The Confession of Lily Dare
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The Confession of Lily Dare

The Confession of Lily Dare NYC Reviews and Tickets

(208 Reviews)
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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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906 Reviews | 924 Followers
Fluffy, Entertaining, Cute

See it if You're a Bush fan. Entertaining with good performances. Funny-ish.

Don't see it if There's A LOT of painfully cliched jokes, mostly on the first act. Eye-rolling. Act 2 is more streamlined and the story takes center stage. Read more

880 Reviews | 1014 Followers
Campy, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy farcical campy humor. I really enjoyed the story most of all and liked the nod's to the style of old hollywood movies.

Don't see it if I didn't find it all that funny and didn't laugh that often but I could still appreciate the story and the show.

972 Reviews | 341 Followers
Entertaining, Stylized, Long, Tear-jerker send-up, Not for everyone

See it if you love Busch and/or 1930s melodramas. Campy w LOTS of plot. Gr costumes/wigs. Rare laughs; mostly smiles. Stylized acting can be wearing.

Don't see it if you want insights. Purely for entertainmt. Is long. Drags a bit. Needs cuts. Has a good heart, like Lily. Only recommend to old-movie fans.

1040 Reviews | 251 Followers
Indulgent, Fluffy, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if Charles Busch trying to do what ludlum and Quinton did so well. The show has some good moments but not many.

Don't see it if If you had camp, drag silly absurdist humor. If you want a more serious show.

861 Reviews | 243 Followers
Clever, Quirky, Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy camp - here done well by a good cast with a take on the 1930's movie scene. Great costumes and good supporting sound.

Don't see it if you don't like what Busch offers up. Not a hilarious show but many light moments that make you chuckle.

754 Reviews | 124 Followers
Imaginative, Entertaining, Refreshing, Funny, Delightful

See it if boisterous exuberance with great costumes and a touch of poignance is your idea of a fun night out. Especially delightful for opera lovers!

Don't see it if you are averse to drag performance, dislike opera or find stories dealing with adoption triggering.

708 Reviews | 154 Followers
Refreshing, Intelligent, Hilarious, Funny, Clever

See it if You’re a fan of Charles Busch, you love to laugh, enjoy 40’s movies cliches, drag tropes, a bit of risqué humor, mindless fun, sharp wit

Don't see it if Not a fan of drag, can’t relate to movie references, don’t like the deliberate tackiness of Busch shows, can’t get Busch’s humor

677 Reviews | 189 Followers
Parodic, Fluffy, Campy, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see campy Charles Busch's latest vampy femme fatale creation in a fun (if overlong) parody of classic Hollywood film noir.

Don't see it if ur looking for something serious, heady & substantial; ur not interested in theater that's contrived, melodramatic & farcical (by design).

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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