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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

90
Funny, Great staging, Fluffy, Great acting

See it if you like sweet, funny, surprising stories about feisty old people; or the cast; or the playwright.

Don't see it if you're not in the mood for something light-hearted and fun.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if You love to see great actresses perform with very witty script

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh

88
Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if If you love great actresses in great comedic roles.

Don't see it if You are with a theater group from your retirement home.

60
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.

72
Delightful, Quirky, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you're a fan of David Lindsay-Abaire plays. Although not one of his best, still some very funny and thoughtful moments. I left happy.

Don't see it if want a heavily messaged comedy. There is fine acting, and the set up for this situational comedy might be aimed at a maturing audience.

89
Funny, Refreshing, Original, Delightful, Great writing

See it if you enjoy creative one-upmanship

Don't see it if you have no interest in the lives of seniors

75
Great acting

See it if You like DLA other plays. It's fine fluff but not really fulfilling.

Don't see it if You're looking for something with something more weighty. It's cute but ultimately silly.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You love to laugh and would like to see some fine performances by this very talented cast.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor or would not enjoy seeing a show set in a nursing home.

84
Delightful, Relevant, Funny

See it if you want to get an insiders view of assisted living with some laughs.

Don't see it if you can't bear to see yourself in this position when you are old.

80
Cliched, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you love sitcoms and all the cliches that come along with them.

Don't see it if you want something that feels totally original.

85
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Original

See it if you want to see two fantastic actresses engaged in hilarious hijinks!

Don't see it if you don't like comedy that is a little bit over the top.

83
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You'd be interested in a hysterical but also ultimately heartwarming play of geriatric one-upmanship.

Don't see it if You don't like to have fun at the theatre!

95
Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Quirky and fun guide to aging

See it if you don't mind seeing older actors dealing with the subject of aging, assisted living and you can laugh at the human condition.

Don't see it if You only want to see hot young actors onstage.

85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy a small ensemble show with an excellent cast; a funny (occasionally zany) script with poignant moments about senior issues.

Don't see it if You are expecting deep, nuanced and edgy theater.

84
Clever, Funny, Cliched, Quirky

See it if you like 90s sitcoms.

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

90
Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Hilarious, Indulgent

See it if you are a Rachel Dratch, Holland Taylor, Mary Louise Burke, or David Hyde Pierce fan, you love old-school yet contemporary farce, like fun.

Don't see it if You scare easily, can't handle a little cheesy humor, don't like laughter.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if For the great acting and the chemistry between Burke and Taylor.

Don't see it if Awww, just see it, it was even better than I thought it would be.

85
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing

See it if You want to see two of our best actors over 70 tear into great dramatic and comedic writing

Don't see it if The idea of the hijinks of two older ladies doesn't interest you

88
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you want to watch 2 master craftswomen - Holland Taylor & Mary Louise Burke - spar in brilliantly mad cap ways.

Don't see it if the setting of an assisted living facility disturbs or unnerves, or if you don't enjoy entirely outrageous(ly enjoyable) plot twists

100
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Must see

See it if you love to laugh! GO SEE IT!

Don't see it if your boring!

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Surprising

See it if You want to see something that will surprise you, and you love seeing stage legends perform.

Don't see it if You don't have a sense of whimsy and a willingness to go along with some plot points that come from left field.

95
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Delightful

See it if you want to laugh out loud at the silly antics that these two older women get into. I was so surprised about how much I loved this show.

Don't see it if you expect a deep and serious play. If you cannot laugh at crazy antics, similar to I Love Lucy.

75
Entertaining, Smart, Fun, Great acting

See it if you enjoy plays of any kind. It's imperfect and quite predictable, but joyously fun to watch.

Don't see it if you don't want to? I don't know, there's really no reason not to see this show.

85
Hilarious, Refreshing, Heartfelt

See it if you have a good sense of humor about the trials of growing old. You are guilty of being a perpetual prankster.

Don't see it if you are looking for a romantic drama.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy laugh-out-loud hijinks in a show with a heart as big as its jokes. Marylouise Burke IS this show.

Don't see it if You have no interest in the lives of seniors or don't want to laugh out loud.


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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