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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

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

95
Dated, Confusing, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You like great singing, great dancing, and painful stories about people making mistakes

Don't see it if You want a perfectly written show -- this is early Sondheim and you can tell

88
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Moving

See it if you want to support ambitious work off broadway. Amazed at how rich and funny even a lower budget production is of this masterpiece.

Don't see it if you need big spectacle or across-the-board Tony calibre acting (one of the four leads was a bit weak).

Also VERY impressed at how ambitious this was. Fun costumes, beautiful set,... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Great staging, Resonant, Ambitious, Great choreography

See it if You like absorbing theater with great music and incredible choreography.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in an entertaining evening at the theater at a great price.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Relevant

See it if ...you are a Sondheim fan (I am not, but still enjoyed this.)

Don't see it if ...you want the full-stage effect.

86
Dated, Show stopping numbers

See it if You want fab numbers of song and dance

Don't see it if You're not thrilled with the overwhelming adultery in the show

86
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you love Sondheim, love musicals, love great singing and dancing and love profound, touching stories that speak to our humaness.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals or shows about older women reliving their glory days and finding resolution.

85
Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious

See it if You like "Follies"- the vocals are excellent

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim or seeing a cast thoroughly enjoying performing the show.

84
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great singing, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You love this musical - you won't be disappointed even at this small venue and smaller budget.

Don't see it if I can't imagine why you wouldn't.

Also Despite not loving the two female leads, the cast was superb. The dire... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Entertaining, Riveting

See it if You like classic shows and don’t mind small productions

Don't see it if You’re not a Sondheim fan, and are expecting a big broadway production

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like the very best of musical theatre and can adjust to the non-fanciness of the production.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or you only enjoy Follies with stars and production values

Also I really, really, really enjoyed this production, and I recommend it v... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a Sondheim fan and want to support a great off-off Broadway theatre co. Performances are strong and dance numbers entertaining

Don't see it if You don't like Follies and you're not willing to go a bit out of your way to get to the theatre. Plan ahead - subway may skip your stop.

Also This is a an ambitious production. The staging is impressive for a sma... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if you love singing, dancing, and nostalgia.

Don't see it if you don't like to have a good time.

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if You love Follies

Don't see it if Just see it

89
Absorbing, Clever, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you like the composers work

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim

80
Intelligent, Resonant, Clever

See it if you are a sondheim fan, appreciate smart songs, enjoy something to think about in a musical. Several strong performances.

Don't see it if you dont like classic Sondheim or if it would bother you that the performances are not uniform.

92
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy quality musicals with wonderful performances! The show has great acting, direction, and choreography! Worth the trip.

Don't see it if you don't like Sondheim musicals.

100
Profound, Absorbing, Delightful

See it if You love "Follies" or you've never seen it before.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals, or you like them frothy and mindless.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if ... if you'd like to see an intelligently directed and mostly well-acted off-off-Broadway production of FOLLIES.

Don't see it if ... if you dislike FOLLIES or feel that you would be put off by a production that didn't have Broadway resources (i.e., money).

100
Wow follies is back its like im losing my mind

See it if You love Too Many Mornings/Losing My Mind.YouTube Too Many MOrnings Liza and Petshop boys. Yes song is a disco version and great.

Don't see it if are sophisticated and deal with relationships.

99
Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious

See it if you want to be absorbed by a magical production with wonderful acting, singing, and choreography. Spot on direction and ensemble casting.

Don't see it if ...can’t think of a reason not to see it. Worth the trip to Astoria for a more intimate setting than you’d get on Broadway.

95
Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if like musicals in an intimate setting rather than in a huge theater, to not only enjoy the music, dancing, and singing, but the acting too.

Don't see it if If you don't like musicals.

74
Disappointing, Slow, Ambitious, Entertaining

See it if You will see anything by Sondheim and are curious about how to stage a tiny version of Follies.

Don't see it if You expect it to be of the same calibre as other APAC shows.

Also I'm an Astorian who has been coming to APAC for years. Raisin, Merrily... Read more Read less

89
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You don not mind traveling to Queens for an intimate, creative production.

Don't see it if You like extravagant productions only in Manhattan.

100
Absorbing, Delightful, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a good story, great dancing, and "theatre show".

Don't see it if Can't think of a reason, really!


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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