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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
69
Avg Score

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
54
Boring, Indulgent, Disappointing, Cliched, Dated

See it if You have a personal interest in Ace Greenberg financial wizard and his relationship with performer son Ted. You love monologues.

Don't see it if You are looking for a stimulating evening of theatre. You are turned off by self indulgent playwright/actors.

Also This might have been a more successful performance if it had had the b... Read more Read less

During previews
56
Cliched, Quirky, Slow, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if You need a couple of laughs.

Don't see it if You're looking for substance.

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
50
Boring, Poorly presented, Uninspired writing, Interesting content, Unfulfilled potential

See it if you like an autobiography that gives a picture of coming of age in the seventies and involves son/father relationship and class divisions.

Don't see it if you dislike mediocre monotonous performance, pedestrian writing and little variation in its emotional level.

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
60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like the writing of the David Letterman show and want to hear about the life of Ted Greenberg, one of the writers of the show.

Don't see it if you dislike one man shows and are looking for a laugh out loud comedy sketch.

Also I think the play would have been better if another actor, preferably a... Read more Read less

During previews
48
Indulgent, Boring

See it if You like one man-shows with daddy issues? But not funny. I was in NYC finance in 1980s. Wanted to enjoy & I respect solo works. Nope.

Don't see it if Just don’t see it.

During previews
68
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.

During previews
65
Disappointing, Boring, Ambitious

See it if You like one man shows relating a real life experience the character had 30 years ago. You are a dedicated fan of David Letterman.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy the above. This was a hit or miss for me and unfortunately mostly a miss.

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
51
Funny, Slow, Quirky

See it if Very rarely do I see a show that was mildly disappointing.This was merely o.k.Nothing special about the one man show.Would not see it again.

Don't see it if if you don't like one man shows talking about their growing up and their dads.

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
50
Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if you're a fan of Ted Greenberg.

Don't see it if you want a well-executed play. The performance and direction detracted a lot from the writing.

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
58
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you were a fan of the David Letterman Show.

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows with minimal staging.

Also To be honest, I kind of nodded off right in the middle of the show. Th... Read more Read less

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

During previews
48
Excruciating, Slow, Indulgent, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if A comedic one man show in a lovely theater is on your wish list.

Don't see it if A one man show, confusing, indulgent, ivy league whining drags this performance down a slow and lonely path.

During previews
60
Clever, Repetative, Quirky, Funny, Disappointing

See it if you are a diehard Letterman fan who will find the tidbits entertaining

Don't see it if seeing old men reliving the glory days or typica privileged white male fodder is boring to you.

Also Mr. Greenberg's story is entertaining and great fodder for a comedy sh... Read more Read less

During previews
77
Ambitious, Clever, Quirky, Intense, Relevant

See it if You can relate to difficulties with the expectations of a parent and your own achievements ( can't we all?)

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, expect a big showy fancy set

Also The day I went I read the reviews and I was, to be honest, somewhat ap... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if Are ok with great story telling that is heart felt with great writing, acting and imagination.

Don't see it if You are looking for a extravaganza or have no vision on a sincere personal story.


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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