Ripcord OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    October 20, 2015
    Closing:
    December 6, 2015

    Theater: MTC / 131 West 55th Street, New York, NY, 10019

    Synopsis: 

    A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility so when the cantankerous Abby is forced to share her quarters 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.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ripcord

    Review: ‘Ripcord,’ a Comic Tale of Adversaries

    Ben Brantley

    October 20, 2015: Like a fleet of shiny subway trains in a utopian metropolis, “gotcha” moments arrive right on schedule in “Ripcord,” David Lindsay-Abaire’s expertly engineered situation comedy about adversarial roommates in a retirement home. You can see each little successive climax of triumph hurtling toward you from a distance, beaming with self-delight, and when it reaches its destination, you laugh contentedly, not because you’re surprised, but because you aren’t. “Ripcord” — which opened on Tuesday night in a Manhattan Theater Club production starring the perfectly cast Marylouise Burke and Holland Taylor as Punch and Judy (or Judy and Judy) cohabitants — is a play about uncomfortable topics that has nonetheless been designed for its audience’s express comfort. Domestic violence and bitter familial estrangement are among the fulcrums of the plot, and the possibility of imminent death for its aged characters hovers throughout. Yet this latest work from Mr. Lindsay-Abaire, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Rabbit Hole,” churns up shadows only to dispel them with punch lines. Or so it feels in this production, which is directed by David Hyde Pierce. The show has the feeling of the homemade Halloween spookhouse that figures in a pivotal scene; it turns what we’re deeply afraid of into a parade of gently tickling diversions.

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