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Miss America's Ugly Daughter

From 84 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, 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. 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!

Member Reviews (84)


Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow

Frightening, Depressing, Excruciating, Insipid, Indulgent

See it if This sad mother-daughter tale is horribly written and overwrought, with a forced resolution.

Don't see it if There were potentially ways that this sad story could have been more compelling or even watchable

Also but they were all left out. Where were the photographs of the epoch/ti... Read more Read less

Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if Barra Grant might be a story teller but she isn't actress which is needed during this LONG 90 minute one-woman show riddled with clichés.

Don't see it if The craziest thing about this "show" is that the talented Anna Holbrook is off-stage for the ENTIRE show as the voice of the mother.

Banal, Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy watching a 90 minute therapy session unwind on stage and are interested in the dark side of Bess Myerson.

Don't see it if You find it cringy to watch a therapy session unwind on stage.

Also The first half was mildly interesting and funny. The show quickly beca... Read more Read less

Dated, Thick boomer energy, Not moving, Not funny

See it if you are a boomer who wants reminisce about the "good ole days"

Don't see it if you're under 50 and want to laugh or be moved.

During previews
Nice set & projections, Disappointing, Badly directed, Poorly acted, Excruciating

See it if A very interesting story. A hit-job on Bess Myerson's narcissism, bad mothering and her love-life. Lacks personal details or insights.

Don't see it if you hate badly written monologues that are constantly interrupted by phone calls.

During previews
A few laughs, Disappointing, Tries too hard

See it if You're a Bess Myerson fan - or maybe not, since she's bashed throughout in a show that's not stage-worthy & tries too hard for laughs.

Don't see it if you have anything better to do. Really, stay home and save your $$.

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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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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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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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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