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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
71
Avg Score

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

82
Clever, Funny, Great staging, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You like farcical humor. Like to laugh at silly humor. The five actors switch roles with ease and the show is funny and enjoyable.

Don't see it if Don't like slapstick comedy or need elaborate staging.

70
Funny, Fun, High-energy, Entertaining

See it if You want to have a laugh for a couple hours. You probably won't be laughing the whole time but there'll be at least a few laughs in there.

Don't see it if You desire a show with a lot of depth or don't care for slapstick, farce-type comedies. Acting abilities greatly varied.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if you like farce.

Don't see it if you want to see something heavy.

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.

85
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Great writing, Dizzying

See it if you enjoy farce, clever humor, quick wit, and puns.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy slapstick - though it's beautifully executed, it is lighthearted and silly humor.

100
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like to laugh, enjoy witty, clever writing and are ready to have a good time. SO much fun.

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh!

74
Clever, Fluffy, Hilarious, Quirky, Original

See it if You like physical comedy

Don't see it if You are not a fan of silly shows

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!

92
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing

See it if You enjoy a great farce...I love this new play with a fantastic performance by Kelley Curran.

Don't see it if You're not in the mood to laugh!

82
Clever, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy door-slamming farces with super-fast costume changes and an absorbing plot.

Don't see it if you hate to laugh, don't enjoy comedy, and aren't a fan of farce.

92
Clever, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if you enjoy fun farces

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh

94
Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Funny, Original

See it if you love raucous, unabashed silliness that keeps you on the edge of your seat and makes your cheeks hurt from smiling the whole time.

Don't see it if you're offended by double entendres. But my kids saw it. They didn't get the adult jokes, they just loved the physicality. It was great!

100
Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You love screwball comedies and door-slamming farces

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh or if you're not a.fan of the Marxist Brothers

95
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love shows like The 39 Steps, The Hound of the Baskervilles, or Around the World in 80 Days. This show is similar!

Don't see it if You don't like to laugh :)

89
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Great writing

See it if You like French farce, clever dialogue, masterful (or mistressful) command of the stage and stage by Kelly Curran. She really gets it.

Don't see it if All the actors are not to her level, direction not as crisp as this play requires.

95
Clever, Delightful, Funny

See it if You love theater, farce, actors getting to show off their talent. I'd love to direct it but I'd want a TALENTED, loving cast for the job.

Don't see it if You are prudish, narrow minded, or it is misinterpreted by clumsy performers, directors and designers.

84
Funny, Entertaining, Romantic, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You like farce, light hearted humor, and hilarious use of language. Great play to take a date too. Not too heavy of material. Fun romantic

Don't see it if You are looking for tragedy or heavy drama.

88
Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if If you love a cleverly reworked farce.

Don't see it if You are a prude.

90
Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You're up for a quick paced laugh ride!

Don't see it if ...you don't appreciate clever wordplay and good, raucous farce!

95
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if You want a good laugh!

Don't see it if You want a serious, thought-provoking drama

91
Funny, Refreshing, Hilarious, Clever, Ambitious

See it if You like farce. Doors slamming, mistaken identity, etc. Pure fun.

Don't see it if See it!

92
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Quirky

See it if you love hilarious door-slamming fun.

Don't see it if laughing makes you angry

100
Clever, Ambitious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like to see exciting new theatre! It is such a clever show!

Don't see it if you aren't interesting in new theatre, old classics with new twists, or just don't like theatre at all.

98
Original, Intelligent, Funny, Clever, Must see!

See it if Funny funny funny

Don't see it if Don't enjoy a good comedy.


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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