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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

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Members say: 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. More…

The first in McDonagh's trilogy of plays set in the sodden Irish backwater of Leenane, 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' tells the story of 40-year-old spinster Maureen Folan, who lives with her mother Mag in a dreamless hovel. The two trade insults and injuries in a vicious cycle of loveless care-taking until a glimmer of romance for Maureen sets in motion a chain of events as hilarious as it is terrifying. Druid co-founder Marie Mullen—who won a Tony for her performance as Maureen in the original Broadway mounting—ages into the fearsome role of Mag under the direction of co-founder and artistic director Garry Hynes, who also won a Tony for helming that production.

Member Reviews (105)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Funny
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Interesting, Slow

See it if Dark, sometimes funny. Bleakly claustrophobic. Intense. Riveting acting.

Don't see it if Accents are a big of work at times. Slow. Sometimes obvious.

Also Some of the main plots are given away (obvious to predict) way before ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if You like dark dysfunctional family dramas, balances comedy/drama nicely. Acting is superb.

Don't see it if You have a hard time understanding thick accents. It's important to be actively listening or you will miss things.

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Masterful, Intense

See it if 20th anniversary of McDonagh's pitch black dramedy is as riveting as ever The ensemble is as perfect as Hynes' Tony winning direction.

Don't see it if Irish/Gaelic accents often a little thick but seldom a problem Mullen's mother could be a bit more malevolent but a minor objection

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You love Martin McDonagh, or would enjoy an extremely dark, yet comic Irish drama.

Don't see it if You expect the humor of "Lieutenant of Inishmore". This isn't as raucous a comedy -- it focuses on familial mental illness.

Accents were horrible, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if I would love to talk to people who claim they liked this show. The Accents and all the acting was way over the top. I have been wanting to

Don't see it if see this show for years and have never been more disappointed. A show like this should never be done in such a big theater.

Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You like Irish plays that take your emotions on a roller coaster ride;mother-daughter drama at its best;exquisite cast from the Druids

Don't see it if You expect an action-packed play and dislike listening to dialogue spoken in a strong Irish accent; Dislike violence and elder abuse

Also As you probably read, Marie Mullen, who played the role of the daughte... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You enjoy smart bitingly funny comedies with an edge that is both heartbreaking and beautiful

Don't see it if You have a really hard time understanding irish accents. I definitely missed some jokes because of the accents

Too grim for top-grade mcdonagh

See it if first-rate Irish actors in authentic Irish milieu. Mullen, Monaghan and Rea are priceless. Directed by Hynes, no one does Irish better.

Don't see it if you like your McDonagh leavened with humor. Accents are a bit challenging. I preferred Cripple Billy and Lieutenant of Inishmore

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you relish great acting, well drawn characters and intense relationships.

Don't see it if you crave happy endings and easy to like characters.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Disturbing, Funny

See it if you want a good Irish story, an intense drama about a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship that is disturbing but that also has humor

Don't see it if you don't want a disturbing suspenseful story offset with humor; or if you don't want to see emotional & physical abuse or hear profanity

Also 1. Irish accents are more difficult to understand in a bigger theater ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Disturbing, Slow

See it if you want to see brilliant acting, about a heartbreaking mother-daughter relationship - along with the daughter's moment of a sweet romance.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas, or a slowly paced show. I thought all 4 cast members were brilliant. - I saw in LA in Dec '16 w/ the same cast

Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if you want to see a well written play performed by masterful actors. I am a fan of Martin McDonagh.

Don't see it if you don't like dark plays. Accents are a bit difficult to understand at the beginning.

The accents take some getting used to, A bit too much sadism for my taste, Not as much humor as i expected

See it if You enjoy intense drama.

Don't see it if You prefer happy endings.

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you love M. Mcdonagh's dark, but brilliant play.This play is funny, but yet heartbreaking about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relation.

Don't see it if you don't like violent relationship plays where a mother, daughter try to outwit and hurt each other emotionally & physically.

Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you're a fan of McDonaugh done on a master-level.

Don't see it if violence against the elderly or foul language bother you

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.

Also A searing play that left me in mild shock on its conclusion. Truly exc... Read more Read less

Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you like family dramas. This one is about the dysfunctional relationship between an adult woman and the invalid mother with whom she lives.

Don't see it if you dislike dark shows and/or shows with twisted humor.

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.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to witness masterful acting in a terrific, sometimes extremely funny, drama.

Don't see it if you want light, simple, or easy. This is a claustrophobic, dark family drama with violence and several twists. But - brilliant.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want compelling acting in a well crafted play about the desperate cruelty people who are supposed to love each other use

Don't see it if you want to be entertained by happy people in uplifting circumstances This is tough life about people who destroy each other to try to live

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Riveting, Dark

See it if You enjoy pitch-black comedy, enjoy McDonagh's work (this is one of his best) or enjoy being unsettled

Don't see it if You're not fond of being made uncomfortable or can't stomach moments of stage violence.

Also While it isn't quite as penetrating as the original production 20 year... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Intense, Slow

See it if You want to witness a fantastic staging of this dark play. Performances are perfect. Takes you on an intense journey and leaves you stirred.

Don't see it if This play was done in too big of a space. Was hard to connect to story because of difficulty to hear. Be prepared for a wild ride.

Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You think, as I do, that Martin McDonagh can do no wrong. It is a very entertaining play which has had better productions.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for black humor

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Funny, Intense

See it if you like intense yet funny Irish dramas. great acting and intelligent writing.

Don't see it if you want light and airy. although funny, it's a disturbing piece

Great acting, Riveting, Raunchy, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You like dark comedy-drama with great acting. You won't be disappointed!

Don't see it if Find it hard to grasp Irish brogue. At the beginning it is a little hard to understand the actors.

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 th...
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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, ...
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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...
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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 de...
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