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Stairway to Stardom

From 10 member  reviews
Members say: Clever, Insipid, Absorbing, Funny, Disappointing

About the show

With crackling wit and startling honesty, the all-female theater collective Cakeface serves up a silver-sequined dissection of the American Dream. More…

Synthesizing razor-sharp choreography and a poker-faced delivery of original text, the cast shatters the facade of "making it." Featuring live-mixed sound and visuals from electronic duo Prism House, plus clips from the '80s cult public access TV show of the same name, 'Stairway to Stardom' honors the contributions of the wildly passionate but questionably talented among us.


Member Reviews (10)

MEMBERS SAY:

Clever, Insipid, Absorbing, Funny, Disappointing
69
Avg Score

65
Banal, Cliched, Insipid, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You don't mind general audience swatting where more than half of the seats are reserved by name to see a mediocre performance

Don't see it if If you have an opportunity to watch tv

68
Spend it at fairway

See it if five women whining for under an hour is considered value for you. Fabulous set and costumes made show seem a mere empty shell.

Don't see it if Show started twenty minutes late due to technical difficulties. Hot lobby. Audience stood as seating is unreserved. Simply not recommended.

Also Ladies look fantastic. They move quite well, even if the choreography ... Read more Read less

40
Excruciating, Fluffy, Insipid, Disappointing, Banal

See it if Can sit through an excruciating hour to watch 5 women in fantastic sexy costumes cat walkin the stage vomiting loose words.

Don't see it if The author forgot to write a play and u r expecting great acting, writing and dancing.

Also As appealing as it visually it looks the videos and stage pics, theres... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You like thoughtful, contemporary works combining music and dance with witty, emotional text and great costumes and sets.

Don't see it if You ONLY like traditional Broadway musicals. Or if you're hoping to see a simple spoof of the original cult tv show.

50
Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated, Disappointing

See it if Visually very striking. Great moments of fun. Overall though one cannot help but wonder "what is the point?"

Don't see it if I don't know what the show was about. And not because it was clever, but the opposite.

95
Clever, Great writing, Hilarious, Great staging, Delightful

See it if You enjoy laughing. You are a millennial who has had about 13 bad jobs. You enjoy well-crafted witty dance theater with LOTS of sparkle.

Don't see it if You're looking for something dark and moody and emotional.

Also These women deliver deadpan hilarity whilst dancing covered in silver ... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if you've ever had a bad job... you've regretted a decision... you like thought provoking dialogue.

Don't see it if you are not in the mood to laugh and be entertained.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You want to watch amazing choreography, laugh at hilarious stories about making it and watch great performing.

Don't see it if You don't like to have a good time and see a beautiful thought provoking show.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if You want to understand what goes through the mind of 20 somethings as they enter the job market. See if you want a lot of chuckles.

Don't see it if You are likely to have a heart attack from the amazing costumes

94
Funny, Intelligent, Engaging

See it if You enjoy quick-wit that makes you unexpectedly laugh out loud. You're stoked to see an all-female cast. Glitter costumes make you smile

Don't see it if You can't relate to verbalizing your hopes and dreams.


September 13th, 2017
"The hourlong piece certainly looks striking...The plotless evening tends to meander, especially since Ms. Szeglowski’s choreography gets repetitive after a while, leaving the idle mind free to ponder: What is the show trying to say?...What’s missing from the show is what made its TV inspiration ...
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September 14th, 2017
"Absorbing and suggestive, this droll dance-theater piece is less campy and more disciplined than one might expect, using echoes and shadows of the TV show as background for a more general inquiry into showbiz aspiration and mundanity...The piece weds sharp synchronized choreography, partly inspi...
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September 19th, 2017
“The five women strut about, mostly in unison, striking sexy poses and performing movements that even the Rockettes would consider clichéd. While moving they singly or in unison recite histories in first person, all the while slinking into sexy poses or high stepping about. The stories are so uni...
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September 18th, 2017
"The brilliance of this piece of dance-theatre is that the dignity of each of the participants of the original 'Stairway to Stardom' is lovingly maintained, all while the deadpan delivery of the text is flawlessly executed...It reminds us of the absurdity of the superstars we live with. That thes...
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