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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.” Full Review
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
See it if You like e.e. cummings and enjoy innovative staging, and poetry with music from a mix of traditional and non-traditional instruments.
Don't see it if You don't enjoy playful theatre.
See it if You can catch it after its single NY performance. A wry inventive surprising effervescent concoction and visual treat. Cummings never better
Don't see it if You've become a curmudgeon with age, or lost your senses of humor, joy, play and/or whimsy.
See it if Obviously if you into Cummings its worth seeing, also if you enjoy watching the producers/directors trying something new
Don't see it if Intelligent and quirky both fit but like Alligator Pie it appears to aim for a younger group which was unexpected and disappointing
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.
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.
See it if You enjoy a whimsical production of ee cummings poetry put to music. So creative!
Don't see it if You want a musical with a plot.
Also Just blown away by Soulpepper. Please return to NY soon!
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if it's fun to see an avant-garde musical showcasing big casts' talent in harmonizing voices w/ even unusual instruments & crazy choreography.
Don't see it if you want a plot to go w/ your show as this a concert of mixed lively & soothing music. But you can also consider each number as a mini plot.
See it if you are a fan of e.e. cummings and might like a "unique" musical presentation of some of his work by a multi-talented cast.
Don't see it if you ae looking for anything resembling a straight musical play or you can't kick back and enjoy unconventional theater.
See it if you love creative staging, great music, and a show with a seamless flow with both humor and depth of feeling
Don't see it if you don't like shows that aren't a straight narrative - this is poems set to music.