RedBird

New York City | Female
About:  Anonymous Theatre Professional
Reviews (84)
92
Relevant, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

92
One in Two
Midtown W
Fabulous!, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

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

72
The Thin Place
Midtown W
Intense, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever

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

63
Excruciating, Confusing, Ambitious, Banal, Slow

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

96
During previews
The Inheritance
Midtown W
Real, Honest, Gutting, Stunning, Profound

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

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

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

69
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

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

78
Relevant, Ambitious, Refreshing, Great staging, Entertaining

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

83
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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!

72
TERRA FIRMA
Gramercy
Well-designed!, Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

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.

66
Why?
Brooklyn
Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

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

82
Intelligent, Resonant, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious

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.

88
During previews
Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious, Entertaining, Clever

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

80
Moving, Quirky, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

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

82
Riveting, Intense, Relevant, Refreshing, Great singing

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

79
All Our Children
East Village
Intense, Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

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

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

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!

69
During previews
Overrated, Quirky, Great acting, Banal, Disappointing

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

68
Faust 2.0
East Village
Intelligent, Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious, Great writing

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

85
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if with everything that is happening right now, this show helps to make sense of it all, plus it's very eye-opening and fun! Super-likable!

Don't see it if you don't like women anyway. You don't care about politics - this is a political show. It's language based story-telling without spectacle

65
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Overrated

See it if you love the GoGos! This is a vehicle for their work, and their work is given priority over any regard for the idea of musical form

Don't see it if you expect the music to forward the plot - it won't. Beyond that, there is nothing at stake on stage in any way that made me care

80
Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are a woman or supporter of #metoo and #timesup movements or want to hear more stories of female experience in an exciting visual piece

Don't see it if you are entrenched in 1 view, you want easy entertainment, you want less of a challenge or more fluff. This is thoughtful and provocative.

75
Travesties
Midtown W
Clever, Ambitious, Dizzying, Masterful, Overrated

See it if you love farce, funny characters, frippery, silly and more silliness and a general panache that looks fabulous w/intelligence underneath it

Don't see it if you want characters who are more than moving the laughs along, some heart underneath it all beyond the silliness - there is not much there

88
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you like politics, especially Israel/Palestine, a first person pov 1-woman show that moves deftly and packs a dramatic punch, this shines!

Don't see it if you want something easy, banal, escapist. This is a thought-provoking moving portrait of a young woman becoming a martyr, deserves attention

92
During previews
The Last Match
Midtown W
Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing, Masterful

See it if you want a challenging theatrical experience that is moving, dramatic, and beautifully produced with fantastic supporting female characters

Don't see it if you want your endings sewn up/ packaged w/a bow, you need to like/care about every character - you won't - entitled winners/accents bug you,

80
Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining

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

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

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

22
During previews
Sing Street
East Village
Cliched, Banal, Fluffy, Slow, Overrated

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.

65
Betrayal
Midtown W
Misogynist, Overrated, Slow, Masterful, Intelligent

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

76
BrandoCapote
Midtown W
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Exquisite

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

91
During previews
Emotional, Intense, Edgy, Relevant, Great staging

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

75
Duck
West Village
Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great acting

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

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

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.

80
The Worth of Water
Soho/Tribeca
Quirky, Resonant, Profound, Intelligent, Great writing

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.

69
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking

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

83
runboyrun & IN OLD AGE
East Village
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

85
Masterful, Intense, Edgy, Great writing, Entertaining

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!

70
Hannah Senesh
Financial
Enervating, Exuberant, Frustrating, Biopic, Slow

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.

84
Life Sucks.
Midtown W
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

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

80
Hamilton (NYC)
Midtown W
Resonant, Relevant, Profound, Intelligent, Ambitious

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

78
All My Sons
Midtown W
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

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

78
Thought-provoking, Quirky, Relevant, Intelligent, Clever

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

84
Slow, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

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

84
Plano
East Village
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great writing, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like your theatre strange enough to keep you on your toes and deep enough to feel satisfying with wonderfully realized characters

Don't see it if you want easier fare, this is edgy and really beautifully written, but it is a very white world only marginally aware of itself

79
1969: The Second Man
East Village
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you are interested in the space launch and history but more than that it is a personal show about a man who comes in second, quite moving!

Don't see it if you hate music or you are so into the literal that you won't get how a black woman can play a white male astronaut - this is brilliant!

80
Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love Shakespeare and you want to see a very well acted version of the Henry's! This is top-notch, filled with great moments/work!

Don't see it if you aren't into Shakespeare or fine acting and wonderful direction, this is very focused and does not stray from its aims - well done!

94
Yellowman
Brooklyn
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see some of the best acting in the world right now in an intimate space about internalized oppression that could exist in anyone

Don't see it if you want happy, upbeat stuff that isn't completely focused on language & the sculpting of great drama - this is muscular, dark and riveting

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dated, Epic, Intelligent

See it if groundbreaking brilliant dramatic piece that has changed theatre as we knew it and a wonderful new cast to go with it for today

Don't see it if you like things served in small bite sized pieces - this is large and intelligent and epic in scope and takes a broad look at the country

86
Arden/Everywhere
Gramercy
Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if Shakespeare as a refugee crisis interests you. Diversity, class conscious, higher stakes, this version adds insight and meaning!

Don't see it if you don't like awesome sets that work on multiple levels, physical acting, finding how Shakespeare is newly relevant, a poignant comedy

82
During previews
Breeders
Soho/Tribeca
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you love a good romance - this has 2: the human & animal romances make this a moving portrait of all our love struggles! Super work by all!

Don't see it if you'd miss the best monologue @love in ages! Great Date Show! UR Anti-Metaphor/Talking Hamsters/2 Men & Baby/gay marriage/adoption/LOVE!