The Beauty Queen of Leenane
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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

The Beauty Queen of Leenane NYC Reviews and Tickets

(104 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Funny

About the Show

Irish theater company Druid makes its BAM debut with a 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated pitch-black comedy about a very dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (104)

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64 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love great performances and writing.

Don't see it if you only want entertainment

176 Reviews | 14 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Love great plays absorbing. Great acting

Don't see it if You do not like Irish plays

112 Reviews | 19 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if love wonderful acting, directing and heartfelt, dark humorous play.

Don't see it if you don't like thick accents and dark family drama.

146 Reviews | 34 Followers
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You would like a modern play reminiscent of Chekhov's tragicomedies, with super acting and excellent staging and directing.

Don't see it if don't like complex emotional dramas.

101 Reviews | 16 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you enjoy tragicomedies with great acting and ironic writing. The cast is simply superb

Don't see it if you have no sense of humour and you take things at face value. The play is uncomfortably real and nuanced

272 Reviews | 57 Followers
Must see, Intelligent, Provocative

See it if You love great writing, acting and want to be swept away with laughter and tears watching a poetic tragedy unfold. Mysterious. Unresolvable.

Don't see it if challenging material and unexplained plot twists or strong Irish accents bother you. If you don't like surprises, stay home.

90 Reviews | 37 Followers
Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like exquisite writing, fantastic acting & drama that will take your breath away from both the beauty and horror of what is before you.

Don't see it if You have a problem with Irish accents or don't like language driven plays that require full out concentration and immersion.

277 Reviews | 38 Followers
Excruciating, Great writing, Must see, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a taut, thrilling play to engage and surprise you. If you're a fan of Martin McDonagh's work. You can handle a monologue.

Don't see it if Sex, violence (including elder abuse), and rampant profanity is a dealbreaker for you. Or if you struggle with understanding accents. Read more

Critic Reviews (34)

The New York Times
January 15th, 2017

"The four characters are more overtly comic than they were before...They’re more companionable than they used to be. That means they’re also less likely to creep into your nightmares and break your heart...You’re more aware of the jokes as jokes, and also of the dramatist’s calculations behind the twists of plot...If this 'Beauty Queen' lacks the power to rattle as its first version did, it still makes for a smooth, easily digested evening’s entertainment."
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Time Out New York
January 14th, 2017

“A solidly entertaining revival. Notable among the cast is Mullen, the original Maureen, now old enough to play the wheedling, malingering Mag. Mullen makes a full meal of her role, which, perversely, grows more pathetic the meaner she gets...With these vibrant, lusty performers at the controls, the grim machinery of McDonagh’s amoral morality tale clicks into place: so ugly you can’t take your eyes off it."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 15th, 2017

"'Beauty Queen' may be funny in the way a YouTube video of a man diving into a frozen pool can be, but it’s no comedy. Rather, it exists somewhat beyond our traditional genre definitions, encompassing many of them...For all its laughs it’s also a tragedy, in which even the satisfaction of Maureen’s prime objective fails to make a difference. She just becomes Mag instead of fighting her. Or would if Hines’s generally expert staging didn’t falter slightly in its interpretation of the women."
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New York Daily News
January 14th, 2017

"Nearly two decades since its Broadway debut, Martin McDonagh’s breakthough play retains the power to tickle the funny bone and turn the stomach...The cast grips all of the darkly amusing and dangerous curves in his unflinching story. The riveting Aisling O’Sullivan shades her star turn as the desperate daughter with vulnerability and venom…The play isn’t all that subtle or always easy to watch. But it’s richly theatrical and satisfying. Every beauty queen should age so well."
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January 17th, 2017

"McDonagh's tale still produces the intended gasps 20 years on…Mullen gives an inscrutable and highly realistic performance as Mag…Together, Mag and Maureen make a perfect picture of mother-daughter codependence. Hynes directs the play with special attention to the relationships between characters…'Beauty Queen' has some surprisingly astute things to say about the gulf between desire and responsibility, especially as it pertains to the immigrant experience."
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January 17th, 2017

"An excellent ensemble in a thoroughly engaging bit of storytelling that's both humorous and horrific…The remarkable feat of the writing, direction and acting is that both characters are equal parts repulsive and sympathetic and the conflict is both funny and ugly…Though the playwright describes Maureen as plain-looking, O'Sullivan appears on stage as, by most anyone's standards, a striking beauty, which distracts a bit from the reality of the situation, but she is convincing."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 17th, 2017

“The gasps and shocked laughter happened in all the right places. McDonagh's portrait of boredom, loneliness, and skullduggery in the west of Ireland has lost none of its power to amuse -- and appall...In his first play, McDonagh displays a knack for dramatic construction that some playwrights never achieve…Nobody understands McDonagh's work better than Garry Hynes, who ensures that this production moves confidently to its macabre double-twist ending."
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January 16th, 2017

"McDonagh's writing is filled with suspense and nail-biting moments; and this excellent four-member cast makes good use of the theatrical zigs and zags he gives them...The size of the playing area permits—and, perhaps, encourages—the performers to take on a collective style that's broader, more comedic, and altogether less intense than in the earlier version...The war between the Folan women is likely to find a prominent place among audiences' theatergoing memories."
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