Dido of Idaho
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Dido of Idaho

Dido of Idaho NYC Reviews and Tickets

(46 Reviews)
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Great acting, Clever, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent

About the Show

EST’s Youngblood presents this scathing new play about a hard-drinking musicologist who seeks out her estranged mother. A horrifying comedy about love, despair, and maybe, eventually, hope.

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Member Reviews (46)

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711 Reviews | 140 Followers
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Funny, Sad

See it if Funny, but some violence fighting. Great acting, enjoyable and sad.

Don't see it if violence, deal with learning self love.

154 Reviews | 31 Followers
Clever, Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you want to see an exceptionally well written new play.

Don't see it if the current social climate and news is not of interest to you. Read more

507 Reviews | 269 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to see a new play written by a new voice in the theatre: Abby Rosebrock. Rosebrock takes risks and they pay off beautifully!

Don't see it if you do not like new plays. There is another reason, but that would be a SPOILER.

56 Reviews | 9 Followers
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent

See it if You like a great play by a newish playwright in an intimate space (99 seats) and great acting and story Set was impressive and the writing!!

Don't see it if You thrive only on big musicals. That is really the only thing I can think of. This is great theatre. Read more

332 Reviews | 41 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Clever, Intense

See it if You want to see a play that has great writing, acting and staging with twists and turns and edginess this is it.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh and almost cry and see how peoples lives are affected by the choices they made and by the people around them. Read more

292 Reviews | 62 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You're interested in people and what motivates them.

Don't see it if You can't handle violence.

69 Reviews | 29 Followers
Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You enjoy a deep entertaining show.

Don't see it if If you get troubled by a bit of violence .

86 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Quirky

See it if You like shows about women's empowerment and like some over the top satire

Don't see it if You dislike shows that want to make a political/psychological statement or a tired of the women's empowerment enhancing self esteem theme Read more

Critic Reviews (7)

The New York Times
March 29th, 2018

"Morbidly charming...Hilariously off-kilter and engrossing at the start...Even when the romantic trio seem too aware of the laughs, watching them is a delight. That is until the end of the first act, when the play takes a sharp turn with a grisly fight scene that, while artfully choreographed, raises a dramatic hurdle that the script can’t clear...For all its daring subversion of expectations, the play takes a sharp left turn out of familiar territory, only to lose its way."
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Time Out New York
March 23rd, 2018

"Rosebrock pushes her comedy into darker-than-dark territory with bold flourishes (including rapid-fire dialogue) and a mind-bending second-act twist...Mahony establishes a broadly comedic tone that doesn’t fully encompass 'Dido of Idaho's' disturbing underpinnings; instead of being prepared for its alarming detours, we feel like we just got punked. Ultimately, this smart and amusing play has the same problem as its central figure: It doesn't quite live up to its potential."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 23rd, 2018

"With its train-wreck heroine, classical-literature references, brutally candid cast of supporting characters, and wild twists, it quickly develops an audacious quality all its own...If the play sometimes shifts gears wildly, the director, Mikhaela Mahony, wields an efficient stick shift, and she gets skillful performances from her cast...Anyone who can combine mistaken-identity farce with brutal violence, feminist analysis, and a scene of hard-won forgiveness is clearly a writer to watch."
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Theatre is Easy
March 22nd, 2018

"The cultural storylines of romantic dramas are as familiar as those of ancient myths or modern reality shows, but Rosebrock upends these narratives to find humor and truth beneath them...Female empathy forms a redemptive balm to the flawed world in which the characters operate, and the play’s women share appealing chemistry...'Dido’s' core message is one of empowerment, pushing us to actively change the internal and socialized damage we lament."
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Front Row Center
March 22nd, 2018

"Although the production could use a defter hand at the helm, the play takes surprising twists that turn our preconceptions upside down, and keeps us riveted to our seats...Rosebrock’s script is witty, perceptive and well-paced. But it’s also very nuanced...Many of the production choices (or lack thereof) did not serve the play as well as they should have...The script is excellent and there is some outstanding acting."
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Front Mezz Junkies
March 22nd, 2018

"As directed by Mikhaela Mahony with a somewhat unfocused all-over-the-place eye that does eventually offer up some solid and surprising doses of tension, humor, and horror, the play goes dark quickly...Powerful and deep, the balance of comedy and surreal destruction is at moments muddled, as are the first few scenes of love and self-help, but this story of love and despair holds together at the end of Nora’s voyage."
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Off Off Online
March 23rd, 2018

"As a playwright, Rosebrock brings an invigorating new voice to the stage...'Dido' careens from high-minded laughs to cutthroat rage to soft-edged dreamscape...The result is a crash course in self-respect and surviving betrayal, be it romantic, familial, or self-inflicted...Given a project full of risky physicality, twisty plot turns and obscure references, director Mikhaela Mahoney and her dynamic company provide a powerhouse interpretation of Rosebrock’s clever script."
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