Abby is a super talent. Funny, smart, sophisticated, poignant, and fun. Great show. I brought my kids, 12 and 9. They loved it. Some of the humor is a bit raunchy for kids, but the context made it okay. Can't wait to experience Abby's next creation!...
Of course Abby is one of a kind, but if I had to describe her, I'd say it reminded me a lot of the manic energy that Gilda Radner used to do in those sketches where she was a little girl playing in her room.
It's almost like a kid's show for adults -- something I haven't seen since the Pee Wee Herman Show (the HBO pre-Pee Wee's Playhouse show for adults) from the 1980s. She definitely has that Romper Room kid's show host act down, but with her quick wit and biting commentary that kept the small audience laughing throughout. She also uses audience participation to fill the time between setting up different bits. She has a song or poem about every letter of the alphabet -- except "R," which she promised us she'd work on.
This is one strange, crazy weird show that will totally keep you on your feet guessing. Abby seems to have an answer for everything as the audience shouts out letters by which she responds in the form of a Busey-like free-association of words that flow with masterful articulation and memory from her. In between these bits are fantasy tales of princes, princesses, kings and castles. I simply cannot describe this show with extreme accuracy, it is unlike anything I have ever seen before. The show has a very loose, bohemian feel to it that is warm and inviting. It is fun storytelling, slightly experimental, part free-form structured improv and wacky. The audience was roaring with laughter from beginning to end and this show is pretty damn entert...
Abby Schachner is a dazzling storyteller with a magical mind and I absolutely LOVED this show. I won't endeavor to describe the events that took place when I saw her because Abby is so in-the-moment with her audience that I just know the show is a different kind of brilliant every time. I will simply say that you should all give yourself the gift of seeing this brilliant artist do what she does. ...
Abby Schachner is a phenomenon. Not only is she a whirlwind presence who owns the stage and holds the audience in raptures, she is also a wonderful poet. The blend of fairytale and dark psyche is intoxicating and funny. Her own child-like quality is divine, and yet at the same time she is incredibly sexy on stage. What a strange and beguiling combination. It's magical, like the Wicked Stepmother and Gretel and the Good Fairy all rolled into one. We laughed and laughed, then were touched and provoked. I can't imagine anyone attending the HFF15 and not including this show in their schedule: they wouldn't have experienced the Fringe!!...
I just built a permanent new place in my heart for Abby Schachner.
I had so much fun at her show! She turned her packed house into an intimate gathering of close friends by being unabashedly, electrically and hyper-kinesthetically open and alive.
A skilled and talented artist and the goofiest kid you could ever want to meet, Abby is the kind of performer I aspire to be. She honors and subverts the fairy-tale world she spins in poems that are funny and odd, innocent and not, unpredictable and profound. Her show provides dozens of thrills that will have you laughing a dozen different ways.
She's a performer completely in her element. Get a ticket quick.
It meant much for you to share -
But it meant more to see and care
about U and yours, and M E and mine,
to laugh and cry about boys and vines,
how childhood’s entwined with spoken glass.
We learned sometimes, one must be an ass.
Oh, I loved your show, dearest Abby,
It was amazing, your work’s not shabby!
I cannot wait to see some more,
to laugh, and cry and perhaps abhor
the crazy things you'll show and speak,
The mess you’ll make, the joys you’ll squeak.
Thank you, dear Abby. Thank U, dear Ab B....
I loved it I loved it I loved it I loved it.
I was expecting something more... snide? Cynical? Instead I ended up at this stripped-down, beautiful piece, and I've been thinking about it often since. Go. Go now. Don't see the other thing you were going to see during that time slot; see this instead. ...