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. More…
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.'
“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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
See it if complex intelligent one person shows appeal. Exploring the relationship between an adult son & his famous father with excellent stage use.
Don't see it if you have problems with flashing lights or sudden on stage movement.
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