RedBird

New York City | Female
About:  Anonymous Theatre Professional
Reviews (46)
Preview nytwconstitution
85
During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing

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

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65
Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

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

Preview wof2
80
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

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.

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75
Overrated, Masterful, Dizzying, Ambitious, Clever

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

Preview mnirc1
88
Must see, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy, Absorbing

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

Preview tlm2 1
92
During previews
Masterful, Refreshing, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

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,

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82
Relevant, Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Clever

See it if you are married or thinking of marrying, a great date night, a great evening to discuss with a mate, a play filled with ideas to chew on!

Don't see it if you want emotions, drama, edge of your seat stuff - this is cool in temperament and smart, an intelligent person's evening out (grown-up?)

Preview trotsw1
4
During previews
Insulting, Indulgent, Insipid, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you hate women - you want to laugh about rape, you want to laugh about women being raped, especially a 15 year old who is written cluelessly

Don't see it if you are not ready to laugh at rape or you think characters should have dignity, not be written condescendingly as if women have no brains

Also I tried to go with an open mind - a man writing a rape play? okay, but... Read more Read less

Preview mhiite1
80
Delightful, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you like personal journeys that have political edges, and you love language plays that employ humor and fantastic writing to tell a story

Don't see it if you are not interested in ideas of compassion and an erasing of boundaries between our world and Muslims, the Middle East, the way we relate

Preview ernest
87
Musically fun, Quirky, Relevant, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you can identify with the bravery required of single parents, you have big choices to make, you like music and struggle, you are a romantic!

Don't see it if you aren't into new forms, ingenuity, big stories with small casts, really cool music looping, crying by the end of the 1st song, touching!

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90
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny, Absorbing

See it if the issues excite you, remarkable events, ways forward and ways toward reconciliation can be thrilling, see it if you are looking for hope

Don't see it if you expect Disney or answers, don't go for the music or the laughs, this is a serious drama and while there are lighter moments, it is tough

Preview img 0282
90
Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if you want gorgeous staging, lighting and a beautifully composed sound-score, with a strong ensemble cast, evocative images that stick

Don't see it if many languages & an onstage translator bug you, it can be disorienting in a good way, but not for everyone, dark but not brutal or gruesome

Preview img 0256
86
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like human stories, interwoven monologues, a way to see today's refugee crisis in historical terms, to find relevance in how we survive

Don't see it if dark storytelling is not your thing - you want dialogue, spectacle, entertainment, this is engrossing and moving but you must go in to it.

Preview winters tale
72
Delightful, Clever, Romantic, Refreshing, Enchanting

See it if you love Shakespeare and want to see a well acted, well embodied piece where the clowns are brilliant and the original music is superb

Don't see it if you want something edgy or political or you are looking for a fast re-imagined re-cut Shakespeare -- this is charming and great for kids too

Preview othello remix white
78
Intelligent, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if take a kid and make a Shakespeare fan! Awesome set, rhymes, hip-hop and caricatures, drag, super silly, well-written condensed, fast!

Don't see it if you want it to pass the Bechdel Test - it doesn't - and Othello is at heart so misogynist, it can wear you out, but they try to address it

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70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Disappointing, Absorbing, Banal

See it if you're a parent w/a teen w/anger issues/body image/identity/addiction, you're a young teen dealing with personal issues; you like folk music

Don't see it if you want a more multicultural perspective beyond wealthy white personal problems; you want deeper exploration of those issues.

Preview encounter1
78
Masterful, Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like language-based theatre where the words make the visuals. You want to think/make your own connections, and a deep experience/trip.

Don't see it if you must have visuals - there are none you'll enjoy -- this is profoundly moving but you have to do the work with it questioning our values.

Preview bedlam
90
Intelligent, Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like dinner table gossip @ who slept with whom & why told in the most up-to-date, relevant, fun way 4 today, women on stage, period play

Don't see it if don't want to understand sexist privilege & how to maintain it or if you want heaving bosoms, or multiculti casting -- it's so white!

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83
During previews
Relevant, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want smart and funny, an evening of entertainment that keeps you laughing and on your toes thinking - tour de force!

Don't see it if you don't care about race in this country, you don't want to laugh out loud and cheer, you want a less intimate, less thought-provoking show

Preview sanctuary
95
During previews
Intelligent, Must see, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you want a female perspective that you can relate to, an intelligent, moving, heart-felt, emotional experience, beautiful language, striking

Don't see it if you don't want to feel anything, you don't want to think, you fear Valkyries, you are apolitical, you don't like great acting, brilliance...

Preview rsz 1timothy cratchit
76
For a previous production
Refreshing, Funny, Original, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you are entertaining an intelligent child including yourself. You want a holiday show with more than the typical holiday banalities.

Don't see it if you are afraid of clowns, dancing and having fun. Laughter is out of the question for you. You don't like rummaging in anyone's attic.

Preview iphigenia in aulis resized
81
Absorbing, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Original

See it if you love the Greeks! you want to see a new version. you like Anne Washburn who is brilliant. you crave a cross dressed chorus with muscle

Don't see it if you want it in the original Greek. you don't like actors doubling. you want your theatre empty of meaning unrelated to this martial world

Preview uglyliesthebone
83
During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Edgy, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see cutting edge brand new theatre that asks questions about how we live today in the world we've made and you like realism.

Don't see it if You are bringing children under 12. (My son loved it but he is a NYer who sees a lot of theatre.) You want the show to tell you meaning.

Preview 1969tsm
79
Quirky, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

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!

Preview h5
80
Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious

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!

Preview yellowman
94
Relevant, Intense, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

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

Preview angels
94
Intelligent, Epic, Dated, Ambitious, Absorbing

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

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86
Relevant, Refreshing, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

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

Preview b3
82
During previews
Romantic, Great writing, Funny, Enchanting, Clever

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!

Preview house
72
Ambitious, Slow, Intelligent, Funny, Delightful

See it if you are interested in men in recovery, an ensemble of actors makes this work with some well directed moments. Addiction interests you.

Don't see it if you want a finished product - this is a work in progress. The play is about men trying to be their honest selves and it's worth seeing.

Preview human bondage
88
During previews
Profound, Masterful, Great staging, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want that delicious frustration of humans acting like humans without explanation or recourse, a gripping show, extremely moving, intense

Don't see it if you want easy entertainment, this is bold, original, unapologetic, strong aesthetic choices that demand attention, brilliant gem of a show!

Preview nb 800x1200
85
During previews
Refreshing, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want to be genuinely surprised and entertained. Here is a feminist perspective finally on the family! Wonderfully drawn characters.

Don't see it if you want jokes and banter, you like to sleep through your shows - this will surprise you and make you think while asking you to wonder

Also the human condition on display in all its vulnerability here, beautifu... Read more Read less

Preview kidnap road
74
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you are interested in world politics and events and want to see how it plays out on a stage - Betancourt's life is dramatic & intense

Don't see it if you want everything spelled out for you - this is poetic and fluid in its approach to storytelling, often imaginative, beautiful yet jarring

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89
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if you like a smart musical that is inventive with staging (as Urinetown was) and political in its narrative - the cast is super! Great Concept

Don't see it if you are a CIA agent, a State Dept drone or you want T&A - clever, well-made, although casting could have been more diverse - very funny!

Preview sam and dede white
72
Intelligent, Funny, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you know/love Beckett's work well b/c there is pleasure in recognizing him in this, philosophy is your thing, you want an original story

Don't see it if you expect to care, to root for and want these characters to achieve something, it's more of an idea piece than character-driven w/ stakes

Preview themoors2
92
During previews
Intense, Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Victorian lesbians and philosophical dogs thrill you! A man on his knees for most of the show and broken conventions excite! Mordant humor.

Don't see it if you want heaving bosoms or explanations or kindness, screw that, this is brutal post-Genet fun & games with hen innards & bloodpacks

Preview alligator white
90
Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a show with edge, strong women characters, intensity, Sam Shepherd for Women.

Don't see it if sex on stage freaks you out, animal cruelty and blood and guns upset you, live music is too intense, you want neat stories tied up.

Preview merciful father
69
Relevant, Intense, Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you're collecting versions or want to write about how theatre deals with issues of female sexuality and redemption/religion.

Don't see it if you want clear, sexy, edgy exploration of this historic jewel. The actors do a wonderful job with a difficult adaptation that hinders them.

Preview coriolanus
80
Ambitious, Relevant, Edgy, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you're a political animal; you want screaming passionate swordplay and fighting; nastiness appeals; Shakespeare's histories thrill; smart!

Don't see it if blood bugs you; intimate theatre immersive experience is not your thing; you want predictability or a happy ending; violence up close . . .

Preview onefleaspare1
66
Ambitious, Disappointing, Slow, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you want a sense of 1665 London midst plague, you like class power dynamics exposed, you love beautiful language and well acted productions

Don't see it if you want it to move w/ urgency, you want to understand the dramatic question and follow it to a well earned conclusion, blood is an issue

Preview revolt show page
80
Intense, Relevant, Original, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like to challenge yourself with edgy theatre, you love language, & you love women even when they speak, even if they speak their minds.

Don't see it if smoke and claustrophobia happen 4u, bright lights and loud sounds freak u out, u need everything explained, u want easy laughs -- uwork4this

Preview prodigalson
50
Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Dated, Banal

See it if the lowest point of a wonderful writer's career thrills you, or you want the great acting, beautiful set, and gorgeous production values!

Don't see it if an irrelevant story in today's world w/sketched- in supporting characters, myopic story-telling appeals. Not worth discussing over drinks.

Preview i you1
90
For a previous production
Resonant, Refreshing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you loved "Wit"; you love Walt Whitman and Coltrane; you are full of wonder or worry; you love deep thoughts or being moved emotionally.

Don't see it if you don't want to think; don't like characters who are wild, messy, or needy in hidden ways; don't want to be surprised or wow-d by a play!

Preview changeling
83
During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you like Shakespeare, intense scenes with drama and intrigue, breasts heaving from bodices, beautiful costumes, and ensemble work, go see it

Don't see it if You are bored by female protagonists in classic Jacobean theatre w/beautiful language that exposes lust, lies and unconscionable acts

Preview hir tm
84
For a previous production
Hir
Exquisite, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you're queer or know anyone who is queer or trans or you have kids who are growing up in a queer world, because this is the world today!

Don't see it if you want to see something dark or difficult to "get" or you prefer the symphony or the opera. This is funny yet meaningful - go and enjoy!

Preview tmlmtbgb
78
Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you are with a big group of different ages -- generations will love it -- great for kids, but fun for all, even grandparents!

Don't see it if You don't like drums. You don't like music. You don't like fun and want to be grumpy all night. Your face hurts if you smile - don't go!