Today Is My Birthday
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Today Is My Birthday
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Today Is My Birthday NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(18 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
6%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (18)

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687 Reviews | 113 Followers
78
Ambitious, Clever, Slow, Resonant, 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+

533 Reviews | 488 Followers
85
Satisfying, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Absorbing

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).

481 Reviews | 317 Followers
88
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

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. Read more

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
99
Great use of sound design, Clever, Original, Smart, Very moving

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. Read more

295 Reviews | 123 Followers
85
Clever, Absorbing, 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. Read more

271 Reviews | 68 Followers
76
Funny, Concept wears thin, Millennial romantic comedy, Good acting

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. Read more

282 Reviews | 32 Followers
84
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, 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

139 Reviews | 18 Followers
85
Ambitious, Clever, Absorbing, 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

Critic Reviews (4)

The New York Times
December 10th, 2017

"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."
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Time Out New York
December 7th, 2017

"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."
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Theatermania
December 8th, 2017

“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.”
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Lighting & Sound America
December 15th, 2017

“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.”
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