Abigail's Party, a Stage Comedy by Award-Winning Filmmaker Mike Leigh
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Inspired by celebrated playwright Neil Simon's own life, Broadway Bound follows a pair of aspiring comedy writer brothers as their parents' marriage dissolves. Odyssey Theatre Ensemble's production is directed by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), who created the role of "Stanley" in the original Broadway production. The final entry in Simon's beloved Eugene trilogy, after Brighton Beach Memoirs and Biloxi Blues, Broadway Bound won two Tony Awards during its initial run and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Eugene and his older brother, Stanley, deal with the revelation of their father's infidelity by adapting their lives into thinly veiled radio skits, a move that starts them on the road to success, but contributes to the tension in their already-crumbling family. In Broadway Bound, Simon captures all the laughter and heartbreak of family life. Learn More
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"Abigail's Party" should be called "Beverly's Creepy Party". Abigail, who we never see, is the 15 year old daughter of Susan, one of the three guests at the party where the play is set. Susan is at Beverly's because Abigail threw her out of her house to have her own party with her teenaged friends. Beverly is the domineering wife of Lawrence, and the hostess of the party at which we watch five middle class Britons in the mid 1970s get progressively drunker. "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" came to mind as we watched the ugly underbelly of Beverly and Lawrence's marriage become exposed.
Overall, I liked the play, found it humorous at times, but Beverly grated on my nerves, as she was meant to do. All five actors were excellent, however it is hard for me to watch a play in which the predominant character is so irritating. The ending was disappointing, and left me flat.
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Abigail's Party was simply awful...no story, shrill uninteresting characters and a theater full of cigarette smoke. We counted the minutes until the intermission when we could leave.
Definitely not worth the price of driving to the theater.
Quotes & Highlights
“Mike Leigh’s 1977 comedy is a nasty piece of working-class misanthropy featuring characters who are detestable yet richly complicated… it effectively captures Leigh’s perceptive insights into the lives of ordinary people.” —Los Angeles Times (Critic’s Choice)
“Director Julian Holloway has an impeccable flair for comedy and sly inventive touches in both action and vocal expression that wring every ounce of humor from Leigh’s everyday language… (an) excellent cast.” —CurtainUp
Don’t you hate those awkward social situations? You know, those ones when you’re smiling through gritted teeth, eyeing up all the best escape routes and fabricating some far-fetched excuse to leave. Join Beverly and her husband Laurence, Angela, her husband Tony, and Sue for Abigail’s Party.