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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent, Absorbing, Slow

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)

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.

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.

80
Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Believable, Heartfelt, Not acrimonious

See it if you remember Bess and want to see some of the curtain pulled back on what her life really was all about. Also, this one's more for gals.

Don't see it if you don't know about Bess and are tired of one-person shows that turn, almost inevitably, into therapy sessions.

Also I truly expected to be disappointed with this, but instead my friend a... Read more Read less

100
Poignant, Great writing, Great acting, Hilarious, Enchanting

See it if you are intrigued by recounts of changes over time in famous mother/not famous daughter relationships, esp. of Bess Meyerson/Jews.

Don't see it if you do not like one woman stand up comedy/vignettes, plays about mother/daughter relationships, sitting 90 min. w/out interval small house.

Also The on stage (Bess’ real life daughter) live acting and off stage Bess... Read more Read less

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.

75
Thought-provoking, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like single person performance.

Don't see it if You like musicals and comedies

85
Terrific surprise, Poignant, Great writing, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in Bess Meyerson, mother-daughter relationships, family dysfunction, personal stories

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or intimate theater.

73
Great set, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you know who Bess Myerson was and wonder what happened to her and you love meeting the stars at the end of the show.

Don't see it if you've never heard of Bess Myerson and you have no desire to meet the stars after the show.

75
Insightful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if If you remember Bess Meyerson, want to learn about an important Jewish woman (more than a pop culture reference or tabloid headline)!

Don't see it if If you don’t like watching mother/daughter relationships play out, one woman shows, or aren’t interested in Bess Meyerson.

Also We’ve all seen and read enough stories of high powered famous women an... Read more Read less

83
Funny, Telling!, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you've any interest in a former pop culture New Yorker and Miss America! You know how the children of narcissistic celebrities turn out!

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a "telling" one-woman show about the former Miss America.

90
Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy true story one person shows done excellently. Very absorbing and enjoyable. Sad but true story.

Don't see it if You do not like solo performances.

80
Resonant, Masterful, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in Bess Meyerson and how someone with notariety can affect the life of their child.

Don't see it if You don't like a one actor show and don't like straight acting.

76
Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in one woman’s journey with what she considered a bad mother and overcoming all the obstacles to find the bright light

Don't see it if It’s big Broadway you are after.

70
Ambitious, Depressing, Indulgent, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You want to see what happens to the life of an abused child who doesn’t really get over her childhood. A neat package of a play.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a woman in her 70s dragging the memory of her mother through the mud. She may deserve it but it’s a Sad life journey

80
Funny, poignant & therapeutic, A vivid portrait of extreme narcissism, A biographical exercise in forgiveness and redemption

See it if You like biographical one person shows. You will laugh, you will wince & be moved by the story Ms. Grant shares about life with her mother.

Don't see it if You don't care for biographical one-woman shows.

Also This was a very well written, staged and performed one-woman show. It ... Read more Read less

73
Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if You like mother daughter dynamics. This is not very flattering to Bess Myerson but it is her daughter’s journey to where she is today.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person plays or have no interest in a daughter’s journey with her mother’s fame, etc.

79
Well-presented, Ambitious, Gut-wrenching, Funny

See it if you want to hear how mothers can impact children's lives, and not for the good. You want to commiserate with and admire the actress.

Don't see it if you can't bear to see someone's mostly miserable life unfold in front of you. This story is well-told with humor. But it is still sad.

71
Entertaining

See it if You have some recollection of Bess meyerson and are interested in her life

Don't see it if You don't know and don't really care about Bess or her daughter is

72
Indulgent, Quirky, Slow, Funny

See it if to learn more of Bess Myerson's life with all its pitfalls

Don't see it if You want a story this play is the actress telling about her life with her mother

72
Languid, Glum, Erratic, Unforced, Demonstrative

See it if you remember the first Jewish Miss America & NYC icon & are curious to learn more about her.

Don't see it if you do not like solo, intermissionless plays.

Also Told from Grant's perspective, one cannot but wonder how much is exace... Read more Read less

79
Touching, Rueful, Honest, Funny

See it if you are willing to believe a daughter who's brave enough to tell uncomfortable truths about her celebrity mother

Don't see it if you need to believe all mothers are saints

Also I liked this; I felt considerable sympathy for Barra Grant as she unsp... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Anyone woman who has a mother /daughter relationship will appreciate the depth of the comments. Enjoyed the dynamics of the mother/daughter

Don't see it if If you do not like one woman shows or not into dynamics of relationships then this is not for you...

70
Clever, Thought-provoking

See it if You'd like a little insight into the private side of Bess Myerson.

Don't see it if You're tired of hearing about how weird a Jewish mother can be.

80
Resonant, Funny, Indulgent, Intelligent

See it if You have any knowledge of Bess Myerson and are interested in her life and how it affected her daughter Interesting Family insights

Don't see it if If you’re not into one-person shows or if you assume this is just personal therapy for the star (it’s much more than that)


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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