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The Legend of Georgia McBride

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious
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MCC Theater presents the story of an Elvis impersonator who must become a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle to keep everything from falling apart.

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He's young, he's broke, his landlord's knocking at the door, and he's just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself.

 

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Reviews (79)

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78
Avg Score

90
The New York Times

"A stitch-in-your-side funny, if improbable, new comedy...The performances, under the snappy direction of Mike Donahue, are, as might be said backstage (or onstage) at a drag show, totally flawless...Most impressively, while drag queens have practically become stock characters in pop culture, Mr. McGrath imbues his version with a life-hardened authenticity underneath the garish wig and the cracking makeup; there isn’t a trace of caricature in his portrayal." Full Review

75
New York Post

"Shades of 'The Adventures of Priscilla' and 'The Birdcage,' plus a dash of 'Tootsie': 'The Legend of Georgia McBride' is a throwback to the feel-good drag-queen comedies of yore. You can spot every single plot development a mile ahead, but the production is so irrepressible, it’s almost impossible not to have a good time." Full Review

80
Theatermania

"You'll laugh at the zingy one-liners and tap your toes to the fun song-and-dance numbers, but you won't leave the theater with a radically altered perspective on the world...Watching 'The Legend of Georgia McBride' feels like cuddling up in a snuggie made of tulle and dreams. It's comforting and familiar in its nonthreatening fabulousness, perfect for a night out during which you would prefer to know exactly what you're going to get." Full Review

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Time Out New York

"Matthew Lopez’s feel-good comedy delivers many of the diversions that its premise suggests. The production features silly-glam costumes and snappy one-liners for the queens, an amusing learning-curve montage for our hero and several zippy musical numbers, including a delightful show-tune medley...Presented in 100 straight minutes, the play seems like a truncated version of something fuller and more specific. The foundation is there; the shading needs work." Full Review

85
The Hollywood Reporter

"Featuring enough amusingly bitchy one-liners and energetic musical numbers to be a genuine crowd-pleaser, the play is frothy to the extreme, a show for people who find 'Mamma Mia!' heavy lifting. But its relentless silliness is sweet and amiable enough to make it go down easy...Despite its earnest message of tolerance, 'The Legend of Georgia McBride' is too lightweight to register as anything more than a mild diversion. But it's highly entertaining nonetheless." Full Review

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The Huffington Post

"Those roars of laughter you hear on Christopher Street, just now, emanate from Matthew Lopez's unexpectedly sharp comedy 'The Legend of Georgia McBride'...'Georgia McBride' is not high literature, no, nor is it especially well-made; but it offers highly delicious low comedy, as satisfying as an icy-cold brew in a redneck bar on Florida's Panhandle." Full Review

60
The Guardian (UK)

"It’s charming, but this play ducks the complicated questions...The storyline feels somewhat canned, especially as the play veers away from anything too controversial. Casey’s heterosexuality is never in doubt and while the play scolds him for lying to his wife about his female impersonation, the play never dares suggest that it does anything but make him a better husband, father and provider...The play wimps out, leaving questions of gender and sexuality uncomplicated and unexplored." Full Review

70
New York Theater

"There are glimpses that suggest character mettle, and these moments are enhanced by the cast of five, who can do poignant along with punchlines. Director Mike Donahue also does wonders on a relatively cramped stage. But 'Georgia' mostly feels like a low-budget knockoff of the basic Broadway/Hollywood drag musical pattern." Full Review

80
Lighting & Sound America

"Just when you thought the theatre had squeezed every last drop of amusement out of the overwrought ways of drag queens, here comes 'The Legend of Georgia McBride' to deliver an unexpectedly fresh twist on an old formula...It is best enjoyed for its colorful characters, wisecracking dialogue, and authentically fabulous drag performances." Full Review

85
Theatre's Leiter Side

"This MCC Theatre production, brightly staged by Mike Donahue and lovingly choreographed by Paul McGill, is as feel-good a show as you can want, so everything comes together in the gratifyingly delightful grand finale. It’s all schmaltzily manipulative, but I’ll still take it over most of the shlock one has to sit through." Full Review

75
AM New York

"Heartfelt, feel-good comedy...It takes some time for the play (which runs just under two hours without an intermission) to make its way through the exposition. But once it gets going, some very funny exchanges and polished drag sequences follow, plus a spirited defense of drag as a form of cultural protest and a way of life." Full Review

80
The Clyde Fitch Report

"Can a play with the theatrical consistency of scrambled eggs still entertain? Apparently yes. Proof positive is 'The Legend of Georgia McBride'... It may be cheap, but who said cheap entertainment can’t entertain...? Director Donahue has taken advantage of the process and found all sorts of surprises — as has everyone working with him." Full Review

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Front Row Center

"This drawn out one-act starts off forced, then it puts on heels, tosses the plot aside, and becomes a lively musical, before finally turning a corner to become a surprisingly ambitious drama. Structurally, the show is a hot mess. But with several fine performances, some delicious musical lip syncing, and a poignant theme, it is a lovable mess as well." Full Review

85
Talkin' Broadway

"If Lopez takes you few places unexpected, he brings such a luscious, biting wit to it all that the patina of freshness is unmistakable throughout...Once Georgia is established, Lopez injects a lengthy montage...But the segment is overlong, and neither insightful nor eye-poppingly absurd...The play is able to survive — and even thrive — in spite of briefly mistaking external fiction for internal fact. And as long as Lopez is in tune with that, which he is most of the time, his play borders on... Full Review

85
New York Daily News

"Necessity is the mother of reinvention in 'The Legend of Georgia McBride,' a predictable but irresistible crowd-pleaser...Chasing buzzy themes of identity and transformation, 'Georgia McBride' is by turns sweet and salty and deceptively deep...Lopez’s latest play may not make him a legend, but it confirms his status as a writer worth hearing from." Full Review

90
Theatre Reviews Limited

"A high-energy, high-octane song and dance extravaganza that plays with exotic and explosive exuberance and verve...This play is more than exhilarating drag performances – although these are exquisite – and glitzy costumes. The title character makes a legendary leap into very unfamiliar territory to regain his sense of purpose and his determination to accept who he is." Full Review

85
Bob's Theater Blog

"This play could serve as a textbook example of a guilty pleasure. Its plot is as predictable as a Swiss train and as deep as a thin mint, but its appeal is hard to resist...This slender material is greatly enhanced by a terrific cast, outlandish costumes, even more outlandish wigs, an appropriately seedy set, hilarious choreography and smooth direction.You may not remember it five minutes later, but you are likely to have a good time." Full Review

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The Wrap

"'George McBride' doesn’t have much more up its many prosthetics than a desire to entertain...Lopez knows how to borrow from Tennessee Williams. Now he needs to learn how to borrow better from Arthur Laurents." Full Review

85
Newsday

"This 100-minute comedy is the sweet-natured surprise of the young season. The fun is in Lopez's theatrically knowing dialogue and Mike Donahue's lot-with-a-little direction...The five actors are all shrewdly delightful, but the galvanizing center is Matt McGrath...Lopez tosses in a little message about gender and nonconforming, but even the lecture is entertaining." Full Review

80
NY1

"'The Legend Of Georgia McBride' may not be the best play to come down the pike, but few can top it for sheer bust-a-gut, lose-yourself, feel-good fun at the theatre. And it features a very talented cast, along with one central performance that's about as fabulous as it gets...A wildly irresistible summertime diversion." Full Review

75
Towleroad

"Drag virgins with any trepidation can expect a palatable intro to the form, one that tickles audiences with a greatest hits of kitschy clichés, and is primarily designed to convince Joe Flyover State that a straight dude putting on a dress and lip-syncing for money is, like, totally chill, bro." Full Review

70
Broadway Blog

"A sitcom-heavy play, which delivers plenty of one-liners but rarely goes below the sequined bustier in terms of character development...There are plenty of well-earned laughs in 'The Legend of Georgia McBride,' and while the play pays honest homage to one aspect of gay culture and attempts to transcend its impact by telling its story through a straight man’s viewpoint, its false eyelashes and high heels occasionally mask truths still waiting to be told." Full Review

80
Show Showdown

"'The Legend of Georgia McBride' is maybe not the deepest show out there, but it's great fun, nonetheless. Performed by a committed cast whose kind, well-meaning characters are impossible not to root for, 'McBride' relies on a few unexpected plot turns and character motivations to steer clear of the cliches it regularly threatens to sink into. I expected to be indifferent about the show at best, but I left hoping everyone else who sees it has as much fun with it as I did. It's a sweet, charmi... Full Review

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Westword

for a previous production "Director Mike Donahue has added to the writing deficiencies by having his actors use exaggerated Southern accents and adopt purely presentational performance styles...The drag numbers save the evening...As the show goes along, the drag elements gets glitzier, flashier and louder, obscuring the play's deficiencies — until you leave the theater and start thinking about the lost opportunities." Full Review

85
Denver Post

for a previous production "From start to curtain call, the play is about transformation...Mike Donahue directs with verve, and while 'Georgia' doesn't completely escape the fourth wall, it invites audience whoops and catcalls more in keeping with a dive bar...The first act ends with an extended and magnificent drag show within a show." Full Review

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83
Avg Score

65
Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining, Prefictable, Recorded

See it if you enjoy lip synched nostalgic tunes, energetic and innovative dance routines and exquisite costumes of drag queens on a minimal set

Don't see it if you are turned off or bored by LGBT themes and mixed racial romantic relationships, prefer live to recorded singing/music, intellect stimula

65
Cliched, Entertaining, Lightweight, Good performances, Dated (altho new)

See it if you want a superficial, feel-good evening. No heavy-lifting, but there could have been...and it feels like a cheat. No insight into gender.

Don't see it if you want to be challenged, not just entertained. TLOGM is frustrating in its outdated, too easy approach. Some of the numbers dazzle.

Also I'm catching up on past reviews. This show tried hard to please--and s... Read more Read less

67
Funny, Clever, Edgy

See it if If you're looking for a charming, funny story with outstanding acting performances;

Don't see it if If you're looking for a more dramatic story regarding drag queens or homosexuality;

80
Refreshing, Relevant, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if It ever plays again, it has great singing and a good story

Don't see it if You don't like people in drag,

Also I saw it in october of 2015, it was funny and overall a good show. The... Read more Read less

95
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant

See it if You want to see a great meditation on the blurry lines of gender, as told with utter fabulousness by Dave Thomas Brown and Matt McGrath.

Don't see it if You're close-minded.

100
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a heartwarming, adorable show! Some of the most fun I've had in the theatre a long time! So glad it's coming to LA's Geffen

Don't see it if Don't like Drag, or prefer a Drama.

87
Original, Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Hilarious

See it if you want to laugh, sing, cry and generally have a wonderful evening. Great acting, singing, and energy with a twist of real thoughtfulness

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with cross-dressing; otherwise, I can't think why anyone wouldn't love this play

87
Funny, Delightful, Edgy, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a funny, very good off off broadway show. great show for a group of people

Don't see it if you're not into drag queens and very funny show

93
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you're in the mood to laugh.

Don't see it if you're not into drag shows.

76
Funny, Absorbing, Delightful, Predictable, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for something light, fun & rather mindless.

Don't see it if you have an aversion to drag queens.

88
Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to be entertained and have a great time and if you love drag queens!

Don't see it if You don't like the movies Pricilla Queen of the Desert or To Wong Fu.

80
Original, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if this is a hilarious show. Very well written and acted!

Don't see it if you're offended by drag queens

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you love theatre that makes you laugh with a heartwarming story of acceptance.

Don't see it if you don't like drag queens

92
Great acting, Quirky, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want a mega-laughs comedy full of incredible drag show routines!! Dave Thomas Brown is some serious eye candy as boy or girl, too.

Don't see it if You cannot stand drag queens, I suppose.

100
Funny, Great acting, Moving, Eloquently written

See it if You appreciate well written work by new voices

Don't see it if Can't imagine anyone not enjoying this production

79
Funny, Delightful, Fluffy, Broad, Strong performances

See it if Enormously charming performances, snappy one-liners, and a fast pace let you overlook an under-explored premise and clunky plotting.

Don't see it if You find drag a drag, you demand nuanced writing, & are willing to miss a masterful perf by Matt McGrath & a real find in Dave Thomas Brown.

60
Boring, Overrated, Dated, Too long, Fluffy

See it if you're into drag culture- there are lots of cultural references. It's lively but cliched, with melodramatic acting. Not a must-see, but ok.

Don't see it if You want intellectual engagement or are averse to the idea of drag or if loud music and classic (way over the top) comedy aren't your thing.

82
Funny, Delightful, Raunchy, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy backstage hilarity w/ drag performers, pros & a newbie. The cast & production are terrific. Matt McGrath as Tracy is an original.

Don't see it if if you don't want to have a great time at an old fashioned - hilarious - off-Broadway play.

75
Funny, Entertaining, Light, Drag-tastic, Simplistically plotted

See it if You're in the mood for a no-surprises plot, appealing one-dimensional characters and an affectionate sampling of iconic drag numbers

Don't see it if You'd just as soon go to a real drag club for a taste of stereotypical queen-meets-straight gags and deliberately campy acting

80
Funny, Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if you're looking for light comedy.

Don't see it if drag shows turn you off or if you're looking for something thought-provoking.

50
Great acting, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Uninventive

See it if you want to see a drag show.

Don't see it if you want to see a play.

85
Funny, Clever, Delightful

See it if you like a well-written story about a struggling entertainer who makes good.

Don't see it if you are offended by drag performances

90
Original, Absorbing, Clever, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you're looking for a very entertaining show. So much fun and so many laughs that you won't even notice that there is no intermission.

Don't see it if you have no sense of humor

87
Funny, Great acting

See it if You like drag and great comic timing.

Don't see it if You don't .

100
Original, Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you love costumes and make up and singing and dancing and all that jazz!

Don't see it if you can't deal with drag queens.