A while back I was offered tickets see a comedic performance in NYC about relationships called, Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating & Marriage in exchange for a review on my blog. Being a lover of comedy and a writer of relationship humor I thought well, why the heck not! (And, if you read through to the end of this post…. you can WIN tickets to see this show!!!)
Since we all know how well my last outing to NYC went (if this means nothing to you, click here to read part 1 or here to read part 2 of one of the worst nights of the year for us), I thought, why not try to redeem the NY experience by taking advantage of a show and a few laughs.
So, I propositioned my dear hubby with promises of cozy walks thru the streets of NY and a cheerful visit to Rockefeller Center and, without too much fuss, he agreed to join me. That agreement however, came before our expensive, all night, car fiasco. I’ll admit, getting him in the mood to travel to NY on a night where the thermometer was reading sub 32 degrees was a bit of a challenge. To add to that, returning to the “scene of the crime” in the exact vehicle that caused our misfortune, was sort of like asking a child who burned his hand on the stove, if he wanted to try touch it with the other hand.
Anyhooo.. we bundled up and headed off to the city.
I’ll admit I was intrigued by the premise of this show. The website’s description of the show is as follows:
MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE is the story of Miss Abigail, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars (think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post), and her sexy sidekick Paco, as they travel the world teaching Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to’s” on dating, mating and marriage!
This is a 2 person show featuring Eve Plumb in the lead role as Miss Abigail. Now, for those of you who are furrowing your brow, trying place that name …. YES, it’s actually Jan Brady!! And her sidekick Paco is played by Manuel Herrera… who, if I do say so myself, is just scrumptious! And by scrumptious, I mean that I sat down in my seat next to hubby and whispered to him.. “Wow, Paco is so friggin cute, I could just eat him up!”. I will also say that the contingent of gay men seated next to, and behind, hubby did indeed feel the same way!
So yes, the description of Paco being sexy was right on the money. Now, the “outrageously funny” descriptor may have been just a wee bit of an overstatement. This show was cute and entertaining but I’m not quite sure I’d go so far as to say “outrageously” funny.
It provided a comedic look at a wide variety of “old school” dating & marriage advice. And, if you remember one of my posts from last year, I actually discussed my own thoughts about “old school” advice when I referenced the “very generous” gift I received from hubby’s uncle: The Good Wife Guide – 19 Rules For Keeping a Happy Husband. Anyhow, Miss Abigail does a good job to highlight a wide variety of classic (albeit absurd) dating suggestions to solicit a chuckle or two from the audience. Paco plays a fantastic side kick that pines away for Miss Abigail (who doesn’t recognize his advances) and he provides most of the show’s best comedic moments. I have to be honest, he really made the show for me.
Another good element of this show was the audience interaction. Throughout the show people were invited up on stage to participate in, what turned out to be, some of the funniest moments. I truly think the audience involvement really enhanced the appeal. And, if they pick the correct audience members to get involved, there’s a whole new dimension to the comedy. We were lucky enough, as I mentioned earlier, to have a relatively large number of gay men in the audience. And, at different times, a couple of these men were invited on stage. Their confidence and carefree style on stage made for quite a few funny scenes. I do however think that the show could have capitalized off of these moments by being somewhat less formally scripted so that the actors could have modernized their approach and taken advantage of non-traditional relationship dynamics. (ie.. there were gay men on stage… no need for Miss Abigail to say she’s “flirting” with them!). Some of the jokes seemed far too scripted and contrived but the interaction with the audience was still very entertaining!
I should also mention that the show is presented in a basement style theater underneath Sofia’s Restaurant on 46th Street. It’s a no-frills, cozy, intimate, venue (as in you’re sitting quite close to your neighbor) in some damn uncomfortable folding chairs. There’s also a small bar. The run time of the show is about 120 minutes which makes having an uncomfortable butt somewhat tolerable.
All-in-all, this was an enjoyable evening and show. It provided some lighthearted humor, an entertaining video montage of sex education, and a funny retro look at male/female relationships. And oh yeah, don’t forget that cutie Paco…..I will say that it would have probably been better suited for an evening with the girls rather than a date night with my hubby. While mildly amused, hubby wasn’t all that engaged and will probably chalk this up as another evening where I forced him to go to NYC for something I wanted to do. We enjoyed far more bemused smiles and small chuckles than outright belly laughs but it was a good way to spend a free evening!
The good news is that this show has offered me a set of tickets to giveaway to one lucky blog reader…. (please note: you must be in NY or be able to travel to NYC on your own dime as there is no transportation included in this giveaway).
In order to be eligible to win you have a few options:
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Each comment will count as one entry and I will randomly pick a winner from the comments below & on Twitter
Additionally, the folks over at Miss Abigail’s have offered all of my blog readers a coupon code to purchase discounted tickets!!
You can buy tickets here: http://www.missabigailsguide.com/tickets.html
Please use the code DATING to receive special $45 tickets!
This giveaway is now closed: Congratulations Rebecca! Hope you enjoy the show!!