In Previews: Opens Oct 22 | 1h 30m | Midtown W

Bella Bella

From 89 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing

About the show

Four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein returns to MTC taking on New York City’s very own political firebrand, Bella Abzug, in his new raucous solo show.  More…

From the show:

Four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (Casa Valentina) returns to MTC taking on New York City’s very own political firebrand, Bella Abzug, in his new raucous, heart-rending and absurdly humorous solo show. Set in 1976, on the eve of her bid to become New York State’s first female Senator, Bella Bella finds this larger-than-life, truth-slinging, groundbreaking, hat-wearing icon squirreled away in the bathroom of a midtown hotel awaiting that night’s election results while a coterie of family and celebs await her entrance. Directing is Kimberly Senior (The Niceties).

1h 30m | In Previews: Opens Oct 22 | New York City Center / Stage I (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (89)


Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing
Avg Score

During previews
Inspiring, Engaging, Funny, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you admire Bella. Gr stories, one liners, calls to action.HF has fun hamming it up. No drag. Simple staging. Weird bathroom set. Time flies.

Don't see it if you want Bella re-incarnated. HF never becomes her. Message: women need more opportunities...let one star in Bella Bella.

During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if Brilliant writing & acting of this must-see story & theme. Relevant, thought-provoking and timely. Extremely empowering. Harvey is genius!

Don't see it if Go see it.

Also Much more than a biography of Bella Abzug, this is an enlighting discu... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Relevant, Informative, Entertaining

See it if Informative solo show about Bella Abzug. Harvey is great and the play does a good job at both informing and entertaining the audience .

Don't see it if You aren't in the mood for a one person show.

During previews
Funny, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal

See it if If you want a cookie show that's more about fierstein than Bella. Fu ny moments but not great.

Don't see it if More a history lesson than a show. Very fluff.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Interesting, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You trust Fierstein to truly engage an audience, while telling an interesting story about a historic, but now lesser-known political figure.

Don't see it if You dislike solo shows, political shows, and/or historic fiction/human interest stories.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Like Harvey Fierstein. Second if like or want to know more about Bella Abzug. Who was a strong woman that was part of making changes.

Don't see it if You never heard of Bella Abzug or you hate anything about politics. One man show.

Also Harvey is dress in black top and pants, barefoot with painted toenails... Read more Read less

During previews
Nostalgic, Relevant, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious

See it if Larger-than-life actor invokes essence of larger-than-life wonk.NY politics intersect feminist truth:"I never entered a race I didn't win."

Don't see it if No impersonation.No drag save varnished toes.Harvey,like Bella, strains to be heard.Offer a mic."A woman in hat &gloves isn't told to fetch"

Also "Why does a woman have to be qualified if a man just has to be a man?"... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You want to see a major tour de force of acting and playwriting by New York’s own inimitable Harvey Fierstein portray Bella Abzug *********

Don't see it if Only reasons not to see this is you don’t enjoy one actor shows or you have no interest in Abzug, her life and times.

During previews
Masterful, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a clever and entertaining performance by Harvey Fierstein of a very colorful and relevant woman.Funny and serious at times.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Fierstein, don't like any one person shows or hate Bella Abzug.

Also Set in a bathroom but there is no bathroom humor. Powerful and enterta... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting

See it if You want to see the masterful Harvey Fierstein up close in an intimate venue.

Don't see it if Lots of names are thrown at you in the story, and I had to use Wikipedia afterwards to understand many of these stories. Can get confusing.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Informative, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you remember Bella Abzug or want to learn why she was so significant.

Don't see it if you don’t like solo shows and aren’t interested in politics or if you would rather not listen to Harvey's raspy voice for 90 minutes.

Also The writing cleverly mixes entertainment and information. I find it a ... Read more Read less

During previews
Harvey's bella in a funny/serious political monologue

See it if Harvey captures Bella's feistiness, but not her voice. It's a lesson in her career. Nostalgia for me and an eye-opener for millennials.

Don't see it if In a hotel suite bathroom -- reminded me of "Hillary and Clinton" with jokes but without the other characters -- which might have helped.

During previews
Highlight reel, Very good harvey, Entertaining, Funny

See it if interested in seeing Harvey as Bella. Touches on all the major points leading up to the eve of 1976 Democratic NY Senatorial primary.

Don't see it if expecting to see Harvey in drag. He's not. Though not particularly looking or sounding like Bella,he humorusly captures her feisty qualities

During previews
Masterful, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Harvey is terrific!!! The production and play are nearly flawless. Just see it.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo performance. If you have never heard of Bella Abzug, you might not get it.

Also It would have gotten 100 but at times Harvey was inaudible.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you want an honest, insightful depiction of one of NY's first female leaders. Fierstein presents a loving and accurate performance.

Don't see it if you don't like a man playing a female role or you don't like Bella Abzug.

During previews
Call-to-action, Great history lesson, Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to see Harvey Fierstein entertain you will teaching you some history.

Don't see it if you don't care for Harvey or his style of delivery or if you're not interested in Bella Abzug (you should be, interesting lady!)

Also It's interesting that a show that presents a call-to-action for women ... Read more Read less

During previews
Entertaining, Relevant, Funny

See it if You like Harvey Feinstein who is very enjoyable as Bella Abzug. His one man show goes over so many poignant memories of Ms. Abzug’s life.

Don't see it if You do not like a long monologue. I found it entertaining and quite funny.

During previews
Harvey on auto-pilot, Fluffy, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You love Harvey, no matter what. You want to learn something new about Bella Abzug. You can be satisfied with half baked,

Don't see it if Unfortunately respecting & admiring H.F did not help. He was there all 90 minutes, yet I felt his absence. His glittering energy was awol

During previews
Fascinating show but hard to suspend disbelief

See it if You love Harvey Fierstein (who doesn’t?), you like bio plays and are interested in women’s rights.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person plays.

Also I enjoyed this play but I couldn’t help but wonder how it would be if ... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in the long, uphill climb of women professionals and women politicians.

Don't see it if you cannot accept Fierstein playing Abzug or don't like one-person shows.

Also Took me a few minutes to get over Fierstein in contemporary man's clot... Read more Read less

During previews
Funny, Engrossing, Relevant, History lesson

See it if you are interested in NY political history, remember Bella Abzug or are a Fierstein fan. 1970s politics feel strangely relevant today.

Don't see it if you can't deal with Harvey's voice--this is just him for 90 minutes. Helpful to understand a few words of Yiddish although not necessary.

Also There was some sort of malfunction with many of the assisted listening... Read more Read less

During previews
Relevant, revealing, timely, questionable

See it if well written work about an important woman who inspired and created essential political change interests you; perfectly structured & paced

Don't see it if you think the role should have been performed by a magnificent, talented woman and not a man

During previews
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see Harvey Fierstein perform in an incredibly relevant and well acted one person play about Bella Abzug.

Don't see it if you are not liberal and believe in female empowerment. This show was clearly written to make a statement about our current political climate

During previews

See it if you want to see a great actor at work. Weather you like the politics or not, you will appreciate this great performance.

Don't see it if don't like one man shows or you are turned off by ancient NY politics.

During previews
Resonant, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you want to see master comic actor portray Bella Abzug on stage. He wrote it and "owns" the character. The play is highly political.

Don't see it if if you don't like one person plays or don't know who Bella Abzug was or don't care about woman's political issues

“Bella Bella” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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