Based on Carl Reiner’s semi-autobiographical novel and Joseph Stein’s stage adaptation, this comic musical careens through the misadventures of a star-struck, stage-struck, woman-struck teenager in 1930s New York.
See it if you want to escape. EL is more a revue than a musical. Lots of songs, most of them good. Strg perfs, esply lead Chris Dwan. Clever staging.
Don't see it if you want substance. EL is light-as-air. Songs don't move plot...just fun interruptions. Women outdated stereotypes. Gd music by piano/bass.
See it if You’re in the mood for a very well done, silly, old fashioned, farcical, toe tapper. Full of talent and heart and jokes that make you groan.
Don't see it if You’re looking for high brow art. This is fun stuff not really crude but not exactly what you’d call sophisticated either.
See it if A few funny moments can’t save this one. Weak story and average performances. It would have been better at 80 min, no intermission.
Don't see it if You don’t like old-timey feeling musicals.
See it if Hilarious farce about working class Jewish boy smitten w/acting. Superb physical humor. The audience was in stitches. Delightful music.
Don't see it if You don’t like slapstick, even when it’s very well done. Makes fun of theater people. There isn’t a serious moment in the show.
See it if Great talent in all 10 performers and the cameo. We both expected so much less .Yes, we left the theater laughing. Clever scene changes ALSO
Don't see it if Little to be negative about Only the usual" When the York redid the seats why not a stagger them? ALSO
See it if Stein's hoary vaudevillian book & Daniels' catchy music/cliched lyrics proves a winning combo for this lighhearted/headed period charmer
Don't see it if Heavy exposition in 1st act can be trying & much of the singing is rather sing-songy but siren call of show biz never loses appeal w/Dwan A+
See it if You want a lesser known show by a famous songwriter. You like shows about show business. You enjoy camp & satire. You want great performers.
Don't see it if You want a modern musical that reflects current sensibilities. You want consistent tone:veers from retro charming to uncomfortably outdated.
See it if You’re in the mood for a happy-go-lucky, old-timey, cute musical with a good deal of slapstick.
Don't see it if You dislike no-frills productions, even if the talent is great, or don’t like goofy musicals that probably should’ve remained in the 1970s.
See it if you haven't seen it. It is a classic musical comedy very well done with a talented cast and excellent direction. A fun evening!
Don't see it if silly humor and old jokes make you cringe.
See it if you want to enjoy an excellent version of an older musical that entertains from start to finish with song and laughter by a talented cast.
Don't see it if you want something up-to-date as this is set in the 1930's and you have to acquaint yourself with the people (easily done in the program).
See it if Eschewing his druggist's path, an awkward teen spends 48 hrs at a shot at musical-comedy stardom. Very talented cast with Alison Fraser.
Don't see it if For Yorkies. Carl Reiner is a genius, but his brand of comic timing has sadly fallen by the wayside.No matter, this prod is expertly mounted
See it if you enjoy a very entertaining and funny show. Good performances by talented cast. Nicely staged. Second act even better than first.
Don't see it if you like musicals with lush score.Most of the songs not memorable but are very well sung with clever lyrics.
See it if You like humor of the old Catskill comedian type, traditional musical structure, clever lyrics despite its innate sexism. It's fun, really!
Don't see it if Want more than barebones and decent summer stock. It's tough to ignore its dated premise, but the cast is talented and the music is good.
See it if View the world through eyes of a 17yo boy (Carl Reiner) as he auditions for his first stage role. You will (exit stage right laughing).
Don't see it if Some PC changes: “Undressing” girls has become “Romancing” girls with my eyes.
See it if you're in the mood for an old fashioned musical comedy with an energetic, professional cast; some funny bits, some witty lyrics.
Don't see it if you want something with more bite. The 1st act is not very good. Things pick up in the 2nd act which does have some good laughs.
See it if If you enjoy an old time musical. A good cast and well done with the limited resources of off Broadway.
Don't see it if If you expect a full Broadway quality musical.
See it if musical comedy set in late 30s; very, very funny songs including a great Jewish mother song by & Butler's song which mentions 30s actresses
Don't see it if long first act (10 songs, only 5 in act 2) and it drags when there is no singing; disappointing climax so better balance needed
See it if want an incredibly fun evening. No message. Jokes for jokes sake musical. The audience was giggling through the whole thing. Don't miss it
Don't see it if you want to see a serious piece or something more relevant. This was old fashioned adorable comedy.
See it if This show is a step back in time to a gentler age, and it's well worth the visit! The buzz last night was that it may go on.
Don't see it if warm-hearted entertainment is boring to you, or if you don't want to see a slice of an earlier time. It's very funny--who can't like that?
See it if you want a laugh-out-loud FUNNY musical that pays homage to music and humor that evokes "Your Show of Shows" and similar 1930s-1950s charm.
Don't see it if you want something new/edgy. This is charming, funny, nostalgic -- but not avant-garde. Act II evokes riotously funny PLAY THAT GOES WRONG.
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