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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.The proximity to celebrity (Eve Plumb, who played Jan Brady on ABC’s “The Brady Bunch,” stars as Miss Abigail), the in-jokey humor, the parent-friendly ribaldry … Plumb is the draw here, but Manuel Herrera is the star of the show.all are aspects of a program that “Guide” producer/helmer/co-scribe Ken Davenport has down to a science. As Miss Abigail’s faithful, secretly smitten assistant Paco, Herrera plays a kind of advice-industry Kenneth the Page — well-dressed, efficient, and loyal to the end.as Miss Abigail shares her vast knowledge of every piece of relationship literature known to mankind.The audience participates in this hilarious variety show, and Miss Abigail’s strapping young assistant The show opens to the set of a warm, inviting living room. Everyone in the audience has a pink “ASK MISS ABIGAIL!
“Guide” is “inspired by” Abigail Grotke’s advice book of the same name, which in turn is sort of a greatest-hits collection of all the best advice from the old books Grotke collected.Ultimately, “Guide” manages to send you home chatting about all of that silly dating advice and the “Brady” lady, rather than wondering if you should have caught something else.In Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage, now at Sofia's Restaurant Downstairs Theatre, co-authors Sarah Saltzberg and Ken Davenport have created a nifty incarnation for its title character (based on the outdated advice book by Abigail Grotke): a relationship expert who is remarkably prim and proper, who lives out of books written for women searching for love before feminism existed, and who spews silly advice on all of her favorite topics.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.