Dido of Idaho
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Dido of Idaho
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Dido of Idaho NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(46 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
13%
Negative
0%
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.

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Member Reviews (46)

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917 Reviews | 224 Followers
69
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.

699 Reviews | 214 Followers
80
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.

713 Reviews | 121 Followers
89
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.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
81
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

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
85
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

584 Reviews | 120 Followers
96
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.

460 Reviews | 257 Followers
95
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.

483 Reviews | 103 Followers
78
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 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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