New in 2018 Following a sold-out run Off Broadway, comedian Mike Birbiglia presents his latest one-man show based on his own experience as a father.
From the producers: Mike Birbiglia has a new one. It’s called "The New One." He’s made you laugh in "Sleepwalk with Me" (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend" and "Thank God for Jokes." (He was also really funny in that one season of "Orange Is the New Black." And in "Billions." And "Broad City.") Now he’s on Broadway telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called "The New One" “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss "The New One." Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also, Vogue.)
Comedian, actor and director Mike Birbiglia is a frequent contributor to "This American Life" and "The Moth," and has released several comedy albums and television specials. His feature-length directorial debut "Sleepwalk with Me," based on his one-man show of the same name and in which he also starred, won awards at the Sundance and Nantucket film festivals. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy-drama "Don't Think Twice." His 2010 book "Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories" was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Birbiglia has appeared in films such as "Your Sister's Sister," "Cedar Rapids," and "Trainwreck," played a recurring role in "Orange Is the New Black," and has guest starred in episodes of "Girls," "Inside Amy Schumer," and "Broad City."
"The New One" debuted at the Cherry Lane Theatre in the summer of 2018 where it enjoyed an acclaimed, sold-out, and extended Off-Broadway run. The show features additional writing by Jennifer Hope Stein and is directed by Seth Barrish. Birbiglia has remained deliberately secretive about the details of "The New One," his reasoning being that the show should be discovered in the theatre.
Enjoyable...Birbiglia relies upon a well-honed "nice guy" persona. In doing so, he comes off as heartfelt and relatable - not so different from any given audience member who is figuring out life as it goes along. The show loses some steam as it goes along, trading bite for sentimentality and taking meandering turns, but overall it is very funny and well-constructed. Parenthood is well-worn territory for comedians, but Birbligia manages to be fresh, revealing and (as always) relatable.
If the anecdotes of once-cool adults reduced to blithering bores with the arrival of children aren't exactly novel, Birbiglia breathes them into life. The emotional heart beats loudest after the actual new one arrives...the darkness beneath Birbiglia's amiability is his comedic fuel, but probably easier to take from the safe distance of a stage. His envy of the mother-daughter bond feels genuine, but not just a little myopic. Certainly non-biological parents will have some thoughts on the matter. It's a subject worthy of "The Next One."