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Today Is My Birthday

From 4 critic and 18 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging

About the show

Told through a playful mixture of phone calls, voicemails, and live radio spots, Page 73's 'Today is my Birthday' is a new comedy about loneliness in the age of connection. More…

Emily, a would-be writer, retreats home to O’ahu after Manhattan finally gets the best of her. Trading one island for another doesn’t help, though, and when she stumbles into a gig as an actor on a shock-jock radio dating show, she finds herself strangely determined to turn fantasy into reality. 

1h 45m | Already closed | New Ohio Theatre (West Village)


85
Time Out New York

"A hilarious, intricate new comedy...'Today Is My Birthday' is a gift. Most playwrights today get our phone-obsessed, zero-contact reality wrong, but Stanton nails it...Director Kip Fagan turns the New Ohio into a recording studio; Emily often is standing in front of us while the others are walled off in booths behind glass. It’s a rollicking show—you’ll laugh and laugh—but it’s bitter underneath." Full Review

70
The New York Times

"The problems that Emily has encountered are problems of communication...Stanton dramatizes this cleverly...The plot, though certainly contrived, gives Ms. Stanton room for genuine comedy. The supporting cast, under Kip Fagan’s swift but refreshingly unfevered direction, also delivers the laughs...If 'Today Is My Birthday' sometimes feels too narrowly driven to justify its own premises, it is also capable of great humor and poetry." Full Review

65
Theatermania

“Telling a story this way can quickly lose its novelty, and when Stanton's story meanders midway, our attention does too. But Fagan guides this unconventional work with enough energy and humor to keep us curious about its soul-searching main character...With the dominance of texting nowadays, however, the play already feels dated...Still, the play's continuous stream of voices adds to the alienating hurly-burly of sound that gives 'Today Is My Birthday' its resonance.” Full Review

55
Lighting & Sound America

“The theatrical equivalent of light comic fiction...None of this is unpleasant, and some of it is honestly amusing, but Stanton juggles so many subplots that the script boils down to a series of comic premises sorely in need of development...These problems are alleviated in part by the charming leading lady and a supporting cast skilled at delivering characterizations with the ease of quick-sketch artists...Results in a play that amuses and irritates in equal measure.” Full Review


99
Ambitious, Hilarious, Mesmerizing

See it if you want something brilliant in your day.

Don't see it if you're, I don't know, literally a stick in the mud and are unable to get to Christopher Street.

99
Original, Clever, Smart, Very moving, Great use of sound design

See it if you are interested in seeing a play in which sound design takes center stage. Glorious performances by the entire ensemble.

Don't see it if you are not interested in theatre that stretches boundaries.

Also Kip Fagan's direction is fast and smart, always keeping the play and c... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like to support new playwrights and originality

Don't see it if You don't like off off Broadway plays in a very intimate venue

88
Clever, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy excellent acting in a somewhat novel format. The sound engineer is one of the stars of the show. Topic is very relevant.

Don't see it if you don't like small, intimate plays. The audience is basically on the set! There are only three rows of seats which encircle the stage.

Also One hour and 45 minutes with no intermission. It went by quickly. I wa... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Resonant, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see an engaging show with a different type of narrative told in a really innovative way.

Don't see it if You want to see something more traditional or less about the time we live in.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy contemporary light drama with great acting and compelling characters.

Don't see it if You are not interested in personal stories on contemporary themes.

85
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're up for something completely different. The story unfolds mostly through phone conversations and its unfolding held my interest.

Don't see it if you prefer more standard and then this happened structure.

Also Very enjoyable, humorous with touches of sadness -- like life.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Great staging, Satisfying

See it if you're a fan of innovative ways of telling stories that are still deeply satisfying narratively.

Don't see it if you refuse to accept that 1hr40min of people talking on the phone can be compelling theater (which it totally is in this case).

85
Funny, Clever, Great acting

See it if you’re up for a fast-paced, light, and amusing 90-minute play featuring a couple of standout performances.

Don't see it if you believe that “30 is the new 20.” The playwright does not.

85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if for a creative, lighthearted look at a woman trying to figure out her life

Don't see it if your preference is for a more serious approach

84
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You like light contemporary drama about communication and the nature of relationships

Don't see it if You prefer big stage productions that will leave you whistling a happy tune

78
Ambitious, Clever, Resonant, Slow, Well staged

See it if Stanton's clever, witty dramedy about interpersonal connections via non-personal devices strikes a resounding topical chord Funny & poignant

Don't see it if Several sub-plots get somewhat muddled and the 'happy ending' a tad forced but just minor glitches Ikeda a winning lead and soundscape A+

76
Funny, Good acting, Concept wears thin, Millennial romantic comedy

See it if Cute works for you. This is a romantic comedy straight from the genre.

Don't see it if The dating scene is so far in your rear view mirror that you can’t be bothered.

Also Detailed exploration of the travails of a 30ish single woman grows tir... Read more Read less

70
Ambitious, Delightful, Quirky

See it if you’d like to witness a masterful exercise in sound design and are interested in the way technology has made us increasingly lonely.

Don't see it if u want action that involves direct connection between human bodies. The novelty of sound dependence wears off halfway through and story sags

69
Dizzying, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if a quirky, noisy, sometimes humorous play about the tribulations, in work, love, & self-awareness of a 29-year-old woman interests you.

Don't see it if a play where communication takes place via cell phones, texts, & voice mails will eventually irritate you and seem like a gimmick.

80
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if Clever use of communication modes in this day of missed connections. Energetic, lively performances. Great cast.

Don't see it if You prefer the volume dialed to 5 or so. This isn't sedate.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you are interested in how external factors impact personal relationships

Don't see it if you're adverse to keeping up with current technology and it's interruption of personal relationships

99
During previews
Beautiful, Delightful, Innovative, Engrossing, Remarkable

See it if you want a dynamic, engrossing experience with staging that makes surprising and wonderful use of the space. A beautiful, funny, sad script.

Don't see it if you'd be uncomfortable with non-standard playwriting, since characters rarely interact face-to-face, instead communicating via phone.

Also Special mention must go to the sound design, as you can see into the t... Read more Read less


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