Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Dames at Sea and Mad Libs Live

We were given free tickets to Dames at Sea for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.


What: Dames at Sea

Where: Helen Hayes Theatre
             240 W. 44th St.
            New York, NY

Who: 7 and up

When: Now through January 3, 2016


Mom's view: Dames at Sea is a sweet old fashioned show. If you are looking for  a serious show that tackles serious subjects, this is not it. If you are looking for a really modern show, this is not that either. However, if you are looking for light fun show, this is definitely a good choice. If you are into dance particularly tap dance, you will especially enjoy this show. There is plenty of dancing throughout the show. This is not a show with a great and/or original plot nor is it a show with great music. The plot of the show is very familiar and has been done over and over again numerous times. It is the familiar story of the innocent young girl who comes to the big city to be a performer and somehow gets her big break at the expense of the experienced older performer. However, neither the fact that the story is not that original nor the less than memorable songs make the show any less enjoyable nor does the fact that this particular show was originally produced in 1966. The show is not a bad show for children to see if they are old enough to sit through a show with a story to it and if they are capable of being entertained by a show that does not necessarily have the bells and whistles and special effects of some of the more modern shows. There is nothing objectionable about the show, such as, bad language or inappropriate subject matter or anything like that. The show would probably appeal most to those who those people who enjoy romance, show biz related stories, dance, and/or throwback shows reminiscent of an earlier time. If  a show likes this appeals to you, hurry down to the Helen Hayes Theatre to see it before it closes on January 3, 2016.

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We were given free tickets to Mad Libs Live for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
What: Mad Libs Live

Where: New World Stages
             343 W. 49th St.
             New York, NY

When: Now through January 3, 2016

Who: Ages 7 and up

Mom's view: Mad Libs Live is a fun and interactive new musical. The plot may not be the most original and the characters may be stereotypical, however despite that the show is still a hilarious good time. If you ever wanted to be an important part of a show without ever stepping out on stage, this is your chance. At Mad Libs Live, it is the audience's job to fill in the blanks of the Mad Libs that are the songs in the show by filling out pieces of paper found in the playbill with the requested parts of speech. The words are then collected and distributed into buckets with other words of the same part of speech. When a character needs a particular type of word, they randomly draw one out of the bucket of that part of speech. Therefore, the show is as funny as the audience makes it, and as anyone who has ever played Mad Libs knows that means it is always funny. It is also completely unpredictable and completely different every performance because you never know what words the audience will supply. Even though the show is unpredictable, you do not have to worry about it being inappropriate for children. This is a  family friendly musical and not a raunchy adults only show after all.  Children will surely  love the show precisely because of its unpredictability  So by all means take your kids and you'll both have a great time. Just remember, however that the show only runs through January 3, 2016, so if you want to see it don't wait too long.

And that's Mom's view. Tune in to tomorrow's Talking Topics post for Melia's view. For a chance to win a family four (4) pack of tickets to Mad Libs Live see  Friday's Santa Claus is Coming to Town giveaway hop post.  For an interview with the creator of the show see this week's Saturday Special.

photo credits:
1) All Dames at Sea photos by Jeremy Daniel
2) Mad Libs Live photo provided by Mad Libs Live.

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