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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

Clever, Hilarious, Must see, Entertaining, Great writing

See it if You like comedies, especially farce. It's extremely clever and laugh out loud funny.

Don't see it if You hate laughing.

Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Must see

See it if You love to laugh, enjoy clever innuendo and wonderful writing.

Don't see it if You are not inclined to enjoy a brilliantly adapted revival of a classic French Farce.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like classic farce. Really top notch.

Don't see it if You do not want to laugh

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Fluffy, Great staging, Refreshing

See it if you want a frothy night of fun. 1st act drags (cut some!), but overall show sparkles. Great set, nice costumes, strong acting, clever script

Don't see it if you hate farce, altho I'm not a fan and I had a great time. One actor (Lucy) is weak. Running time was about two hours with intermission.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Clever, Delightful

See it if you like farce, actors playing multiple parts, fun coincidences, a few inside jokes about the Pearl's repertory run, split-second timing

Don't see it if you don't like farce, hate contrived situations, hate physical humor, can't appreciate base humor or actors going slightly over the top,

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if Slamming-door farce delights you. An exceptionally well performed frothy French sex farce is on tap as marital infidelity is tested ! See it

Don't see it if You are looking for a serious look at sexual and marital relationships. You don't like suggestive language or sex themed jokes.

During previews
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Refreshing

See it if you want to laugh out loud and enjoy Farce...a form of comedy rarely seen in NYC.

Don't see it if you are looking for serious comedy.

During previews
Funny, Entertaining, Great fun, Pure silliness, Frothy

See it if A fun, broadly acted farce about love and lust. Full of exaggerated physical comedy, slamming doors, silliness - actors play multiple roles.

Don't see it if You need depth or meaning in your plays - this is pure frivolity and fun. Actors really go over the top. Reminded me of Noises Off.

During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Accessible

See it if Farce appeals, in a not brilliant but very well performed & funny modern update with a memorable, must-see performance by Kelly Curran.

Don't see it if Door-slamming & the silliness of farce or an updated translation & set offend in spite of good performances by a game cast with one standout

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

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying, Great staging, Fluffy

See it if you enjoyed the second and third acts of "Noises Off!", here without the play-within-a-play/backstage premise but rather a marriage comedy.

Don't see it if madcap hijinks, innuendo & double entendre, over-the-top acting, and multiple quick character changes are not your thing. Light as meringue!

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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