Miss America's Ugly Daughter
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Miss America's Ugly Daughter
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Miss America's Ugly Daughter NYC Reviews and Tickets

71%
(85 Reviews)
Positive
62%
Mixed
31%
Negative
7%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Absorbing, Indulgent, Slow

About the Show

In this solo piece, Barra Grant explores her life growing up in the shadow of her mother Bess Myerson, the first and only Jewish Miss America.

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Member Reviews (85)

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
75
Funny, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if This was an enjoyable play about real people I didn't know about. Sad and funny. Clever staging and premise.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person shows. Can be slow at times and painful to watch (I know people just like that)

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
77
Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy stories about strained mother/daughter relationships. Very entertaining & interesting true story that I was not familiar with.

Don't see it if You dislike one person shows. Grant is not the best actress however I very much enjoyed her play so it ultimately did not matter.

945 Reviews | 386 Followers
68
Intimate, Entertaining, Clunky, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you don’t mind another 1 person show. This one has some broad appeal, speaking to those whose parents didn’t love them enough or correctly.

Don't see it if You don’t need to see anyone else work out there issues on stage. I think maybe more women maybe could relate to this with their mothers. Read more

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
64
Cliched, Overrated, Indulgent, Dated

See it if A play about a mother who is unemotional about her daughter.

Don't see it if Very uneven throughout, never gets deep enough into each others lives.

794 Reviews | 215 Followers
69
Entertaining, Great staging, Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you want to learn about Bess Myerson from her daughter's point of view with good projections and revealing, yet guarded information.

Don't see it if you expect anything more than a one-person show where the interaction between mother and daughter is all by interruptive telephone calls.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
60
Interesting, Slow, Awkward, Disappointing

See it if u want to see an an unappreciated daughter deliver a hate letter to her once-famous, former beauty queen (& profoundly narcissistic) mother.

Don't see it if u want to avoid a mostly humorless, action-free "Bessie Dearest"; ur not interested in participating in Grant's personal catharsis/therapy. Read more

608 Reviews | 121 Followers
70
Absorbing, Entertaining, Slow, Funny

See it if Sad/Funny true relationship between mother and daughter.

Don't see it if one woman show, that is slow at time.

381 Reviews | 201 Followers
74
Sad, Quirky, Ambitious

See it if You are interested in the true life of Bess Meyerson and her narcissism, this your play. It read like Page 6 from the NY Post.

Don't see it if You want a happy biography.

Critic Reviews (6)

The New York Times
January 20th, 2020

"Bess Myerson’s ‘Ugly Daughter’ Recalls Miss America Dearest Barra Grant’s autobiographical solo play plumbs her fraught relationship with her mother, the famous politician and beauty queen Bess Myerson."
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Theatermania
January 17th, 2020

"Miss America's Ugly Daughter Dishes on a Beauty Queen's Private Cruelty: Bess Myerson's daughter performs her confessional solo show off-Broadway."
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BroadwayWorld
January 27th, 2020

"Barra Grant Tells of Her Iconic and Infamous Mom in 'MISS AMERICA'S UGLY DAUGHTER: BESS MYERSON AND ME'"
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Theater Pizzazz
January 17th, 2020

"Grant is a pleasant, undemonstrative performer…While not given to histrionics, she earns our engagement as she…leads to…an act of forgiveness. 'Miss America's Ugly Daughter' is neither a mess nor the best of Bess but the inherent fascination of its subject covers a multitude of sins."
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T
February 26th, 2020

"It is certainly an informative evening and of course who doesn't love a little gossip about celebrities. It is not so much that Ms. Barra has written a meaty role to showcase her acting ability but the honesty of purely being herself telling her story."
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Off Off Online
February 18th, 2020

"Barra Grant, Miss America's (Bess Myerson's) daughter, has no respite from harangues from Bess and the latter's two failed marriages and multiple relationships."
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