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re(Birth): E.E. Cummings in Song

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great singing, Delightful
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29 reviews

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

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The writing of E.E. Cummings is honored in this collaboratively created musical revue. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.


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The Globe and Mail

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

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Clever, Quirky, Confusing, Great singing

See it if your are a fan of the work of E.E. Cummings; you enjoy experimental and devised theatre

Don't see it if you get confused easily or want a plot

Clever, Intelligent, Inventive, Refreshing, Entertaining

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

Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Great staging, Heart-warming

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.

Funny, Clever, Delightful, Must see, Entertaining

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.

Also Ten extremely talented performers, all playing multiple instruments an... Read more Read less

Funny, Quirky, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Great staging delightful performance. Only negative was sometimes unable to make out the words.

Don't see it if Looking for story line-- there is none.

Clever, Quirky, Short

See it if You would like to see an hour of strange songs

Don't see it if You are expecting a story or plot of any kind. Or traditional music. The music is very... experimental

Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Whimsical, Creative staging

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.

Also This visiting group - SoulPepper is such a multi talented cast and wor... Read more Read less

Great acting, Must see, Great singing, Great staging, Magical

See it if A magical show performed by a brilliant cast. Beautiful ensemble work.

Don't see it if Well, it's closed. you missed it.

Ambitious, Intelligent, Quirky, Confusing

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

Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Entertaining, Great staging

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining

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.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like Soulpepper and imaginative theater. The troupe is talented and their performances are uplifting and delightful.

Don't see it if You want serious shows.

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

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.

Also This is so original and once again showcases the many, many talents of... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Refreshing, Great singing

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!

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky, Entertaining

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.

Inventive, Quirky, Great singing, Plotless, 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.

Also This show is similar to Spoon River, but is less satisfying. SRA has c... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, 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

Joyful, Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Fluffy

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.

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Refreshing, Entertaining

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.

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Enjoy original theater.. multi faceted performances , music, singing and dancing, having fun

Don't see it if You don't like having a good time

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent

See it if Beautifully realized poetry into performance, also very funny at times

Don't see it if Poetry made into theater

Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like his poetry.

Don't see it if You need a linear plot driven show.


See it if It was extremely boring and confusing but to tell you the truth the Soul pepper gang is really a pleasure to watch as they are so talented

Don't see it if If you just like silly stuff some is funny and cleaver

Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy creativity! Of course the poetry was wonderful but the actors ... were creative, talented singers and musicians.

Don't see it if you cannot view the world with childlike wonder.

Exquisite, Quirky, Resonant, Great singing

See it if you enjoy quirky, creative artistic expression

Don't see it if you didn't like Alligator Pie