Ends Jan 05 | 2h 20m | Chelsea

Say Something Bunny!

From 95 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Refreshing

About the show

UnionDocs presents Alison S.M. Kobayashi's multimedia solo piece inspired by an amateur audio recording made over 60 years ago. More…

The origin of this audio was a mystery. Two spools of thin steel wire were found tucked inside an obsolete sound device purchased by a collector at an estate sale. There were no labels; no dates, no names, and no context. Through her obsessive research and active imagination, Kobayashi decodes the rich dialogue in the recording and discovers the detailed history of a Jewish family from New York that bursts with humor, surprise, and drama. The one-woman show annotates, illustrates, and reconstructs the scenes of the recording, while revealing the stranger-than-fiction biography of the eldest son, David, who made the wire recordings. Using video, installation, performance and plentiful archival material, Kobayashi leads the audience through a close listening of this multigenerational tale.

2h 20m | Ends Jan 05 | UNDO Project Space (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (95)

MEMBERS SAY:

Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Refreshing

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.

Also I thoroughly enjoyed SSB, but it isn't really theater. It's more perfo... Read more Read less

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.

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.

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.

Also Altered my perspective on life. The ordinary can be extraordinary. Aud... Read more Read less

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.

Also You'll be impressed by the exhaustive & expert research that went into... Read more Read less

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).

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Profound, Resonant

See it if You are interested in families, nostalgia, history, genealogical research, detective work, etc.

Don't see it if You want big Broadway production values. This is an intimate show (only 24 people in the audience!).

Also It's not exactly a play or a traditional one woman show. It is hard to... Read more Read less

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.

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.

Also When I order the ticket for this show I have no idea what it was about... Read more Read less

100
One of the most unique theatrical experiences i have had, Warm, Intelligent, Moving, Exquisite

See it if you want to have a unique experience in the theatre. Kobayashi investigates a Jewish family in the 1950's, and slowly reveals their history

Don't see it if you don't like intelligent or unusual theatre.

Also "Say Something Bunny" is one of the very best plays of this season. Do... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Unique, Intelligent, Refreshing, Intimate

See it if you want to experience the product of a labor of love; you enjoy performance art that makes you feel like an active participant. Well done.

Don't see it if you dislike non fiction, intimate theatrical experiences & a cast of one.

Also Kobayashi is warm, charasmatic, energetic and funny in the relaying of... Read more Read less

86
Absorbing, Profoundly ambitious, Moving, Touching, Crazy, lovely charm

See it if Never thought about beauty of an ordinary life & want a delightful expert 2 guide you down that path. This is slow, strange, wondrous & dear

Don't see it if Want trad play. Not like anything else & not 4 everyone. Act 2 needs a bit of trim, & best 4 those who love diving through scrapbooks.

Also I personally believe there is something magical afoot here, and felt l... Read more Read less

93
Fascinating, Masterful multi-media design, Refreshing

See it if you're open to a completely unique, painstakingly researched, funny and humanizing performance, up close and personal.

Don't see it if you're not interested in complicated New York-centric family histories.

Also I have never seen anything like this, and I truly loved it. Only 24 pe... Read more Read less

82
Thoughtful, Intelligent, Academic, Contemplative, Lively

See it if you’re into museum studies and how historians/researchers investigate historical accounts through primary sources; you like nonfiction

Don't see it if you aren’t interested in eavesdropping on 1950’s NY Jewish families; you don’t glean inferences from overheard conversations

Also SSB is like a cleverly edited presentation or seminar told with theatr... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Unique

See it if multi-media story about people whose voices are on 1950's wire recordings, how their identities became known, their touching stories

Don't see it if uncomfortable with 4th wall broken - don't want multi-disciplinary performance art, want to sit in a standard theater and not around a table

Also If you are uncomfortable with 4th wall broken know that there is no aw... Read more Read less

81
Fascinating, Performance art, Long, Ambitious

See it if you like performance art. I loved the real history Kobayashi uncovered from sleuthing. The depth of detail and presentation were very orig.

Don't see it if you like short, & no reading. In the 2nd act, we skipped some pages, I felt like a kid at a Seder being allowed to skip ahead! Needs a trim.

95
Ambitious, Entertaining, Riveting, Must see

See it if You delight in watching mysteries unfold right before your eyes. What a fascinating journey! Don't miss this - utterly original, delightful!

Don't see it if You want a traditional theater experience. Having said that, go see this show anyway! You'll be glad you did!

93
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Moving, Extraordinary

See it if you want to go on a compelling trip, orchestrated by the marvelous Alison Kabayashi.

Don't see it if your tastes don't allow for something extraordinary. This is not a play; it's an enveloping experience.

Also Because my age, ethnicity and geographical upbringing closely mirror t... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Compulsive, very compulsive

See it if You are up for something very non-playlike. The creator has been fixated on peculiar evidence, spent years researching, and presented it.

Don't see it if You are not open to work out of the normal parameters. But, hey, loosen up. You may not love it, but it is fascinating in its own way.

91
Refreshing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if This show reached inside of me and grabbed ahold of my soul. Through her expert guidance, Kobayashi shows us that there is art, beauty, and

Don't see it if profundity to be found in everyday life. I found myself reflecting on my own life, seeing echoes of myself as a child, a young adult, and a

Also man. This piece is quiet in its beauty, allowing the audience to draw ... Read more Read less

97
Intelligent, Masterful, Must see

See it if You love theatrical brilliance. It is truly a one of a kind experience done with such thought and caring - I was so impressed.

Don't see it if You like linear plays only

92
Intimate, Unusual, Absorbing, Refreshing, Almost indescribable

See it if you like unique and original theatrical experiences. You enjoy learning about ordinary people's lives.

Don't see it if you prefer more traditional theater. You don't like intimate and immersive experiences (although there is no audience participation).

Also It's really hard to describe this show. It's more than theater. I felt... Read more Read less

76
Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you can appreciate amazing detective work and can appreciate the CRAZY amount of work Alison put into this show.

Don't see it if you think you wouldn't care about some random family's life presented through an old fashioned recorder, video, and a script.

88
Must see, Unique, Intelligent, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you want a truly unique experience, you are interested in research, you are a smart and patient person who doesn't require flashy shows.

Don't see it if you expect a normal theatre piece on a stage at which you are passive. Here you don't speak, but you are part of the show. But try it!

90
Moving, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like "immersive" theater. Audience of 20 following transcript of an old found recording , conducted by the wonderful Alison Kobayashi.

Don't see it if It's not a play, it's an investigation into a "normal" family from the 50's. No plot but it gets you thinking.

Also Engrossing investigation into "family" starting with a recording found... Read more Read less


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 Some...
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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, funn...
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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 trut...
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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 ti...
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Cast & Creatives (5)