Kate grew up “poor.” She thinks her husband is “rich.” His family says that’s not a nice word. As Kate straddles two different extreme ways of life, she realizes what money can and cannot buy, including the possible salvation for a loved one.
Ain’t That Rich was developed with assistance from Solo Sundays at Stage Werx and The Marsh, both in San Francisco. It premiered at Capital Fringe (2016) in Washington, DC where it was named “Best of Fringe,” and given 5 stars by DC Metro Theatre Scene. The show won first prize and audience choice at Maui Fringe.
An excerpt of the play was published in Luna Luna Magazine.
In 2017 Ain’t That Rich ran at NYC Frigid Fest and Montreal Fringe where it was produced by Really Spicy Opera.
The Marsh Theatre in San Francisco produced a seven week run at the end of 2017.
In 2018 Ain’t That Rich played at United Solo Festival and Gotham Storytelling Festival both in New York City.
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“A winning comedy on money, class, and identity…truly impressive.” Anya Leibovitch, Montreal Theatre Hub Read the review
“You will laugh your way through, pretty much non-stop.” Angela Potvin, Montreal Rampage Read the review
“Animated and engaging…self-deprecating humour and insightful wisdom.” Lisa Sproull, Cult #MLT Read the review
“Robards has a gift for turning ordinary events into comedy.” Jack Nakamura, Vagabond Critic Read the review
“A rollercoaster of emotion with a Goldilocks balance of comedy and drama. Robards shines…” Keith Paul Medelis, Theatre is Easy Read the review
Like a well-made vodka punch, Kate Robards’ well-made story sneaks up on you. It starts out as a lighthearted account of how she married rich and ends up as a discomforting meditation on the relationship between money and self-image. Particularly now, as we agonize over issues of money and class and race, her story packs…
In Ain’t that Rich, writer and comedian Kate Robards delivers a dazzling solo performance, one as mesmerizing and powerful as it is funny. “5 stars” “Best of 2016 Capital Fringe” Ravelle Brickman, DC Metro Theater Arts Read the review