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Random Acts

From 7 critic and 39 member reviews
Members say: Relevant, Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Resonant

About the show

"Random Acts" is an autobiographical play that follows the journey of a woman as she looks back at what she experienced in her childhood. More…

What happens when the past comes hurling into the present? How can a random act of brutality be transformed by a seemingly random act of courage and grace? How can witnessing the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, dancing with Julie Andrews and an unexpected message from the past shape her soul? What can she learn by looking back? Sometimes an act of kindness goes farther than we could ever imagine.

1h 15m | Already closed | TBG Mainstage Theatre (Midtown W)

Somewhere In Transition

“Hinrichs' moving, funny and more relevant by the minute one-woman show...There are many twists and turns in Renata's expert storytelling...Renata as an actor has an uncanny ability to transform into all the people who she is telling us about...She does this with simplicity and humor, aided by the expert staging of director Jessi Hill, who also helped Renata expand this piece into a full-length evening that feels embodied and immersive." Full Review


"Had a fiction writer created such events one might fairly level a charge of contrivance. But Hinrichs presents these true-life stories with an easy mix of cleverness and charm, wisdom and innocence. Animated by skillful shifting from character to character, her likable performance grows easy to believe and hard to resist...Director Jessi D. Hill precisely tunes the pace and pathos of Hinrichs’ resonant story. Hill seems to have developed a special knack for making solo shows feel immersive.” Full Review

Pup's Books

“The dramatization of an intensely personal experience from the author’s childhood...Hinrichs navigates between characters with great skill and obvious affection using her limber, dancer’s body to move artfully between physical types and age ranges...Not only is it good theater, it’s also the sort of presentation I find to be needed during these rapidly changing times...’Random Acts’ is a picture of living history, recent history.” Full Review

Theater Reviews from my Seat

"'Random Acts' brought a lot of childhood memories back. For that reason alone, I was captivated by this memoir...'Random Acts' is nicely staged by director Jessi D. Hill...With interesting lighting effects by Daisy Long, the stage hints at a theatrical sermon filled with stories. Not the lecturing kind but a reflective one. Random acts of kindness can be overwhelmingly inspirational. 'Random Acts,' the play, is proof of that." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

"Director Jessi D. Hill ensures the power of the piece by keeping the production simple and open to the audience...As an actress and dancer Ms. Hinrichs’ physicality is subtle, precise and delicate. She captures childhood abandon in her adult body without fear in sharp contrast to the stiff and proper elements she brings to her adult impressions. She is absolutely delightful to watch, and I love her singing voice." Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"This talented artist smoothly jumps from character to character…Perhaps the most interesting slant is its concern with a white girl being on the receiving end of racist attitudes, and of a child's loss of innocence but not her faith in human goodness. 'Random Acts' raises valid issues, and nicely captures Hinrichs's recall of a specific time and place. As drama, though, it's…thin, like the threads of a spider web, lovely to look at but so fragile it doesn't take much effort for it to crumble." Full Review

Front Row Center

“Well crafted and beautifully written...Hinrichs captures so beautifully the innocence of childhood...It is a very personal yet very universal story. There are quiet, breathtaking moments of love and kindness, and a child’s openness to the world that counter the moments of hate and violence...A story about kindness, about acceptance, bullying, peer pressure, friendship, breaking down of stereotypes and all of it told through the sublime, heart lifting performance of Hinrichs.” Full Review

Intense, Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You have a sensitive soul.

Don't see it if If you are a racist of any kind. If you are not open.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Relevant

See it if you are interested in race relations you like one-woman shows you like looking at issues from different perspectives

Don't see it if you want a lot of action you like musicals you don't believe that reverse discrimination exists

Also I love the way the artist portrayed herself at different ages--very co... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Relevant, Moving, Effusive, Heartfelt

See it if Lovely enactment of child’s perspective on racial strife. Emotional, spiritual, full of joy & hope even in dark moments. Beautiful ending.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy solo shows. You are uninterested in a child’s viewpoint. You want more drama, rather than sad life experiences.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you like engaging story telling and relevant topics.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows.

Clever, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if enjoy a one-person show that is energetic, unique and provocative

Don't see it if you're lookingh for an eveing of light, fluffy fare

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You enjoy personal stories and how they relate to historical times. This story reflected on the actress's experience during civil rights era

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows, especially where they portray several different characters.

Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You can relate to growing up in the ‘60s or are interested in personal stories from that era

Don't see it if You don’t like a single actor playing multiple roles or are looking for a deep analysis of the subject matter

Also I was lucky enough to see a postshow talkback with the writer/actor an... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you like one woman plays

Don't see it if you miss being entertained

Absorbing, Entertaining, Quirky, Relevant, Indulgent

See it if You like one woman memoir shows with a political statement

Don't see it if Don’t like shows topical for the 60s and 70s

Thought-provoking, Good acting, Ambitious, Mostly entertaining

See it if Like a look at tensions & complex racial relations as seen thru eyes of white minister's daughter in the 60s-70s. Sense memory is good here.

Don't see it if Don't want to spend long time with her as a young child w little adult reflection after she grows up. Expect more story about MLK/riots.

Also I liked this very ambitious play (Renata wrote as well as performed it... Read more Read less

Renata hinrichs is lovely, Activist in intent, Relevant, Admirable, Resonant memoir

See it if you're interested in a young white person's POV on 70's race relations and you want to support actors creating their own work.

Don't see it if you feel uneasy about a privileged person's perspective on hot button issues.

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Rambling, Slow, Strong ending

See it if you'd like to hear abt racial tensions in Chicago 1960s-70s. Impressions of 5/6 yo and of minister-dad. Strong beg/ending...mushy middle.

Don't see it if you want high interest thru-out. Some dull portions (cut Hills Are Alive). Late payoff is touching. Religious underpinnings. Cloying as kid.

Enchanting, Ambitious, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy one-woman shows that explore racial issues. The performance is enhanced by sounds, music and staging.

Don't see it if you prefer elaborate sets and costumes. This production requires imagination & a willingness to follow the performer back in time and place.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like plays based in history and the changing times of the 60’s as seen through the eyes of the young playwright/actor.

Don't see it if If you don’t like one actor plays or those based in racism.

During previews
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you like intimate, stripped-down, one-woman shows sharing personal stories in an entertaining way. I do, and Renata is captivating.

Don't see it if you're expecting plot, scenery, traditional drama etc.

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Beautifully performed and deeply moving.

Don't see it if Don't go if you afraid of being confronted with difficult subject matter.

During previews
Intelligent, Refreshing, Resonant

See it if you are interested in an account of the Civil Rights era as seen through the eyes of a 5 year old white girl.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if You can appreciate a one woman show and you want to hear a wonderful recollection of being a young why're woman during the 60s and 70s.

Don't see it if If you don't appreciate a one woman show or if you don't want to hear about reverse discrimination.

During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you enjoy one-woman shows that are personal and nostalgic and family-oriented as well as socially relevant.

Don't see it if you prefer shows with larger casts and are more interested in fictional stories.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if If you’re interested in a a kind of stream of consciousness play through the eyes of a child, commenting on racial bias in the mid sixties,

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy or you don’t like one actor shows.

Also It was at times both delightful, nostalgic and sometimes heart wrenchi... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if You like creativity, and out-of-the box acting and thought-provoking writing. Renata Hinrichs is extremely talented; Wonderful talk-back!

Don't see it if You are not open to hearing about the Civil Rights movement from personal memoirs.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Riveting

See it if A beautifully written and acted one woman show about her childhood experiences growing up during the civil rights era in Chicago. Memorable!

Don't see it if Do not see it you do not like solo shows.

During previews
Great acting, Profound, Relevant

See it if You are interested in the story of a woman's life while she was growing up in the civil rights era in the 1960s and in 1978.

Don't see it if You dislike solo performances and bare bones set designs, or stories concerning race relations.

Also The actress played multiple roles very well, and I found her story qui... Read more Read less

During previews
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if racial situation in 1960/70 perceived by a kindergarten, later a high school, girl; Solo show, with strong “theatre clown”; strong ending

Don't see it if Writing is not as strong as her acting, some parts fall into the trap of casualness; could be more condensed;

During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Great acting

See it if You want to see a fabulous one woman show. Shows through a young white child's eyes confusing world of discrimination. Very touching

Don't see it if If you dont like one person shows, or dont want to hear about reverse discrimination

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