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Follies (APAC)

From 58 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting

About the show

Astoria Performing Arts Center presents Stephen Sondheim's classic musical where, before their former theater is demolished, the former "Weismann Follies" showgirls reunite to say goodbye. 

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In one evening, memory and time intermingle as two couples confront the truth about their past and their present in order to face the future. Featuring some of Sondheim's most well-known songs, including "Losing My Mind," "I'm Still Here," and "Broadway Baby," 'Follies' juxtaposes innocence with sophistication, harsh reality with surrealism, and the dreams of what will be with the regrets of what was. 


Member Reviews (58)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Ambitious, Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting
86
Avg Score

75
Touching, Intelligent, Great songs, Uneven acting, Well-staged

See it if you're ok w/a barebones off-off-Broadway prod'n. Some strong performances, but not all. Poignant exam of life's disappointments & mistakes.

Don't see it if you demand polished works. Script is imperfect, but many good songs. Big cast. As I get older, I like Follies more, but it makes me sad.

90
Entertaining, High quality, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if A superb production with solid performances and staging. Really enjoyed it. Well staged! Fun! Surprised at how good it was.

Don't see it if You don’t like Sondheim shows or refuse to leave Manhattan to see a show. (But you should! It’s a delight!)

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if see more

Don't see it if see more

Also Too late for anyone to see it. Caught the penultimate production. Alwa... Read more Read less

91
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy Sondheim, splashy dance numbers, wonderful singing, and supporting off broadway! A delightful revival with quality actors!

Don't see it if You don’t like musicals or think Astoria is a shlep. (It’s not! see this show!)

87
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Enjoy a great production by a small organization that always does great work. Great use of a small space & excellent cast and choreography.

Don't see it if Book of the show is not for everyone as not much happens. If you're looking for a big glossy show then APAC is not for you.

70
Slow, Great staging, Banal, Cliched, Great dancing

See it if You like Follies and want to see a very good off-off-Broadway production of it

Don't see it if Well, in short, APAC does a great job with a show that is just plain boring.

82
Entertaining, Great staging, Ambitious, Some great performances, Well choreographed

See it if you find Follies such a rich show. No matter how many times I see it, I'm always entertained. The score, the dancing!

Don't see it if you need a big production with a big orchestra. Only five musicians, but they sounded fine to me.

Also This production is a tad uneven with some big voices and others I had ... Read more Read less

75
Ambitious

See it if Energetic and eager performers with heart. Ambitious production given the budget.

Don't see it if Everything must be perfect. It’s community theater, so they work within their constraints.

Also Free ticket from Show Score.

88
Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic, Great dancing

See it if you like good old fashioned Sondheim musicals.

Don't see it if you're looking for intense drama.

100
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you love Sondheim and want to experience a fantastic production of this classic musical. APAC creates great theater in their small space.

Don't see it if you don't mind missing a fabulous Sondheim production with classy sets, costumes, and especially classy actors, singing their hearts out.Go!

90
Ambitious, Absorbing, Exquisite, Great staging, Masterful

See it if you want to see a brilliant show, dazzling staged with distinctive performers.

Don't see it if you expect the same level as the iconic productions on Broadway

89
Ambitious, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you enjoy excellent leads with a fine ensemble, directed and staged superbly - all of the elements come together in a rather ho-hum story.

Don't see it if you do not like Sondheim, you don't like Off-Off Broadway theater even at its best, you desire more contemporary themes.

96
Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an excellent production of Follies- great choreography,-intelligent staging-passionate performances. A delight. Don't miss!

Don't see it if You don't want to shlep to Queens- but I encourage you to do so!!! Great performance and better than most to the crap on Broadway right now.

81
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you love Sondheim and want a fun musical with an incredible ensemble cast

Don't see it if you dont like musicals, Sondheim, or smaller intimate theatres

40
Slow, Disappointing, Great music

See it if you are a Sondheim fan or a fan of the show itself

Don't see it if you prefer seeing quality performances

Also Follies is a criminally underproduced show. For such a low ticket pric... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You can never get enough of Sondheim’s masterpiece. A miraculous production- beautifully cast and staged.

Don't see it if You prefer frivolous light-hearted musical theatre. Plenty of Spongebob and Buffet around in that case.

Also Hard to believe what miracles were accomplished here. The cast is unif... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a musical that intelligently and humorously explores topics such as: regret, love, aging, and marriage.

Don't see it if you need all cast members to be polished w/strong voices. There were some great performances but some of the minor roles were weaker,

80
Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You love Follies. This is a perfectly respectful production. It has a Community Theatre feel to it,but a lot of heart -sincere performances

Don't see it if Don't understand the history behind what the Follies were. You don't want to maneuver the trains and have a long, long walk to the theatre

Also After reading comments here, It's alarming the new generation seems to... Read more Read less

94
Great singing, Great writing, Great staging, Beautiful, Masterful

See it if You love Sondheim, or even if you don't. This is a beautifully realized production of one of the great musicals in an intimate space.

Don't see it if You don't like going to Queens. Oh, just take the ferry! :-)

95
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Resonant, Profound

See it if you love everything Sondheim as this modest production brings so much emotion and entertainment. Cast is superb. Beautiful direction.

Don't see it if you’re a snotty theater goer who only appreciates grandiose musicals. but seriously there are hidden gems beyond broadway. this is a diamond

85
Ambitious, Great writing, Must see

See it if you've only seen it live with big names. It doesn't get more poignant than this.

Don't see it if you need a full orchestration or stars.

86
Entertaining, Clever, Ambitious

See it if Ambitious production of a great musical. The director has done an excellent job with the large cast and the show is engaging and moving.

Don't see it if You want a polished Broadway-like production. The performances are uneven (one lead was fairly weak), and the stage can get pretty crowded.

90
Apac hits the ball out of the park with their exhilarating production ...

See it if u want to see Greg Horton(Buddy), Bruce Sabath(Benjamin),Marcie Henderson(Phyllis),Tina Stafford(Sally) and LaDonna Burns(Stella), all great

Don't see it if you don't want to be put on the waiting list (which you should ! ! ) : People met with success the night I was there. The run is sold out

96
Entertaining, Great staging, Great singing, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You are a Sondheim fan, or have never seen this show - it's a fantastic rendition of it. And, love seeing a musical fully stages w/out mikes

Don't see it if If you are so narrow that you only like to see big splashy shows on Broadway. Or don't like musicals at all

Also APAC has always produced top notch musicals (straight plays too, but t... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you love follies!

Don't see it if you don't like to feel things in the theatre


May 6th, 2018
“Much of the success of this revival is due to the performers, who all make the effort to explore the full dimensions of their characters. And they're all super talented...Two of the standouts are Henderson's rendition of ‘The Story of Lucy and Jessie’ and Horton's Buddy's Blues’. They blew my so...
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May 7th, 2018
"I've already purchased my ticket to see it again...Bondarin is a smart director who eagerly serves the work, and this production is full of her smart decisions. The result is more excellent theatre than we the audience have any right to expect for a ticket price of $18!...The production values c...
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May 10th, 2018
“A thought-provoking book by James Goldman and a monumental score by Stephen Sondheim...Bondarin has done a splendid job with the staging...and clearly delineating the changes in time...The show flows seamlessly...Higgins leads a partially visible six-piece band, which handles the complex score w...
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May 31st, 2018
"'Follies' transported me back in time as I enjoyed such Broadway standards as 'I'm Still Here' and 'Could I Leave Her?' The story concerns a reunion of Weismann's Follies in a crumbling Broadway theatre, scheduled for demolition. We wander through the memories of two couples and alternate betwee...
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