope with it all."
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New York Theatre Guide
November 14th, 2022

"Birbiglia doesn’t bend toward sentimentality. When it comes to matters of the heart, poetic and cardiovascular, he simply suggests chains of family history can be broken."
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AM New York
November 13th, 2022

"There is an appealing smoothness, simplicity, and sense of construction to Birbiglia’s shows...Here’s hoping that Birbiglia continues to come to Broadway each season with new autobiographical monologues and inspires the same kind of turnout."
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November 13th, 2022

"There is an emotional honesty to the piece that makes it feel like it only could have been born following our worldwide collective trauma. You come away feeling like you've met Mike Birbiglia, the man, for the very first time, for real. I can't wait to see where he goes from here."
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Talkin' Broadway
November 13th, 2022

"It makes for a downright pleasurable evening presided over by an adroit and crowd-pleasing entertainer. These days, that might just be what the doctor ordered."
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