Second Stage presents Young Jean Lee's non-musical/non-play/non-concert that is not about dying. More…
From the show:
It's a celebration of the things we do, say, and sing to keep ourselves going as we hurtle toward the finish line. Through a series of stories and songs both hilarious and heartbreaking, Young Jean Lee’s We're Gonna Die, under Raja Feather Kelly's new direction, offers proof positive that being alive is about more than just awaiting the inevitable.come
See it if You have pain or emptiness in your heart or if you fear death and dying. A quirky show that defies description: part concert part musical.
Don't see it if You want a traditional show. This is something else.
See it if If you want a musical set to rock tunes about dying is for you. Only 65 minutes long.
Don't see it if If you want a musical that is based on dying to rock songs. This musical made no sense . Tony K theatre has been putting on some wacky shows
See it if u want to experience a life-affirming, uplifting, poignant event that explores the value of life & death in song & story w/a 1st-rate score.
Don't see it if you expect a traditional/conventional musical with a narrative, plot, character development, etc.; you hate rock and r&b music.
See it if More choreo-poem than pop-eretta Lee tackles life's undeniable existential moment w/zest & compassion Kelly's staging tepid; movement shines
Don't see it if Despite it's pleasures (great rock band; a charismatic McDermoth) piece has a static quality on stage Better suited for a cabaret setting
See it if Super singing story telling and stage presence by Janelle McDermoth .Great response by audience. for a surprising production at 2nd Stage
Don't see it if It is really a cabaret act, 55 minutes. Some tough things to think about. Set is a spiral staircase hardly used.
See it if you're looking for something different in musicals, enjoy being deliciously surprised, like going from glum to glorious in 70 minutes
Don't see it if quick, short musical is not your thing, don't like unexpected joy rides or thinking there will be lots of talk about death (not!)
See it if All signs pointing to the end being nigh, so until then, just l.i.v.e., embraced with a smile and a rock beat.An hour's diversion done well.
Don't see it if Like listening to liner notes on a dust jacket with some skipped beats.
See it if joyously embraces carpe diem 2 deal w life's inevitable disappointments; Janelle McDermoth dynamic narrator/lead singer w virtuoso rock band
Don't see it if not fully realized musical; rapturous ending feels unearned as too-short vehicle @ 55 minutes skims surface of narrator's life
See it if you enjoy good storytelling accompanied by good music. This is something of a musical-play-concert hybrid. It's unique, fun, and deep.
Don't see it if you're turned off by the idea of facing your own mortality. This show reminds us of that (as the title suggests), but in an uplifting way.
See it if you enjoy depressing stories and songs. The lighting and staging are unusual and creative but there is little point to the show.
Don't see it if you want a show with a plot or don't like talk of illness and death.
See it if Janelle McDermoth is absolutely terrific, full of energy & compelling; interesting premise on death with flair & an upbeat tempo; original
Don't see it if want more than repetitious music/lyrics; 2-3 good songs; want more depth & story; balloons dropping during performance is distracting
See it if A bravura performance by Janelle McDermoth, who single-handedly tells us the story of her life in words and song. A compelling performance.
Don't see it if Ultimately confusing. The band gets up at various times to use the onstage vending machine, and balloons descend throughout the show. Why?
See it if She pairs songs with her realizations of loneliness, aging, sickness, death, and us. Like a mini-concert w/ a little story to connect songs
Don't see it if Experimental theater isn't your thing. Would've liked more. Takes a while to set it up, then she makes the point and it's over.
See it if you want to see a brief and poignant reflection on life and the inevitability of death; you don't need conventionality in your theatre
Don't see it if you want a fully developed plot; this is more of a performance art/concert/storytelling session. But my gosh it works...I wanted more!
See it if Non-traditional format: a band performs with a singer who simultaneously narrates her life story.
Don't see it if weird pointless set and narration about how life is meaningful yet we are all gonna die, so live now...NOT even a spoiler...
See it if you want new talent (performers, composers, writers, staging), marvelous lyrics on a tough subject, laughs and tears, brave honesty & more.
Don't see it if the reality that death is what we all face is too much for you to deal with - even in this amazingly entertaining format
See it if you're up for a concert, not a play. it's a serious subject -yes: death - handled with humor & empathy.
Don't see it if you dislike rock music or are expecting a drama. it's just a singer and band, with some spoken word. the 'set' is pointless & distracting.
See it if You need to see 65 minutes of rock music with a little narration to realize that every day is a gift (so use it well) & we’re all gonna die.
Don't see it if You don’t like rock music, balloons labeled “we’re gonna die” or want more than 65 minutes for a $45 ticket to a “new groundbreaking” show.
See it if You like shows that defy simple description - this is more than a play but not exactly a musical.
Don't see it if You’re looking for something with a large cast or traditional structure.