Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion
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Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion
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Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(17 Reviews)
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Mixed
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Relevant, Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking

Alison Leiby's show about a summer that began with a bang & ended with a trip to Planned Parenthood.

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Member Reviews (17)

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865 Reviews | 898 Followers
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Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Very funny and enjoyable. Great writing with lots of tangents that lead to the conclusion. Absorbing. This is more than just about abortion.

Don't see it if you're not up for one-person comedies.

927 Reviews | 379 Followers
83
Clever, Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Funny

See it if You want to laugh at something taboo. A great comedy set at 80 minutes allows for some great insight/clever personal stories. A bit flat.

Don't see it if If you’re going to be all judgy-judgy! Go in with an open mind, better yet, an open heart. Guys, don’t be stupid, this is 4 you 2! Read more

763 Reviews | 212 Followers
84
Entertaining, Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Great writing

See it if you like one person shows with humor on a serious topic that is handled brilliantly. Alison uses real life experience to make her points.

Don't see it if you do not appreciate frank talk about sex or a woman's view of how women are treated differently from men.

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
86
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy a very clever and yet entertaining discussion of women's issues including abortion. This is a one woman show and well done.

Don't see it if you are against abortion at any stage and do not want a discussion of other types of women's issues. Read more

354 Reviews | 199 Followers
90
Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if An evening of truthful storytelling of a woman’s journey of her body while thought-provoking opinions on the topic of abortion. Brava!

Don't see it if Do not attend if the topic of abortion is uncomfortable or you prefer a musical or drama.

361 Reviews | 80 Followers
81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Funny, Clever

See it if Alison writes and acts in this timely monologue about women’ s reproductive rights. Funny and touching.

Don't see it if If you are a right to lifer .

282 Reviews | 32 Followers
84
Entertaining, Funny, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You like intelligent female stand up comedy honestly preformed

Don't see it if Woman’s issues , & abortion are subjects about which you can’t laugh and think about.

239 Reviews | 45 Followers
82
Personal, Honest, Very funny

See it if you're in the mood for a show that is filled with funny and piercing observations about being a woman and a mother (or not) in today's world

Don't see it if you are not a fan of the one-person stand up format, or the subject matter gives you cause for concern (in which case ABSOLUTELY go see it!)

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
May 11th, 2022

"In a smart and entertaining show, full of observations about the sometimes painful messiness of female bodies — menstruation, childbirth, lactation — and the social pressure to put on a happy face about all of it, her trip to Planned Parenthood is the least dramatic, most calmly straightforward part."
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Time Out New York
May 9th, 2022

"4/5 Stars! Leiby's goal is to discuss and destigmatize abortion, and her penetrating comic treatise seriously slays...Although Leiby spends most of the show center stage with a microphone, quipping to the converted, director Lila Neugebauer helps 'Oh God, A Show About Abortion' transcend its comedy-club origins to become a compelling journey with clear emotional beats; an unexpected story about a pre–Roe v. Wade pregnancy is particularly powerful. As hilarious as Leiby is, she does more than induce belly laughs."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
May 9th, 2022

"Her final point, and the one that brought the room to its feet, is about the necessity of sharing, and thus normalizing, stories of our abortions. 'The more we talk about it openly and honestly,' she says, 'the less of a catastrophe it is.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
May 17th, 2022

Ultimately, Leiby concludes, "Abortion is a part of being a woman. And some women will have one, some will be afraid of having one one day, and some women will be afraid that they'll never need one and those are all real feelings and deserve to not be buried or pushed aside but felt and validated and said aloud." It's a topic that needs more discussion, to be sure, and it needs to be handled with more incisiveness than it gets here.
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Talkin' Broadway
May 9th, 2022

" The effectiveness of the piece stems from its utter ordinariness. Leiby's chronicle is not filled with agonized decisions, traumatic medical ordeals, or lingering regret. On the contrary, she unsentimentally states that she emphatically doesn't want children (another line which produced whoops and applause), and the folks at Planned Parenthood couldn't have been more professional and assuring."
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New York Stage Review
May 9th, 2022

"If you’re expecting an 80-minute screed about abortion rights or freedom of choice, you’ll be sorely disappointed. 'Oh God…' does detail Leiby’s abortion—an experience that she describes as 'anticlimactic,' ... But the procedure itself is only a small part of the show."
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TheaterScene.net
May 18th, 2022

Oh God, A Show About Abortion could not have come at a better time. Whatever side one takes on this important issue and however worried one is about the upcoming Court decision, Leiby’s show illuminates the subject with humor and an offhanded charm.
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Front Row Center
May 10th, 2022

"Alison Leiby has constructed such an intelligent, surprising, direct and unadorned story that you will want to listen. I promise. ... Not only has Leib nothing to hide, she has a boatload of stuff to share with you. Share as in – these are ideas that would like to make a home in your noggin’ and then you can share. See how this works?"
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