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Members say: Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever

About the show

Pipeline Theatre Company presents the NYC premiere of this rock musical about Rasputin, the infamous mystic who helped topple the Russian royal family. Featuring music by Dave Malloy of 'The Great Comet' fame.  More…

Beardo is a Russian indie-rock musical that explores the mad inner workings of Rasputin, who sexed his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy. Experience the mysterious ascent of one of the most peculiar and seductive figures in history. 'Beardo' is staged at a fully operational church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where the production makes full use of the venue's high-arched ceilings, stained-glass windows, and fully functioning pipe organ. 

Member Reviews (100)


Quirky, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great singing, Clever
Avg Score

Funny, Raunchy, Quirky, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Biographical farce based on Rasputin. Wonderful music and clever verse. Lots of sexual humor. Original and different.

Don't see it if You don't like raunchy silly comedy. You are looking for something more serious or dramatic.

Also Wish I could buy a soundtrack.

Quirky, Ambitious, Clever, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if for the wonderful innovative score and the hilarious 2nd act. Arrive early to get a seat with a clear view of the stage.

Don't see it if the G train is terra incognito, 3 hours on church pew offends your delicate posterior or historical inconsistencies disturb you.


See it if Has some interesting songs and scenes such as the feast at the large table...

Don't see it if ...but it runs 2 hours 45 minutes and needs deep cuts. Way too long.

Uber talented cast, Quirky, Echoes of great comet of 1812, Unexpectedly laugh out loud, Strange

See it if want to be on Dave Malloy bandwagon, experience a super talented cast that lands near all possible comedic elements of the tale of Rasputin

Don't see it if drowning, poisoning, shooting, black swans, hemophiliacs, the Russian revolution, assassination, sex, nudity or men in tutus, give you pause

Clever, Entertaining, Great music, Needs editing

See it if you like good music, good performances, and quirky staging.

Don't see it if you are not able to sit through a long play that needs editing or if one dimensional characters bore you.

Bizarre, Edgy, Indulgent, Intelligent, Raunchy

See it if you liked Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812, know of Rasputin ('Anastasia' will do), or like Russian history.

Don't see it if You have sensitive tastes, dislike dick jokes and absurdism, or possess an unwillingness to suspend disbelief or break third walls.

Also A strange tale that sounds a LOT like Great Comet, but is less polishe... Read more Read less

Masterful, Intelligent, Must see

See it if Dave Malloy. Incredible dedication and talent. Hopefully, only the beginning.

Don't see it if Need to stick to the conventional

Clever, Great singing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if like intelligent musicals; it's the story of Rasputin, performed in an old church. It's a better Natasha, Pierre and Great Comet.

Don't see it if aren't interested in Russian history or a weird take on the Rasputin Story

Great music, Ambitious, Indulgent, Quirky, Overlong

See it if you're a fan of Dave Malloy and enjoy eccentric takes on historical figures.

Don't see it if you have little patience for long and awkward shows that contain moments of greatness in music, performance and staging.

Weird, Ambitious, Funny, Great singing, Overlong

See it if you like Dave Malloy, great singing, wacky takes on history, unusual settings and themes, & don't mind a long, sometimes confusing storyline

Don't see it if you need traditional structure and story, can't sit in a pew for 2.5 hrs (1 interval), or if you expect a factual retelling of history

Also Okay, look, it's too long, they could cut out the entire beginning, it... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intense, Must see, Masterful, Great staging

See it if SEE THIS SHOW! Absolutely fantastic! The music (of course!) is incredible! The cast is completely amazing! The setting & staging perfection!

Don't see it if You may not enjoy the show because of subject matter: language, sex, violence. It is full of bold choices & lots of risk taking by the cast.

Dizzying, Misterious, Immersive, Great setting

See it if you want to see an immersive musical show inside of a church. It is a site specific piece.

Don't see it if you live far away from this church, it is not worth all the trip.

Also This review is just for the first act. Since you step in the church yo... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Absurd, Clever

See it if you enjoy the site-specific staging and an absurd yet enjoyable show

Don't see it if you prefer a more logical show with more talents in it.

Ambitious, Delightful, Indulgent, Hilarious, Exquisite

See it if you enjoy irreverent theatre in non-traditional spaces, murder-ballets and tales of insane monks doing dirty things to increasingly odd folk

Don't see it if you're stuffy and strictly believe in the traditional musical form.

Also A remarkably kickass night!

Entertaining, Great music, Great acting, Raunchy, Quirky

See it if you like David Malloy music; dramatic rock/folk stuff. You like charismatic actors obviously having a good time.

Don't see it if half the show is dance sex; if you will be bored of dance sex, give this a pass.`

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you are looking for an off off Broadway experience where the "art of theater" beats out everything else. This is a fun, crazy ride!

Don't see it if you are looking for more commercial, linear story telling

Also Pipeline is one of those non-profit theater companies that really stan... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Raunchy

See it if if you like clever quirky musicals.

Don't see it if it if you do not like raunchy comedy

Entertaining, Clever, Confusing, Refreshing, Too long

See it if You like Natasha Pierre & the great comet of 1982. It deals with Russian history in a very similar way ( but it is not as good as " comet ")

Don't see it if If you know totally nothing about Rasputin. You will miss most of the inside jokes and historic references. The music Is maybe too eclectic.

Entertaining, Funny, Edgy, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you enjoy the music of Dave Malloy. Very funny moments. Very irreverent take on the tale of Rasputin. Enjoyable!

Don't see it if If you are expecting a story that hangs together and isn't a bit rough shod.

Baudy, Confusing historically, Great music, Very talented cast

See it if See it for the music; it's beautiful. Cast and direction are also really good.

Don't see it if Story's a mess and hard to follow at times. Also really long; almost 3 hours.

Clever, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy historical tales with quirky twists. Some excellent staging, narrative, bizarrely hilarious moments. Great music and atmosphere!

Don't see it if You prefer traditional historical tellings, or are offended by sexually explicit subject matter.

Unique, Promising, Entertaining, Cliched, Nontraditional

See it if a nontraditional site-specific show that approaches Russian history and religion in an irreverent, anarchic way sounds exciting.

Don't see it if a three hour production all the way out in Greenpoint that is vulgar, sacrilegious, crass, juvenile in humor, and meandering sounds hellish.

Also The show assumes that you’d get bored with Russian history & so it ser... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Fluffy, Indulgent, Ambitious

See it if you like to discover new scores and like environmental stagings..

Don't see it if you want a tightly written or brassy musical.

Great concept, Unique venue, Poorly executed, Awful dialogue, Lousy score

See it if you want a unique theatrical experience. The show, with it's strong cast, is being staged in a rundown church in Brooklyn

Don't see it if you have something better to see. While well intentioned, this show is a mess. The score, the dialogue, the pacing; it just doesn't work

Raunchy, Bizarre, Irreverent, Aimless

See it if For a weird old time with a game cast, especially the priceless Willy Appelman and Brian Bock, don't mind shenanigans w total lack of plot

Don't see it if Expecting something on par with The Great Comet, looking for insight on Rasputin etc, expect craft in lyrics or book

February 12th, 2017
"A louche, lewd and assertively weird fantasia on the life of Rasputin...Those lacking familiarity with pre-revolutionary Russian history may find themselves befuddled...This ought to be dark, ribald, rambling entertainment. And it is. But it also isn’t...Heyman approaches the material with gusto...
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February 12th, 2017
"Scruffy and messy, which is fun for a bit—before you start yearning for dramaturgical focus and stronger direction to bring out a decent musical...Director Ellie Heyman has fine individual ingredients to work with: Craig’s goofy-eerie dialogue and lyrics, Malloy’s folksy pop and a cast bursting ...
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February 12th, 2017
"A wonderfully strange new musical...Overflowing with mystery and mirth, this tragicomic riff on a familiar tale is an unforgettable theatrical experience...Malloy employs an eclectic mix of styles for a score that is both tuneful and daring...Surprises abound in Heyman's earthy production...'Bea...
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February 21st, 2017
"The entire enterprise suffers from a deficit of wit and the absence of a point of view...That 'Beardo' doesn't become entirely tiresome until late in the second act is largely due to Malloy's music...There isn't much that the director, Ellie Heyman, can do to impose any order on such often chaot...
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