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Ace

Members say: Funny, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining, Indulgent
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61 reviews
 

In this world premiere solo comedy, a NYC cabbie must come to terms with his past, his dad, and his unfinished college degree. Written and performed by Emmy-winning 'Late Night with David Letterman' writer Ted Greenberg.

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It's December 18, 1987. Ted is driving a NYC taxi with one screaming deadline in front of him: He must turn in a paper by midnight or his long-cherished, degree-pending status at Harvard will be snatched away forever. It will take a wild ride through NYC and his past, and a confrontation with his financial-titan father before Ted’s able to come to grips with an eight-to-ten-pager on Edmund Spenser’s 'The Fairie Queene.'

 



Reviews (67)

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64
Avg Score

30
Theatermania

"Greenberg is a stand-up comedian, but as he demonstrates in this one-hour show, not a very amusing one...He may look back on his impetuous younger self with the wisdom of hindsight, but it's hard to tell what that is given his consistently stiff performance. Most jokes land with a thud as he rushes through important passages, rendering them barely audible...Moldy borsht-belt humor substitutes for a real contemplation of the father-son relationship...Instantly forgettable." Full Review

70
Lighting & Sound America

"There are no bombshells in 'Ace', just plenty of New York color and a relatively mild coming-to-terms between father and son...Overall, it's a modestly scaled piece -- really a kind of short story for the theatre -- but it doesn't overstay its welcome, and Greenberg, under the direction of Elizabeth Margid, makes pleasant company for an hour or so...'Ace' is no world-beater, but it's an amiable way of spending an hour, and you're likely to be happy that it turns out like it does." Full Review

75
The Huffington Post

"The thin-faced, wiry Greenberg tells the story of his eventual reconciliation with Dad. Under Elizabeth Margid’s directions, Greenberg is nervous, assured, amusing, and longingly sincere as he motors—sometimes recklessly—around Manhattan, a large part of which is a day when he shoots for a record 50 trips. Does he reach his goal? Find out for yourself. It’s so worth the short time that you’ll tell him to keep the change." Full Review

80
TheaterScene.com

"A surprisingly moving tribute to his father...As a performer, Greenberg remains mainly himself, and the physical attributes he takes on in his evocations of the people who come into his tale are not all that distinctively drawn. What pulls you in is the aptness of the writing, and the joyous energy Greenberg exudes in his storytelling, directed with panache and impressive imagination by Elizabeth Margid." Full Review

75
Stage Buddy

"Greenberg holds his own in this superbly written one-man show...Greenberg’s performance as an actor is not exactly up to the standard one would expect from an Off-Broadway show...But there is an undeniable enthusiasm from audiences...Greenberg captivates his audience and has us hanging on his every word...There is good energy and appropriately timed pace that enthralls us from start to finish." Full Review

85
Hi! Drama

“I was fascinated by the twists and turns the story went much like the cab rides and passengers he had...Ted Greenberg is a mesmerizing storyteller...I found myself rooting for Ted to finish that paper, pick up 50 fares and resolve his differences with his Dad...The title has more than one meaning which will be revealed to you when you see this show which I think is aces!” Full Review

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69
Avg Score

92
Funny, Poignant, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You are interested in an interesting, funny play by a great comic writer with a flair for magic and a heartwarming, poignant story

Don't see it if You don't want to see a one man show

65
Well produced, Unfocused script, Intermittently engaging performance

See it if you are a fan of Ted Greenberg; this is not his finest hour and feels like a work in progress but his sardonic wit is in evidence

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows; design/direction do what they can to enliven standard "coming to terms with dad" story; few fresh insights

70
Funny, Quirky, Charming, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy one man shows. This is something a bit different. A father/son relationship told through taxi driver tales.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one man relationship shows. This is a small show, sweetly told.

78
Sweet, Thoughtful, Satisfying, Quiet

See it if You are interested in a charming one- person show with a minimal set in the most comfortable theatre in town.

Don't see it if You are expecting David Letterman-esque funny. This isn't laugh-out-loud. It's a relatable, sweet, searching-for-yourself kind of show.

65
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Banal, Slow

See it if you like one man shows with a bit of an interesting story

Don't see it if you want something snappy and punchy

60
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow

See it if You like one man comedy shows - with mostly lines that alienate most.

Don't see it if You like to better understand and relate to the show.

68
Disappointing

See it if The father-son relationship of this one-man show is engaging. The rest if NYC nostalgia in the 80s.

Don't see it if you want more nuance, more drama, more laughs. Its pleasant but it lacks punch.

64
Indulgent, Entertaining, Fluffy, Inauthentic, Wrong focus

See it if You enjoy one-performer shows. You want a look at NYC in the '80s. You like shows with lots of characters.

Don't see it if You want a personal story told w/heart: most of the story, it's missing.You want 1 good story: father story-well done, cab/paper story-meh.

Also I wish he's focused on his relationship with his father, the basis for... Read more Read less

50
Quirky, Solid, Awkward af

See it if you went to an Ivy League school

Don't see it if you want a clear sense of when you're supposed to laugh

Also The material is fine, but Ted is not a great performer - really awkwar... Read more Read less

75
Don’t be 5 min late

See it if If you’re late you need to reschedule

Don't see it if I’ll get back to this!

68
Quirky, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you like short solo shows that are autographical dealing with a father/son relationship.

Don't see it if you do not like solo shows particularly if touted to be a comedy but verges on tragedy. Plus space was freezing!

Also I wish i could have had some sympathy for this rich-kid-does-what-he-w... Read more Read less

50
Funny, Dizzying, Disappointing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if if you want a night out. It was entertaining but slow going. But it was interesting some funny moments.

Don't see it if if you want a laugh out loud show.

50
Great acting, Banal, Cliched, Slow

See it if you have interest in a slice of life-experiences of taxi driver

Don't see it if you are looking for good humor, entertainment or a learning experience

85
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if enjoy a one-man show!

Don't see it if I don't really have a reason not to see the show. He was funny and charming.

70
Ambitious, Dizzying, Quirky, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if You are nostalgia about the things in the past and talking about the influence of your powerful father.

Don't see it if You have a strong self-awareness of your beings.

74
Disappointing, Slow

See it if I found it very slow. Although it was interesting I didn't think it was done the best way. There were a few times I wanted to leave.

Don't see it if If you don't like a one man show. That is slow and not funny

75
Great acting, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if His dad was successful business man. Wall Street tycoon. I knew Ace Greenberg from the bridge world so I was somewhat interested.

Don't see it if . You do not like one person monologues....Long and boring. Felt like a therapy session. Only reason I liked it was I knew the character

69
Funny, Clever, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if you like Ted Greenberg and his comedy. He does well and has funny parts but it is not as solid a night as I was hoping.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or want something that builds more strongly on it's topic. Good topic but doesn't live up to expectation.

65
Quirky, Biting

See it if you want to understand Ted's father Ace who was a complicated, intriguing and basically good person.

Don't see it if you don't like to see someone who wants an evening of scores with his classmates who have succeeded in conventional ways.

77
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy humorous, ultimately touching journeys through formative relationships - all done in about an hour!

Don't see it if You are bored by the above . . .

85
Quintessential new york city

See it if You want to experience a compelling coming of age story that could only happen in new york that is brilliantly written and directed

Don't see it if You need hummable music. Isnt any.

92
Funny, Clever, Quirky

See it if You're looking for a quick fun show

Don't see it if You're looking to linger in a moody drama

87
Funny, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if you're nostalgic for 1980's NYC; have a soft spot for father-son stories

Don't see it if Don't like one-man shows

90
During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging

See it if People trying to live up to or avoiding living up to their perceived potential while grappling with parental issues speaks to you.

Don't see it if One man shows seem indulgent, if rich kids having problems annoy you, or if Harvard, Wall Street, Boesky, etc., aren’t your lingo.

Also Ted Greenberg might be best known as the Letterman staff writer who ca... Read more Read less

68
During previews
Funny, Slow

See it if Action which repeats over again illustrates the significance of one day in the life of the author/actor. It is funny at times but not enough

Don't see it if if you expect Ted Greenberg to give you a full fledged comic gig

Also to entertain.