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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)


95
Front Row Center

“Although Quinn disparages most of the immediate world, he does it with a light touch. He also repurposes and recycles his material, and makes it work...Quinn understands that we are walking around with blinders on, and he does not condemn us for that. Instead he steps into our field of vision and makes it impossible to look away. Quinn makes you smile as you squirm. Quinn is a comedian who sticks to your ribs. Bravo.” Full Review

95
The Interrobang

“A brilliant show...What makes Quinn’s ‘Red State Blue State’ special is that he has done what nobody else seems able to do - come at the problem in a nonpartisan way...He can distill such complicated ideas into a line or two that encapsulates a thought that could have taken someone else hours to explain...And it’s really funny, and that’s why Quinn is a master...You won’t agree with everything Quinn says but he will have you thinking. And laughing.” Full Review

90
CitiTour

"Quinn places the blame for our current state of affairs where it may mostly rightly belong: on the founding fathers themselves, who crafted an incredibly imperfect Constitution - and then died before fixing it - and on today's citizens, who he states have taken the ideas of freedom, equality and democracy to untenable extremes. This may all sound crazy on paper, but as Quinn espouses his theories, you'll simultaneously laugh out loud while thinking he actually makes some sense." Full Review

90
Broadway Blog

“An evening of musings on the current chasm in American political discourse...Quinn’s patented style of ‘nobody is spared’ comedy is a welcome tonic for these troubled Trumpian times...As always, Quinn’s delivery is as inimitable as his comic writing is sublime...’Red State, Blue State’ is a zippy evening that provides as many laughs as opportunities for self-examination...And even though he’s not able to offer any solutions...He is, however, able to unite everyone for 70 minutes.” Full Review

85
Lighting & Sound America

“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.” Full Review

85
Theater Life

"He…skewers both the right and the left, the red and the blue, the conservatives and the progressives, with bombsight precision…He depends on broad generalities, but there's always a recognizable kernel of truth allowing you to laugh at how nuts the other side is while also appreciating how close he gets to eviscerating your own beliefs…Quinn offers some sardonic solutions to our problems but the best way to chase the reds and blues away is to laugh at them by seeing his show." Full Review

85
TheaterScene.net

"With his own spin on Don Rickles-style insult humor, Quinn hilariously skewers each of the 50 states...Bursts of perfectly crafted one-liners constructed in the classic form of set ups and punchlines, skillfully composed observational riffs and occasionally addressing audience members directly, all sustain 'Red State Blue State’s' 75 minutes...Continuing the great tradition of Carlin, in 'Red State Blue State,' Quinn executes political humor with the artistry of an accomplished comedian." Full Review

85
DC Metro Theater Arts

“The world-premiere monologue contains the stand-up star’s signature brand of socio-political commentary, as he takes a sardonic, pragmatic, and hilarious look at our country’s seemingly irreparable divide...Quinn takes incisive aim at everything that’s gone wrong in our country...If you believe in the old maxim that laughter is the best medicine, be sure to catch ‘Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State’; it provides the antidote we all need in today’s contentious political climate.” Full Review

85
StageBiz.com

"It’s equally questioning both sides and asking us all to laugh at not only each other’s follies but our own...Though the piece was a long monologue without interruption, the constant punctuation of laughter...made the piece feels more like a dialogue...The experience feel intimate and personal, more like an enjoyable conversation with your funniest friend.” Full Review

80
BroadwayWorld

“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.” Full Review

80
The Hollywood Reporter

“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." Full Review

80
AM New York

“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." Full Review

80
The Wrap

“Despite that title, the former Comedy Central, MTV and SNL star doesn’t take political sides in his gentle diatribe on what’s wrong with America...Quinn is at his funniest when he takes on — no surprise — Donald Trump...Quinn doesn’t even sound that much like the president, but he replicates his one-syllable bombast (“great”) to perfection...’Red State Blue State’ is the ultimate feel-good false-equivalency show.” Full Review

80
CurtainUp

“Quinn keeps comforting the audience with his light hearted approach to our most pressing dilemmas...Quinn sticks it to us rather mildly but with just enough bite to occasionally make us wince...Quinn has some very funny and astute observations...Quinn paints a portrait of our nation's future that is as warmly caustic as it is harshly comical. Those who have enjoyed and been invigorated by Quinn's perspective in previous shows will assuredly embrace this one.” Full Review

80
Drama Queen NYC

"He makes canny observations about our national character, but now he seems less sanguine about our ability to move forward...He communicates highly complicated ideas through the most mundane and absurdly funny examples...Quinn’s manner is engagingly off-hand – this is bigger and smarter than your usual stand-up, but it never totally leaves that sphere...Overall, the show is a jaunty, thought-provoking good time." Full Review

80
National Review

"A refreshing reminder of what comedy’s aims should be...On the surface Quinn is staking out some neutral territory between enemy camps in the culture war...Quinn throws in a couple of Trump jokes just to reassure the audience that he’s not going to wander too far off the rails, but he offers sympathetic words for Trump voters...Quinn doesn’t just riff on the divided states of America, though; he proposes an actual (semi-serious) solution." Full Review

70
The New York Times

“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.” Full Review

70
Time Out New York

"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." Full Review

70
New York Stage Review

“Quinn dwells upon consequential topics of American debate such as democracy, free speech, and equality, and impartially treats them all with plainspoken, humorous disrespect...The humorist winds up his 75-minute consideration of America on the rocks with a bravura peroration during which he disses every state in the nation...The takeaway is not bitter. Spending time with Quinn as he grouses away is like sharing a couple of friendly beers with the neighborhood curmudgeon.” Full Review

70
Theatre is Easy

"I wouldn’t say I agree with a lot of Quinn’s positions, but he’s intelligent, thought-provoking, funny, and he doesn't play favorites. Although the ending, in which he names every state and gives an example of how each one is uniquely terrible, is largely uninspired and not all that witty. One might wonder how many people in the audience will agree with Quinn on what’s wrong with America. But I don’t think that’s really the point." Full Review


94
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if An intelligent, funny look at the current state of America. It sucessfully walks the fine line of not too political but thought provoking

Don't see it if You don't like humor andyou think america is doing great, and not worth examining

91
Refreshing, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you need a laugh.

Don't see it if you don't have a sense of humor about your side of the political divide.

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

90
Clever, Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a fresh political perspective

Don't see it if You don’t like a good laugh

90
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want a new perspective on the sate of politics in this time

Don't see it if you do not like his humor

Also It's not a Trump bashing. He talks about the state of our politics goi... Read more Read less

88
Entertaining, Great writing, Hilarious, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Colin Quinn.

Also Colin Quinn has always been a reliable mainstay in the New York alt co... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Colin Quinn does a great job of breaking it down in a bi-partisan way. It was entertaining, funny and thought provoking

Don't see it if If you don't keep an open mind politically

86
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You’re open-minded

Don't see it if You can only see one side of the political landscape

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

82
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy comedy at all, not to worry what side of the political divide you are, he makes fun of everyone, in a smart way. The show flies by

Don't see it if You can't laugh at "yourself" politically or don't like stand up.

80
Entertaining, Funny, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if You like political comedy. He’s likeable & funny. Like a tipsy uncle who has hilarious but seemingly practical solutions to world problems.

Don't see it if Don’t like political comedy and/or need to stay away from more info, discussions and opinions of the current political turmoil the US is in.

80
Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You like colin Quinn and need to laugh at the state of our country

Don't see it if You’ve had it with politics or are expecting a play- this is stand up meets history class

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of Quinn or you enjoy politically charged (liberal-leaning) standup.

Don't see it if You don't like standup, politics, or you are looking for more of a "show." This is essentially a long standup set about a single theme.

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.

79
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like stand-up comedy. Colin is funny but he doesn't really shed any new light on the red state/blue state divide.

Don't see it if you're expecting the well-researched piece like his former play, A New York Story. By comparison, this left me a little disappointed.

79
Relevant, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy political comedy

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

Also If you're seated in the balcony, don't expect him to acknowledge your ... Read more Read less

78
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Slow

See it if you like comedians who convey a unique point of view; the material will not offend either side, so don't worry about that; provokes thought

Don't see it if This is long-form comedy, with a few punchlines. It has no effects, lighting or staging, Just all Colin Quinn.

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

76
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful, Resonant

See it if A funny and smart look at the situ of America right now. Funny, even for non-Americans like me. And slightly scary:)

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of humor and think America is perfect.

75
Funny, Relevant

See it if You like Colin Quinn and political comedy.

Don't see it if You're expecting to see Colin Quinn at his best. This show was just okay...it didn't flow.

75
Funny, Indulgent, Clever, Choppy

See it if you're willing to see Colin Quinn at his "good" but not his best. He has a lot of funny insights, but the show doesn't flow.

Don't see it if you want something as good as his "The New York Story".

75
Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a light night of comedy highlighting the state of our political union and mining it for its humor. Enjoyable stuff!

Don't see it if politics is a trigger for you.

70
Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Resonant

See it if you enjoy cerebral comedy.

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

Also Over the years, I have seen several of Quinn's one man show. In partic... Read more Read less

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

72
Funny, Disappointing

See it if You like stand-up comedy or Colin Quinn.

Don't see it if You give much thought to the ideas expressed in jokes...some in this show are dubious.

Also Yes, I laughed - although not as much as my fellow audience members. W... Read more Read less


Cast & Creatives (5)