Bella Bella Review: Harvey Fierstein as Rep. Bella Abzug

Bella Abzug spoke at my junior high school graduation, until Donna Florio’s mother told her to shut up. “This is my daughter’s graduation, not a political rally.”  Abzug paused, apologized….and kept on talking for ten more minutes, caught up in the vehemence of her argument against the latest political outrage.

That’s my most vivid memory of this fiery member of Congress, anti-war activist, influential feminist, and fearless advocate that Harry Fierstein is portraying Off-Broadway at MTC in his new solo play about her life.

Fierstein’s affection for his subject is abundantly evident in Bella Bella – so much so that he seems to have turned her into himself.  ….This has its upside: The show is entertaining, and surely inspiring to those who have never heard about Bella Abzug before. The downside is how uncomfortably close Fierstein comes in his portrayal to the way her detractors painted her…

Full review on DC Theatre Scene

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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