White Rabbit Red Rabbit
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White Rabbit Red Rabbit

White Rabbit Red Rabbit NYC Reviews and Tickets

(116 Reviews)
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Thought-provoking, Clever, Original, Ambitious, Entertaining

About the Show

Every show, a new star (including Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, and others) takes on a unique challenge: the actor is handed a script onstage to perform without the help of a director, rehearsals, or a set.

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
Quirky, Slow, Original, Unfocused, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy "theater" with no fourth wall. Lots of audience participation. This self-conscious play has a couple of diffuse messages.

Don't see it if you want full engagement. I was bored by the script's repetitiveness. Whoopi was commanding, but couldn't save the often meh material.

677 Reviews | 187 Followers
Original, Thought-provoking, Disappointing, Meta, Overrated

See it if you want to see a story of oppression written as an unusual allegory; you want to see a particular celebrity in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you expect anything notably profound; you need a tidy story; you hate audience participation; you roll your eyes at the meta-theatre trope.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Original

See it if you're more interested in compelling ideas than a well-polished show (the performer has never seen the script before stepping on the stage).

Don't see it if you aren't open to a unique, potentially flawed performance.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
Thought-provoking, Performer dependent, Both better & worse than you think, A lot of audience participation, Meta, very, very meta

See it if You're willing to go on an unknown journey w/the performer & audience. You're curious about the play: if you're reading these reviews-go.

Don't see it if You hate audience participation. You hate meta plays. You want to know the plot before seeing the play. You don't like the scheduled actor.

481 Reviews | 315 Followers
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Slow, Funny, Relevant

See it if I was disappointed in the show although it was still fun. Mike Birbiglia was very funny and charming.

Don't see it if You are not interested in the actor performing that night. Only a few aspects of the show were interesting.

501 Reviews | 103 Followers

See it if I don't trust this show. The actor is not supposed to have read the script before they perform it. when I saw this in boston I believed

Don't see it if this could be the case but I think the word is out on this.

399 Reviews | 202 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if Funny in parts. Could be good with a performer who is good at improv. Unusual. Entertaining. Bobby Cannavale is fun to watch.

Don't see it if But ultimately didn't have much to say. Was kind of a stunt. And Bobby Cannavale stuck mostly to the script, so nothing too exciting.

417 Reviews | 69 Followers
Intelligent, Quirky, Original, Thought-provoking, Saw with kathy najimy

See it if You like original theater that makes you think and laugh.

Don't see it if You like theater with a well constructed plot line.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
March 9th, 2016

"A playful, enigmatic and haunting solo show...The play is a conversation among playwright, performer and audience, a conversation that, for all its diverting humor, takes on a gravity that prickles your skin...Some other passages slide perilously close to pretentiousness, and much is shrouded in obscurity and frisky quirkiness. But Mr. Soleimanpour’s elliptical play keeps taking odd, unexpected turns that often lead us back to the relief of laughter."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 8th, 2016

"That such a work—politically fraught but stylistically passé—has wound up at the Westside Theatre is almost absurd in itself...The play itself is terribly earnest, filled with phrases like 'it tastes of freedom'...But if the dated style and lingo occasionally led Lane to roll his eyes or otherwise undermine the text, he was sometimes pulled up short by its power."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 15th, 2016

"“It's extremely meta-theatrical, with the playwright often directly addressing the audience through his onstage messenger…Suffused with animal allegories — rabbits are not the only creatures who figure in the scenario — and macabre elements, the piece is ultimately too obscure and diffuse to have the desired impact…Ultimately, the show's main interest will come from the inevitably very different experiences offered by the varied performers."
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Entertainment Weekly
March 9th, 2016

"'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' by Nassim Soleimanpour — a dazzling, transcendent piece of alive-and-kicking avant-garde theater — is performed by a different lead actor or actress every time it’s staged...Without discussing its many dazzling swings in tone, I’ll say that it is steeped in self-referencing and metaphorical tales about animals, and builds to several surprisingly emotional peaks about the shared experience of art."
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March 8th, 2016

“The play requires just one actor, who has not seen the script before this performance…[Lane] is a master of the ad lib, and he was in top form, those drawbridge eyebrows and parenthetical smile lines animating his razor-sharp delivery...We are in allegory territory offering equivalent doses of comedy and moral observation…For reasons I can’t go into, the actor is denied that ultimate act of audience participation, a round of applause at the end. Lane deserved one, for sure."
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New York Post
March 15th, 2016

"Nassim Soleimanpour’s text is designed to accommodate any gender, race or age, which is how Nathan Lane could do the inaugural performance last week and I could see Whoopi Goldberg...Soleimanpour is Iranian, and he was in Tehran when he wrote 'White Rabbit Red Rabbit.' The show is clearly influenced by living in an authoritarian regime. It’s playful and often funny, but there’s a serious undertone—the rabbits are part of a lengthy allegory about peer pressure, obedience and repression."
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Lighting & Sound America
April 11th, 2016

"'White Rabbit Red Rabbit' has reportedly been staged all over the world, and yet I suspect its success has more to do with star power than anything in the script. Fans of any of the names mentioned above may be entertained by spending an hour with one of their favorites in a rather novel context. But I fear that the author's intention travels very badly indeed."
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Stage Buddy
April 13th, 2016

"Whether or not you’ll enjoy this play depends largely on your enthusiasm for allowing your mind to take a turn toward paranoia. Soleimanpour’s words lead viewers down some unlit alleys that are probably not particularly dangerous—until you consider that the playwright himself moves through such treacherous passages on a daily basis. It’s possible to laugh the whole thing off, but I found with surprise that my pulse quickened at certain moments."
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