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The Dingdong

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Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Quirky

About the show

The Pearl Theatre Company presents the world premiere of a comedy celebrating romance, lust, and the magic of the theatre. More…

Vatelin is a faithful husband—mostly. Lucy is a faithful wife—kind of. And their 'fidelity' is about to be put to the test when a series of suitors and femme fatales invade their little world. Following the misadventures of one madcap night in a Paris hotel, this farce takes place in a world where opening the wrong door in the dark of night can lead to mayhem, laughter, and, maybe, a few truths about how to have a happy marriage. Playwright Mark Shanahan was inspired by Georges Feydeau's classic 'Le Dindon.'

Member Reviews (86)


Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Quirky
Avg Score

Banal, Fluffy, Insipid, Disappointing, Unfunny

See it if you can sit through a terrible translation, awkward direction & uneven acting to see a breakthrough performance by Kelly Curran.

Don't see it if you understand that farce is more than just dropping pants and slamming doors & you want to be served a little cleverness w/your silliness.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like silly French farces. Enjoy low budget productions,enthusiastic actors,a versatile hillarious young actress -sit back and enjoy

Don't see it if You expect top quality sets and spectacular sound effects.

Insipid, Indulgent, Excruciating, Raunchy

See it if you enjoy a really silly and dated farce, mildly dirty humor and innuendo, with over-the-top acting (as it should be here).

Don't see it if you dislike farce and/or toilet humor.

Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Zany

See it if you like boulevard farce Americanized with a cast of 5 each playing multiple roles, lots of laughs, & hope filled resolution at the end

Don't see it if you can't find the ridiculous in everyday marital problems, or don't like seeing actors in period underwear

Strained--not all that funny--nice costumes

See it if Minor league French farce. "Don't Dress For Dinner" was much better of this genre. See "The School for Scandal" now instead.

Don't see it if The script is pretty stupid. Did not find the actors attractive, either. I liked the set and costumes, though.

Fluffy, Dizzying, Disappointing

See it if You appreciate a game, really hard working cast give their all.

Don't see it if You expect a farce to offer more than a few laughs.

Banal, Cliched, Slow, Not funny

See it if You find cheap sexual innuendos funny, you laugh when people pass gas, think marital infidelity is an endless source of jokes.

Don't see it if You love good farce, (This is not it) You enjoy good comedy, (This is not it) You like intelligent humor, (This is not it)

Disappointing, Great acting, Fluffy, Silly

See it if you really, really like farces. Some good performances but overall it fell flat.

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound theatrical experience.

Great acting, Excruciating, Raunchy, So "over-the-top" ridiculous, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy silly slap-stick type comedy. Marital infidelity with partners who just happen to be ...... Far too convenient. Not funny.

Don't see it if You enjoy real comedy, not this contrived trash. Reminded me of a PG 16 performance of the 3 stooges.

Delightful, Great staging, Funny, Raunchy, Fluffy

See it if You're looking for an entertaining fast paced show with great costumes/sets and terrific comedic performances (w/one poor casting exception)

Don't see it if You like your non-stop one-liners and physical comedy in bite size half hour sitcom chunks The silliness gets a little tiring after a while.

Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy well-done farce, somewhat raunchy humor, and the comedy of actors playing multiple roles very well.

Don't see it if You want something serious, or just don't appreciate traditional farces (lovers, multiple rooms, mistaken identity, etc.)

Madcap, Dizzying

See it if you like farce. A lot of different parts with few actors. They manage to keep things straight. Generally good fun.

Don't see it if don't like sex comedies. Plays with foreign accents that could be a bit better.

Contrived and silly

See it if I didn't hate it but I can't really find a single reason to recommend--there are much better ways to spend time/money on theater experiences

Don't see it if It's just a lot of silly slapstick with a contrived and lame plot about infidelity and revenge sex

Banal, Flimsy set, Silly, Farcical, Fluffy

See it if you enjoy farces - including door slamming and sexual innuendos. People were laughing, just not me

Don't see it if you hate farces. If flimsy set design bothers you (ie seeing the walls shake, scuff marks remnants of hinges of past shows)

Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, French, Farce

See it if You're in the mood for some light farce.

Don't see it if Your sensibilities are easily offended by low-budget, shabby sets.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if Classic French farce at its best is your cup of tea! Great fun all around; the cast shine in multiple roles & there is never a dull moment.

Don't see it if Youd like to watch a somber play or slower and less broad comedy.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great staging

See it if you need to unstressed with light entertainment, and a spectacularly staged play. The 4 actors switch characters at the speed of light

Don't see it if you like only thought provoking theater.

Funny, Great staging, Fast pased, Confusing

See it if a fast passed showed about a man carry on an adulteress affair in a hotel setting with his wife there will be entertaining for you

Don't see it if if you cannot keep up with fast moving acts

Funny, Raunchy, Fantastic costumes

See it if You like comedy about infidelity, you want to revel in the character-revealing costumes

Don't see it if you don't find a man constantly propositioning a woman who doesn't want it funny; you're looking for "smart" humor.

Fluffy, Silly, Entertaining

See it if a genteel keystone cops. Broad humor, well-acted.

Don't see it if you want better bedroom farce.

Entertaining, Funny

See it if you enjoy madcap farces in the spirit of Noises Off. And you enjoy slamming doors & excellent timing! & fake moustaches!

Don't see it if you are in the mood for a serious, thoughty drama.

Funny, Raunchy, Clever

See it if You like madcap silliness.

Don't see it if You are prudish and are offended by plays with sexual overtones

Cliched, Silly, Lighthearted

See it if you love farces and want mindless silly humor with decent acting and enjoy small space theatre with comfortable seats

Don't see it if you hate farces, want theatre with substance and are bothered by shabby low budget staging

Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Silly (in a good way)

See it if You want something light, fun, and entertaining. The cast and all their characters and quick changes are impressive!

Don't see it if You are picky about your theatre or need epic. This is not 'the best' of anything. It's just a big of fun.

Ambitious, Hilarious, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love a good romp in Paris hotel rooms and a good laugh out loud sex farce.

Don't see it if You don't like absurd and silly play and sexual innuendos. This is not a drama.

April 18th, 2016
“Occasionally hilarious and mostly harmless...Under Hal Brooks’s direction, there’s little emotional center, and the precision of the pacing comes and goes. With all the one-liners and quick changes and frothy lingerie and funny accents, however, you might not notice...However lascivious in its c...
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April 22nd, 2016
"The farce spectrum can veer from crude to exquisite. Mark Shanahan tends to favor the lower depths: lots of puerile wink-wink wordplay and pratfalls both sexual and scatological...In casting ill-matched repertory members d’un certain age, director Hal Brooks blunts the spirit of the original...T...
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April 19th, 2016
"'The Dingdong' is passable fun, providing a solid laugh for every two or three that fall flat. It's also easy to admire the cast as everyone goes through his or her paces, switching costumes and characters with abandon. But this is Exhibit A in the argument that light entertainment can be even m...
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April 29th, 2016
"Much of the fun of the play is seeing the same actors return over and over again in different roles often within a matter of seconds...While Brooks’ staging is stylish and elegant. The problem becomes that the stakes are not very high, and consequently we don’t worry or care enough about the pos...
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