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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

89
Clever, Entertaining, Cliched, Refreshing

See it if You like plot twists! Kept me attention the entire time.

Don't see it if You have a hard time relating to the elderly.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if You want to see three brilliant actresses hamming it up

Don't see it if You like your theatre a little meatier

88
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to see a good play

Don't see it if if you dont like plays

94
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Must see

See it if You want to laugh. The pranks these ladies pulled on each other were great. Was surprised often. Thoroughly enjoyed this show.

Don't see it if You need a big production in a large theater.

90
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if You appreciate funny pranks and a sense of humor

Don't see it if You cannot see humor in growing older and the challenges that older people face

100
Clever, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Must see

See it if One of the funniest plays in a long time. Another winner by David Hyde Pierce

Don't see it if No comment

85
Great acting, Funny, Quirky, Great writing, Surprising

See it if You enjoy everyday stories with extraordinary stakes. You enjoy female-centric plot lines.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy neat endings. You don't enjoy family drama. You want something that is more than just an entertaining story.

88
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Clever

See it if you're in need of a good laugh.

Don't see it if you're looking for a serious play.

88
Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy dark comedies.

Don't see it if You have a love one who suffers from addiction. It can hit a little close to home.

94
Clever, Funny, Great staging

See it if you like a little tongue in cheek

Don't see it if you don't like a laugh

89
Funny, Delightful, Dizzying, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like comedy with surprises and a little poignancy.

Don't see it if You've just eaten too much.

95
Great acting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if You love hijinks and good acting!

Don't see it if You hate women. Do you....do you? I didn't think so.

100
Great acting, Funny, Quirky

See it if Show closed on December 6. If you missed it, you missed a great night of entertainment.

Don't see it if Too late, it closed

100
Funny, Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if You're a fan of verbal zingers, sarcastic old ladies, impromptu skydiving, heartbreaking moments and haunted houses.

Don't see it if If you're averse to tonal changes in your theatre . This play goes from rip-roaringly hilarious to dark and heartbreaking in seconds.

During previews
95
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Hilarious, Clever

See it if Anyone looking for a superbly acted very funny show

Don't see it if you only like musicals

During previews
84
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Fun

See it if you love to laugh and have a great time in the theater. Enjoy sitcom's and performances by funny ladies.

Don't see it if You don't like funny women.

During previews
73
Light romp but corny

See it if you enjoy a laugh-out-loud script, sharp comic timing by two leading ladies and well-set-up comic surprises

Don't see it if you want something weightier than a romp or find serious personal revelations in a comedic script to be off-key.

During previews
80
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Clever, Delightful

See it if Great performances. Laugh out loud funny, but touching, too. Nothing deep. Just entertainment.

Don't see it if You're looking for deep, serious theater.

During previews
56
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.

During previews
85
Funny, Great acting, Touching

See it if you want to see two terrific performances by Taylor and Burke. We'll written. Sentimental

Don't see it if you don't like plays that get a little sappy.

During previews
89
Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you like a fun comedy with endearing characters and immensely talented actors. I had a blast. A great evening all around!

Don't see it if you prefer edgier, challenging material. This show is fun and heartfelt, but not something that expands the art form.

During previews
85
Clever, Delightful, Cliched, Resonant, Great acting

See it if You're looking for a funny, heartwarming evening at the theatre, with two great leading ladies

Don't see it if You are looking for something innovative and life-changing.

During previews
95
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Original

See it if you want to have a great comedic experience at the theater with some very fine actors. Ridiculously funny show with a huge heart!

Don't see it if you are not interested in jokes about the elderly and dying and if you are put off by sometimes quirky humor.


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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