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Once Upon a Mattress

From 94 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky

About the show

The Transport Group presents a revival of this zany musical retelling of the classic story of 'The Princess and the Pea,' featuring Jackie Hoffman as Princess Winnifred and John “Lypsinka” Epperson as Queen Aggravain. More…

During a kingdom-wide search to find a princess fit for the hapless Prince Dauntless, in swims the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred the Woebegone. Unrefined and undeniably charming, Winnifred is like no princess Dauntless has ever seen and his heart is captured. The truly terrible Queen Aggravain goes on a mission to come between her son and his soulmate in this comedy re-telling of 'The Princess and The Pea.'

Member Reviews (94)


Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky
Avg Score

Overdone, Great music, Fun, Great for kids, Slightly disappointing

See it if you need a OUAM fix. The show is delightful fluff, but this production never soared. I liked the projected sets, but others didn't.

Don't see it if you want a stellar version. Lypsinka overdoes it. Hoffman is sweet, but lacks presence and voice. The cast needs some diversity.

Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to see a great cast perform a classic. Great fun!

Don't see it if you don't like "fairy tales". This is really well done but it's still basically an adult cartoon.

Delightful, Great acting, Silly, Funny, Inconsistent

See it if you like quirky classic musicals performed with a wink.

Don't see it if you don't like shtick.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Dated

See it if You want an enthusiastic cast performing a charmingly old-fashioned musical. You like fractured fairytales. You like musical comedies.

Don't see it if You prefer more contemporary musicals. You like serious stories. You prefer shows w/bigger production values.

Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You love Jackie Hoffman. She is always great but the story is dated and not interesting.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals. And even if you do this is not a very good one.

Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great dancing, Fun

See it if you enjoy light, humorous, fairy tale type musicals. This show has a fun score that was well sung in this production.

Don't see it if you are looking for something a little more serious.

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Banal, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky, Insipid

See it if You really like fairytale spoofs and have exhausted most other options, or are just a huge fan of Jackie Hoffman.

Don't see it if Your idea of humor is not taking a half dozen funny jokes and driving them into the ground.

Delightful, Hilarious, Entertaining, Whimsical, Charming

See it if you like old-fashioned musicals with hints of modern/irreverent twists. Or if you want to spend a couple hours with a big smile on your face

Don't see it if you're a traditionalist, or a sourpuss.

Funny, Fluffy, Lumpy, Padded, Springy

See it if Jackie Hoffman & Lypsinka float your boat. They're Serta-nly swell. Zak Resnick, Cory Lingner & Ryan Hunter Herdlicka Sealy in the charm.

Don't see it if a pea or 2 of lumpy staging keep you from enjoying a good night's entertainment. Most performances lack the distinctive edge of the leads.

Fun, Funny, Campy

See it if You love Jackie Hoffman, Lypsinka or the show's magical score.

Don't see it if You're expecting a genius, revelatory night at the theater. It's a just-okay production of a really sweet (but twee) musical.

Funny, Delightful, Great acting, Fluffy

See it if you are a fan of Jackie Hoffman.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of this musical, or in need of a little more conceptual weight to a show.

Funny, Entertaining, Strange, Dated

See it if you like Jackie Hoffman. She's worth the price of admission. Hysterical!

Don't see it if dated, tedious musicals aren't your thing. The material's not great and the production felt like a high school musical with Broadway actors.

Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging, Hilarious

See it if C'mon -- it's LYPSINKA! And Jackie Hoffman! That should be enough to get you there. The rest is just the icing on the cake.

Don't see it if You're looking for Pinter. Or a Russian tragedy. This is just a flat out good time, and if you don't like a good time stay home. (LYPSINKA!)

Disappointing, Indulgent, Unbalanced, Campy

See it if Do/Don't already worship Jackie Hoffman. Enjoy inventive tech in theater and use of scenic animation. Support non-trad casting.

Don't see it if Expect a show of actual theater and not just a campfest. Expect professional theater to have higher production values than a high school.

Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if You wanted the chance to see a trouper like Jackie Hoffman in a great comic performance. Bonus points for a fun turn from Lypsinka.

Don't see it if OK it's a bit long and a bit thin on the story side,. but the winning lead performances made up for that.

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great acting, Insipid

See it if You just want to have a fun time

Don't see it if you aren't into slapstick humor

Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy fluffy and funny

Don't see it if You lack taste

Entertaining, Fluffy, Amateurish, Funny

See it if You like sweet old fashioned musicals with clever lyrics and lilting tunes. There are cute touches in the staging too.

Don't see it if You're put off by a community theater level of performance, besides the two principals. The cast is spirited and well meaning however.

Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Original

See it if You want to be fully entertained for over 2 hours by a most talented cast.

Don't see it if You don't like singing and dancing on stage because there's lots of that.

Entertaining, Funny, Dated, Quirky, Fluffy

See it if you're a die-hard Lipsinka/Jackie Hoffman fan & enjoy campy updates of old warhorse musicals.

Don't see it if you saw Carol Burnett play Winifred. No way to match that performance. Also if you expect non-traditional color blind casting. Not here.

Delightful, Hilarious, Refreshing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You're a Jackie Hoffmann or Lypsinka fan. Amazing what a bawdy comedienne & an evil drag queen can do to rejuvenate a silly old show.

Don't see it if You don't care for old fashioned musicals, fairytale or... well, fun.

Delightful, Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You wanna see lea salonga.

Don't see it if You don't like african style.

Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want a big splashy revival

Don't see it if you want something new and fresh

Ambitious, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if If it ever returns to New York City!

Don't see it if No reasons exist!

Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious

See it if you like watching people have fun onstage.

Don't see it if you expect on broadway budgets at an off-off-broadway location.

December 13th, 2015
"'Mattress' has its charms, but they do wear thin…This production is never quite smooth enough, on the one hand, or wild enough, on the other, to consistently hold the attention. That is, except when Ms. Hoffman is blushing and belting or Mr. Epperson is doing Lypsinka doing Aggravain...More surp...
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December 14th, 2015
"The chief pleasure of this small-budget but zestfully acted production is to see a ham like Hoffman wax girlish, as well as deliver the slapstick—vocal and physical—the role requires...No wonder the piece has become a staple of community theaters and TV specials since the 1960s...If you’re price...
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December 13th, 2015
"It's a thin, silly story to fuel a two-and-a-half hour musical, and the antic book features more than a few groan-worthy gags. The score, too, is unmemorable...But assuming you're in the right mood, the show is fun nonetheless, and this production, exuberantly directed by Jack Cummings III, is u...
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December 14th, 2015
"The freewheeling new 'Once Upon a Mattress' comes with a concept: Belt loudly and carry a big shtick. The plan works for this musical riff on 'The Princess and the Pea' that made a Broadway star out of Carol Burnett in 1959...At nearly 2 1/2 hours, it takes too long to get to the happily ever af...
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