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That Golden Girls Show!
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That Golden Girls Show! NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(95 Reviews)
Positive
73%
Mixed
24%
Negative
3%
Members say
Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Delightful, Great acting

About the Show

Set in that sassy Miami house in 1985, this brand-new show parodies classic moments from the beloved sitcom 'The Golden Girls'—with puppets!

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Member Reviews (95)

55
Disappointing, Intermittently-entertaining, Dull, Missed opportunity, Great staging

See it if you want to imagine, amidst the perfectly recreated set, expertly crafted puppets & accurate portrayals, what a fun homage it could've been.

Don't see it if you expect the same ratio of laughs per minute as the tv show; you expect a parody. (The writing's as toothless as Sophia w/o her dentures.)

89
Funny, Great acting, Delightful, These golden girls are golden!!!!

See it if If you want to have a fun evening full of laughs and enjoy puppetry at its' best see this show. And of course the actors are top-notch too!!

Don't see it if If you want to see something serious or dark.

Critic Reviews (19)

October 6th, 2016

"The four puppeteers, who are visible onstage, do a decent job of capturing the well-known voices and mannerisms as they work through a scattershot story...The play, though, doesn’t aspire to much beyond being an exchange of zingers...The setup/punch line style of humor here thus often just feels wan; only a few jokes are home runs. The play seems to be relying on its cachet as a gay-audience favorite, but it doesn’t play directly enough to that audience to be as fun as a good drag show."
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October 3rd, 2016

"It's really not much of a parody (it's difficult to parody something that is already very funny on its own). Rather, this feels like one regular episode stretched out over an hour and a half, creating slackness in the comedy that is only occasionally remedied by the bravura performances of the cast...Super fans of the show will definitely enjoy spending time with these characters...Still, they might get just as much enjoyment (if not more) by staying home and switching on the TV."
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October 11th, 2016

"All the expected elements are in place...All that's missing are the laughs...What is on offer here is a quartet of young puppeteers...All four deliver the personas created by the original actresses, but they simply aren't Bea Arthur, Estelle Getty, Rue McClanahan, and Betty White, all of whom could turn the limpest gag into a zinger. Then again, the writing here is so weak that one wonders if even these four great ladies might not have found themselves at a loss."
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October 4th, 2016

"Had Rockefeller wanted this to look and feel more like the real thing, I don't know that he could have swung it. That fidelity, though, comes at a heavy cost: Once the tribute-paying wears thin, so does the show itself...Assuming you want nothing more from it, 'That Golden Girls Show!' does get the basic idea right, and, thanks to the outstanding puppet design and direction of Joel Gennari is loaded with individual moments any fan of the series will adore."
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November 5th, 2016

"Unfortunately, the talented cast and the fond memories don’t prevent 'That Golden Girls Show!' from feeling a bit long...The problem isn’t its length, exactly. It’s the structure of Rockefeller’s writing...Rockefeller’s desire to work in as many references as possible have clearly trumped the demand for a tight narrative...Clearly, Rockefeller is quite aware of why so many people love this show; if only his love for it didn’t overtake his attention to storytelling."
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October 4th, 2016

"These puppeteers are extremely fine actors—in this situation, one of the downsides, as we are drawn so much of the time to their presence and perfect interpretations (vocally and physically). But I must say, the crafty rod puppet maker/director Joel Gennari has more than captured each of these gals in expression and movement making them hard to forget...For devotees of 'The Golden Girls,' there were numerous laugh-out-loud sequences and big guffaws."
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October 4th, 2016

"The puppeteers themselves are multi-talented...Each one gives a full and considered acting performance right alongside the puppet versions of their characters...The story line does disappointingly veer off from a typical 'Golden Girls' episode, while also being a little bolder in its language. It may have served the show better to continue along the same lines as it began with in the first act. Having said that, the quality puppeteering and acting do make for an overall enjoyable experience."
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October 3rd, 2016

"‘That Golden Girls Show!’ may be subtitled a parody, but it’s really more an homage...The show's gleam comes from how well the performers capture the personalities of the beloved stars with puppets that wonderfully caricaturize their originals. The script itself could almost stand in for a 'Golden Girls' episode; the problem is that, for all its humor, it simply fails to be as funny as the series, and depends more on our nostalgic responses than on anything very original."
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October 3rd, 2016

"Everything you love from the sitcom...It is funny, heartwarming and nostalgic all rolled into one...The puppets created by Joel Gennari are fabulous, as are Michael LaMasa as Dorothy, Emmanuelle Zeesman as Sophia and Cat Greenfield as Blanche. They capture the characters and are feistier than ever before with mouths that crack jokes like whips. Only Arlee Chadwick fails to capture the essence of Rose...Rockefeller's script is irreverent and bawdy."
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October 4th, 2016

"The puppet parody you never knew you desperately needed. 'That Golden Girls Show' is a faithful parody that honored the hit series yet still maintained originality...Rockefeller stayed true to the characters and their multi-season arcs. It was as if Rockefeller's script was a treatment for an actual episode...With the material speaking for itself, Rockefeller did what most playwright-director combos rarely do: succeed."
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October 11th, 2016

"The production packs in some of the show’s great punch lines and draws on various plotlines fans will find familiar...No, the laughs don’t always land as they do on the series, but that’s to be expected...The performers are all to be applauded for tackling such well-known personalities; each of them voices their character and supplements their puppet’s performance with their own expressions and body language, while careful not to pull too much focus."
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November 14th, 2016

"As a puppet paean to four of TV’s most beloved comic icons, it definitely works, and is the perfect escape for anyone looking for laughs this holiday season...There’s another reason to see the show other than to laugh at tried-and-true 'Golden Girls' one-liners: The amazing onstage puppetry of the gifted cast, with their exaggerated facial expressions and spot-on vocal impersonations of the real-life actresses that played the original 'girls' back in the day."
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October 6th, 2016

"The insults and banter are not fresh. There is a lack of innovative writing and/or parody. The set is extremely impressive and the actors behind the puppets have mastered the speaking style, hand gestures and body movements of characters they play. The puppets are stunningly crafted. However, if the weak plot and lame jokes in this show were what was portrayed in the original series, it wouldn't have lasted seven minutes, let alone seven seasons."
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November 3rd, 2016

"'That Golden Girls Show!' is pretty silly and we had a great time experiencing it together. Is it a great show? Not really...It's merely a fun night out, leaving you wanting to go home and put on the DVDs you have in your collection...Having half the cast not quite as sharp as the other half also led to the not-as-funny-as-I-wanted-it-to-be thing...We giggled at the terrific one-liners that are so iconic. It was the original stuff that didn't make us giggle quite as much."
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October 8th, 2016

"The crowd came ready to be entertained and they were unquestionably satisfied. The puppet parody takes everything beloved about the classic ‘80s comedy and packs it into 90 witty minutes of sarcasm-laden shenanigans...There’s a lot going on, but creator Jonathan Rockefeller has done a marvelous job of keeping it all cohesive and easy to follow, as well as pitch-perfect...I’m confident that if you’re a fan of the original you’ll love what 'That Golden Girls Show!' has to offer."
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October 8th, 2016

"If the plot doesn’t necessarily break much new narrative ground, the puppetry provides an added measure of whimsy...Part of me wishes the show had laid a bit harder into the self-aware meta humor that occasionally surfaces when characters remark on the fact that there are only two permanent sets and wonder why anyone would be interested in a puppet show...Like a late-night piece of cheesecake, 'That Golden Girls Show!' provides a loving reunion with old friends."
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October 4th, 2016

"Filled with hilarious gags and zingers...The show eventually falters by relying solely on the popularity of these sassy, larger-than-life women and their personalities more than a clear plot for the audience to grasp. At times the pacing lags and the jokes feel forced...The play really begins to reach for new material, or fill in time, toward the latter part...The real magic is experiencing how the original material from the television show translates to a world of smart-mouthed puppets."
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October 4th, 2016

"What made this so incredibly delicious to me, was that each actor not only handled the puppets but played the actual character, voice, body movements, expressions, all to perfection...I felt, for that hour and a half, that I was seeing the Golden Girls in person, and just loving it!...Devoted fans will fondly remember our four girls and for the first-timers, this will be a joyful introduction to the brilliance of that television series."
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October 4th, 2016

"Make no mistake: this show is all shoulder pads and bright colors, glamour and sass, puppets and meta humor (jokes about puppets and the episodic nature of sitcoms abound) – and yet, it feels just as fresh, modern, and daring as it does familiar...It is a splendidly fun and heartwarming time at the theatre...Each cast member fully embraces and embodies, rather than merely imitates, the unique qualities of both the character and actor they portray."
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