New York | 1h 30m | Already closed

My Life on a Diet

From 13 critic and 81 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

A self-described “diet junkie,” Taylor dishes out juicy anecdotes about – and weight loss tips from – Hollywood legends such as Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and Cary Grant. By sharing her highs and lows – on and off the scale – Renée Taylor proves how the ability to laugh will get you through it all.

1h 30m | Already closed | Theatre at St. Clement's (Midtown W)

Front Row Center

“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.” Full Review


"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"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.'" Full Review

New York Stage Review

"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." Full Review

Times Square Chronicles

“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.” Full Review

Epoch Times

"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." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“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.” Full Review

Manhattan With a Twist

"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." Full Review


"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." Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“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.” Full Review

The New York Times

"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." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"'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." Full Review


“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.” Full Review

Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if already closed, but what an epic afternoon spent in the life of a legend.

Don't see it if no reason

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You want to spend an hour and a half laughing and being entertained by a marvelous comedienne

Don't see it if You do not like one person shows

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if Oh, to score someone’s life story. This show is precious.If you love classic HOLLYWOOD and can relate to weight struggles, go enjoy!

Don't see it if you want singing and dancing. This is simply storytelling at its best. And don’t see it if you don’t want to laugh, because you will.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if It was her life, acting, love for food, and accepting yourself not matter your weight.

Don't see it if Do not like one person show. Hear funny stories about someone life.

Also Theatre you have to go upstairs and bathroom downstairs.

Delightful, Funny, Heartwarming, Sweet

See it if You want to hear a wonderful actress tell the story of her obstacles and triumphs with her image as a Hollywood actress

Don't see it if You don't like story telling shows or solo shows (although i usually don't and I loved it!)

Also Amazing performance!! It has heart, it is funny and I found her anecdo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Funny

See it if You love Renee Taylor and remember her on the Nanny or saw her shows on and Off Broadway. I have and adore her wit. She is very funny.

Don't see it if You can't climb stairs.

Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if your a fan of Renee Taylor and have ever been on a Diet LOL

Don't see it if You do not like to have Fun and Laugh

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Hilarious

See it if You want to laugh

Don't see it if You’re too stuffy

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if Renee Taylor is magical in this one woman show! The audience laughed all the time. Fantastic!

Don't see it if Don't see it if you cannot climb stairs, the theater is high up and the bathroom is all the way downstairs, too many steps for bad legs.

Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if you want to entertained and love Renee Taylor. I enjoyed every minute listening to her tell her story. At 80 something good for her!!

Don't see it if you don't like a one person show or biographies

Absorbing, Delightful, Funny

See it if You like stories of Old Hollywood, success, and food

Don't see it if You don’t like old people

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if Very funny and fascinating autobiographical story about someone you never knew was so accomplished.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine who wouldn’t enjoy this show.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You enjoy Ms. Taylor (not Liz) and find out about her interesting career.

Don't see it if One-woman shows are not your thing.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Clever, Delightful

See it if If you know Renee Taylor as The Nanny’s mom and want to learn more about the surprising life of this funny and candid actress.

Don't see it if If you can’t walk up stairs because there is no handicapped access. Otherwise, Go see it.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing, Clever

See it if you like comedy, you like show business history, you can enjoy a long monologue with slides.

Don't see it if you want a plot and singing, dancing. You are a curmudgeon.

Also Renee Taylor is a treasure who has had an eventful life, from the Bron... Read more Read less

Engaging, Thrilling memories, Great story-telling and delivery, Fast-paced humor, Enthralling for fans of “old hollywood” stars

See it if you're a fan of Renée Taylor, Hollywood actors/stories, one-woman shows, and/or straightforward and short shows blending memoir with comedy.

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows, will find the use of a screen projection and/or reading from a desk (Taylor is seated throughout) frustrating.

Also Renée Taylor’s My Life on a Diet is a charming, snappy, and funny memo... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great writing, Hilarious, Masterful, Must see

See it if You grew up in the 60’s loving all those smart funny ladies on Jack Parr..You grew up any other time! “Lovers and Other Strangers” made you

Don't see it if I can’t think of anything.

Also howl. So did “Made For Each Other.” You know the writing duo of Renée ... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy autobiographical content with great humor

Don't see it if You don’t like a one woman show

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy theater history and you want to see one clever writer/charming performer.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows

Delightful, Heartwarming, Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious

See it if you want to LOL at a sweet & funny storyteller whose stories are as sharp & poignant as ever & show that talent makes dreams come true!

Don't see it if you don't like one woman shows(even though this one is the exception) or you get hot(A/C poor) or have difficulty climbing stairs(worth it)!

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if You're a Renee Taylor fan - she's terrific at storytelling - and what a story!!

Don't see it if You expect to see The Nanny's mother. Renee is much older now.

Also What a story! What a life! Renee seemed to love every time the audienc... Read more Read less

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a comedy legend tell her life story live on stage; you like hearing stories about old-school Hollywood stars

Don't see it if an octogenarian sitting and talking for 90 minutes sounds boring; you've never heard of Marilyn Monroe, Lee Strasberg, or Jimmy Durante

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if Learned alot about the life of renee Taylor and all the famous people in her life

Don't see it if If you dont want to laugh

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Must see, Delightful

See it if you want to non-stop laugh for 90 minutes. Very entertaining. Good story telling. Fun.

Don't see it if you don't want to laugh.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if you: love to laugh; enjoy biographical memoirs; are a fan of Renee Taylor; enjoy great writing; like informative personal stories.

Don't see it if you: are not a fan of Renee Taylor; dislike personal memoirs or biographic storylines; are looking for a docudrama on healthy eating.

Cast & Creatives (5)