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Ripcord

Ripcord is playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club located at 131 West 55th Street.   It runs two hours with one intermission.  The play closes on December 6, 2015.

David Lindsay-Abaire is the playwright.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 2007 for Rabbit Hole.  The play received several Tony nominations.

David Hyde Pierce is the director. He is known for playing psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane in the sitcom Frasier. David was nominated for a Tony Award in 2013 for Vanya & Sonia, Masha & Spike. In 2007 he won a Tony Award and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Curtains.  David won four Primetime Emmy's for Frasier. He directed It Shoulda Been You on Broadway in 2015.

Holland Taylor was nominated for a Tony Award in 2013 for Ann.  She won a Primetime Emmy for The Practice in 1989.  Holland was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for Two and a Half Men (2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007).  

Mary Louise Burke won a Drama Desk Award in 1999 for Fuddy Meers and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2003 for Kimberly Akimbo.

Rachael Dratch is known for playing on Saturday Night Live from 1999-2006.

The play takes place in the present at the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, most of the time.

Abby Binder (Holland Taylor) asks Scotty (Nate Miller) after he brings her food, if he can move her roommate Marilyn Dunne (Marylouise Burke) to another room. Scotty said the other times she made the request to move her roommates it was the roommates who actually wanted to move.

Abby strikes a deal with Marilyn.  If Marilyn  she gets mad at something Abby does she will request  another  room.  However is she gets Abby scared she gets the bed by the window.

The antics the two women do to each other are outrageous.

Marilyn gets her daughter Colleen (Rachael Dratch) and her husband Derek (Daoud Heidami) to help her.

Some of the things they do are, Marilyn sneaks in the office and looks in Abby’s file.  She calls Abbey son Benjamin (Glen Fitzgerald) to tell him his mother would like to see him.  They haven’t seen each other in five years.  Abby looks on the internet and finds juicy information on Marilyn husbands which she posts  all over the facility.  I could go on but it would spoil the play.

You have one week left to see this enjoyable show.

Holland Taylor and Marylouise Burke are at their best.

 

Review by Rozanna Radakovich

Photos by Annazor.

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