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Once Upon a Mattress

From 93 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 (93)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Quirky
78
Avg Score

74
Cliched, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You like great story lines and tunes. The songs are so catchy!

Don't see it if You don't like fairytale-esque stories

70
Clever, Slow, Original, Masterful, Great writing

See it if You enjoy fairy tales and princesses and princes. Very good for all ages.

Don't see it if You aren't into any fairy takes or didn't enjoy the book "The Princess and The Pea"

84
Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Raunchy, Delightful

See it if You love comedy and silight innuendos. Not what youre expecting from a musical, yet very basic.

Don't see it if You dont enjoy basic love stories

100
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Funny, Profound

See it if If you like folk music

Don't see it if You are looking for a rock musical

75
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Fluffy, Great singing

See it if you like smart lyrics, classic jazz-inspired scores, and great singing.

Don't see it if you are looking for a profound show.

84
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Fun music and high energy

Don't see it if You don't like fairy tales

61
Cliched, Disappointing, Fluffy, Funny, Insipid

See it if You like protagonists who get on your nerves or like cheesy humor.

Don't see it if You don't like bad lyrics or mediocre plays

81
Delightful, Enchanting, Funny

See it if You want a fun unique take on a classic fairtale

Don't see it if You don't like singing or fairytales

100
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You enjoy fairytails and laughing

Don't see it if You take life too seriously

74
Entertaining, Funny, Dizzying

See it if This show was wacky and weird and everything I love.

Don't see it if If you want to see a serious show that doesn't make fun of itself.

94
Enchanting, Funny, Hilarious, Great singing, Entertaining

See it if For a delightful evening of entertainment based on a classic fairy tale. For the family.

Don't see it if If you don't like to laugh, then don't see this. Tons of fun with hilarious staged numbers.

91
Clever, Delightful, Refreshing, Quirky, Funny

See it if You love funny entertaining musicals. Also ones that are creative and exciting.

Don't see it if You are into more serious romantic shows.

70
Dizzying, Edgy, Hilarious, Quirky, Clever

See it if You enjoy comedy. Monty Python kind of show.

Don't see it if You are under the age of 16 and hate dirty jokes.

76
Entertaining, Funny, Indulgent

See it if You like spins on fairytales and comedy.

Don't see it if You expect superior music.

100
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting

See it if You love the story.

Don't see it if You don't like love stories.

76
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky, Hilarious

See it if You enjoy lighthearted fairytales with a twist

Don't see it if You dislike over the top characters

67
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Romantic

See it if You enjoy fairy tales.

Don't see it if You aren't a fan of romance and humor.

100
Ambitious, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want a great love story with a not so evil villain.

Don't see it if You can't handle amazing singing and set design.

85
Enchanting, Funny, Entertaining, Romantic, Delightful

See it if you enjoy being blown out of the water by a powerful princess who is terribly timid and SHY!!! Watch out for the wicked Queen!

Don't see it if you don't like modern, musical takes on fairy tales!

100
Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Enchanting, Great singing

See it if You enjoy clever, funny theater.

Don't see it if You have no sense of humor.

80
Clever, Great staging, Entertaining, Hilarious

See it if you like good natured, funny comedy

Don't see it if you dont like slapstick comedy

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You love fairy-tales and happy endings.

Don't see it if There's no reason not to.

35
Clever, Cliched, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if You have kids who love princesses

Don't see it if You're looking for anything other than a cute, decent show

99
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Ambitious, Great staging

See it if I loved the show I didn't think that I would like it but it was well worth going to see .

Don't see it if don't see it if you don't like comedy fast pace and fun

100
Clever, Delightful, Funny, Hilarious

See it if You want stomachache from laughing.

Don't see it if Na


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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