Ruth as Miss Abigail shares her vast knowledge of every piece of relationship literature known to mankind. The show opens to the set of a warm, inviting living room. Need some relationship advice? Ask Miss Abigail instead!
MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING, & MARRIAGE
Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage – Variety
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Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage
Unfortunately, the show's over-reliance on audience participation and a somewhat monotonous performance by star Eve Plumb best known as Jan from The Brady Bunch undercut the evening's potential for embracing this unusual woman. Davenport, who has also directed the play, clearly intends for the audience to be part of the action, as Miss Abigail often prompts her mentees. But at least at the performance I saw, a lot of the prodding for interaction fell on deaf ears, and moments that might well have been funny get lost in uncomfortable silence. Some of the audience participation segments do work well, especially when Miss Abigail invites the audience to the stage to help with games or demonstrations. Indeed, Saltzberg and Davenport's writing shines most during "Love, Lust or Stalking," in which Miss Abigail describes an exaggerated situation and two audience members compete in deciding under which category the story should fall.
Does it hold up under even the kindest dramaturgical scrutiny? Heavens, no. Is it fun? Plumb is the draw here, but Manuel Herrera is the star of the show. Those books are also filled with reprinted newspaper columns and questions from friends, so by the time all the royalties are worked out for this show, presumably most people will be owed a nickel.