The Confession of Lily Dare
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The Confession of Lily Dare

The Confession of Lily Dare NYC Reviews and Tickets

(210 Ratings)
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Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Clever

About the Show

The latest comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch tells the story of one woman’s tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madame of a string of brothels.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (210)

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281 Reviews | 27 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if One of the best if not the best play I’ve seen on show score. Brilliant writing acting costumes humor an all out wonderful evening.

Don't see it if You have some sort of perverse objection to drag comedy. Read more

102 Reviews | 46 Followers
Masterful, Funny, Exquisite, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if You love classic Charles Busch or have never had the pleasure

Don't see it if You don’t like camp, comedy, or drag.

57 Reviews | 14 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, The funniest thing you’ll ever see

See it if An extremely funny period show with talented actors that will have you rolling in the aisles. If you love old movies/theater/laughter

Don't see it if No

273 Reviews | 36 Followers
Masterful, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You are a fan of CAMP and appreciate the talent and heart of the fabulous Charles Busch. LOL, I loved it. Great cast and audience.

Don't see it if If camp and drag are not your thing.

364 Reviews | 76 Followers
Great writing, Hilarious, Drag at its best, Must see, Best ensemble cast!

See it if you like old films with strong female characters--this spoofs them all! Also, if you enjoy drag performances, or don't know much about it.

Don't see it if Men dressed as women upsets you, or if you know nothing about the classic female film characters from the 1930s and 40s. Read more

93 Reviews | 32 Followers
Great writing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You love camp. Real camp. Very well done.

Don't see it if Have already seen Mr. Busch's plays and don't like his style. Read more

162 Reviews | 72 Followers
Heartwarming, Great acting, Fun, Smile inducing, Classic

See it if You love Charles Busch, classic movies starring great dames, pastiche. This is SUCH a great time - I had a blast and laughed and laughed...

Don't see it if You are looking for something deeply serious or if you do not appreciate work from this genre / legendary artist.

200 Reviews | 41 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if Charles Busch has finally a show that is entertaining and funny from beginning to very end. The hilarious yesteryear melodrama is MUST SEE.

Don't see it if The cast is terrific but Busch has found the perfect straight man, oops, woman in Jennifer van Dyck. She is perfect in every character.

Critic Reviews (16)

The New York Times
January 29th, 2020

CRITIC’S PICK. "Camp and Compassion in 'The Confession of Lily Dare': Charles Busch’s mash-up of mother-love weepies finds both pathos and hilarity in the tough talk of Hollywood divas."
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Time Out New York
January 29th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "For audiences today, increasingly removed from the cinematic source, Busch's sensibility is now itself an object of nostalgia, and it is showcased to humbly glorious effect in his latest scrappy melocomedy, 'The Confession of Lily Dare.'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
January 29th, 2020

"Charles Busch, drag artiste and author of 'The Tale of the Allergist's Wife,' plays the title role in his campy comedy riffing on female-driven 1930s movie melodramas."
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The Observer
January 31st, 2020

"‘The Confession of Lily Dare’ Is a Side-Splitting Hoot From Charles Busch"
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January 29th, 2020

"Drag Icon Charles Busch Plays a Fallen Woman in 'The Confession of Lily Dare' Not even an earthquake can shake her resolve."
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January 30th, 2020

"Charles Busch Sends Up Pre-Code 'Fallen Woman' Flicks With 'THE CONFESSION OF LILY DARE'"
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Lighting & Sound America
January 29th, 2020

"It's a kind of film festival for the stage -- a gloriously cockeyed one, to be sure -- and it provides playwright/star Charles Busch with his most deluxe vehicle of recent seasons."
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New York Stage Review
January 29th, 2020

4/5 Stars. "As usual with the witty Busch, the script is a Godiva-chocolates-boxful of clever lines."
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