Death, Let Me Do My Show
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Death, Let Me Do My Show
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Death, Let Me Do My Show NYC Reviews and Tickets

92%
(539 Ratings)
Positive
96%
Mixed
2%
Negative
2%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Delightful

About the Show

Rachel Bloom's comedy explores the push and pull between facing death and the pandemic and not.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (132)

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74 Reviews | 1 Follower
98
Riveting, Intense, Hilarious, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you're ready to tackle some questions about grief and the cosmos, all while laughing a ton.

Don't see it if you hate the following: stand-up style shows, women talking about their vaginas, or thinking about early COVID times.

93 Reviews | 16 Followers
95
Resonant, Raunchy, Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if you wanna laugh about death, but also get some moments of genuine poignancy and cleverness.

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid the topic of death altogether, even in a comedy show.

224 Reviews | 44 Followers
90
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like Rachel Bloom, comedy in song, and laughing while crying about the world.

Don't see it if You want a larger production or don’t want a show that talks about Covid / death.

206 Reviews | 38 Followers
90
Intelligent, Great to see her in person!, Funny, Relatable, Resonant

See it if you're a RB fan! Funny contemplation of serious stuff: life, death, dogs, motherhood in RB style. Good songs, great stories, projections/set

Don't see it if birth stories, hospitals, covid, death are too triggering to watch. But so much humor and real life emotions are great way to process!

50 Reviews | 3 Followers
90
Quirky, Intelligent, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You'd like a basic stand-up show with a clever, intellectually appealing twist documenting the last four years' crisis on a personal level.

Don't see it if "Trick" twists or minor crudities offend you, or you loathe the sadly growing trend to "virtual programs" rather than real Playbills. Read more

291 Reviews | 39 Followers
90
She's wearing a disco ball suit, y'all!, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great singing, Funny

See it if It's the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, singing songs about trees that smell like ejaculate. And having a funny but difficult talk about mortality.

Don't see it if It will make you sad. It will also make you laugh. And think. It's tough subject matter, but handled about as well as possible.

117 Reviews | 20 Followers
90
Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to have meaning behind your laughs.

Don't see it if you want just lighthearted comedy.

110 Reviews | 8 Followers
90
Entertaining, Resonant, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy funny, smart and occasionally raunchy shows that deal with fear of death and grief but with humor and entertaining songs.

Don't see it if you don't like Rachel Bloom and don't like anything dealing with death or Covid. But it's really funny and touching so you should go!

Critic Reviews (14)

Lighting & Sound America
December 15th, 2023

"Having introduced the most unappealing topic in the world, Death, Let Me Do My Show manages to be both harrowing and hilarious; like the best comedy, it is rooted in concerns that are deeply personal yet also hits a universal nerve."
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TheaterScene.net
December 22nd, 2023

Dressed in a glittery, silver suit—costumes by Kristin Isola—Bloom immediately takes control of an audience who already admire her from her standup comedy and her bitterly funny TV show, "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" plus her solo tour of "What Am I Going to Do with My Life Now?" and, perhaps, from the recent iteration of this amusing musing of life and death and birth and Covid. Bloom ponders her pre-pandemic self and the trauma of the birth of her daughter who had a life-threatening condition. Covid limited her visits to her baby in the NICU and caused the death of her close friend and writing partner Adam Schlesinger who, ironically, shared the NICU when it was partly converted to a Covid ward.
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Front Row Center
December 22nd, 2023

“ ‘Rachel Bloom: Death, Let Me Do My Show’ is an acquired taste. This means you have to keep up with her rapid delivery that lasts a mere 80 minutes. I was not familiar with Ms. Bloom, and I was definitely in the minority – but this did not stop me from keeping up because Bloom is a very articulate and precise performer. She knows exactly where she is going and will do everything she can to make sure you stay on the path.”
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New York Theater
December 13th, 2023

a show about death, Bloom’s personal experience and personal take on it. But in many ways, the show is also still the glitzy musical standup she initially intended…The result is certainly clever, undeniably entertaining at times, but also largely hollow. By framing her experiences through a synthetic comic filter, she keeps us at a distance from much of anything meaningful or memorable about this greatest mystery of human existence, or the reactions it inspires – which is to say, fear, grief, cosmic questioning.
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Off Off Online
December 18th, 2023

“The songs are wonderfully absurd yet incisive riffs on the ways people grapple with anxiety about death. The show is a comic triumph but stops short of profundity or catharsis, as Bloom seems reluctant to really confront the melancholy inherent in the material...Bloom offers a peak at the darkness that lurks behind the silliness but is sure to keep it at bay and to foreground laughter.”
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The New York Times
September 14th, 2023
For a previous production

“The songs are the highlights here. Bloom is especially good at puncturing emotion with surreal detail...More than blunt language — a tool that loses its sharpness with use — this absurdist vein effectively draws laughs, but it also underscores the show’s real subject: the often cruel arbitrariness of life.”
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New York Theatre Guide
September 15th, 2023
For a previous production

“The show instead leaves the impression that Bloom is rushing to process grief, joy, and the last decade of her career before the pop culture moment moves on. Perhaps with more room for reflection, her next show will strike a different chord.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
September 14th, 2023
For a previous production

“Bloom is so good in her default mode, with a glint in her eye and dozens of curse words in her mouth, that she wins you over to her helter-skelter view of the world. She wins Death himself over too, or at least manages to get him to sing along with her about the cum trees.”
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