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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Fluffy, Quirky

35
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.

35
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)

40
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.

48
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)

20
Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Insipid, Excruciating

See it if You enjoy hammy, way over the top, eye rolling, stammering, the worst sit-comish acting slammed over a tired, dated script.

Don't see it if If you're looking for laughs and good clever farce ala Noises Off.


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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