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 the idea of a set of songs, interspersed with stories, about converting life’s darkest moments into something productive, interests you.
Don't see it if you’re looking for a play, or something much deeper than a tight set performed by an arty, accomplished lounge act.
See it if You enjoy great singing & poignant stories by the lead. Full band. Would love to hear a soundtrack released.
Don't see it if You don't like tons of balloons being released at the very end of the show.
See it if you like loud rock music and a WONDERFUL singer.Plot is pretty much non-existent.Choreo is fun.
Don't see it if you are expecting a coherent story line.Cast is enthusiastic, but there just isn't much here, other than a very talented young woman.
See it if you'll spend a well-paced hour glad to not be dead! A hard look at dying w/ rhapsodic consolation. No cliches (“look on the bright side").
Don't see it if Retail prices too steep. This is more like a fast, tasty entree than a sit-down 3-course meal. Get discount tix for the most bang for buck.
See it if This is a raucous, high energy, one woman show with a great ensemble backing her. Sing they do. She has a lovely voice easy to listen to.
Don't see it if This is loud. Sad. As in Straight White Male, we are bombarded with hits echoing death and dying. Lights flash and players MOVE.
See it if You enjoy a song cycle/story telling performance that lights up the stage in 65 minutes
Don't see it if SPOILER ALERT Songs/stories about death and dying are not your cup of tea.
See it if you can like "ear splitting music," a talented singer & musicians, story telling and themes involves life learnings.
Don't see it if you can't tolerate very, very loud music, one person story telling and superficial, rather than profound, lessons on life.
See it if if you want to see a great performance by Janelle McDermoth, a true life-force in a show about death. Some great staging and a terrific band
Don't see it if you're looking for a full-fledged play. Only 60 minutes, more like a cabaret act.
See it if and only if you want to experience a "piece" (notice I didn't call it a show or play) that is in need of a huge re-write and a proper ending
Don't see it if you are contemplating suicide. It will send you over the edge by the time this 70 minute "piece" is over. RIP
See it if You enjoy theatrical concert plays like A Hundred Days, Second Man, and Rags Parkland. You want to hear a rockin' band.
Don't see it if You dislike theatrical concerts that don't really have a steady thru-line. You dislike modern pop and 80's pop.
See it if a truly enjoyable mix of story telling & great songs sung with lots of heart backed by a terrific band appeals to you. A hybrid, fun piece!!
Don't see it if If subject of catastrophic illness is way too painful for you. Otherwise, it's irrepressibly engaging—McDermoth is terrific as is the band!
See it if want to hear a talented singer sing some nice songs about the ups and downs of her "character's" life.
Don't see it if you were looking for some sort of up lifting take on our own mortality as the show might suggest. The story is a single person's experience.
See it if you want to see a very talented lady and talented back up musicians and singers perform original songs.
Don't see it if you dislike very loud music and want to see a play where the actors respond to each other.
See it if If U go to a 1-person show & the soloist is OUT, run to the boxoffice & re-book or suffer nagging doubts about what you missed. Average show
Don't see it if Skip if U don't like alt-pop music that rarely connects w/ the stories told between songs. If U heard about Young Jun Lee's perfs -long gone
See it if For something different-- not really a play or a musical. Good music and vivid story telling.
Don't see it if Not really enough. Although short at 60 minutes, it feel substantial but needed more.
See it if you like a few short stories about bad things happening to people and "solutions" what to do/think then. Unfortunately not convincing for me
Don't see it if you need a real story and don't like short stories interspersed with music.
See it if You like concerts & want to see a talented young singer. You like balloons. You are looking for a show that is literally only an hour long
Don't see it if You want to see a complete work that isn't by a self-indulgent playwright who doesn't know what she wants her work to be. You hate balloons.
See it if you're intrigued by a cabaret-style presentation on death and dying which is rather upbeat.
Don't see it if you don't want to see a show about death or if you will be frustrated by seeing "half a show".
See it if you are intrigued with new musical theater pieces with a contemporary style. You enjoy really listening to spoken words.
Don't see it if you prefer plot driven stories or more tradition musical theater forms. Are dismayed by short running times (65 minutes).
See it if A smart and dark performance that perhaps would stand better as a cabaret show than a full-blown play, WGD plumbs the feeling of loneliness.
Don't see it if The lead singer/actor felt perhaps too stage-y, too much of a performer for the relatively plain-spoken and deadpan text and music.
See it if you want to be reminded in a sometimes joyous, sometimes thoughtful quirky way with great acting that life comes with hardship but also joy!
Don't see it if you need a more traditional musical or play and don't want to go on a journey of sadness/joy in a too brief 60 minutes.
See it if You would enjoy hearing pieces of one characters life interspersed with rock songs all to the theme of death.
Don't see it if You want something serious or comical and straightforward without room for discussion post performance.