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I'll Say She Is
East Village
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I'll Say She Is NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
78%
Mixed
7%
Negative
15%
Members say
Funny, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever, Hilarious

About the Show

Gimme a Thrill Productions presents a revival of the Marx Brothers' debut Broadway revue, about an heiress looking for kicks.

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73
Joyful rendering, Archival quality to it, Audience constantly laughing, Community theatre air, labor of love, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate all things Marx brothers performed by a company that loves all things Marx brothers & its throwback to vaudeville stylings

Don't see it if you find the corn of early musical theatre & vaudeville below your pay level

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Dizzying, Funny, Should have been better

See it if As I, if you have an interest in the Marx brothers

Don't see it if If you don't know who the Marx brothers were. Once the musical numbers begin, the show falls apart

Critic Reviews (15)

June 19th, 2016

"An approximation of the original that is utterly convincing, and darned entertaining as well...Mr. Diamond himself plays Groucho, and he might as well be Groucho. Matt Roper’s Chico and Seth Shelden’s Harpo are also meticulous…This is a vaudeville hodgepodge at heart, with a little bit of everything thrown in...It’s all light as a feather, underscoring just how much tastes in humor have changed, even as it reminds us how brightly the Marx Brothers’ brand of lunacy once blazed."
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June 23rd, 2016

“Amanda Sisk’s scruffy but lovable production benefits from oodles of hey-kids-let’s-put-on-a-show enthusiasm and a remarkably talented foursome as the Marxes. Noah Diamond makes for a more youthful but hilarious Groucho. Seth Shelden’s blissful Harpo plays Debussy on the harp, accompanies Chico on piano and channels the loony icon with utter sweetness. Nostalgic yet fresh, any whiff of mothball about the material is wafted away on gales of laughter.”
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June 21st, 2016

"I've seen several Groucho impersonators in my time and Diamond is one of the best…There's no question that they have stayed true to the loose-limbed, anything for a laugh ethos of pre-'Show Boat' Broadway...Shows like 'I'll Say She Is' depended to a certain degree on making a visual splash -- something that is beyond this production's resources. Still, the laughs never stop, and, under Sisk's pacey direction, the two-and-a-half hours breeze by."
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June 21st, 2016

“Unfortunately, this vaudeville-style show seems terribly dated. As directed by Amanda Sisk, the pace isn’t fast enough so that the material isn’t as funny as a Marx Brothers movie. The one liners like ‘Two decks of cards and not a brain cell between them’ aren’t very funny anymore. Styles change in humor as they do in sons. The melodies are bouncy, but the lyrics are generic twenties rhymes and rhythms of which there are better examples to be heard.”
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June 14th, 2016

"A plot-light but hilarious revue, equally true to its source material and engaging to contemporary audiences...The cast and production team have clearly done their research, painstakingly capturing the Brothers’ iconic personalities and distinctive comedic rhythms. Marx Brothers aficionados will appreciate the leads’ spot-on impressions...Yet, even those with little to no familiarity with the Marxes can enjoy the show’s daffy entertainment…A solidly entertaining gem."
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June 13th, 2016

"This show is dated, silly, overlong, but entertaining enough to warrant a visit…The sense of anarchy, that something witty and arch will emerge from the mouths of the four actors portraying the Marx Brothers, keeps this lightweight spectacle rolling along…Diamond captures the energy of the young smart-ass Groucho…He keeps the show together, quipping and improvising…Sheldon cleverly plays up the mischievous qualities of Harpo."
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June 3rd, 2016

"'I’ll Say She Is' would certainly be a welcome addition to the seasons of theatre companies around the country and beyond…The production has many splendid moments, both comedic and musical…Chap’s arrangements here help make several of the songs infectious…Some comic bits are staged deftly, but the pacing lagged in places…Not every actor is pitch perfect...Diamond’s youthful-looking Groucho and Seth Shelden’s sweetly impish Harpo are audience favorites."
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June 13th, 2016

"Shelden, Roper, and Diamond are all fine replicas of the originals...If you’re a diehard Marxist, you’ll appreciate the nostalgia they inspire and will admire their impressionist skills; if you’re not, seeing them cavort in a nonsensical storyline peppered with not a single memorable song or dance over two and a half hours is an endurance test I recommend only if TCM can’t satisfy your Marxian cravings...The production...is so cheesy you may want to spread your favorite jam over it."
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June 9th, 2016

"It’s instantly obvious that Noah has thrown himself into the project because he loves the four sophisticated nitwits and believes himself a sufficient Groucho lookalike...If we can’t have the originals, this quartet more than suffices. Certainly, Shelden on the harp and Roper at the piano fare exceedingly well. A bevy of dancing lovelies abound. Okay, under Amanda Sisk’s direction, an aura of the amateur prevails, but somehow that makes the sort-of-revival all the more entertaining."
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June 8th, 2016

"Fans of Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and even Zeppo Marx may be tickled by the cheerfully amateurish production of 'I'll Say She Is'…Non-devotees, though, will struggle to enjoy the wisp of a Jazz Age storyline…More of a showbiz footnote than a lost gem worth resurrecting. (A slicker production might at least have made for more sheer fun.) The musical accompaniment thumps, the chorines leadenly stomp, and the leading players at best merely approximate their archetypical characters."
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June 7th, 2016

"'I'll Say She Is' is the most successful project The Marx Brothers ever did on stage and has been given a new life thanks to the efforts of Noah Diamond and to the talents of an extraordinary group of performers. Sure the book could use a little more tweaking and the transitions between scenes made a bit smoother but none of that matters. The spirit of the original revue has been revived and Marx Brothers fans the world over will now have the opportunity to see this lost musical."
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June 9th, 2016

"There are so many things to enjoy about 'I’ll Say She Is' that it’s easy to overlook those aspects of the show that don’t quite work...The show has a lot of DIY charm...A zany and delightful reminder of the anarchic spirit the Marx Brothers brought to American entertainment and their deeper subversion of staid bourgeois society…Even with its rough spots, 'I’ll Say She Is' is an exceptionally entertaining show, and a testament to the wild energy and joy the Marx Brothers brought all of us."
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June 8th, 2016

"The excellent cast does superb work as an ensemble, and there's the delightful and unapologetic inclusion of various hidden talents of the cast members in the sketches and numbers...That's a lot to pack into two acts of just over an hour each but the cast keeps it moving…An example of Broadway archaeology, performed by a committed and talented cast, 'I'll Say She' Is is a wonderful way to spend a few hours lost in an idealised bygone era."
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June 8th, 2016

"The overall effort rings a loud bell for authenticity. 'I’ll Say She Is' harmonizes deliciously with the look, sound, and feel of the films we all know and love. The original material resounds with the Marx Brothers at their very best...No amount of praise is too great for the ensemble. Led by Diamond’s spot-on Groucho, the Brothers easily made one forget that the actors playing them are in character and not the real thing."
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June 8th, 2016

"A delightful romp back to the days of vaudeville…Noah Diamond obviously has studied Groucho Marx extensively, as his impersonation and interpretation of his character is quite good and well-developed…All throughout, we have the typical chaotic hustle and bustle, Marx Brothers' patter, and hectic scattering of characters as they run from scene to scene (complete with comedic asides and pleas to the audience for mercy from Groucho)."
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