Picks and Pans Review: Gabe Kaplan as Groucho

updated 07/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1983 AT 01:00 AM EDT

HBO (8-9:30 p.m. ET)

With the requisite bushy eyebrows and long cigar, Gabe Kaplan impersonates Groucho Marx in a stage version of the comedian's life and loves. Michael Tucci assists as brother Chico, and Connie Danese plays a variety of the women in Groucho's life. Kaplan does a nice imitation, but his delivery of signature one-liners is no match for the master. The show, which was taped before an audience in a theater, is unsatisfyingly shmaltzy rather than tragicomic. No, Erin Fleming is not among the ladies portayed. (Check local listings for subsequent dates)

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