The reviews are in for the new production of The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, starring Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live star Cecily Strong, at The Shed, a multi-use cultural venue in New York City's Hudson Yards. The show opened January 11 after beginning previews December 21, and will run through February 6.
Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet, Grand Horizons) directs the new staging, with a script freshly revisited by playwright Jane Wagner, who wrote the script in 1985 to be performed by Lily Tomlin, who serves as executive producer along with Wagner for The Shed production.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe begins with a character named Trudy, who serves as guide to aliens searching for intelligent life on Earth. Strong somersaults between several characters in the solo-show's exploration of American society, art, power, and the feminist movement.
Read the reviews below.
Observer (David Cote)
Playbill will continue to update this article as reviews come in.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life is choreographed by James Alsop, and features a set design by Christine Jones and Mary Hamrick, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, and sound design and original composition by Elisheba Ittoop. Justin Scribner serves as production stage manager.