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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
78
Avg Score

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.

During previews
79
Experimental, Great staging, Original

See it if You like Caryl Churchill but wish she was more edgy. You like Charles Mee but wish he wasn't so terrible and inaccessible.

Don't see it if You're sensitive to incense because they were burning the entire time. You ever leave your seat during a show.

During previews
78
Edgy, Great acting, Ambitious, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if you'd be drawn to an experimental, confrontational, somewhat anarchic & disjointed theatrical experience. It's also brilliantly acted.

Don't see it if this is a very political, deeply feminist, deliberately challenging, and only slightly plotted series of sketches. Both painful and funny.

During previews
69
Uneven, Great acting, Clever, Confusing

See it if you like talky vignettes with thought-provoking themes. Very uneven-sometimes confusing. Great actors Experimental.,

Don't see it if you don't want to support new experimental work

During previews
91
Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Profound, Alice birch = the next caryl churchill

See it if You enjoy provocative challenging work that places many assumptions -- about societal norms, gender relations, the theatre -- to the test.

Don't see it if You want neat, tidy resolutions. You are expecting traditional romance. You don't like Judith Butler.

During previews
90
Intense, Fantastic acting, Ambitious, Relevant, Feminist

See it if you enjoy a boundary-pushing, intense play about revolting against norms for women in modern society. You enjoy feeling plays to your bones.

Don't see it if you don't like: non-linear storylines, challenges, feminism, abstraction, sex, uncomfortable situations or if you like happy plays.

During previews
85
Chaotic, Interesting, Great staging, Challenging, Uneven

See it if you like experimental work that tackles subversive topics; you don't mind leaving the theater not knowing quite how you feel about a show.

Don't see it if you're allergic to cliches of the avant garde, you prefer shows that are easy to decipher and more linear.

During previews
68
Confusing, Epic, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like non-linear, "experimental" theater with a healthy dose of social commentary. I like how the "politics" of this one snuck up on me.

Don't see it if you need a plot, something/someone to follow, and fancy staging. Here, the words are the star. It did feel long for how short it is.

During previews
77
Challenging, Thought-provoking, Unconventional, Downtown

See it if Interested in lexical bias or women's studies, ok w being challenged and unsettled, cerebral yet passionate fare, for simple grossout sfx

Don't see it if Looking for traditional plot or play, need action/movement more than words, misogynist

During previews
80
Arty, Funny, Great acting, Disturbing

See it if very well acted vignettes , sometimes funny, moving, and disturbing at times. Pushes the buttons in a well constructed manner. Great cast!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy experimental theater with mature manner

During previews
95
Profound, Riveting, Dizzying

See it if you are a feminist, or a woman, or a person who likes vital, creative, original, intense, thought-provoking theatre.

Don't see it if you struggle with abstract pieces (think Churchill).

During previews
10
Awful, Excruciating, Incomprehensible, Student acting, Bad

See it if One of the actors is a close friend and you risk losing the friendship by not showing up.

Don't see it if You value your life and realize you will never get that hour back again.

During previews
76
Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Intense, Edgy

See it if You like challenging and provoking plays

Don't see it if you prefer conventional theater with linear plots

During previews
78
Great acting, Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like shows that make you uncomfortable in your seat, and make you leave the theatre affected by what you saw, and makes you talk

Don't see it if You don't like graphic violence (while minimal, it is there), life conversation, or are uncomfortable with confrontation.

During previews
74
Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Indulgent

See it if you're not afraid to be assaulted by injustice. Here, the injustice fired at the audience is a cluster bomb of sexism. Ka-effing-boom!

Don't see it if exposing the harmful cultural expectation of traditional sex roles repulses you; if you refuse to acknowledge vaginas are organs not gaps.

During previews
95
Ambitious, Relevant, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if A fast paced poetic meditation on gender and the way it shapes our daily lives is what you've been looking for.

Don't see it if You're looking for a more traditional, linear narrative play.

During previews
45
Clever, Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if you like feminist experimental theatre.

Don't see it if you need a coherent plot, are not a feminist, or lack patience.


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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