Follies (APAC)
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Follies (APAC)

Follies (APAC) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(58 Reviews)
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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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Member Reviews (58)

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965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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.

539 Reviews | 1877 Followers
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!)

506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
Delightful, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

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425 Reviews | 62 Followers

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. Read more

427 Reviews | 48 Followers
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.

299 Reviews | 122 Followers
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. Read more

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
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.

235 Reviews | 229 Followers
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!)

Critic Reviews (5)

Theatre is Easy
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 socks off. One critique is the sound...This cast is doing such fantastic work, but we can't enjoy everything they bring to the table if we can't hear them...A terrific tribute to an earlier period in theatre history.”
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Show Showdown
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 could be higher. Some performers aren't quite up to the task (though many others are quite good). But this 'Follies' sings, it dances, it feels...You'll rarely in your life get such value for your money."
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Queens Chronicle
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 with aplomb...Thanks to the crystal-clear enunciation of the entire cast...not one brilliant syllable is lost.”
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"'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 between two casts playing the characters in different stages of life set thirty years apart. Although the original book's plot is thin, this production of 'Follies' is flawless. You are in for a treat."
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BOAST: Best of Astoria
May 8th, 2018

“The lead actors are all superb in their own right, but it is the choreography by Brians and direction by Bondarin that allows the entire cast to shine...APAC’s understated set allows you to hear, see and feel the cabaret numbers in their pure emotionality. Who among us has not experienced regrets about lost love, how life might have gone if another path had been chosen?...APAC has managed to take a master’s work and breathe fresh life into it.”
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