Bella Bella
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Bella Bella NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(184 Reviews)
Positive
97%
Mixed
2%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Clever

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. 

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Member Reviews (184)

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Resonant, Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Smart and funny. One of Fiersteins’s sharpest solo shows. Really enjoyed it. Learned a lot.

Don't see it if You don’t like Harvey Fierstein.

85
Relevant, Funny, Informative, Great acting, Delightful

See it if Harvey F is both serious and hilarious, as he does a wonderful job channeling Bella Abzug. I didn't know much about her, but now I do!

Don't see it if You don't like solo bios. You are uninterested in a pioneering Jewish feminist social-justice NY lawyer/politician from the 1970's.

Critic Reviews (17)

The New York Times
October 22nd, 2019

"Abzug and Fierstein, on the Same Ticket in ‘Bella Bella’: When the former Edna Turnblad plays the feminist firebrand of the 1970s, there’s no dress but it’s still a drag."
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Time Out New York
October 22nd, 2019

4/5 stars "Informative and respectful throughout, but there's an unavoidable incongruity in the fact of Fierstein's male presentation. The tradeoff for this is Fierstein himself: He's so distinctive a performer and so immensely appealing as Abzug…that it's hard to imagine the role being played by anyone else.
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The Hollywood Reporter
October 22nd, 2019

"Four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein wrote and performs this affectionate solo tribute to political firebrand Bella Abzug, set on the night of her 1976 bid to become New York State's first female Senator."
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Variety
October 22nd, 2019

"Fierstein wrote this homage to legendary New York politician Bella Abzug -- and plays her, too."
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Deadline
October 22nd, 2019

"Harvey Fierstein’s ‘Bella Bella’ Is Classic Harvey Harvey"
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Theatermania
October 22nd, 2019

"Harvey Fierstein Takes On New York Politics in 'Bella Bella': Fierstein plays the real-life politician Bella Abzug in a new solo show."
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BroadwayWorld
October 22nd, 2019

"Harvey Fierstein Tips His Hat To The Iconic Abzug in 'BELLA BELLA'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 30th, 2019

"Nobody works a room like Harvey Fierstein. In a time dominated in part by a fraught conversation about women and power, it's good to remember how Abzug built an indelible career by demanding that her voice be heard -- even if, all these years later, a man has to play her.:
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New York Stage Review
October 22nd, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Bella,' which Harvey Fierstein wrote and performs, is a funny, pointed, affectionate tribute that reminds us how far dedication and, yes, resistance can (and can't) go in effecting positive change."
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New York Stage Review
October 22nd, 2019

4/5 Stars "The beautiful thing about 'Bella Bella' is its timing: a fiercely intelligent, outspoken woman fighting for equal rights, civil rights, and abortion rights, blazing her own political trail and creating a legacy that future generations can admire and emulate? We can never see too many of those."
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Theater News Online
October 22nd, 2019

"While Fierstein performs the role in male clothing (albeit with red toenail-polished bare feet), he essentially transforms himself into Abzug, a woman who spent her entire life overcoming adversity."
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TheaterScene.net
October 31st, 2019

"Methinks, this inquiry, and much of what follows it, is more about the current occupant of the White House than any previous one, which, no matter who Fierstein is pretending to be, still ends up coming off like mansplaining."
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Theatre is Easy
October 22nd, 2019

"This isn't a traditional drag performance…Bella Bella is a tour-de-force by Fierstein, one done in tribute to Abzug, a woman he channels with love and affection but never lets off too easy…Fierstein lets us see the vulnerable side of a venerable woman."
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CurtainUp
October 22nd, 2019

"Filled to the brim with Bella Abzug's trenchant wit and wisdom. For older theater goers, it's a trip down memory lane that spans many administrations, detailing presidential good deeds as well as the all too frequent surrenders to political expediency...for millenials it's an enlightening history lesson"
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T
November 26th, 2019

"There are times during Harvey Fierstein's performance...that the audience is convinced that he is the iconic social activist 'Battling Bella.' Harvey Feinstein wisely chooses to 'be' Bella Abzug and not simply "portray" her. There are no gimmicks here, no backups, no filters, no frills - just Bella."
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New York Theater
November 6th, 2019

"Fierstein's affection for Bella Abzug is abundantly evident - he seems to have turned her into himself…The show is entertaining and surely inspiring…The downside is how uncomfortably close Fierstein comes in his portrayal to the way her detractors painted her.
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Theatre's Leiter Side
November 1st, 2019

"Fierstein…did not originally intend to play 'Battling Bella,' but, given his dipped-in-New York/Yiddishkeit persona, it’s hard to think of anyone (male or female) who could more delightfully have brought her to raging life, warts and all."
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