Already closed | 2h 0m | Midtown W

Dido of Idaho

From 46 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Nina is struggling with a colleague/lover who is dragging his feet about leaving his beauty-queen wife. When her hijinks land her at rock bottom, she goes on a quest to get counsel from the only source she has left: her evangelical mom.

2h 0m | Already closed | Ensemble Studio Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (46)


Great acting, Clever, Great writing, Funny, Intelligent
Avg Score

Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if If you like a new, unproven writer. If you want to find a show that has a different approach to traditional theater.

Don't see it if If your not into shows that are unnecessarily too wordy and a show that can get confusing as well as unbelievable.

Edgy, Intense, Quirky, Raunchy, Feminist

See it if Alcoholic woman with low self-esteem gets in trouble. Act 1 is a dark comedy full of surprises, good acting, and a climactic fight.

Don't see it if Act2 had the tone of a different play. Spiritual not literal. It resolved the feminist issues well, but wasn't thrilling & funny like Act1.

Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Rosebrock's pitch-black comedy is wildly ambitious, literate & hellbent on "righting a few wrongs" Khosh's Nora is overblown but heartfelt

Don't see it if Structurally shaky in 2nd Act (magic-realism! with Nora's mother a complex gorgon) but concepts of forgiveness & a higher power balance plot

Absorbing, Clever, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Relationships mattter... lovers, husband and wife, mother and daughter woman and woman . One asks oneself 'When Do We Learn"?

Don't see it if you do not like to be almost in the show. Great intimate theater

Great acting, Funny, Edgy, Dramatic farce, Great timing

See it if farce with a dramatic punch, the funniest on stage drunk scene ever and astounding reversals make for your idea of a great performance.

Don't see it if marriage issues cause triggering events for you. Feminism makes you nervous. You hate the opera Dido and Aeneas.

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.

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.

Really good surprising plot twists

See it if You want to see how crazy and pathetic women can be and wonder why they would want a guy like this.

Don't see it if You are not interested in crazy and over-the-top plays about relationships and why people stay in them and want them

Also There are two really good plot twist in the second act of this play. F... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You are interested in what can be done to use a classic story/opera and update the time and language and lose the plot.

Don't see it if You can’t watch bloody physical violence portrayed right in front of you. You don’t like plays based on classic drama.

Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy smart theater in an intimate space. Well written, wonderfully acted. Smart and funny. Quirky and sometimes sad.

Don't see it if You don't like strong women casts that don't pull their punches. A little warm in the theater, but that's hardly a complaint. A little gore.

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if A battleground on a collision of world views between acedemia, musicology, sexuality, feminism, religion, and personal relationships.

Don't see it if You are unwilling to take a chance on a new playwright with lots of ideas and potential for growth.

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.

Also I was thoroughly entertained. I laughed so much and I was on the edge ... Read more Read less

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.

Great writing

See it if You enjoy good dialogue and surprises.

Don't see it if Not a happy story but a lot of humor along the way.

Great turn by layla khosh, Play needs editing, Good idea

See it if You are up for a work by a promising author, a great series of ideas & situations that knit well, & a strong performance by Layla Khosh

Don't see it if Overwritten or "speechy" dialogue turns you off- Far too many long winded sentences the actors struggle to get through, too much repetition

Absorbing, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if You like Dido and Anaeis tale/baroque opera and want to see contemporary take on theme of love triangle-great acting, scenic design. writing

Don't see it if You might feel the production is a bit histrionic, and a fight scene too violent and graphic, but this is an interesting new play-go anyway.

Unique, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like unusual theater experiences... Interesting use of stage space and set design...

Don't see it if you don't like shows staged in very small out of the way theaters...

Disappointing, Cliched, Quirky, Good acting

See it if You are interested in plays by new playwrights.

Don't see it if You prefer more accomplished work. Story is disjointed, not credible. Characters are not sympathetic.

Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if What an amazing play within a play. Unexpected turn of events. It will keep you entertained, challenged, and admire great acting.

Don't see it if Violent scenes but it really helps the play, as they were increadibly real. Sometimes you have to hit the bottom to go back up again.

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.

Also How wonderful to hear from a new young woman playwright, Abby Rosebroc... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting

See it if you can handle dark humor.

Don't see it if you want something light, or you're sensitive to portrayals of violence.

Also The first act outshone the 2nd a bit, but that's the only criticism I ... Read more Read less

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to experience the most violent and believable fight scene I've ever witnessed live. Both funny and sad, all around a must see.

Don't see it if You don't like violence or have any interest in mending relationships that are broken.

Good acting, direction, dialogue and a few quibbles

See it if you want to see a young voice of the theatre who is quite a playwright! Good acting, great direction, and I liked the dialogue.

Don't see it if you want a play to be perfect. A few quibbles like why does C use N's computer at C's house except for plot hmmm and some scenes too long

Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to experience a new playwright

Don't see it if you don't like adventurous theater

Shocking, Intelligent, Great acting, Edgy

See it if you want to be taken on an unexpected journey with a bit of psychodrama and humor thrown in.

Don't see it if you can't stand violence or sexual content. Also references to classical Roman myth and Baroque opera. Also some psychological stuff.

Also This is a tour de force for Layla Khosh, who plays Nora, a lonely and ... Read more Read less

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, ra...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 wo...
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