Say Something Bunny!
Closed 2h 30m
Say Something Bunny!
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Say Something Bunny! NYC Reviews and Tickets

87%
(103 Reviews)
Positive
93%
Mixed
4%
Negative
3%
Members say
Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Refreshing

About the Show

Alison S.M. Kobayashi explores the depths of a 60 year old audio recording in this NYT Critic’s Pick

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Member Reviews (103)

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1079 Reviews | 264 Followers
82
Ambitious, Great acting, Refreshing, Exquisite

See it if If you want to see a different kind of play . A play about a Jewish family. Keeps the audience intetested.

Don't see it if If you want a non quirky play, a more traditional play.

982 Reviews | 343 Followers
85
Ambitious, Imaginative, Fun, Performance art, Immersive

See it if you always wanted to be a PI. Every moment of the 2 1/2 hours is guided by the appealing, talented Kobayashi who makes the tapes come alive.

Don't see it if you want lots of insight. The tapes aren't extraordinary, but do seal-in-amber the '50s. AK's devotion to unlocking mysteries is infectious. Read more

546 Reviews | 1880 Followers
95
Original, Fascinating, Profound, Refreshing, Clever

See it if You want a completely original performance piece. Like being a part of a live unfolding documentary. So good. So original.

Don't see it if You are looking for a play or musical. This is not that. If you don't like performance shows.

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
95
Enchanting, Profound, Epic, Clever, Resonant

See it if Delving into two old recordings transports us to the past and celebrates the richness of life. Unique take on family, time and mortality.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in multimedia nonfiction performance art. You don't have the patience for a 2 1/2 hour experience. Read more

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
88
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Edgy, Unique

See it if the process of obsession evolving into theater allows you move beyond your comfort zone into this unique experience. A world made from sound

Don't see it if you are expecting a well made play on a proscenium stage.

MJK
677 Reviews | 190 Followers
93
Clever, Riveting, Refreshing, Original, Captivating

See it if you want to take a unique, intriguing multimedia adventure w/a charming host as she unravels the mystery of voices on a found wire recorder.

Don't see it if you don't like documentary theater or experiential theater; you can't find the extraordinary meaning in seemingly ordinary events. Read more

651 Reviews | 128 Followers
91
Refreshing, Absorbing, Delightful, Funny

See it if 1 family history; very different, entertaining. Only 24 people a show.

Don't see it if Not a musical, it about a family. Read more

504 Reviews | 729 Followers
90
Absorbing, Clever, Riveting, Dizzying, Immersive

See it if you’re a fan of verité documentaries or experimental theatre, or love the idea that everyone has a story to tell. This will stay with me.

Don't see it if you can’t do experimental works or can’t read well (there’s a lot of reading involved).

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
January 2nd, 2018

“A suburban family invites the neighbors to dinner...It sounds punishingly ordinary. It is. It is also an out-and-out thrill...Ms. Kobayashi’s tender obsession is as catching as the chickenpox, and if the piece is forthrightly funny and briefly pornographic, it is also sneakily moving...'Say Something Bunny!' is about more than the particulars. It’s a low-key ontological thriller about how we live and what we leave and how we account for ourselves when some kid comes at us with a microphone.”
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Time Out New York
June 3rd, 2017

“The play unspools unhurriedly, leaving space for Kobayashi to make jokes, play short films and highlight points of historical interest. It takes a while for it to sink in that—of course—many of these vibrant people must be long dead. The experience of ‘Say Something Bunny!’ is light, sweet, funny and dear. But Kobayashi’s deep humanism has a way of moving you, even days later. She sifts through the details of strangers’ lives, a prospector who knows that the sand itself is precious.”
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Theatermania
January 31st, 2018

"The personalization of the experience caused the line between performer and spectator to blur to such an extreme degree that I almost forgot where I was. I've never experienced a feeling quite like that before, and it's all thanks to Kobayashi's gentle demeanor and dedication to finding the truth...While you might not have seen theater like this before, once you start listening, you can't get enough of the story that unfolds."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 17th, 2017

"One of the oddest and most captivating entertainments of the new season...Kobayashi's warm, sympathetic presence draws the audience in...Working together, she and her team have conjured -- almost out of thin air -- a one-of-a-kind performance piece that speaks volumes about families, changing times, and middle-class life in America in its post-World War II heyday."
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Theatre is Easy
April 27th, 2018

"Hands down the best theatre experience of the 2017-2018 season...You should just buy a ticket now—any serious theatre-goer needs to see this show. 'Say Something Bunny!' is unlike anything I’ve seen—both daringly experimental and incredibly accessible, it is one of the only times I’ve ever left a show vowing to return...At its core, one of the most enjoyable mysteries I’ve encountered in a very long time...The amount you learn by the end of the evening is astounding."
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Exeunt Magazine
November 27th, 2017

"Kobayashi marshals an ethnographer’s appreciation for cultural and historical context, a genealogist’s relish for placing relations on a family tree, a private investigator’s instincts to follow any lead and connect all the dots, and a storyteller’s flair for filling in the empty spaces. But it also says something about her capacity for empathy. This isn’t just a project to her; it’s a family’s lives she is holding in her hands."
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November 27th, 2017

"The piece is pure genius, unfurling with the the utmost grace, wit, and intelligence (I loved the show’s endless parade of visual and audio gags!). Indeed, the performance I attended exuded whimsical good humor and was a joy to partake in. Technically and aesthetically, the show is a marvel. The amount of detail that went into creating this out-of-the-box experience is nothing short of astonishing...I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it."
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Show Showdown
June 2nd, 2017

“I was particularly taken by ‘Say Something Bunny!’…Not only visually appealing, but it's also gentle, smart, and warm. It simultaneously paints a vivid portrait of a family and brilliantly reflects the artist's obsession with—even love for—said family, which she has partly and painstakingly documented, and partly invented…It is an impressive, extraordinarily well-researched and executed piece, that manages as well to be deeply touching and quite funny…An amazing accomplishment.”
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