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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

Funny, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you want a mediocre episode of television put on stage.

Don't see it if you expect a little more for your money when you go to the theater.

Confusing, Fluffy, Indulgent, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like strong performances, time specific settings, and gorgeous set design.

Don't see it if You generally appreciate theater with plot, theme, or any semblance of illumination...this has none of that.

During previews
Repetitive writing and story, Good acting but for what?, Disappointing

See it if I wouldn’t recommend this play. Slightly amusing at times but the story is so boring and repetitive.

Don't see it if I had loved this group’s previous show Miles For Mary but this did not live up to that. Missing something. Not funny. Story went nowhere.

Also The staging (people sitting around a table for the whole show) reminde... Read more Read less

During previews
Overrated, Insipid, Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you want to be as perplexed as I am as to why this play even exists. Given a few good performances, there is nothing to recommend this play.

Don't see it if you don't like plays in which the characters do not have an arc. Much of the dialogue is repetitive. Nothing much happens during the play.

Also There is really not enough substance to hold one's attention for 90 mi... Read more Read less

During previews
Disappointing, Boring, Slow, Insipid

See it if You want a night out and get the $5 tickets. You want to see something new - and understand that it may not be good.

Don't see it if You want something of any substance - it has none. You expect something of the caliber of Comet of 1812 or Rags Parkland from Ars Nova

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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