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plays by Mickey Birnbaum

Mickey Birnbaum: Full-Length Plays

Big Death & Little Death

Character Breakdown: 4M, 3F

Running Time: 2 hours.

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"Part Salvador Dali, part Woody Allen... Big Death is unique in its depiction of teenage angst and parent-teen communication breakdown, as well as its high theatricality... A jarring, funny, and poignant portrait of contemporary America..."

Washington Theater Review, Deryl Davis

"Birnbaum's surprising little gem about death in life is well worth the wait..."

Potomac News, Gail Choochan

"A playfully analytical bit of artillery aimed squarely at the way we live now..."

Washington City Paper, Trey Graham

"An exploration of what our nation's youths are up to that makes Larry Clark's movie Kids seem like something from cable's Nickelodeon channel...[The play] leaves you shaken and disturbed by its message that no one gets out of childhood undamaged..."

Washington Times, Jayne Blanchard

"Just about all the lines they speak seem to come from some impulsive, hurting, yet still generous part of the heart..."

The Downtowner, Gary Tischler

"It's Birnbaum's achievement that he looks beneath hip teenage cynicism to find the quiet hope hiding there..."

Variety, Terry Morgan
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"If Tim Burton had directed the TV series Married with Children, the results likely would have resembled Mickey Birnbaum's ferociously irreverent play about apocalyptical goings-on in Middle America..."

Daily News, Les Spindle

"If the script, by screenwriter and playwright Mickey Birnbaum, sounds absurd, it isn’t only that. For one thing, he writes with a fine ear to the way people actually talk. And, obsessed with the pain and futility of life, Birnbaum is after nothing less than complete transcendence.", Greg Burk
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Bleed Rail

Character Breakdown: 3M, 1F

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"A piercing and darkly beautiful view of killers and prey, in life and the afterlife... Birnbaum's repartee is as magnificent as his splashes of surrealism..."

L.A. Weekly, Steven Leigh Morris
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"Mickey Birnbaum's darkly metaphorical drama about workers in a Midwestern slaughterhouse is stunningly provocative..."

Backstage West, Hoyt Hilsman
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"Dastardly and darkly humorous... one of the best productions offered in Los Angeles so far this year... A haunted modern-day anti-epic..."

Entertainment Today, Travis Michael Holder
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Mickey Birnbaum: Ten-Minute Plays

Iphigenia in Norwalk

Character Breakdown: 3M, 3F

Set/Technical: Suburban living-room.
Running Time: 10 minutes.



Character Breakdown: 2M, 1F

Set/Technical: The play is set in ruins, which can be suggested by broken bricks and rebars. Russian army uniforms are the only prerequisite.


Mickey Birnbaum: Plays for Young Audiences

The Sand Between Her Toes

Character Breakdown: 2F

Set/Technical: Minimal set, a few props.
Running Time: 15 minutes.

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Danger! Lifeforms!

Character Breakdown: 2F

Set/Technical: Minimal costumes and props, one song.
Running Time: 10 minutes.

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Mickey Birnbaum: Plays for Solo Performer

Seeing the Elephant

Character Breakdown: 1F

Set/Technical: Bare stage, period dress.
Running Time: 30 minutes.

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