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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
Avg Score

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
Sad, Great staging, Funny

See it if You are interested in the relationship between Bess Myerson and her daughter or like plays that are about aweful mothers

Don't see it if You don't like 1 woman shows. Shows about dysfunctional relationships btwn moms and daughters are not for you. Dont want something heavy

Also This was at times funny but mostly sad. The daughter is a good storyte... Read more Read less

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 $$.

During previews
Entertaining, Great writing, Funny

See it if you enjoy wonderful one-woman shows about real life events and family struggles especially touching stories of mother and daughters.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-women shows.

During previews
Uninvolving, Petty, Slow

See it if you want to watch someone dish dirt on Bess Myerson.

Don't see it if you want to become involved with the solo performer or her subject.

Also I felt as if someone was reading Page 6 articles about Bess Myerson. O... Read more Read less

During previews
Emotional, Funny, Hilarious, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like one woman shows talking about their mother Miss America. If you like to hear that Mothers response.

Don't see it if You could careless about Any Miss America, even the classiest and more famous. Or if you don't wanna hear any bad-talk about Miss A 1945.

During previews
Charming, personal, moving and heart-felt

See it if you remember Bess Meyerson & would like to hear about her from her daughter, if you like one-person shows, &if you enjoy lots of reminiscing

Don't see it if you are looking for anything splashy, tech, or big production. This is a very low key, but clever show about a sad story,

During previews
Interesting, sad, real-life, relevant

See it if A true story of the self-esteem issues arising from a daughter’s publicly revered but wounded mother would have relevance for you.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a behind-the-headlines one woman show exposing a painful life.

Also This brave piece explores the issues that daughters of narcissists hav... Read more Read less

During previews
Harsh, Touching, Funny, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if You’re curious about Bess or growing up with a narcissist or finding your own beauty inside that.

Don't see it if You want a nuanced multi-faceted representation or authentic resolution of her underlying feelings.

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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