Saturday, January 29, 2011

Miss Abigail's Guide


Eve Plumb & Manuel Herrara
photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

A few years ago I received a book in the mail, asking for a review. It was written by Abigail Grotke, who lived in Auburn as a child. Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage was a charming book,  filled with tips from books written many years ago.

It had cute illustrations, and it really was a delightful book. Here is my review, from the Citizen.
Miss Abigail.

Late last year, I read an article on Broadwayworld.com that Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage was being turned into an off-Broadway show starring Eve Plumb, Jan from the Brady Bunch. I thought it was a wonderful idea, and couldn't wait to see it.

I went yesterday, and it was so much fun! It reminded me of another off-Broadway show, Love, Loss & What I Wore, in that it is a terrific show for a group of girls to see.

There is a lot of audience participation in the show, so be prepared to be pulled up on stage to play the game "Love, Lust or Stalking" or be asked to learn flirting moves from Miss Abigail.

The story revolves around Miss Abigail giving advice, while her lovesick assistant Pablo (the handsome and talented Manuel Herrera) tries to get the courage to tell Miss Abigail he loves her. The chemistry between the actors is wonderful, and both of them are very good at improvising with audience members.

I loved the set design- a couch and chair in front of shelves filled with books. All of the marketing materials are very eye-catching and well done. They even sent a thank you note the following day, along with a picture that Miss Abigail took of the audience.

There is a funny film explaining sex that had the entire audience guffawing. If you want a good laugh, go see Miss Abigail. 

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