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Reborning

From 59 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking

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 (59)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Thought-provoking
74
Avg Score

79
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.

90
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.

70
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.

70
Confused, Neat ending, Spooky, Tv writing, High concept

See it if the idea of a high concept not-quite-horror movie transferred to the stage appeals to you.

Don't see it if you like tight playwriting: this is very baggy.

Also “Reborning” felt to me like a pilot for a high-concept TV series trans... Read more Read less

78
Macabre, Intense, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if Victims (creator/client) cleave to their emotional pain fashioned into a tangible reborn-formed doll, sharing manifested trauma in recovery.

Don't see it if Early on, it's easy to not hold on to the reality set forth as Barbie could drive her roadster through the holes in this dismissible script.

Also Reborning is a craft that does actually help those in need to process.

85
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Riveting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you want a little show that packs a big punch. Emotionally powerful. Characters are flawed but complex. One truly terrifying moment.

Don't see it if you don't like small venues or shows that might scare you.

Also I kept thinking about this play long after we left the theater. I was ... Read more Read less

45
Overacting, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Just don't. It's a weak script and the performances are not at all believable. Didn't help that the AC in the theatre was broken!

Don't see it if You seek an enjoyable and interesting night at the theatre.

78
Incomplete, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see a dark and creepy play. The acting is great across the board. It was refreshing to see a creepy play which is unusual.

Don't see it if you do not like scary content. The show feels very incomplete. We were shocked that the play was over when it concluded.

78
Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You like psychological explorations of damaged people,

Don't see it if You want a light comedy

Also I was very impressed with the writing and acting. It was disturbing bu... Read more Read less

73
Slow, Confusing, Great acting

See it if You like plays about something unconventional.

Don't see it if You like musicals and comedies

86
Resonant, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like captivating stories.A great performance makes you forget about the time.It draws you in like you are part of it.Scary,yet thrilling

Don't see it if You simply prefer a different genre of shows.

Also They did everything right. What a great piece! Sure, there is always r... Read more Read less

88
Edgy, Absorbing, Dark, Intense, Great acting

See it if Really interesting dark story with great acting. Intense and absorbing play perfect for a small theater.A thriller vibe with some laughs too

Don't see it if you’re looking for something light or upbeat. Otherwise, go and enjoy these fine performances

80
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I was hesitant to go, as the subject matter seemed creepy. So glad I did. Great performances, set, entertaining, and emotional.

Don't see it if Small theater, trauma experience, creepy

65
Thought-provoking, Intense, Quirky

See it if The play has an interesting premise, and the performances are good, however the script is unfocused and leaves you unsatisfied.

Don't see it if You are not interested in psycho-drama. The performances are good but the writing is muddled.

93
Relevant, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are an Ily Rickards fan lol You enjoy dramas You like plays that make you think. You are a new mother or thinking about motherhood.

Don't see it if You are looking for a strong comedy. You don’t like touchy issues dealing with trauma and addiction. You are not interested in non musicals.

79
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.

73
Quirky, Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of the actors (like myself), you're not super creeped out by death or dolls and like modern plays

Don't see it if Dolls creep you out. If you're looking for a more polished production. This one felt gritty. A little dirty, like the characters.

74
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are an Arrow fan.

Don't see it if Changes direction abruptly . Too much screaming. Ending is terrible.

76
Brief, Great acting, Okay, Creepy, Entertaining

See it if You want to pass the time and are tired of Netflix.

Don't see it if You are looking for revolutionary drama that knocks your socks off.

78
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

95
Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if You’re interested in a thought provoking show with fantastic acting. The show is smart, funny and dark.

Don't see it if You have children with you. It wouldn’t be appropriate and they likely won’t follow along.

72
Slow, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Edgy, Intense

See it if you're a fan of the actors and want to dive into a dark and psychological plot.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fun and light. This is not a musical or comedy. This one haunts you for a few hours after curtain call.

Also Ending seemed to be left incomplete. Was slightly shocked when it was ... Read more Read less

90
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.

83
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if ...you are comfortable with the subject matter--not for everyone.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with theater about tough issues, such as the death of children.

During previews
79
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.


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 16th, 2019
"Nevertheless, through the efforts of the actors and valiant direction by Triolo, this dark play does succeed in bringing to light some of the complexities of motherhood, child loss and abandonment through the very unique reborning lens."
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July 11th, 2019
"A compelling three-character play about loss and trauma…described as a dark comedy, the witty one-liners are not delivered to encourage hilarity [and so] this production struggles to maintain a consistent genre."
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