re(Birth): E.E. Cummings in Song
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re(Birth): E.E. Cummings in Song
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re(Birth): E.E. Cummings in Song NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(29 Reviews)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
0%
Members say
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful

About the Show

Soulpepper Theatre Company presents a whimsical musical celebration of the works of one of America's great 20th-century poets.

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Member Reviews (29)

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80
Inventive, Plotless, Great singing, Quirky, Well-staged

See it if you enjoy a quirky revue w/good singing and imaginative staging. There are no characters or plot. ee's words fascinate...when discernible.

Don't see it if you want to hear ee's poetry; much gets lost. You get just an impression, but that's often enough. Use of the draped cloth is impressive. Read more

80
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Quirky

See it if You like a show that's basically all music. This one however is done with whimsy & charm to spare & who doesn't need some whimsy these days.

Don't see it if You must have a plot. There is none here. Innovative, quirky showmanship but no story.

82
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy wonderful staging and a talented cast that showcases E E Cumming's poetry. I did not know his work but enjoyed the presentation.

Don't see it if you do not enjoy inventive ways of presenting poetry. The Soulpepper company has talented singers and arrangers of sets.

90
Joyful, Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy unusual musical productions. The cast is uniformly excellent, and each plays a variety of instruments. Clever staging. Original!

Don't see it if you don't like unconventional or whimsical musicals.

87
Inventive, Soulful, Such a talented cast, Clever, Great musicianship

See it if you want to see original theater with an avant-garde sensibility. Excellent ensemble work, gifted cast who sing and play instruments. Lovely

Don't see it if Want to hear all the words of cummings poetry-music sometimes gets in the way. Don't like quirky and clever revue shows. Want serious stuff. Read more

86
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy quirky music and performances utilizing odd instrumentation and staging.

Don't see it if you are expecting a Broadway style musical. This is delightful but totally off the wall.

100
Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if You love life and can appreciate beauty

Don't see it if I cannot think of a reason except that it is closing

85
Inventive, Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if You like ee, poetry, and a creative approach to a theatrical piece. This was a very worthwhile hour or so spent on a Sunday afternoon.

Don't see it if You don't know ee enough to be able to get his style without hearing every word. Also, it's not a traditional story line, but very effective

Critic Reviews (1)

The Globe and Mail
May 10th, 2011
For a previous production

“The entirety of ‘(re)Birth’ is jubilant and joyous; and as a cleverly staged concert I have no qualms. Whether or not the music the collective has created actually serves the poetry of Cummings is another matter altogether. A few lines are communicated with great force, but generally what comes across is fuzzy conviviality...It makes you want to go home and pick up a book of poetry, which is fine, but not what you would call a complete artistic experience.”
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