About Alice NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(48 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (48)

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72 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
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.

255 Reviews | 116 Followers
98
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. Read more

86 Reviews | 24 Followers
97
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. Read more

754 Reviews | 128 Followers
95
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.

94 Reviews | 9 Followers
94
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

100 Reviews | 15 Followers
90
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.

105 Reviews | 16 Followers
89
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.

412 Reviews | 55 Followers
87
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.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
January 20th, 2019

"The emotional terrain has shifted with the genre, so much that the restraint now feels like withholding. As a result, the dramatization...is 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 characters...But creating these simulacra of the book’s characters is not the same as dramatizing them."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 75-minute running time, the piece wanders at times...But despite its occasional tedious patches, the play, staged in rewardingly simple fashion by Leonard Foglia, proves deeply affecting."
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Theatermania
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 otherwise very fortunate people who managed to find each other and spend 38 wonderful years together. For 75 charming minutes, Trillin invites us to bask in some of that warmth.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 Alice’ is a little thing, but under its polished surface lurk profound and enduring emotions.”
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New York Stage Review
January 20th, 2019

"An affectionate and touching portrait...A warm, often funny, altogether charming account of two nice, educated, cultured people...The story easily skips about in time as it is narrated mostly in an anecdotal fashion by Trillin...This husband and wife, or the author and his muse, or the delightful couple of New Yorkers whose interplay is so naturally acted here, are winningly portrayed by Jeffrey Bean and Carrie Paff."
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TheaterScene.net
January 24th, 2019

"Bean and Paff have a tremendous rapport, he somewhat wry as Trilln's writing, she bemused by his pronouncements; he, the fantasist, she, the realist. Described as a beautiful blonde, Paff lives up to that description...Neither of them seems to age even though 36 years go by in the course of the play's 80 minutes. The play also seems lightweight as it is very episodic, being told as a series of vignettes. It also doesn't have a cumulative feeling as it is not told in chronological order."
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CurtainUp
January 21st, 2019

"A New York love story that will touch your heart and perhaps make you cry... It can be a little disorienting at times to keep up with the free-wheeling repartee. However, while Trillin is more a journalist than a playwright, his wry humor and instinctive comic timing keep things on track...Maybe the only fitting way to sum up the production is to say it achieves its aspirations to bring Alice dramatically alive in the here and now."
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Front Row Center
January 27th, 2019

"The love that Calvin feels for Alice is obvious, but at the end of the piece I found myself wanting more...I left the theater wishing I had read Trillin’s memoir in order to get a fuller picture of his wife that he so loved and admired, rather than seeing snippets of their happiness together played out onstage...'About Alice' was expertly performed, and the simplicity of the production elements let the performances and the relationship be the true center of the story...A beautiful love letter to a lost soul mate."
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