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From 29 critic and 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.



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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
During previews
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.

95
During previews
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

89
During previews
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.

85
During previews
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.

85
During previews
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.

84
During previews
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.

80
During previews
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.

73
During previews
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.

56
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.


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