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Friday, October 29, 2010

Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating

I'm generally not one for gimmicky off-Broadway shows about dating and relationships (a trip to "I Love You, You're Perfect Now Change" a few years ago had me thinking, "I Love You You're Perfect, Now Give Me My Money Back"), but "Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage," playing at Sofia's Downstairs Theater, is actually very entertaining. Miss Abigail, played by Eve Plumb, aka Jan from the "Brady Bunch," offers dating and mating advice to the stars and to the audience with the help of her loyal Mexican assistant Paco, played by Manuel Herrera - think Fez from "That 70s Show." But what sets this production apart from cheesy sitcoms set in the seventies, is that this show is actually funny. The writing is clever, and Plumb and Herrera are skilled improvisers able to effortlessly interact with the audience. And there is quite a bit of audience participation, so if you're like me, and you don't like a room full of people staring at you, don't sit on the aisles or in the front row because there's a good chance you'll wind up on stage.

There's nothing particularly earth shattering about the advice given about dating and mating (it's mostly along the lines of look your best, smile at someone you're interested in, don't stalk anyone, etc.), but there are enough laughs to get you through the hour or so production without having to sneak a peak at your phone to see what time it is. The mostly female, and seemingly unattached, audience was howling with laughter most of the time - good news for the producers and any single guys looking to meet a chick. There's some time for mingling at the bar before the show, so if you're a dude in NYC looking to be in a room in which you're seriously outnumbered by available women who actually wanna be in a relationship, forget the teacher on whose profile is full of spelling errors, don't bother with the forty-year-old on Jdate who lists her age as twenty-four so she can come up in searches, stop wasting your time with the woman on E-Harmony who lists her weight as 110 because she's secretly on the metric system, and head down to Sofia's Downstairs Theater and catch "Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage." Just don't linger in front of the theater too long before the show because there's a Scientology Center next door, and one of their Dianetics disciples may try and Katie Holmes your ass like one tried to do to the Colombian while we waited outside for the show to start. Also, grab a bite somewhere outside the theater district before you come. The $11 turkey sandwich at Dean and Deluca's next to the theater was good, but for eleven bucks, I wanted the Scientology guy to feed it to me, and give me at least five bucks back.

I've got two free tickets to give away to the show, so if you're interested, email me and I'll randomly select a winner. Emails with "Miss Abigail" written in the subject must be received by 5pm today to qualify.



SSW said...

Awesome I only wish I lived close I'd love to go! Glad you found a place worth meeting a few single ladies thats not a bar! As for the 11 dollar sandwich, UGH, you should have gotten an entire meal for that price with dessert!

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