New York | 1h 15m | Already closed

Red State Blue State

From 23 critic and 137 member reviews
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. More…

This is no witch hunt: Colin is here to own the libs, the conservs, and everyone in between.

1h 15m | Already closed | Minetta Lane Theatre (West Village)


60
Talkin' Broadway

“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.” Full Review

55
Theatermania

“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.” Full Review


65
Meh

See it if you like Quinn. He's engaging as affable, as usual.

Don't see it if you're expecting him to say anything that hasn't been said before.

60
Disappointing, Unfocused, choppy, tryout, workshop

See it if if your a fan of Colin's and want his take on our current politics.

Don't see it if you're looking for sharp and provocative stand-up that makes one think while they're laughing.

50
Cliched, Indulgent, Funny

See it if you love Colin's sense of humor and you want another show about an white older guy yelling about things. Some funny stuff is buried in there

Don't see it if If you're looking for nuanced, poltical humor

50
Cliched, Fluffy, Intelligent, Overrated, Relevant

See it if Amusing at best. Not very funny.

Don't see it if You're expecting to laugh out loud.

69
During previews
Disappointing, Intermittent big laughs but not enough to sustain momentum

See it if You don’t mind an uneven show with a few big laughs

Don't see it if You’re looking for consistent, sharply observed humor. Inadequate mining of rich material from the excesses of both right and left.

69
During previews
Funny, Clever, Cliched, Relevant

See it if you enjoy Colin Quinn, non-offensive political humor, one person shows, stand-up comedy.

Don't see it if You want one person shows to build to a real powerful point or to say something of real interest.

Also Quinn is a talented comedian and you can already see he's got some goo... Read more Read less

69
During previews
Clever, Cliched

See it if A few good jokes, but nothing original here,

Don't see it if you don't like political commentary.

69
During previews
Comedy is not fresh, Lacking energy and unpolished, Dated despite pretense of topicality

See it if You must see everything Colin Quinn does or enjoy not-very-sharp stabs at political humor. These 80 minutes felt like Quinn's time is up.

Don't see it if Want incisive humor in general or one-liners you haven't heard before, are unconcerned performer doesn't seem to care much about any of it.

Also I saw this early in previews and perhaps that's why Quinn seemed unreh... Read more Read less

69
During previews
For blue state audience, Reductive, Dated style and approach, Occasionally funny, Fully prepared?

See it if you enjoy Colin Quinn or overly familiar blue state political humor - with an exception or two. For a blue state audience.

Don't see it if you don't want politics, a strong delivery and approach or something new or unheard. You need fresh jokes not used by other comedians.

68
During previews
Relevant, Slow, Flat, Entertaining, Pleasant

See it if you enjoy Colin Quinn's standup or one-man shows; if you enjoy political humor.

Don't see it if you're looking for the sharpest writing; you don't enjoy stereotypical jokes based in geographic/regional humor.

68
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You are a big Colin Quinn fan like Saturday Night Live banter. Like stand up comedy and one person shows. Like political commentary tv show

Don't see it if You don't like political bantering, one person shows, stand up comedy. Jokes are not sharp and crisp enough. The material was not original.

68
During previews
Entertaining, Dated, Disappointing

See it if You want some inoffensive political humor

Don't see it if you want sharp satire

Also I realized a while ago that political humor in the age of Trump is ext... Read more Read less

67
During previews
Funny, Cliched, Intelligent

See it if you like political humor, current events.

Don't see it if you want to avoid gross generalizations about every region of the country; or if you are not ready to hear "blame" evenly apportioned.

67
During previews
Ambitious, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, or political humour.

Also As a long time fan, I have to say that I was a little disappointed. I ... Read more Read less

66
During previews
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You’re a fan of Colin. There are some good moments but a lot in between. Some young women behind me roared!

Don't see it if You’re looking to really laugh.

65
During previews
Disappointing, Slow, Some funny one-liners

See it if you are a fan of Colin Quinn. I had high expectations and laughed about some funny one-liners but unfortunately didn't find it too memorable

Don't see it if you have high expectations that you can talk about it afterwards for days to come or expect some new political insight.

65
During previews
Some insights/some laughs, False equivalency premise, Disappointing, Subpar delivery (mumbling)

See it if you love CQ's crusty, tough persona. He aims for provocation, but he EQUALLY blames Dems/Reps for current mess. Where's he been for 2 years?

Don't see it if you want political enlightment. Watch Colbert, SamB, Trevor, Seth, JohnO for funny and smart. CQ makes FUN of libs for worrying about Nazis.

Also Doesn't he know that neo-Nazis killed a yg woman...which didn't bother... Read more Read less

62
During previews
Cliched, Insipid, Slow

See it if You’re into “classic” standup comedy; anti-social-media; amused by geographically-based jokes; feel anxious about AI and hi-tech

Don't see it if Expecting something refreshing; know little or don’t care much about American politics and geography;

62
During previews
Disappointing, Cliched, Uninspired, Slow, Predictable

See it if You’re a fan of Colin Quinn’s humor because that’s what you get here...nothing new or unique, fresh or imaginative.

Don't see it if You’re hoping for anything fresh or a new slant on the same old Red vs Blue political stuff already out there.

Also I saw this during previews so I’m not knocking off for the really poor... Read more Read less

60
During previews
Cliched, Banal, Dated, Funny, Disappointing

See it if You’re a big fan of Colin Quinn and his work.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a more incisive look at our cultural divide beyond some tired jokes about hicks and snowflakes.

59
During previews
Amusing, Politcally toothless, Manic not magic

See it if you are a fan of Quinn's humor, his garbled & rushed speech, politically inoffensive & without a 2 drink minimum

Don't see it if you want something really hilarious & risky; want to be challenged, enlightened or otherwise given food for thought

Also SPOILER ALERT: The 'jokey' resolution of our present state of divisive... Read more Read less

58
During previews
Relevant, Confusing, Disappointing, Insipid, Dizzying

See it if Colin Quinn fans. Don't mind a deluge of social topics presented randomly. Storytelling skills aren't imperative to you.

Don't see it if Have trouble keeping up with various lot of perspectives that are presented incoherently. Transitions among topics tend to be awkward.

58
During previews
Disappointing, Funny, Rough

See it if You want to see Quinn in an intimate space breaking down how we're all screwed because we refuse to change.

Don't see it if You want well polished material. The laughs were there, but not constant.

58
During previews
Unoriginal, Disappointing, Rambling, Reductive, Says nothing you haven't already heard

See it if this is more for an older (60+) crowd; jokes were mostly low-hanging fruit & weren't anything I'd never heard before. This show feels dated.

Don't see it if This was rambly, unfocused, and felt like it could be a comedy special from 2009. The writing & delivery lacked sharpness.

56
During previews
Dated, Entertaining, Indulgent

See it if You like comedians who seem "liberal" but still complain about "snowflake" behavior. You want a comedian's read on the flaws on all sides.

Don't see it if You want a tight, crisp show that punches up.


Cast & Creatives (5)