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…
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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).
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.
See it if you like Fierstein's trademark style; you want to learn (in a Wiki sort of way) about a prominent figure in 70s NYC politics.
Don't see it if u hope for a serious exploration of a complex woman (who deserves to be remembered as more than just a caricatured hat-wearing wisecracker).
See it if Often humorous & poignant, other times strident & indulgent this "Intro to Abzug 101" works best in its reflective moments Bella's legacy A+
Don't see it if It's not the script's verbosity that fails it; it's two powerhouse talents - Abzug & Fierstein competing for our attention; to close to call
See it if if you're a fan of Fierstein or Bella Abzug, enjoy 1-person shows, want to get some 60's-70's NY history, curious how Harvey plays a woman
Don't see it if you don't like one person plays, not interested in politics or Bella Abzug specifically, don't like males in female roles
See it if Fierstein, a force of nature like Bella, is a good person to play her; reminds us of how far women have come b/c of Bella
Don't see it if broad caricature of Bella telling a lot of lame Borscht Belt jokes; need dramatic situation or foil 4 Bella to galvanize the play
See it if You love Harvey Fierstein, are interested in feminist history or want to learn Yiddish. It's a well written play and a fun experience.
Don't see it if you expect to see a Bella impersonation. Harvey is delightful but he's definitely Harvey.
See it if Great presentation of the passion that was Bella, a force of nature; HF plays the part w/respect/humor/intelligence; involves the audience.
Don't see it if you don't like one man shows or Harvey; you have an issue with a man playing a woman even without changing his physical appearance;
See it if Best play I’ve seen at demonstrating how to be a real ally to groups outside your own (Bella for blacks, gays, soldiers; Harvey for women)
Don't see it if uninterested in vanguard change makers. The only right you’ll exercise is the right to indifference.
See it if you like biographical comedies by a master portrayer of LGBTQ personalities and supporters
Don't see it if Shtick and droll humor are not your bag
See it if you want to learn about the amazing Bella Abzug. You love Harvey Fierstein.
Don't see it if you don't want to be preached at by a man "women can control the world if they would just vote for women." I love Harvey, but cast a woman!
See it if you want a history lesson about NY politics in the last century, which encompasses feminism, styles of political thinking, and Bella.
Don't see it if you're not a fan of Harvey or are not interested in politics, especially local. It's a one-man show, so if that's not your thing either...
See it if Animated monologue to get you to vote, esp. for women! Mostly a history lesson of Abzug's challenges and victories against the patriarchy!
Don't see it if Awkward to watch a man speak as a woman of how white, cis, hetero men and their egos have cause the US/world so much suffering.
See it if like to be reminded of a political character from the 70s that we'd need to day well researched and performed by Harvey
Don't see it if Wish for more than the highlights of a the career of Bella Abzug - not enough depth
See it if 90 minutes of bravado,humor and great insight.Nig just about Bella,about the challenges faced by women in politics and society.Go Fierstein!
Don't see it if No reason not to see ... even Trump supporters (you may learn something).
See it if you're a big fan of Harvey and want to learn more about a legendary female politician.
Don't see it if one person shows where someone just gives facts about their lives aren't for you.
See it if you're paying attention to America today. Fierstein holds audience in the palm of his hand as Battling Bella. Brilliant writing/performance
Don't see it if you're a misogynist, racist, homophobe, anti-semite or Republican. Not a drag show. All he needs is her hat and his powerhouse performance
See it if you like Harvey Fierstein - even if you didn't particularly like Bella! You enjoy recent history packaged as entertainment.
Don't see it if you don't like Harvey Fierstein and didn't like Bella Abzug or if you don't like one-person shows.
See it if You love Harvey Fierstein and everything he does. You are interested in Bella Abzug, Feminism and politics of the 70's. You like monologues
Don't see it if You want a nuanced portrayal of a larger than life activist portrayed by a larger than life actor. Ain't gonna happen.
See it if Interested in Bella's charge to Congress &what took place in 1976 Show correlates politics then & now. Much laughter. Harvey does it so well
Don't see it if Don't like Harvey & not interested in politics.
See it if You like New York political history, feminist politicians, or Fierstein.
Don't see it if You have problems with the obvious irony of a man playing a women who worked for women's causes.
See it if you enjoy a wonderfully written and acted play about a fascinating, relevant and accomplished leader, Bella Abzug! Harvey Fierstein is great
Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-woman shows and political character studies!
See it if You care about women, you like What the Constitution means to me, you like Harvey Fierstein
Don't see it if You’re not a theatre goer, by far it’s one of the best shows of this season I cannot find any other reasons not to see it
See it if to appreciate the amazing talents of Harvey Fierstein. Interesting with the right amount of humor.
Don't see it if you are not interested in Bella Abzug’s accomplishments and story. The play can feel like a history lesson.