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Ace

From 62 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever

About the show

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.'


Member Reviews (62)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Slow, Disappointing, Entertaining, Clever

78
Sweet, Quiet, Thoughtful, Satisfying

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.

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!

70
Great staging, Funny, Charming, Entertaining, Quirky

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.

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Poignant

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

70
Ambitious, Indulgent, Entertaining, Quirky, Dizzying

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.

80
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if Very, very well written. A gem.

Don't see it if If you don’t like introspective, one-man shows.

85
Clever, Funny, 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.

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

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

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

77
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, 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
Clever, Funny, 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, Great staging, Intelligent

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

During previews
73
Entertaining, Engaging, Slow, Amusing, Interesting

See it if you'll enjoy a winsome solo show, with a tale of privilege, underachievement, familial bonds & 80s nostalgia told by an amiable storyteller.

Don't see it if you expect laugh-out-loud, rapid-fire humor from a former Letterman writer; you need high production values to be entertained.

During previews
91
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

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.

During previews
71
Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you enjoy solo performances. The interesting fact about this show is that Ted Greenberg the writer and actor is really Ace's son.

Don't see it if Do you not see if you like musicals or larger dramas.

During previews
80
Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like one-man shows with an entertaining arc/story. Will he finish that paper in time? Will he get over his daddy issues?

Don't see it if You need a full cast or large staging. It's one man and one chair.

Also Play was staged at the 64th St Y's theatre. I wasn't expecting it to b... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy an original, humorous one-man show about a day in the life of Ted Greenberg 30 yrs ago

Don't see it if you need a show with a large cast and lots of scenery & props; profanity offends you

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

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

During previews
79
Funny, Intelligent, Quirky, Resonant, Indulgent

See it if You're interested in 80s money people and the human toll; you like a one-man show; you can imagine an older actor as his younger self.

Don't see it if You have no imagination; you have a chip on your shoulder b/c you didn't go to Harvard which causes you to miss the whole theme of the show

During previews
86
Entertaining, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if like he - find family relationships interesting and enjoy colorful stories and self examination.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows and don’t understand people who could do anything having a hard time accepting it.

Also I was moved to writing about my own parents after this show. It made m... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Great staging, Great writing, Clever, Funny

See it if You like one man shows that are funny and clever.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production with all the bells and whistles and if you don't like "David Letterman" type humor.

During previews
79
Funny, Intelligent, Insightful

See it if You like a long, funny reminiscence about fathers and sons

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows or you think the acting is more important than the material

Also There's a really funny, sweet, insightful show here. The problem is th... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Entertaining, Funny

See it if Like one man shows with good acting. Show is entertaining and enjoyable.

Don't see it if You want anything great. It is good but not great. Difficult to get totally emersed in the story.

During previews
80
Resonant, Delightful

See it if You want to hear about a crazy night as a taxi driver in the 80's in NYC with family drama.

Don't see it if You don't like one man shows about life stories


October 10th, 2017
"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 rus...
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October 11th, 2017
"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 Eliza...
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October 16th, 2017
"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 ev...
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October 10th, 2017
"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 recor...
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