RedBird

New York City | Female
About:  Anonymous Theatre Professional
Reviews (97)
85
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever
December 8th, 2022

See it if you want a show that delves deeper and deeper into the nature of life in its cycles and death as part of life and how we live with death

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable w/a skilled depiction of insulated middle class white life in suburban America and its unconscious disregard

83
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious
December 8th, 2022

See it if you want to revel in the glorious work of Ntozake Shange who is fierce and honest in this grand and gorgeous work of art

Don't see it if you want bells and whistles beyond the heart and soul of Black women on stage being their full selves, this is where it gets real

68
Sandra
Gramercy
Facile, Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Great acting
December 4th, 2022

See it if you''re a fan of the actor - she's fantastic. You like to be told a story with some mystery/intrigue. You like bare stages beautifully lit.

Don't see it if You don't love one-person shows. You don't want to see great acting. You want risk or a sense of danger - this is barely that.

72
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Edgy, Great acting
November 25th, 2022

See it if you love Audra McDonald or Adrienne Kennedy and want to see them in a beautiful, riveting production of a one-woman show with a cast

Don't see it if you want more than Audra McDonald telling us a story, the surface of the show is thin in terms of what's at stake in the moment

55
Intense, Intelligent, Excruciating, Edgy, Clever
November 25th, 2022

See it if you love gay camp and smart new work that takes chances with scope and structure and you want a fun comic musical about tough internal stuff

Don't see it if you find it painful to watch self-hatred exposed and some pretty awful sex on stage complete with n words and bible-thumping homophobia

87
Profound, Great staging, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious
November 25th, 2022

See it if you like a lot of history with your dramas, you want a remarkably moving experience. The scope and the specificity are stunning.

Don't see it if you want easy entertainment about something less relevant. This hits with a gut punch in the end, but only if you are paying attention.

84
Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Epic
October 13th, 2022

See it if you love a great story! This is an epic tale of friendship, colonization, a family in the midst of great historic change. Beautifully told!

Don't see it if you want a musical or boilerplate entertainment - this is deep and thrilling while also being an adaptation of a genius novel. Moving!

80
Refreshing, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful
November 30th, 2021

See it if you want a fun comedy about family dealing with family that will keep you laughing and guessing all the way through even if it's a funeral

Don't see it if you want deep, intense drama or morals or dancing/singing - this is funny and sweet and loving with a happy ending that heals all your pain!

100
Cullud Wattah
East Village
Relevant, Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Exquisite
November 30th, 2021

See it if you want the most beautifully written, stunningly acted, brilliantly made show about 3 generations of women struggling to survive today

Don't see it if you want comedy, light-hearted fare - this intense play is what theatre imho should be : relevant, necessary, speaking truth to power, great

93
Relevant, Profound, Must see, Masterful, Great writing
November 21st, 2021

See it if you want to see how Childress spoke truth to power in 1955, finally gets her Bway production, brilliant work long deserving of attention. GO

Don't see it if you won't like a brilliantly acted, social realism moving play with star turns that will blow your mind, prepare to be schooled, brilliant!

78
Clever, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting
October 23rd, 2021

See it if you want a gorgeously directed/acted production that is precisely composed (as a composition) and enjoyed documentary downtown type work.

Don't see it if you want to make discoveries or need narrative to connect the dots, you need to like politics to appreciate it. Intense but not emotional.

91
During previews
Edgy, Masterful, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing
February 10th, 2020

See it if you want an edgy drama to highlight female experience over three generations in a world that insists on how female bodies exist! INTENSE

Don't see it if you want to focus on 1 story 1 time - this is frustrating - you can't take it all in, could go crazy w/sense of loss /inadequacy as strategy

Also This is a magnificent aria of a play, and a beautiful brilliantly dire... Read more Read less

93
During previews
We're Gonna Die
Midtown W
Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining
February 10th, 2020

See it if you want a show that speaks directly to you in the audience with the house lights coming up at times to remind you that you exist in this &

Don't see it if you are a part of the show! Your life is implicated as is your dying and your death. This is inclusive/immersive and a joyful celebration

Also of our humanity! This is structured like the 5 Reflections which are B... Read more Read less

92
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
January 12th, 2020

See it if you want to be transported with metaphor and artful stagecraft to a moving and transcendant production about love, grief and hope. Brilliant

Don't see it if family narrative, love/life stories, struggling Palestinians who are three dimensional people living through occupation don't inspire you

80
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
January 7th, 2020

See it if choreopoetry, other cultures, feminist ritual and gorgeous language in strong accents & other languages are your thing. It's a healing fire!

Don't see it if you want a single simple narrative, don't like ritualistic singing, movement, monologues gorgeously performed! This is intense!

Also Female anger is rarely depicted in such a raw and open way, and I trul... Read more Read less

92
One in Two
Midtown W
Fabulous!, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining
December 30th, 2019

See it if you want theatre that pushes the envelope, new ways to tell stories, immersive inclusive fun surprising unusual and lots of fast changes!

Don't see it if narrative fourth wall Naturalism is your thing - this is not that. Don't go if watching men screw is an issue for you - even artfully done

69
Greater Clements
Upper W Side
Long, Wordy, Awful set/sightlines, Intelligent, Great acting
December 27th, 2019

See it if great acting in the most Naturalistic style is your thing. It is hard to see much of it because of the set design with pillars in the way.

Don't see it if you want anything more than Naturalism for close to 3 HOURS about mental illness, parenting, a mature love, dying small town America...

Also There is a poignant story of the possibility of love across time and a... Read more Read less

72
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Intense, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever
December 12th, 2019

See it if you love a ghost story - this is disguised but still at heart a ghost story. You want more questions than answers, intelligent puzzles.

Don't see it if you want to like the protagonist, or you want to sit in the dark - there are meta aspects to this play that not everyone is comfortable with

22
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Slow, Overrated
December 1st, 2019

See it if you loved the movie, you're a Duran Duran fan, or you really want to revisit the days when overbearing priests were your biggest obstacle.

Don't see it if you want to see new ideas presented in an interesting/thought-provoking way - this is not that. The best part is the upstage wall visuals.

63
Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious, Banal, Slow
November 15th, 2019

See it if you love slice of life dialogue that goes nowhere for a long time, you want a feminist lesbian experience that kinda sorta doesn't budge

Don't see it if a great set is not enough for you; the early 80s and well written characters don't thrill; you want something to happen

Also there is some brilliant writing in this play but dramaturgically it ju... Read more Read less

65
Misogynist, Overrated, Slow, Masterful, Intelligent
November 14th, 2019

See it if you love Pinter and you want to see this yet again for the nth time in a very spare production that makes its misogyny clearer than ever

Don't see it if you want comedy or you want to care about people who barely care themselves - it feels more hollow than ever before

96
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Real, Honest, Gutting, Stunning, Profound
November 14th, 2019

See it if you want to be shaken & inspired, to see BRILLIANCE, a call to telling all the truths facing all the traumas, a siren song for honesty.

Don't see it if gay culture gay sex gay men gay history have nothing to say to you - this transcends all that even as its mired in it. You might not want to

Also be stuck in an audience filled with sobbing people - it is so moving a... Read more Read less

76
BrandoCapote
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Exquisite
November 10th, 2019

See it if multimedia dance gorgeously designed and beautifully conceived is your thing! A visual feast! A story of male toxicity that transcends color

Don't see it if you want easy narrative - this is a multimedia dance piece! It tells a story but not a simple obvious one and not w/o repetitive gestures

Also I found the storyline of Brando and his intimate family - his mother, ... Read more Read less

80
Power Strip
Upper W Side
Relevant, Feminist, slow (badly directed/cast), Intelligent, Great writing
November 7th, 2019

See it if you like intense dramatic stories about war and women, a brilliantly written critique of western culture w/a feminist lens, well lit w/smoke

Don't see it if you want subtext or anything from the actors or moment to moment direction, you want a sense of intensity - it's lacking here

91
During previews
Emotional, Intense, Edgy, Relevant, Great staging
November 6th, 2019

See it if Clear, crisp direction, topical ideas w/brilliant choreography, well cast, inventive! Strong emotional core, extremely moving, breathtaking!

Don't see it if women's issues, family issues, rape, genderqueer love put you off? Ovations stops the show several times - it's a BIG show with BIG ambition

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Resonant, Relevant
November 1st, 2019

See it if you want to revel in a cast of women of all ages and the ability to experience how women are treated by white men in suits, all too real.

Don't see it if you want coherent narrative building "normally" - this is flat w/the protagonist boxed in clearly headed for tragic consequence, train wreck

75
Duck
West Village
Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting
October 31st, 2019

See it if you like non-linear narrative w/ensemble casts playing multiple roles with humor and a dark political philosophical narrative that questions

Don't see it if you want answers to those questions or something easy less repetitive or you expect more quirk or clowning than is on offer here

78
Relevant, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining
October 25th, 2019

See it if you like mythic, imagistic, creative experimental beauty with a social justice message that rises above fluff. Beautiful and moving songs!

Don't see it if you want love dynamics - Reeve is miscast, no real sparks - and Eva's' character doesn't really have much agency here, nor does Persephone

80
(A)loft Modulation
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging
October 23rd, 2019

See it if you love jazz from the 60s & verisimilitude, a kind of real akin to Anna Deveare Smith's work crossed w/the Wooster Group, composition-wow!

Don't see it if you want straight forward narrative, female agency, plot or entertainment - this is brilliant art about questions of art and life to ponder.

83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
October 18th, 2019

See it if an excellent script, cleanly staged and well-acted based on a true NYC story turned into a tour-de-force with music that sweeps you up!

Don't see it if a nuanced story of 2 brothers torn apart by the system or the choices they make - and the music that might hold them together. Well done!

80
The Worth of Water
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing
October 18th, 2019

See it if you want a moving character-based trip to Florida, gorgeous set, well acted funny dramedy about families and loss! With so many women!!!

Don't see it if female stories/magic ain't your thing, you want straight narratives not quirk, you don't like ritual healing in plays, you don't like 2 cry.

72
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Well-designed!, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting
October 18th, 2019

See it if you like a theatre of ideas with characters who are based on dialecticals, mostly men onstage, dystopian themes & some violence & absurdity.

Don't see it if you want character-based family drama or Naturalism - this is not that. I expected more Beckett/Absurdity, but this doesn't quite manage it.

69
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking
October 4th, 2019

See it if you love great acting, lots of odd tension, heady intellectual arguments that are spewed rapid-fire in low light w/very little at stake

Don't see it if painful sound cues and guns that never get used would upset you or you want more than talk, you don't want to see so much self-loathing

66
Why?
Brooklyn
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting
October 4th, 2019

See it if you are a huge fan, you want to see some great acting work but not in relationship to anything else, you see everything, you love Meyerhold

Don't see it if you want actors in relationship to other actors - this is mostly monologue split between 3 people who don't relate much to each other

83
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
September 29th, 2019

See it if you love language-based beautifully staged magic realism with a trauma story that shows the horrors of war for children in palatable ways

Don't see it if large cathartic moments aren't your thing - this is real drama at its best, gorgeous storytelling and older actors doing great work

82
Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious
September 29th, 2019

See it if you're into Wellman and making your own meaning. This is brilliantly directed. Really gets you thinking about conforming v. speaking out.

Don't see it if you want easily followable narrative. This is hilarious with great acting and great sets but very quirky and strange. Not for just anyone.

85
Masterful, Intense, Edgy, Great writing, Entertaining
September 29th, 2019

See it if you want to see female lives onstage and have the capacity to empathize with them, love drama, will take the ride with a masterful writer!

Don't see it if you don't adjust when it gets wild, can't run with the dance sequence or the magic realism - a stunning play for open-hearted imaginations!

88
During previews
Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever
September 29th, 2019

See it if you want a thought-provoking provocative look at sexual domination as it is played out in various couples of various orientations, bold show

Don't see it if you are triggered by the slavery content. You want to fall in love with the characters. There is a great distancing effect, a play of ideas

70
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Enervating, Exuberant, Frustrating, Biopic, Slow
August 7th, 2019

See it if you love 1 person shows, you don't mind a show about a woman's life adapted and directed by a man. Story of a heroic woman in the Holocaust.

Don't see it if you want it to relate better to this moment; you prefer more dramatization instead of telling; you expect more characters & better craft.

80
Moving, Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging
July 7th, 2019

See it if you love a good solo show, you like 1 actor playing several characters, you want a great story about real life, something emotional and true

Don't see it if you want great singing or less quirk. It's very intense and wonderfully done, but perhaps you won't like how much time he takes to tell it

Also A lot of people say it's horrific, but there's basically one horrific ... Read more Read less

84
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining
July 3rd, 2019

See it if you like Uncle Vanya/ want to see it set today with great acting and a wonderfully updated script! 4th wall breaking & audience involvement

Don't see it if Chekhovian complaining and talky plays bore you or you want something to happen beyond the emotional stuff - it's emotional and provoking

82
Riveting, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing
July 2nd, 2019

See it if you want to share an emotionally charged evening with the performers who are very much with you about a super relevant show about injustice

Don't see it if you want more of an entertaining evening, more than a gospel choir, more than Greek drama in translation, if politics doesn't pull you in

80
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious
July 2nd, 2019

See it if you want a new way of thinking about our history and our country's future as inclusive and embracing. Inspirational and validating.

Don't see it if language, story-theatre are not your thing - political, super-relevant but long /slowgoing - audiences know all the songs & quite optimistic

79
All Our Children
East Village
Intense, Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting
April 27th, 2019

See it if you want intelligent well-acted drama with strong themes about righteousness, lots of talk and less spectacle, characters in conversation

Don't see it if you want imagery or movement, this is all set in one doctor's library in 1941 and there are some brilliant moments but lots of talk

78
All My Sons
Midtown W
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting
April 27th, 2019

See it if you're a fan of Annette Benning who is brilliant here; same for Tracy Letts; you want to see colorblind casting, I applaud it, & the script!

Don't see it if You've seen it; you don't have 3 hrs to kill; you want more than old-fashioned theatre onstage today, you are bored by realism and 4th walls

92
Electronic City (2019)
Upper W Side
Ambitious, Exquisite, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing
April 27th, 2019

See it if you like European theatre that doesn't explain everything to you and you love physical work and visual work w/great ensemble work! Stunning!

Don't see it if you don't want to be thrilled by the great acting, language, direction, a F**K Opera, sex, a woman with a vacuum as an arm, amazing images!

78
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever
April 15th, 2019

See it if you want to understand how the constitution figures in the lives of real people day to day with real stories/real issues, and a female pov!

Don't see it if you don't like intelligent thought-provoking theatre by a female performer who is sweet and smart! You don't like a good debate or solo show

69
During previews
Overrated, Quirky, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing
April 15th, 2019

See it if you love Hamish Linklater who is a rake in this and does a great job acting as do all the actors. You like sex and brief nudity onstage!

Don't see it if you want more than a perpetuation of patriarchal roles in a patriarchal culture - there's no promise of anything new here - it's distressing

84
Slow, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
April 11th, 2019

See it if you love great acting and great technical theatre/staging/lights/sound - and story telling - words words words for 3+hrs! like a novel

Don't see it if you want to really care about the characters, you want more action and less talk

68
Faust 2.0
East Village
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great writing
April 11th, 2019

See it if you love classical texts, classical language adapted by a master, and great actors! Or you are researching the use of technology onstage.

Don't see it if you hate the use of technology onstage that reduces the greatest actors to parts and flatness, sleep when live actors talk to screens