GIVING UP IS HARD TO DO: 71% – BITTERSWEET

Annie Abbott in “Giving Up is Hard to Do” at the Victory Theatre Center. Credit: Nancy Savan.

BITTERSWEET
While “Giving Up Is Hard to Do” does not belong on a must-see list, it could well find an audience among the theater-party crowd.
Iris Mann – Backstage

BITTERSWEET
What doesn’t work here is the setup—the introduction and conclusion, the excuse for Annie to tell her story. The main substance, the point of the production, begs for better. There’s enough humor and frankness in Abbott’s recounting of her life.
Dany Margolies – ArtsInLA

SWEET
Well, much of Annie Abbott’s life has surely not been a bed of roses, but what she did with lemons – she actually did convert them into roses – is not only amazing, but hysterically funny and thoroughly worth experiencing.
Don Grigware – Grigware Reviews

SWEET
She made me laugh and I am sure her bouncing around on the stage will keep you entertained!
Lorenzo Marchessi – NoHoArtsDistrict

SWEET
Triumphantly written and performed with multi-layered and heartfelt perfection, by Annie Abbott … this is a humorously touching and deeply involving “solo” play.
Pat Taylor – Tolucan Times

BITTER
Something went astray here. There was no longer any reason to laugh. What a waste of real talent. On the press materials is written: “A funny feisty woman of a Certain Age, whose tale will break your heart and mend it in a moment.” Not quite, I’m afraid.
Madeleine Shaner – Park La Brea News/Beverly Press (opens in pdf)

SWEET
Abbot, however, interweaves the details of a life doomed to depression and disaster with the ingredients of her indomitable spirit. The result is gloriously entertaining; the circumstances are hilarious.
Leigh Kennicott – Stagehappenings

SWEET
It’s a thoroughly professional show, directed with smarts and concern by Joel Zwick, which comes in at about an hour’s length, well-performed on a fine set by Francois-Pierre Couture and produced by husband/wife team, Tom Ormany and Maria Gobetti.
Dale Reynolds – Stagehappenings

BITTERSWEET
For a cozy chat over a cup of coffee, I can think of few better companions than Abbott, but this show may find limited appeal.
Jenny Lower – LA Weekly

SWEET
Abbott’s experiences may not touch audiences as deeply as she intends, but they will resonate in particular with many women of a certain age, as will her decision to “open my eyes wide” to life and not allow herself to be sidelined — or defined — by the past.
Lynne Heffley – Burbank Leader

GIVING UP IS HARD TO DO
Presented by and at the Victory Theatre Center
3324 W. Victory Blvd., Burbank
Jan. 25–March 17, 2013
Tickets: $24-$34; (818) 841-5422
Running time: 75 minutes

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