Red State Blue State
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Red State Blue State
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Red State Blue State NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(143 Reviews)
Positive
81%
Mixed
18%
Negative
1%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Intelligent

About the Show

SNL alum Colin Quinn lays bare the absurdities, hypocrisies, and calamities on both sides of the political divide in this new solo comedy.

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Member Reviews (143)

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481 Reviews | 316 Followers
91
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Funny, Clever

See it if Very funny and insightful. Amusing lines and insights from the show will come back to you later.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about politics, if you don't like Colin Quinn or one person comedy shows. Read more

356 Reviews | 58 Followers
70
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you enjoy cerebral comedy.

Don't see it if MAGA is your life mantra. Read more

293 Reviews | 40 Followers
78
Funny, Disappointing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you like one person shows, or comedians or Quinn himself. You should be interested in politics and probably liberal although not necessarily

Don't see it if you don't think Quinn is funny or if you don't like one person shows. The show is very political and also quite similar to his Netflix stuff

277 Reviews | 31 Followers
84
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like 1 man comedy about politics It’s quick witted and clever

Don't see it if You want a fancy set and big production

255 Reviews | 29 Followers
79
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy political comedy

Don't see it if political issues are a trigger for you Read more

233 Reviews | 22 Followers
80
Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a funny and enjoyable talk on today's politics.

Don't see it if You're looking for ground that hasn't already been well-covered by comics recently.

192 Reviews | 20 Followers
91
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You like comedy that uses the present world situation to make you think more about. Colin is very funny but also look at things

Don't see it if You are not a comedy fan or don’t want to think about things going on in the world today

176 Reviews | 20 Followers
70
Entertaining, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Colin Quinn has an an engaging persona but the show doesn't say much

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows this one won't change your mind

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
January 22nd, 2019

“In a smart, if sometimes shaggy, monologue that ponders an ideologically riven nation, Quinn is not firmly allied to one side or another...He comes across as the kind of guy you might like to have a beer with, which may be as much of a plus in a comedian as it is in a politician. Unlike a politician, though, he will almost surely make you laugh, and more than once...Quinn throws out a couple of ideas for what to do...but ‘Red State Blue State’ isn’t a prescription. It’s a provocation.”
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Time Out New York
January 22nd, 2019

"At a time when even middle-of-the-road comics seem to be choosing sides, it's refreshing to hear the no-nonsense Quinn go after political absolutism on both the right and the left. Yet this solo show, minimally directed by Bobby Morseco, lacks a clear narrative through line...His routine often seems stitched together, like a parade of greatest political hits—and misses. But...it has a fairly high laugh rate and, despite its hot-button topicality, feels designed to unite, not offend."
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 22nd, 2019

“The comedian dissects the current social and political climate with his usual cutting wit and keen observations...The comedian is an equal opportunity offender, taking care to assail both sides of the political spectrum...Quinn's deadpan delivery can become monotonous over the course of an evening. And the show's climactic episode proves hit-or-miss. But those flaws don't prevent ‘Red State Blue State’ from being the sort of sharp political satire we can't seem to get enough of."
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AM New York
January 22nd, 2019

“Liberals and conservatives alike are subjected to relentless ridicule and contempt in...Quinn’s pugnacious and contrarian one-man show...Quinn tackles and ridicules social media addiction, the expectation that comedians now must be politically correct, premarital sex and celebrities taking political stances...Even if you disagree with Quinn, his fast, loose and furious mode of presentation is consistently exciting and packed with solid laugh lines and smart comparisons."
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Theatermania
January 22nd, 2019

“Quinn ends up preaching to a very particular choir. And that makes this 70-minute set all the more disappointing...In short, ‘Red State Blue State’ isn't barbed enough to be offensive nor incisive enough to be funny. More surprising is Quinn's unsteady delivery...He never really seems sure of himself...His ability to get through his own show seemed a little perilous...’Red State Blue State’ leaves us with a ho-hum sigh, rather than the belly laugh we so desperately want.”
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BroadwayWorld
January 23rd, 2019

“Very funny riff on contemporary America's political divide...Directed by Bobby Moresco, ‘Red State Blue State’ is a tight 75-minute set that, without taking sides, seeks to sort out how the country got torn apart so quickly...To expound on this, he charges through 50 zingers, one for each state...Maybe they're not all gems, but his expertise in rhythms and tones creates a comical topography as varied as the land that we love.”
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Lighting & Sound America
January 28th, 2019

“One of Quinn’s liveliest shows...The comedian has come up with a merrily nonpartisan evening that is likely to satisfy anyone with a sense of humor, no matter which way you vote...He...generates authentic shock-of-recognition laughs; their amusement level is only increased by that rusty-hasp voice and understated tone of incredulity at the absurdity...The fun thins a bit at a certain point, due to the show's single-note focus. But, after a slowish few minutes, Quinn recovers quite nicely.”
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Talkin' Broadway
January 22nd, 2019

“A freewheeling, discursive examination of the country's current political and social stalemate. Trying to avoid taking a side, Quinn assures his audience upfront that he will...not exhibit partisan favoritism...’Red State Blue State’ seems scattershot as it takes aim at its satirical targets, and the material is often repetitive...The final section of the show reflects the unevenness of the writing...The litany becomes wearying instead of comically revelatory.”
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