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Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

From 44 member  reviews
Members say: Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

About the show

Soho Rep presents a series of provocations that overlap, intersect, and explode to create a theatrical and irreverent play about how we talk to—and about—each other. More…

How do you love, learn, work, mate, marry, watch, shop, listen, win, dress, think, feel, fight, eat, take, beg, birth, give, weigh, serve, scream, write, die, play, walk, worry, laugh, share, sleep, lose, dance, piss, age, bleed, bake, yell? And how do you talk about it? Alice Birch's new play, directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, explores it all.


Member Reviews (44)

MEMBERS SAY:

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Intense

81
Clever, Original, Edgy, In-your-face, Thought-provoking

See it if you are ready to confront issues (mainly feminism) and theatrical devices that are way outside the box; you appreciate smart, edgy theatre.

Don't see it if you can't handle provocation, confrontation, uncomfortable subject matter or explicit sexual language. (All presented with a sense of humor)

80
Bold, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you can. This is what theater is meant to be.

Don't see it if you like fluffy shows that make you feel good about the world we live in.

88
Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Original

See it if You like far- out performance art, clever use of language and like being surprised at every turn. Very downtown vibe !

Don't see it if You are offended by raw language and any depiction of violence. You want to see a well structured play. This is performance art. Shocking !

85
Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You're into fast-paced smart verbal combat where failure to empathize and communicate is foregrounded and no happy ending is offered.

Don't see it if You need formal plot structure, a long running time for your money, or detest that stage haze or a touch of pretentiousness.

85
Thought-provoking, Profound, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you're game for unpredictable jolts of non-narrative/post-dramatic theatre; if you wanna see really good actors dig in to complex material

Don't see it if you need a clear story; if you like a play to set its own rules & then follow them; if you prefer to "understand" what's happening on stage

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Challenging

See it if you enjoy experimental theatre that makes you more self-critical, you like confronting "real life" with edginess and wit

Don't see it if you want to sit comfortably and mindlessly, you don't like subtle jokes, you don't like absurd and gory imagery

92
Ambitious, Delightful, Funny, Intense, Relevant

See it if a whip-smart, playful, and ferocious play with trenchant and vital questions about patriarchy, revolution, womanhood, and cruelty. Electric.

Don't see it if you're looking for something less provocative and theatrical.

100
Relevant, Resonant, Intense, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if READ THIS PLAY or see it when you can

Don't see it if You are not a feminist or wait in that case YOU should definitely see it

Also One of the best shows I have ever seen in New York City. Everything wa... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Relevant, Intense

See it if you like to challenge yourself with edgy theatre, you love language, & you love women even when they speak, even if they speak their minds.

Don't see it if smoke and claustrophobia happen 4u, bright lights and loud sounds freak u out, u need everything explained, u want easy laughs -- uwork4this

84
Clever, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You like well-acted, well-staged, non-traditional plays about language and feminist/humanist ideas.

Don't see it if You prefer traditionally structured plays with set characters and a plot and prefer a story that gets neatly tied up by the end.

86
Absorbing, Intelligent, Original, Profound, Resonant

See it if You are a feminist, if you're willing to be challenged and made uncomfortable, if you are open minded. Great work by a promising playwright.

Don't see it if You want a fun night of entertainment, also don't bring kids. Also SoHo rep is not exactly handicap-accessible.

80
Edgy, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Refreshing

See it if you appreciate straight forward thought that bounces off the walls and around the room and hits you over and over. Aha. She said. Aha again.

Don't see it if you can't deal with shame, find no humor in this world, or if you just don't like to think.

92
Original, Profound, Intense, Thought-provoking, Provocative

See it if Bring your smartest, woke-est friends to this. You're gonna want to unpack it afterwards. Cool design, committed performances, vital ideas.

Don't see it if Like it or not, the oppression of women is at the core of how we think speak and behave. How do we acknowledge & move beyond this?

90
Ambitious, Epic, Edgy, Hilarious, Experimental

See it if You're okay with unconventional structure, dialogue, stuff that borders on performance art. Really funny and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if The word "experimental" makes you flinch.

71
Ambitious, Difficult, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you like edgy plays that are almost performance art pieces.

Don't see it if you're looking for a linear narrative or clear characters.

85
Great staging, Original, Refreshing, Energizing, Edgy

See it if You're in for a wild, crazy, & thought-provoking night of theatre. Breaking down feminism has never been so exciting, hilarious & scary! <3

Don't see it if you're a pig-headed misogynist? I kid. If you are though - SEE IT. But if you want a linear, plot-driven play, this is not the one for you.

80
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you're passionate about feminism and want to see exciting and ambitious new writing

Don't see it if you can't handle extremely loud music, strobe lights, or blood/vomit on stage.

95
Profound, Important, Relevant, Must see, Great writing

See it if not if but when! To me this is what theater is about, making you think, laugh, cry, question.

Don't see it if you're a chauvinist? Wait no, then it's even more important that you see it!

84
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Edgy, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to revolutionize the way society speaks and thinks about women!

Don't see it if you don't like non-linear storylines

80
Clever, Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Quirky

See it if You're a woman, care about women, love a woman, or know a woman.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the female experience or female equality. Actually... you're the ones who probably should see it the most...

100
Clever, Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if You want to be dazzled by language. You want to be challenged by language.

Don't see it if You are afraid to laugh, cry, gag.

During previews
75
Great acting, Original, Weird, Entertaining, Intriguing

See it if You enjoy experimental theater that makes you use your mind. Thoroughly entertaining, I laughed a lot & even got scared at one point.

Don't see it if You need everything spelled out; its told through intriguing vignettes. It's unique & little weird. But in this case weird is a GOOD thing!

During previews
90
Original, Thought provoking, Intelligent, Funny yet frightening, Superb ensemble cast

See it if you like thought-provoking plays done in a series of vignettes that builds to a harrowing conclusion. Terrific ensemble and staging.

Don't see it if you only enjoy conventional plays. Also, if you don't want to be mentally stimulated.

During previews
70
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Edgy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy unusual and edgy shows with some uncomfortable language, special effects, and noise levels.

Don't see it if you are averse to gore or smoke effects, and are offended by sex or thought provoking drama.

During previews
70
Edgy, Intense, Thought-provoking, Current, Strange

See it if you're intrigued by a thought-provoking play tackling issues of gender and inequality.

Don't see it if intense topics make you squirmish or uncomfortable. If you need a linear storyline, this isn't for you.


April 19th, 2016
"Alice Birch’s implosive play about the conundrums of being female in the 21st century...The ferocious energy that courses through this short, sharp shock of a production might be characterized as, well, kind of beautiful...Directed at the pace of a speeding cannon ball by Lileana Blain-Cruz...Wi...
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April 19th, 2016
"Alice Birch’s angry flaying of the status quo, staged as a series of funny and horrifying vignettes. 'Revolt' comes in at 65 minutes, a perfect length. An hour and a half would seem conventional; two hours would grow unbearable. The linguistic and visual density that Birch and director Lileana B...
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April 19th, 2016
"A caffeinated and confrontational production…With its shocking tableaux, pithy false epiphanies, and pulsating scene transitions, 'Revolt' feels like an extended version of that 'Saturday Night Live' sketch about the theater troupe of socially conscious teens. In truth, Birch's writing is a lot ...
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April 20th, 2016
"The author's steady, unforgiving gaze, her ruthless way with clichés, and her radar-like ability to unearth buried notions about class and prejudice command one's attention, with alternately hilarious and horrifying results...All four performers, under the superbly controlled direction of Lilean...
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