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The Dingdong

From 86 member  reviews
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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Fluffy, Raunchy, Funny, Banal, Dated

See it if You are a fan of sex farce and double entendre. Some nice performances but runs a bit too much to cliche. OK, but not as good as you hope.

Don't see it if You hate Benny Hill like comedy and innuendo or are looking for anything other than a mindless romp.

Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Fluffy, Light

See it if you want a diverting but unexceptional evening of theatre, with a fantastic performance.

Don't see it if you are a stickler about farce, expect non-stop laughs, have problems with crude jokes.

Disappointing, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if you just want something silly, and you're not expecting much.

Don't see it if you're a hard critic and notice small details that have yet to be cleaned up.

Entertaining, Fluffy, Cliched, Funny, Inconsistent acting abilities

See it if You enjoy off-off-Broadway/community theatre. Want to be entertained by a fluffy comedy. Second act is better than the first.

Don't see it if You want something profound. Acting abilities of the cast are variable. Ps. The maitinee audience was not as energetic as the show deserved.

Amusing, Quirky, Silly

See it if you're in the mood for something that doesn't make you think. It's light-hearted and amusing, but at times felt a little amateur.

Don't see it if you want a show with substance. this is 100% farcical. I felt the production quality was also slightly lacking.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You like slapstick and dirty innuendos.

Don't see it if You are offended by sex themes. They try very hard and because it's so mediocre, it is actually amusing. Feels like community theatre

Ambitious, Delightful

See it if you love French farce and people tripping over themselves and each other and their marriage vows

Don't see it if you need farce to be exquisitely timed or acted to be funny

Raunchy, Slow, Funny, Ambitious, Fluffy

See it if You like farce and don't mind waiting for the story develop

Don't see it if You don't like low-budget silly shows.

Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if You enjoy quirky funny and quick moving scenes. Actors play a variety of characters. Cute original production. Off Broadway in small theater

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays. Don't see it if you like a serious play as this was silly but entertaining

Cliched, Raunchy, Great staging, Funny, Great acting

See it if You enjoy typical farces.

Don't see it if You are looking for great comedy.

Cliched, Dated

See it if Farces

Don't see it if Something a little more polished

Cliched, Fluffy

See it if you are looking for some entertainment, any kind.

Don't see it if you will be disappointed to find a complex issue presented in a shallow dialogue-infidelity should be more than passion and physical impulse

Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky, Great staging, Confusing

See it if You want a cute farce about Parisian romance. If you admire an actor's ability to play different roles/accents in one show.

Don't see it if You want really deep or thought provoking content/writing. Or a really good farce.

Great staging, Fluffy, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if you want to catch Kelly Curran in an amazing performance

Don't see it if you prefer good acting across the board from all 5 performers

Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Clever, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a good old farce! There is one girl in it who is phenomenal so go to see her! She plays multiple and all her accents are spot on!

Don't see it if You hate sprinting across the stage and very hectic situations. It gets very loud and don't see it if you don't understand farce!

During previews
A farce needs to be funny

See it if You love actors playing multiple characters in a convoluted storyline. One actress does a great job with her roles.

Don't see it if You are hoping for laugh out loud dialogue and tons of fun

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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