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. More…
From the show:
BARRA GRANT stars in this darkly hilarious mother-daughter story. The critically acclaimed play tells the true story of Grant growing up a confused ugly duckling in the shadow of her spectacular mother, BESS MYERSON, the first and only ever JEWISH MISS AMERICA!
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.
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.
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.
See it if If you enjoy insight into a life, this is a little better than most "woe is me" shows since the author is self-deprecating.
Don't see it if another show about how someone could not escape an abusive situation because of a lack of independence is a turn of.
See it if You want to revisit a pop culture moment in NYC history.
Don't see it if You are expecting something campy or fun. There are a few laughs but it comes across more depressing than entertaining.
See it if you have a generous spirit & bear up through almost monotone acting for the ultimate redemption.
Don't see it if you're judgmental of people doing the best they can (in this case "acting") while baring their soul to the world.
See it if You would like to know more about the first Jewish Miss America through her daughters eyes.
Don't see it if You don’t want to hear about the toxic relationship that Bess Myerson had with her daughter.
See it if If you know of Bess and want to learn more about her relationship with her daughter
Don't see it if Good energy put a little slow. I think Women in their 50s or older will relate best to the story.
See it if You'll learn or recall everything about Bess Myerson while enduring fallout effect she had on her daughter:Mommy Dearest without coat hanger
Don't see it if If you dont remember Burt Parks. If you want to see Bess Myerson on stage: regrettably, she is an actress off stage who speaks by phone
See it if you are interested in the times and back story of Bess Myerson
Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows or if you don't know or care about Bess Myerson
See it if You wish to witness a depressing story of a narcissistic mother and her daughter.
Don't see it if It was dreadful story that could have stayed off the stage.
See it if You want to hear about Bess Myerson and the way she treated her daughter
Don't see it if You don't want to hear constant nagging and whining. This is a very self indulgent, negative diatribe on someone's mother
See it if You can sympathize with Barra facing the audience reliving the memories of a mother that instead of nurturing made her life a living hell.
Don't see it if If you have endured a cruel detached relationship with anyone.
See it if You want to see someone work on horrendous mommy issues. Care about Ms. Grant and/or Ms. Myerson.
Don't see it if You have no patience for other people's issues. Show doesn't have life lessons beyond the personal history unless you can relate.
See it if the Big Payoff means something. Bess Myerson was a household name in my childhood home which focused my attention on this layered solo.
Don't see it if you expect deep insights. There is a lot of story telling & typical parental commentary but not a lot of moment to moment relationship.
See it if Interest in B Meyerson. Even more unlikely you’ll have wondered about her daughter. But given that it is the actual daughter adds interest
Don't see it if Not up to New York quality acting. Although the story is certainly for New Yorkers.
Also Nice small theater on 64th St. Nice to see it.