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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
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

Quirky, Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if You want to support The Pearl, which does some great things. for Curran's performance. Great costumes.

Don't see it if are expecting to see first rate farce. Most of the jokes don't land. I sat there smiling occasionally but rarely laughing out loud

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.

Funny, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if Enjoy farce. Plenty of doors...

Don't see it if You don't enjoy farce. It's supposed to be silly...

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.


See it if you enjoy classic farce with lots of doors opening and closing

Don't see it if farce is not your cup of tea

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

Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if The Italian bombshell sounds Latino & the flirty Frenchman sounds British but it doesn't matter. It's fun! Just go with it.

Don't see it if You like serious plots & intense dramas, not mindless fun. It's full of sexual innuendo & bathroom humor, but no nudity or offensive lang.

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

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).

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!)

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

Clever, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if Great acting, set in the 1930s in Europe about men who want to sleep with their friends wife

Don't see it if If you are conservative

Funny, Ambitious, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like farce. This is kind of slapstick farce. Cleverly done and clever staging. Lots of laughs. The actors were very good.

Don't see it if you don't like a fast pace.

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, 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

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Cliched, Dated

See it if you want to take a break from plays that aim to challenge the way you view life and just want to have a jolly good time in the theater.

Don't see it if realism is your thing and you want your theater to reveal layer upon layer of the complexities of human experience.

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

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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