Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • Opening Night:
    April 19, 2016
    Closing:
    May 22, 2016

    Theater: Soho Repertory / 46 Walker Street, New York, NY, 10013

    Synopsis: 

    How do you love learn fuck work mate marry watch shop listen win dress think feel fight eat take beg birth give weigh serve scream write die play walk worry laugh share sleep lose dance play piss age bleed bake yell? How do you talk about it? A series of provocations overlap, intersect, and explode to create a wildly theatrical and irreverent new play about how we talk to, and about, each other.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

    ‘Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.’ Captures the Fury of Modern Womanhood

    Ben Brantley

    April 19, 2016: Don’t make the mistake of saying that the women in “Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.” — Alice Birch’s implosive play about the conundrums of being female in the 21st century — are beautiful when they’re angry. Their real-life equivalents would probably (and justifiably) sock you in the jaw, or else combust spontaneously from being subjected to yet another patronizing, cast-iron cliché. Yet the ferocious energy that courses through this short, sharp shock of a production might be characterized as, well, kind of beautiful. Is it O.K. for me to put it that way? I mean, I’m not referring to the physical attributes of any of the four performers (three women, and one very odd-man-out man) who appear in the show that opened on Tuesday night at Soho Rep. Ouch! I just bit my tongue. Ms. Birch’s play, which became a hit for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2014, has a way of making you question everything you say when it comes to discussing women and their relationships with men, one another and a world in a state of unending upheaval. Such linguistic confusion plagues the frantic souls portrayed in this production, which is directed at the pace of a speeding cannon ball by Lileana Blain-Cruz. Even the play’s title, with its use of periods instead of commas, suggests the difficulty of getting words out and how inadequate they seem when you do.

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