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Ripcord

From 73 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

About the show

Manhattan Theatre Club presents a a high-stakes comedy by Pulitzer Prize winning author David Lindsay-Abaire about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death. More…

When the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her desirable room in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility with new-arrival Marilyn, she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. Starring Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Holland Taylor and directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.


Member Reviews (73)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful
82
Avg Score

60
Cliched, Banal, Unpleasant, Uninsightful, Great lead actresses

See it if you want to see two outstanding actors wasted on inferior material. Burke and Taylor are terrific, but the script is annoyingly insipid.

Don't see it if you require a funny/smart script. I was absorbed by the performances, but repelled by the story. Such a shame!

94
Absorbing, Clever, Funny

See it if You want a great play from Mr. Lindsay-Abaire!

Don't see it if you can't laugh at the absurd.

90
Hilarious, Great acting, Great writing, Clever, Lovely

See it if you want to see a comedy that's truly funny, expertly executed.

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

83
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Insipid, Quirky

See it if You like cute, fluffy plays that are stupidly funny, but well acted.

Don't see it if You can't stand plays that don't have heft to them.

89
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if You like great acting, humor. A play about older women -- you'll view these characters very differently when you leave than at the start.

Don't see it if You don't like quirky characters.

36
Banal, Cliched, Sit-com, Overrated, Slow

See it if you are fans of the two actresses in the leading roles. Also, if you like a watered-down version of "The Odd Couple" for women.

Don't see it if you don't like sit-coms masquerading as theatre.

88
Absorbing, Relevant, Funny, Original

See it if You want to see two theater pros riffing off each other, a very funny plot and strong supporting performances.

Don't see it if You're age-ist or you're looking for profound messages.

78
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if you want to see two old pros show their mettle.

Don't see it if you require a profound message from a play.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a sneaky comedy that never fails to surprise. You enjoy great comic acting.

Don't see it if you hate watching fights between roommates in a retirement facility.

95
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You're in the mood for a comedy, and like sassy old ladies.

Don't see it if You want something big and epic.

80
Funny, Hilarious, Great acting, Great leads

See it if you want to see a show that will make you laugh out loud and enjoy some over the top moments.

Don't see it if have no sense of humor or are looking to see a serious drama.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like to laugh, and you enjoy great acting.

Don't see it if You lack a sense of humor.

70
Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of the actresses and you are not afraid of haunted houses.

Don't see it if you do not like old people.

77
Fun, Sit-commy, No surprises, Enjoyable, Good stunts

See it if You are "of a certain age" or have a friend/parent moving in that direction; enjoy sit-coms with few surprises but great comic timing

Don't see it if You want something challenging or thought-provoking.

60
Disappointing, Fluffy, Funny, Cliched

See it if you are a fan of the leading actresses

Don't see it if you have little patience with sitcoms that get weighed down with cliched sentiment and misguided efforts at pathos.

90
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you want a funny and poignant evening in the theater with two great actors

Don't see it if you don't like stories about old people.

75
Great acting, Witty

See it if you want to see two powerhouses alternating between hilarious and heartbreaking.

Don't see it if you don't like anything having to do with family drama.

78
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging

See it if u want to be pleasantly surprised after ?? reviews. I was w/ this one, big time. I loved it. And the cast is "spot-on." MaryLouise Burke!

Don't see it if I'm struggling here. What...you want DEATH OF A SALESMAN every time out? This is delightful. LiKe theater? See it. Title means? Find out.

70
Funny, Hilarious, Fluffy, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Like situational comedies

Don't see it if Dislike the above

64
Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if Even two wonderful actors couldn't save this lazy play by David Lindsey-Abaire who should have known better. Story not surprising and boring

Don't see it if You wan to see ecellent playwriting and a believable story.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy an evening of quirky fun, with great actresses and an entertaining story with just enough depth to be resonant.

Don't see it if you don't a like a little silly fun

75
Clever, Cliched, Funny, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You loved Golden Girls

Don't see it if You need unpredictable writing

81
Hilarious, Entertaining, Refreshing, Original

See it if you want a good laugh.

Don't see it if can't suspend your disbelief.

68
Great acting, Disappointing, Quirky, Cliched

See it if You don't mind theatre that is very close to tv sitcom. A waste of good talent.

Don't see it if You want a worthwhile theatre experience.

90
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Original, Hilarious

See it if you love a good practical joke, and brilliant acting

Don't see it if don't like surprises


October 20th, 2015
"For a play centered on a seemingly irreconcilable conflict, 'Ripcord' sustains a low tension level...Some theatergoers may leave 'Ripcord' with a faint, nagging hunger for more substance. At one point, Marilyn, asked about why she never gets mad, says, 'It always leads to an ugly place, and I do...
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October 20th, 2015
"The great fun of David Lindsay-Abaire’s tastily sweet-and-sour 'Ripcord' lies in watching the marvelous Taylor and Burke dig their heels into this stand-off. Solidly crafted, the play is not unpredictable, but it’s larded with moments of surprise...Beyond the high jinks, 'Ripcord' offers a compe...
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October 20th, 2015
"You expect more from the playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, and you get it. The author of comedy-dramas that toy with sitcom expectations but then veer elsewhere, he is obviously riffing on television templates like 'The Golden Girls...' Admittedly, this stuff goes on a bit too long. But after upp...
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October 20th, 2015
"This is a lazy piece of writing without the freshness or bite of plays, recycling familiar situations while failing to settle on a definitive tone...While there's no shortage of funny lines and inspired moments in director David Hyde Pierce's production, there's also an air of fatigue about the ...
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