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About Alice

From 48 member  reviews
Members say: Romantic, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Delightful

About the show

Theater for a New Audience presents this new two-character play inspired by humorist Calvin Trillin’s memoir of the same title about his late wife. More…

Alice Trillin, a gifted writer, educator, film producer, activist on behalf of cancer patients, and muse to her husband, the humorist Calvin Trillin, died September 11, 2001, at age 63, from complications due to treatment for lung cancer diagnosed 25 years earlier. Rather than memorializing his grief, Trillin celebrates the real Alice and their 36-year-marriage as a New York love story.

Member Reviews (48)


Romantic, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Delightful
Avg Score

Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if delightful performances interest you. Beautifully staged even my side top balcony seat had a good view. I left the theater feeling uplifted.

Don't see it if Amusing two character shows are of no interest. Or you don't like going to Brooklyn but it will be your loss.

Quiet two hander with humor and an appreciation for what was, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant, Resonant

See it if you read the article on which it is based. You want to know just how special Alice Trillin was. Her words often dwarf his prose.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a saga of a fight for life. Of a contemplation of a life shared and truly lived.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You want to see a love story. This is a valentine from Calvin Trillin to his wife, and it is lovely. Valentines are not always good theater.

Don't see it if You’re expecting action, are distracted by showy set pieces (the costume changes become distracting), or want a clear narrative,.

Delightful, Romantic, Resonant, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see a lovely, romantic show about true love. It is quite touching and nicely acted. It is also heartbreaking because she is gone

Don't see it if you expect elaborate staging, a real plot, or if you are not a real romantic. You might find it dull. But I found it enchanting. Bravo.

Delightful, Funny, Moving

See it if You are a fan of writer Calvin Trillin. You like intimate (and humorous) stories of love and loss.

Don't see it if You like big productions with large casts and complicated plots. This has a cast of two in a small theater .

Also This is an intimate love letter of a play to his wife Alice by Calvin ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Romantic

See it if you love Calvin Trillin and especially his writings about Alice, with two excellent actors telling a simple, sincere love story.

Don't see it if you want production values, conflicts, and a dramatic story line and are not interested in two people telling their story.

Also My primary reaction, on top of what I've said above: incredible envy f... Read more Read less

Water your funny bone

See it if you ever lost a double kayak from your car roof, at 60 mph, re-saddled, laughed and drove on. We did. Alice and "Bud" did too, ever-humored.

Don't see it if you take life too seriously, can't overcome bumps in the road (some worse than others) OR can't learn to laugh & then succeed anyway.

Also As a writer myself, I have always loved Calvin Trillin. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you want a lovely story based on Calvin Trillin's likfe with his wife.

Don't see it if you don't like small, intimate pieces of theatre


See it if it was kind of sweet in parts

Don't see it if it's not a play. it was very forgettable. it made me feel weird seeing the guy pretend that the actress was his dead wife.

Cliched, Sitcom-y, Simplistic, Thin, Disappointing

See it if you've read the book and can bring depths to the experience that simply do not exist in the stage version.

Don't see it if you're infuriated by this stereotype: the pretty blonde wife who's terrible with money but adores a schleppy guy because he's semi-funny.

Delightful, Funny, Intelligent, Romantic, Refreshing

See it if you like the writing of Calvin Trillin and like a good story of a long love.

Don't see it if you have no interest in a beautiful marriage.

Funny, Resonant, Enchanting, Refreshing

See it if A delightful warm bath of a literary love story when The Village was The Village and when writers could afford to live and work in New York

Don't see it if Only Trillin could really play Trillin, the driest of martinis personified, yet Jeffrey Bean still captures his essence well enough.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Sentimental, Romantic, Funny

See it if You love Calvin Trillin. Or if you like well done sentimental works. The marriage is presented as a real love story. Tears and laughter.

Don't see it if You done like sentimental stories. Or if you like edgy works. This is very old fashioned.

Intimate. endearing. intelligent. insightful.

See it if A two hander of the life and love and death of a man and his lovely wife. An intimate, real sounding look into a good man's good life.

Don't see it if You want dynamite and theatrics.

Also Nice staging of a mostly talking head show. Great costumes for the lad... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Romantic, Sweet

See it if You love the idea of a sweet middle-age romance, you like an impressionistic two-character play that explores a single idea

Don't see it if You want something big, profound, deep, examining current issues

Great acting

See it if u want 2 c what a perfect marriage is all about... absolutely beautiful writing performed exquisitely

Don't see it if u do not want to experience what true love is all about… and cannot not bear to tear.

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Vintage nyc, Romantic

See it if if you love Calvin Trillin's work. Also, if you love cool downtown NYC stories, love stories. Don't miss this.

Don't see it if you need a "big story". This is a story of a shared life.

Flawless, moving, funny, heartbreaking, uplifting

See it if You love Calvin Trillin or, shamefully, do not know him. You can start making up for lost time with this play.

Don't see it if You are an illiterate, insensate philistine, with no taste, no brain, and no heart.

Also I spent a breakfast with Calvin Trillin in 1993 while at Yale and livi... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Warm, Romantic

See it if Beautiful rendition of a play about love and a relationship that transcended time. Wonderfully cast and acted.

Don't see it if You don't like small intimate plays that don't have any razzle-dazzle in them.

Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if You, like my wife and I, are a Calvin Trillin fan and want to see a well-acted ode to his wife, Alice.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor and hate a love letter from a wonderful writer to his late wife

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if Calvin Trillin's love letter and memoir to his late wife Alice is a delightful departure from the typical stage play.

Don't see it if this is not a big play, it's not very traditional. the structure is a little non linear. staging is very minimal.

Under dramatized, Charming, So close, Romantic, Slow

See it if you're a fan of Calvin Trillin's short book upon which this is based. You're looking for a melancholy experience. You're a romantic.

Don't see it if you don't know the Alice-Calvin love story because you need that background to appreciate this subtle Valentine.

Also In this adaptation from the book, I was looking for a dramatization of... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Romantic

See it if you've read the story of Alice Trillin and you want to know just how special she was.

Don't see it if you're self-centered and don't like hearing about someone else's happiness

Clever, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy Calvin Trillin's work and want to know more about the wife he adored and lost too soon.

Don't see it if you get frustrated by a skin-deep characterization -- but what a skin! Alice was a marvel by all accounts.

Absorbing, Romantic, Intelligent, Enchanting

See it if You believe in romance, generosity and wit.

Don't see it if You don't want to know anything about anyone else's happiness.

January 20th, 2019
"The emotional terrain has shifted with the genre, so much that the restraint now feels like withholding. As a result, the sweet and mild and less emotional than the book, when what you want is for it to be more so...Not that the actors in any way fall short of inhabiting their...
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January 20th, 2019
"A humorous, sweetly touching account of the couple's relationship that revolves around one main theme: Trillin really, really adored his wife, who he admits was way out of his league...It works beautifully as a two-character piece, because it allows Alice to represent herself...Despite its brief...
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January 20th, 2019
"Humorous and heartfelt, this touching tribute to Trillin's late wife is not just the memoir of a marriage, but an intimate look into a lost culture shared only by two...This is a play about cancer, but it is no depression-fest. ‘About Alice’ is the story of an unlucky thing that happened to two ...
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January 22nd, 2019
“’About Alice’ is an efflorescence of grace in a world that very much needs it...Trillin has a found a way to transform prose into theatre...Trillin has effectively dramatized his essay...The actors display an easy intimacy that may rouse envy in many in the audience...In size and scale, ‘About A...
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