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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)


Great acting, Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Delightful

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!

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.

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.

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.

Cliched, Predictable, Repetitive

See it if you like Nancy Meyers movies. You like the two lead actresses and want to see them on stage.

Don't see it if you're not part of MTC's older subscriber base. Play goes on for longer than it needs to without entertainment value or plot justifying it.

During previews
Cliched, Mildy funny, Mediocre, Good lead actresses, Predictable

See it if Like Marylouise Burke and/or Holland Taylor

Don't see it if Two fine lead performances are not enough to make a play worth seeing.

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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