Already closed | 1h 30m | Midtown W

My Life on a Diet

From 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)

Member Reviews (81)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever
86
Avg Score

75
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.

100
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.

88
Hilarious, Intelligent, Delightful, Resonant, Entertaining

See it if You know and love Renee Taylor. This is a brilliant bio of her fascinating life as an actress/comedian/playwright. You enjoy theatrical bios

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one person shows about a persons life in show business. You are looking for a tradional domestic comedy.

Also I acted in Renee’s play Lovers and Other Strangers ! I just met her as... Read more Read less

81
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.

72
Delightful, Funny, Indulgent, Slow, Quirky

See it if You remember Renee Taylor and want a small glimpse into her full and funny life. She's a good story teller and it was never boring.

Don't see it if If you don't know anything about her or her career. This is a fan show for sure.

79
Endearing, Funny, Charming raconteur, Satisfying

See it if A witty walk down 85 year old, talent-packed Renee Taylor's memory lane, in which 90 minutes whiz by interests you.

Don't see it if You prefer 1-person shows to be edgy. Her memories skew older: if you don't know her work (including The Nanny), some references are arcane.

80
Great visuals: awesome vintage pics & video clips, Hilarious / very entertaining, Excellent timing & delivery: pause & effect vs cause & affect, Absorbing / heart-warming / endearing / nostalgic

See it if you want to LOL for 90min. Renee's deadpan delivery is still masterful @ 85yrs old: delivers, looks up, pauses, cocks her head, we crack up.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows. It's a stagnant, non-lavish production. She sits & occasionally glances @ her camouflaged script. IT WORKS.

Also Enchanting yo-yo dieting 90min laugh-fest.... Read more Read less

90
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

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fantastic stories of her life & all the stars she knew

See it if you want to see a pro at storytelling about all her life's experiences, all the stars she knew & worked with, all tied into trying to diet.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of one person autobiographical shows with great 1 liners and antidotes.

82
Charming, Funny, Entertaining, Witty

See it if you enjoy one person autobiographical shows with some great anecdotes, lessons learned about show biz & diets & lots of name dropping

Don't see it if you're not old enough to "get" many of Taylor's references; not interested in trials & tribulations of the quest for love, fame & validation

79
Engaging, Delightful, A bit repetitive

See it if you enjoy stories of old Hollywood including a bit of name dropping. To see a funny woman talk about her life. Renee is quite a force.

Don't see it if you get bored hearing about someone's struggle with weight and all of the diets she's tried, I just don't think thatworked as a device.

70
Funny, Slow, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a very funny actress read and drop the names of celebrity friends.

Don't see it if you want a more cohesive life story or expect lots of movement/staging. or if you don't like comedies.

85
Irresistable

See it if you would enjoy spending 90 minutes in the company of a fun, funny, charming irrepressible character.

Don't see it if Terrible title for such a witty show.

87
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Must see, Masterful

See it if Very impressive that an 80 year old played a one woman show through a broken wrist. Moving story about her years on the stage/ diets.

Don't see it if You dislike one woman shows. Need more action on stage

86
Endearing, Heart warming, Funny, Romantic, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a touching, one-woman performance of a life in the arts, struggling with finding who you are and what diet to choose.

Don't see it if you don't like single person performances, in this case, Ms. Taylor is seated behind her desk, so movement is fairly static.

Also Renee Taylor has spent a lifetime in the performing arts, working with... Read more Read less

87
Poignant, Refreshing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if light hearted hilarious one woman expose- it's a joy to hear her share her story-She is in her 80's & fabulous & so energetic.

Don't see it if Don't like one woman shows or small venues.

Also No need to be familiar w/Renee Taylor's name. Read her bio--may realiz... Read more Read less

80
Delightful, Funny, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if you like well-told show biz anecdotes that are funny and touching.

Don't see it if you want a great big show with enormous production values.

85
Delightful, Charming, Nostalgic, Heartwarming

See it if you like storytelling. This show was entertaining, and the tales were so cute.

Don't see it if You're not into a solo performance or listening to stories about one person's life and career.

Also I felt like I was sitting in my family's living room, listening to my ... Read more Read less

90
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

82
Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you like hearing about a celebrity life story. You like hearing gossip and dish. You like to laugh. This show is written very well.

Don't see it if Don't like one woman shows. Don't like hearing life stories. Don't want to hear things from 50 years ago. You want laugh out jokes.

83
Delightful, Funny, Fluffy, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if you're already a fan of Renée Taylor; you enjoy Hollywood gossip; to see a master comedy writer/performer do her thing.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows.

Also I did not know who Ms. Taylor was before this show and was very pleasa... Read more Read less

81
Delightful, Hilarious, Poignant, Show biz legend sharing her life

See it if Anecdotes shared by a legendary comic actress about her life and old Hollywood appeals to you.

Don't see it if You are expecting a play (with a plot.) You are indifferent to old Hollywood, or only care about her “Nanny” years.

Also Taylor is a hilarious and charming entertainer with a long, storied ca... Read more Read less

86
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You'd like a hearing a life story told via comedy, anecdotes with old Hollywood royalty, and a whole lot of realness and heart.

Don't see it if If you don't have an appreciation for old Hollywood, Renee Taylor's humor, or the courage it takes to share all.

Also Renee Taylor was hilarious and more. ... Read more Read less

90
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.

80
Absorbing, Funny, Sweet

See it if You are intrigued by a veteran actress narrating her life in Hollywood and her various dieting efforts with humor and insight.

Don't see it if You are expecting an energetic one person show. Taylor is seated. She talks about her life while making a lot of jokes

Also I didn’t know a lot about Renee Taylor (not a “Nanny” fan.) Still, wat... Read more Read less


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 ta...
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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 die...
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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 mor...
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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 t...
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