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Eve Plumb as "Miss Abigail" Photo By Carol Rosegg

Tonight I had the opportunity to see “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” for a second time, but the first time since it officially opened. Written by Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg and starring Eve Plumb (“Jan Brady” from “The Brady Bunch, “Fudge’s Mother” on “Fudge”) as “Miss Abigail” and Manuel Herrera (“Legally Blond” and “West Side Story” on Broadway) as her ever so faithful assistant “Paco,” “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” takes the audience on an interactive ride through dating, mating, and marriage tips, rituals, and techniques.

Photo By Carol Rosegg

Eve Plumb as "Miss Abigail" & Manuel Herrera as "Paco" Photo By Carol Rosegg

“Miss Abigail” demonstrates her techniques on how to flirt and attract the person you are interested in…whether it’s showing them your “This seat is available” look or seductively licking the “milk mustache” off of your lips or telling them their shoulders look tense and giving them a little massage, “Miss Abigail’s” advice my seem old fashioned, but is still quite relevant today (I have tried several of her techniques and have had great success). As “Miss Abigail” and “Paco” say in the show, “Sometimes you have to go backwards to go forwards.” There to assist “Miss Abigail’s” every need is her ever faithful assistant “Paco” who not only helps demonstrates these techniques, but tries to use a few of them himself! Always wanting to make sure “Miss Abigail” looks her best, “Paco” does whatever it takes to make that happen, even if that means being the bunt of the joke himself!

The chemistry between Eve and Manuel has really grown much stronger since I saw the show this past fall. Not only do they play off of the audience, but they really play off of each other really well, sometimes leaving the audience wondering, “Was that part of the show?” This fun and very entertaining show is so worth it. I have now left this show smiling, feel better than before I went in, and always being reminded that love is possible…I just have to try different techniques along the way!

Photo By Carol Rosegg

"Love, Lust, or Stalking" Photo By Carol Rosegg

If you’re looking for the perfect “date” show, girls night out, anniversary celebration, or just an evening of pure delight, then I would highly suggest checking out “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” playing at Sophia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave). If you enter discount code DATING after you click on the performance you want to see, you can get discounted tickets for just $45! (Regular price: $75)

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Best known as “Jan Brady” from “The Brady Bunch,” Eve Plumb has had quite a career! Prior to getting cast in “The Brady Bunch,” Eve appeared in such television shows as “The Big Valley,” “It Takes A Theif,” and “Family Affair.” After “The Brady Bunch” ended, Eve finished high school and continued to act in such made-for-tv-movies as “Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway,” “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn,” and “Little Women” and a host of others TV movies and appearances. As time went by, the popularity of “The Brady Bunch” continued on and several TV movies and series were created including “The Brady Girls Get Married,” “The Brady Brides,” “A Very Brady Christmas,” and “The Bradys.” Eve’s more recent TV appearances include appearing as the mother in the TV movie “Fudge” (based upon the Judy Blume books) which later became a series of the same name and a three-episode arc on “All My Children” as well as an episode of “Days of Our Lives.”

Eve has also studied improv acting at The Groundlings School in Los Angeles where she has appeared in many smaller theater productions of comedy plays, improv, and summer stock productions including “South Pacific.” In 2010, Eve appeared with Florence Henderson (her TV mom from “The Brady Bunch) in “Broadway Backwards 5” at Lincoln Center.

In addition to acting, Eve is an accomplished fine art painter and is currently represented in galleries across the US, often appearing at opening celebrations. She is also a spokesperson for Fredrix Canvas and donates many of her artwork to such charities as Wildhorse Ranch Rescue in Arizona, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and the Laguna College of Art and Design. For more on Eve’s art be sure to visit http://www.eveplumb.tv.

Currently, Eve is starring in the hit Off-Broadway show “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage” along with Manuel Herrera, written by Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg at Sofia’s Downstairs Theatre (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway & 8th Avenue). For tickets to this hilariously fun show, click here!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a performer? I became a performer by accident- a children’s agent moved in next door to us when I was 6. Sent me on an audition, I got the job, and haven’t stopped working since.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Bette Davis. But she’s dead, so I guess that’ll never happen now.

3. Who is the most interesting person you’ve worked with? Leslie Nielsen. Very funny in real life!

4. What do you get from performing on stage that you don’t get from performing in television? Sore feet. I’m not used to wearing heels, as I do in Miss Abigail, and by the 3rd show on Saturday, I’m ready to sit down!

5. What drew you to the role of “Miss Abigail?” My agent. I was lucky enough to audition and get cast in the role, which is so much fun to do- couldn’t have made it up if I tried!

6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Show up, pay attention, tell the truth.”

7. Favorite way to spend your day off? A mix of getting errands done and lying around watching Turner Classic Movies.

8. Favorite skin care product? Bio Oil. Good moisturizer.

9. Favorite website? Pandora. Learned about a lot of other musicians from their “Genome.”

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman. Cool plane.

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When I leave a show smiling, feeling lighter than when I went in, and able to forget my stresses of the day, I know the show did it’s job. That is exactly how I felt after seeing the new Off-Broadway comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” written by Ken Davenport and upcoming “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Sarah Saltzberg. “Miss Abigail’s Guide To Dating, Mating, and Marriage” stars Eve Plumb as “Miss Abigail” and fellow “Adaumbelle’s Quest” participant Manuel Herrera as her sidekick “Paco” who take you through a hilarious 90 minutes of dating, mating, and marriage tips. A funny book, audience interaction, Eve Plumb’s energy and great comedic timing by Manuel Herrera make this show very enjoyable. Some of the “Miss Abigail’s” dating tips are “Show your best ‘This seat is available look'” or “Lick your lips seductively as you wipe that whip cream off your upper lip.” These funny, yet usable tips, along with good chemistry between Eve and Manuel kept the audience laughing.

This is an evening of pure, light-hearted fun that left me smiling and happy. Give yourself and friend/partner an evening of light-hearted fun by going to see “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage” at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway & 8th Ave in NYC).

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Manuel Herrera is an actor on the rise! His Broadway credits include “West Side Story,” “Legally Blonde,” “Sweet Charity,” “Wicked,” and “The Music Man.” Off-Broadway, Manuel has been seen in “The Seven” while film audiences have seen him in “Sex and the City 2” as “Sergio.” Manuel’s numerous commercial work includes Mohegan Sun, Joe Boxer, Winterfresh Gum, Mervyns, and Optimum Online. Now Manuel can be seen starring alongside Eve Plumb (the original “Jan Brady”) in the hilarious new musical comedy “Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating, and Marriage!” at Sofia’s Downstairs Theatre in NYC (221 West 46th Street, between Broadway and & 8th Ave).

1. Who inspired you to become a performer? I would have to say %100 Michael Jackson.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Wow, thats hard!! I guess, I would have to say Joe Mantello. I know I’ve worked with him before, but I’ve never worked with him on a play, and that’s what I would really want to do.

3. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? Probably real-estate, I really enjoy it. I think I would be more of a flipper, than a realtor though.

4. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I haven’t done it in a while, but I guess I would have to say drawing. When I was younger I won an award at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, for a drawing that I did.

5. Favorite meal off the $1 menu? I’m not a big fast food person anymore, but if I were gonna do it I would get Chicken McNuggets!!

6. Favorite skin care product? I really like that Anthony’s skin care line for men. Especially the after shave in-grown hair cream.

7. Favorite way to stay in shape? Going to the gym, and doing the Body-For-Life routine mixed with interval training cardio exercises, and throwing in different things I see in Mens Health.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Calvin Klein briefs for sure.

9. Favorite website? Probably Petfinder.com, and of course missabigailsguide.com!!!

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Superman! 1. Because, I don’t know much about Wonder Woman, and B. Because, I’ve always wanted to look like a muscle man.

BONUS QUESTIONS:

11. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Be in the moment” (That’s for all facets of life. It’s not just an acting thing).

12. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? I’m lucky because she sleeps with me every night, I don’t have to dream. My Wife!!!

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