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The Dingdong

From 9 critic and 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.'



70
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.

70
Entertaining, Funny, Raunchy, Dated, Quirky

See it if you are looking for a fun show with goofy characters and lots of hijinks.

Don't see it if you don't like the idea of a comedy that's all about sex, or if you're looking for something more contemporary (this is set in the 1930s).

70
Slow, Quirky, Disappointing

See it if You enjoy sporadic spurts of laughter-inducing moments

Don't see it if You expected to see a fantastic French farce (which is what I had hoped for!)

70
Entertaining, Hit and miss jokes, Cliched

See it if Not riveting or hilarious, but I left the theatre thinking that was fun for a Sunday afternoon. The actresses were great.

Don't see it if You want a great comedy. Don't Expect intellectual, witty dialogue. This one is predictable but every now & again lands a great laugh

70
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

70
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.

70
Great acting, Overrated, Banal, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You tired of being so smart

Don't see it if You don't know what/where are Paris, Budapest, Lyon, Zurich and Rome.

69
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.

69
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

68
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!

67
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

67
Fluffy, Silly, Entertaining

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

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

65
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.

65
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.

65
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.

65
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

62
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

60
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.

60
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.

60
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.

60
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.

59
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.

58
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

56
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.

55
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.


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