Ends Aug 03 | 1h 10m | Soho/Tribeca


From 41 member reviews
Members say: Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Quirky

About the show

Art and life become disturbingly interchangeable in this dark comedy when a sculptor of baby dolls meets a woman desperate to recreate the past. Emily Bett Rickards (CW's "Arrow") stars. More…

Kelly is a Reborning artist, she creates lifelike dolls. These dolls are often based on real babies – sometimes for collectors, other times for mothers dealing with the loss of their infants. Kelly lives with her boyfriend Daizy who is a sculptor of a different variety.

Things take a dramatic turn for them both when new client Emily commissions baby doll Eva. The dark comedy that ensues takes an unsettling look at love, loss, trauma, and the power of creation.

Member Reviews (41)


Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Quirky
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Dark, Funny, Great acting

See it if great dark comedy. Well acted, written and staged. Bit of a thriller.

Don't see it if you don't care about trauma, coping mechanisms and consequences.

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Loved the 2009 production at the Public and wondered "Where did it go?". It is here at Soho Rep. Fascinating Concept

Don't see it if If you need hilarity and laughter with no thinkin involved this is not for you.

Intense, Good acting, Drawn out, Edgy, Contrived

See it if you want to see convincing acting in a somewhat unconvincing & overlong psychological thriller focused on the mother-daughter complex.

Don't see it if u suffer from pediophobia; u expect this dark comedy about a woman & her dolls to be merely a charming send-up of a girl & her Barbies.

Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like good acting, but a script that needs more character development

Don't see it if You want a tight story line

Edgy, Unexpected, Unusual, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to see unusual plays out of the box. The acting is what shines here too. It wasn’t perfect but it evoked human feeling.

Don't see it if you want a cookie cutter plot. I wouldn’t read too much about this play beforehand. Set expectations aside.

Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Clever, Intense

See it if You have a sense of humor and appreciate darker storylines.

Don't see it if You have a sensitivity to jump scares.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Really enjoyed the story and performances. Show is fast paced with a bit of intrigue and mystery.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in themes regarding motherhood, overcoming the past, trauma, etc.

During previews
Unconvincing, Contrived, Clever, Emotional, Dark

See it if Artist w/damaged childhood & menopausal client both become obsessed with baby doll. Actors did their best. Thematic ending.

Don't see it if The more emotional the characters got over the plastic doll, the more ridiculous the whole thing seemed.

Also It would have been more compelling if the writer had gone to the even ... Read more Read less

During previews
Dizzying, Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if If you like a pychological thriller. Well acted and nice direction. The writing was decent but not great.

Don't see it if If your not into psychological thrillers or need a show that is not so deep. A bigger production is for you.

During previews
Intense, Slow, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like heightened drama plays dealing with a subculture. You enjoy intense dramas. You want to see a very talented cast.

Don't see it if You want a storyline that makes dramatic sense: begins in realistic mode & abruptly spins into telenovella zaniness.

During previews
Fascinating, Rewarding, Unusual, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you're a fan of Emily Bett Rickard, enjoy dark, but frequently funny, mysteries, stories about broken people resolving past incidents

Don't see it if not interested in stories about dollmakers, don't like quirky mysteries that go in unexpected directions or short one-acts

During previews
Entertaining, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you like off-beat characters involved in unusual professions dealing with psychological problems that are influencing their work.

Don't see it if you are triggered by drugs, alcohol, mental illness or do not like sexual situations. There is a lot to like here, but it needs more tension

During previews
Quirky, Intense, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if Artist who makes Dolls, but get to attached to one. People have a lot of different reason ? they want a Doll, or need a Doll.

Don't see it if Not a Happy go lucky show. Drugs, abandonment, loss of a child

During previews
Quirky, Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a well acted play that has all the elements to be great. Small, intimate theater, great design. Some great MOMENTS.

Don't see it if You want the story to really work out. The idea is great, and some of the execution teeters on brilliant. However it doesn't quite pan out.

During previews
A little to hard to believe.

See it if You appreciate new plays about interesting subjects.

Don't see it if you want a well written play that makes sense

During previews
Good idea with no substance

See it if You want to see a play that deals with a woman who makes doll babies to help grieving people cope with having lost a loved one

Don't see it if What I described above sounds interesting because it lacks in many ways

Also Sometimes we all sit around with friends and talk about this great ide... Read more Read less

During previews
A touch macabre, Edgy, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Lovely central couple, well acted. Felt connected. I believed them and rooted for them.

Don't see it if You dont like unusual plots dealing with death and memory. Didn't believe the third character at all.

Also There were plot holes here and unbelievable "coincidences" that didn't... Read more Read less

During previews
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a well acted, decently written psychological dark comedy.

Don't see it if you need something straight forward with a clear conclusion.

Also if you saw the 2009 production of this at the Public with Greg Keller,... Read more Read less

During previews
Repetitive, Too long, Kinda creepy, Good idea, bad execution

See it if You're a fan of Emily Bett Rickards because I think she's the main draw here. Or if you want a good idea that's sloppily executed.

Don't see it if You're expecting a play that's really creepy (this isn't) or really funny (not that either).

Also One of my biggest pet peeves is when a show runs longer than advertise... Read more Read less

During previews
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intriguing, Absorbing, Intense

See it if you like offbeat stories about a profession/hobby you may not know much about. You like dramas with a little levity thrown in.

Don't see it if Child abuse or infant mortality are triggwers for you. You don't like stories that get a little creepy.

Also I was lucky enough to hear a talkback with the playwright, which flesh... Read more Read less

During previews
Original, Profound, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are interested in how different people react to trauma, you like profound plays that make you think

Don't see it if You want a rip-roaring comedy, you want a musical, you are turned off by people's suffering

During previews
Trauma & triggers, Intriguing set-up, Edgy, Unusual plot, Great staging

See it if you wondered why folks create or buy customized dolls; you're up for something different; trauma & loss's aftermath would interest you

Don't see it if the cramped seats of SoHo Playhouse get on your nerves; if serious topics such as drug use, a child's death, or early trauma are triggers

Also Though "Reborning" has an interesting set-up, its pay-off goes astray,... Read more Read less

During previews
Raunchy, Intense, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like intense small cast dramas about synchronous trauma and artist beginning to become too invested into their work.

Don't see it if you mind humor breaking some of the dramatic tension, some staging issues, and a plot that is almost completely psychological.

Also Biggest mistake I would say was showing the doll up close. The doll do... Read more Read less

During previews
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want a short but intense play that feels longer than it is in a good way.

Don't see it if It's a little creepy, I guess? TBH, while this isn't essential viewing, it's very good, & if you think you might want to see it, you should.

During previews
Intense, Quirky, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You’re into doll-related horror films; this is not horror, but close - disturbing, bit horrifying, kept me alert for 1.5 hr; strong acting

Don't see it if You don’t want to deal with infant death, child abandonment.. dark issues; uncomfortable seating & strong AC & long queue for toilet;

July 12th, 2019
"A Meticulous Artist, Numb to the Touch, in ‘Reborning.’ This play by Zayd Dohrn, about a victim of a horrific crime who grows up to be a dollmaker, is a dark comedy — with a touch of horror."
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July 15th, 2019
"Whatever the best way may be of treating this unappealing situation, 'Reborning' heads in several directions at once. Dohrn, whose dialogue is reliably snappy, treats it with humor at first. Later, the action veers into devil-doll thriller territory, although rather half-heartedly. Melodrama tak...
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July 11th, 2019
"Zayd Dohrn's three-person play is a family affair. Director Lori Triolo, who also acts has brought her mom and dad along for the ride: Joe-Marie Triolo's the art director and Peter Triolo designed the meticulously detailed set...It's hard not to project Zayd Dohrn's own parents on to this drama."
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July 11th, 2019
"On paper…'Reborning' embodies a promising idea for a tense drama of parental love and loss, and the lengths to which people will go to deal with the trauma of grief...Dohrn's play presents the problem but does little to dig beneath its surface."
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