My Life on a Diet
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My Life on a Diet
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My Life on a Diet NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever

About the Show

Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner Renée Taylor looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets in her autobiographical one-woman comedy.

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Fluffy fun, Ninety minutes fly by, Not much insight, but laughter, Renee is a marvel at 85

See it if you want to hear a LOL show biz tale. Not much depth (lesson:RT lost weight when she stopped obsessing), but engaging. RT is a likable lady.

Don't see it if stories about old TV/movie world don't interest you (eg: Marilyn, Barbra, Grace K). RT is funny & co-wrote MLOAD w/her late husband Bologna.

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Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Octogenarian TV and stage vet delivers the funny from her memoirs. Humour delivers her strife. Laughter conquers. Taylor rightfully dishes.

Don't see it if Renee Taylor may be unfamiliar. Underlying assertion that women have relatability with food issues.

Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
July 29th, 2018

"A veritable depository of old-fashioned zingers...Taylor mixes reminiscences about her childhood and beginnings as an actress and writer with a lighthearted look at her self-image and quest for love...Taylor is especially funny when recounting her tiny parts in B movies and gigs on television talk shows...The show’s central part is a fascinating evocation of a woman with a weak body image and a strong sense of humor trying to make it in the late 1950s and early ’60s."
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Lighting & Sound America
July 27th, 2018

“Taylor is just good company...And damn it if she doesn't land an unexpected laugh...She maintains an intimate, just-us-friends attitude throughout, and she never, ever pushes for a laugh. She knows where they are, and she'll get to them...The show's throughline, about Taylor's obsession with dieting, doesn't provide a terribly strong spine...In any case, she is a distinctive talent, and one of the last survivors of a vanishing show-business tradition.”
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New York Stage Review
July 26th, 2018

"It’s LOL funny. Funny? Why, absolutely every single solitary joke lands, and there’s a rarity for you...Before Taylor finishes, she all but subtly hands out a moral: Forget about the diets and learn to be happy with who you are. She generously hands out a second, not necessarily new show-biz moral: Always leave them laughing. To her immense credit, she does."
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Theatre is Easy
July 25th, 2018

"'My Life on a Diet' is the theatrical equivalent of dessert—sweet, frothy, and perfectly fine with not being a main course...Taylor is a master joke-teller, particularly with the slow comic burn after a hoary pun or self-deprecating punchline. If you’re not an ardent Taylor fan, you might find the 90 minutes a bit long, as all those memories of meeting stars and going on diets can get repetitive. But on the night I saw it, none of that mattered."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 25th, 2018

"May I suggest you binge on 'My Life on a Diet,' the comical sundae topped with a cherry of sentiment being served…by the eternally delicious Renée Taylor…Her softened voice lacks the force it once had, but her timing is intact, her jokes ignite guffaws and chuckles, and she's every pound the Renée Taylor fans will be paying to see...A scrumptious smorgasbord of tasty and, I'm happy to report, tasteful anecdotes encompassing her life from childhood through her years on 'The Nanny.'"
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CurtainUp
July 26th, 2018

"She is someone familiar, someone from the old neighborhood. Let's admit it, this is a show aimed at fans of old films and actresses 'who had faces'...Michael Redman's treasure trove of projections deliver the perfect 'Pow!' to Taylor's memories. And there's a bittersweet ending...'My Life On a Diet' is not classic comedy for the ages but you will have plenty of laughs for 90 minutes."
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Front Row Center
September 7th, 2018

“If Taylor becomes any more charming, hilarious and in possession of laser-like timing, she will have to be arrested because there is only so much perfection that the rest of us can stand...She does not disappoint...The anecdotes that make up her life are nearly unbelievable...Behind the leopard print...lives a magnificent woman who is choosing to tell her story to us. She sits. She reads. She makes us scream and howl. And she breaks our collective hearts – just a little.”
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Stage Buddy
July 31st, 2018

“The show is about much more than Taylor’s attempts to get and stay thin...The format for the show is fairly basic...She tells the audience she will ‘read’ her memoirs—and, indeed, she has notes to which, at rare moments, she discreetly refers. But she is fully engaged with the material...Her comic timing is, unsurprisingly, that of a seasoned-pro, both as writer and performer...May not be to everyone’s taste. But the audience at the performance I saw ate it all up.”
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Times Square Chronicles
July 26th, 2018

“Taylor, whose comic timing is perfect, is one funny lady. Her life reads like a who’s who of Hollywood...Still sexy and charming at 85, Taylor is hysterical and tender. This nostalgic trip through memory lane is entertaining and lighthearted. I loved the story about Hugh Hefner greeting her in his signature pajamas, the date who looked better in her dresses and the reoccurring joke about her mother Frieda’s moxie, makes for an enjoyable evening.”
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BlogCritics.org
July 30th, 2018

"As live performances go, Taylor’s is just sumptuous...With every well-timed joke, the production shimmers with riotous, rollicking fun. From beginning to end, the story scintillates with irony...Not only does the writing sparkle and effervesce, Taylor’s impeccable delivery and beautifully paced riffs leave no time for you to breathe...One does not have to be overweight or diet-challenged to appreciate Taylor’s history of Hollywood stars and their diet manias."
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Epoch Times
July 30th, 2018

"The first thing you notice when actress Renée Taylor makes her entrance is how at ease you feel in her presence. She comes on with a bit of regal air but quickly shifts to that of a favorite aunt welcoming you into her home...Nicely mixing elements poignant, personal, and comedic, 'My Life on a Diet' makes for an enjoyable experience, both in terms of one woman’s struggle to comes to terms with how she sees herself, and in showing the very full life she has led."
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StageZine
July 25th, 2018

“Taylor certainly has spunk and delivers loads of laughs, but ‘My Life On a Diet’ might have been more satisfying if she would have talked more about her ‘Nanny’ years, given more details about her famous marriage instead of endless lame jokes...and spent less time focusing on celebrity encounters...While amusing and hilarious at times, ultimately leaves audiences hungry for something more structured, true and meaningful.”
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M
July 27th, 2018

"The show is about much more than eating habits. Taylor’s anecdotes about her family and colleagues in the entertainment industry reveal more than eighty years of interactions with larger-than-life people, Taylor herself included. Occasionally, these anecdotes are slightly meandering and seem to lose the plot, but sometimes they’re the best part of the show...Taylor imbues each one of her ‘characters’ with this humanity, and the result is a lovely way to spend time with the performer."
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