Already closed | 1h 30m | Chelsea

Mary's Little Monster

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Confusing, Disappointing, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

About the show

This period drama asks what happens when darkly brilliant minds and passionate souls like Mary Shelley, Byron, Claire Clairmont, Dr. John Polidori, and Percy Bysshe Shelley spend the night together? More…

From the show:

In the year without summer, 1816, the poet Lord Byron is joined by an intimate circle of friends consisting of Mary Shelley, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley, her sister Claire, and Byron's personal doctor John Polidori. During their confinement in this Swiss mansion, the characters' massive emotions and intellects collide to produce legendary poetry, literature, conflict, catharsis, and discovery.

All performances are suggested donation.

Seating is extremely limited, suggested donation is $35 to reserve ahead of time and guarantee a seat.

*Venue is up a flight of stairs.*

1h 30m | Already closed | Torn Page Townhouse (Chelsea)

Member Reviews (23)


Confusing, Disappointing, Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like very intimate settings, this is presented in a fabulous old brownstone in Chelsea. Great costumes. Clever, out of the box story.

Don't see it if You want an easy to follow and clear play. This has its moments but it’s a mash up of too many styles(not done well enough)to be successful.

Also It was an interesting experience just to see a play done in this space... Read more Read less

Confusing, Great staging, Clever, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if an interesting, off-beat meeting of these historical characters in a period parlor, played by good actors, with good lighting is your thing.

Don't see it if you are not familiar with the characters or you would be bothered by missing words as actors face different directions over the low hum a/c

Atmospheric, Needs exposition, Disappointing, Cliched, Confusing

See it if sexually fraught Victoriana gladdens your heart. Depicts conception of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein during a debauched lakeside weekend

Don't see it if clarity is important to you. Play falls somewhere between dance and poetry as far as information is concerned. Folding chairs, bring pillow!

Entertaining, Clever, Slow, Edgy, Confusing

See it if Dark look into the writer before writing Frankenstein with some other writers

Don't see it if Not fast pace, The use of (not really) a lot of drugs, alcoholic and sex.

Also You are seating in the living room with the show/play going on (but ju... Read more Read less

Frankenstein creator's strange rich family spar in drugged-out living room

See it if In-the-living-room play about Mary Shelley, husband Percy, step-sister Claire, her lover Lord Byron and his doctor. Scalding creative drama

Don't see it if Learned a lot about Claire and Dr. Polidori. Drug and alcohol abuse. I loved the intimate setting, but may be uncomfortable for some.

Also In parlor of shabby-elegant townhouse of Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. ... Read more Read less

It couldnt end fast enough.

See it if You dont mind ear splitting delivery in a small crowded room. There were glimmers of information about the subject matter. not enough.

Don't see it if This is a 'toothsome' subject with multiple POV to explore. There is no depth to the information nor are relationships adequately explained

Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you want to see a show deconstructing the myths about 18th and 19th century salons you learned in HS.

Don't see it if you want a realistic conclusion. Kee's script abandons the world he depicts in the last scenes to "redeem" his characters.

Also Much of the same theme as done much more effectively in "Breaking the ... Read more Read less

Quirky, Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if you must see all things Shelley/Byron related;want to support a company w/new works; you'd like the chance to see Rip Torn'& G Page's home.

Don't see it if you feel plays about real people should be at least somewhat accurate; you want to be able to hear every word said; you prefer good acting.

Also I am a long way from an expert on Byron & Shelley, but the plot of thi... Read more Read less

Quirky, Confusing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you like out of the norm theater experiences. The actors in this production is what makes it so interesting.

Don't see it if you like standard fare. This is certainly not that.

Quirky, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you enjoy in-you-face theater, you like alcoholic drug addicted polymorphous perverse characters, you don't care when lines are inaudible

Don't see it if you value your time, you don't mind when actors mumble,

Unilluminating, Attempts at movement interludes poorly executed in tiny space, Text is romanticized drivel, Attitudinizing not acting

See it if Byron, Shelley, Polidori cause such palpitations that you'd attend any event that invokes them; you'll need to bring foreknowledge

Don't see it if expecting any insight beyond romantic undergrad adulation of these figures; you need consistent AC in the summer heat; mumbling actors

Also The piece takes the summer idyll of 1816 that germinated Shelley's Fra... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy fun dramatic literary characters stories. It was innovative and fun!

Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional play.

Thought-provoking, Romantic, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy seeing the drug-induced sex lives of some of the romantic writers. Fun to imagine how Mary Shelley wrote her famous novel.

Don't see it if You know nothing about literature.

Thought-provoking, Edgy, Disappointing, Dated, Confusing

See it if You care about Mary Shelley and her family, and enjoy emotions and intellect

Don't see it if You do not like small, spaces and plays set in the 1800"s

Absorbing, Intense, Immersive, Literate, Intelligent

See it if You're interested in an uber literate play that explores the roles of women in among the 19th century "enlightened" classes

Don't see it if You don't know who Mary Wollstonecraft was, you don't get 19th century literary references, you expect a show about Frankenstein

Entertaining, Indulgent, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you like modern tellings of old stories featuring recognizable characters.

Don't see it if if you are looking for something truly clever with with strong direction.

Slow, Indulgent, Excruciating, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you happen to be fond of these authors and are interested in an interesting staging.

Don't see it if it is very hot weather (the A/C gets covered by the curtains occasionally), you want to see good acting, and don't have the patience.

Also Honestly, I saw this in previews. I would hope that someone taught the... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are open to seeing a play within an historic townhouse living room, a period piece well written and staged, with talented actors.

Don't see it if You prefer a play on a stage with distance from the action.

Also A magical evening.

Edgy, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You are attracted to plays that are based on historical literary people and interesting premises. Thinking person's theater is chancy.

Don't see it if You are not adventurous in your theater-going habits. With interesting conceits sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. This was a lose.

Good acting, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you want an in-your-face and at times intense re-imagining of literary romantics going at it... literally.

Don't see it if you want to learn much at all about how intense, literary intellectuals apply their hyper-charged passions to create something beautiful.

Also I would loved to have seen how the intense passions, sex and drugs fue... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Quirky, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of historical literature and want a different, creative experience.

Don't see it if You are expecting a typical show, or even a typical theater. There are 20 seats around someone's livingroom.

Slow, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You have an interested in Mary Shelly or Victorian literature in general

Don't see it if you’re looking for something fast-paced

Great staging, Clever, Raunchy, Funny

See it if You'd like a (very) dramatic show about the famous author, staged in an intimate setting with great lighting and unconventional staging.

Don't see it if You don't like melodramatic acting or raunchy humor, or if you don't want to see a period piece with modern music and dance.

“Mary's Little Monster” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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