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Mrs. Murray's Menagerie

From 69 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Ars Nova presents The Mad Ones new work in which the creators of a 1970s children’s television program have commissioned a focus group to probe the parents of the show’s target audience.  More…

Over stale coffee and donuts, a group of strangers navigates the murky waters of American belief and perception.

Member Reviews (69)


Great acting, Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

No story, Like work, Pointless, Flat

See it if You’ve never seen a focus group. It’s like going to work. No story. Limited tension, drama that results in nothing. Felt like going to work.

Don't see it if You prefer storytelling. None to be found here. Performances were good but...

Quirky, Slow, Repetetive, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You like improv. This show grew out of scenes written by The Mad Ones. Lacks structure.

Don't see it if You like shows with narrative, and a more traditional story. This show seems like it needed an Act 2.

Overrated, Fluffy, Disappointing, Banal, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience a focus group for yourself.

Don't see it if you want something with conflict, plot and drama.

Also I have enjoyed many shows at Ars Nove, but I expected more from this g... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Excruciating, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if Superficial. Stereotypic. Predictable and boring. Actors made real efforts with cliched material.

Don't see it if you want to see something original.

Quirky, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You really miss the 80s. Or even if you sorta miss the's fun to go back in time.

Don't see it if You want a transformative experience. The show is entertaining, but doesn't have the profound themes that Miles for Mary did.

No pay off, Great acting, Confusing, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy quick, somewhat witty dialogue.

Don't see it if if you want a play that builds and has a conclusion or resolution. There's a certain evenness with no change in tone or development.

During previews
Amusing but disappointing

See it if A slice of life, ensemble piece interests you.

Don't see it if A plot driven, big laughs so is what your looking for.

Also I saw this groups previously play, “Miles for Mary” and really enjoyed... Read more Read less

During previews

See it if You like character studies. Subtle comedy.

Don't see it if You’re looking for hug laughs, or a plot driven play.

Also I appreciated that the play is something different in style and struct... Read more Read less

During previews
Unfinished, Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you love the Mad Ones and want to see these great actors work or if you want to see a work in progress and get a glimpes into the process.

Don't see it if you want a clear plot or dramatic tension. Nothing much happens. There are funny moments but a lot of missed opportunities. It gets tedious.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you like strong ensemble work, subtle & sly writing, and a story that "shows" rather than "tells"

Don't see it if You like flash

April 8th, 2019
"Though not quite as emotionally powerful as its predecessor, it is just as funny and, in some ways, more momentous...How such minutiae mount into a crisis is a mystery built into the company’s method. Some of it has to do with the subtle, super-sharp direction by Mad Ones member Lila Neugebauer....
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April 8th, 2019
"It’s delicate and refreshingly anticlimactic, very funny but joke-free, a seemingly unassuming but pointed example of the kind of painstaking group character study that the company has marked as its turf...Lila Neugebauer guides from the outside with her characteristic understatement and precisi...
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April 17th, 2019
“The collaborative troupe the Mad Ones has a winning formula...Its newest production, again under the note-perfect direction of Neugebauer, winds back the clock to the late seventies, as six parents, plied with coffee and doughnuts, participate in a focus group for a beloved children’s TV show. U...
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April 8th, 2019
"While the company's attention to detail is admirable, their work feels like the theatrical equivalent of — go on, call me a philistine — a Frederick Wiseman documentary. The authenticity is undeniable, but it makes for tedious viewing...Although all the ensemble members deliver finely detailed, ...
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