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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

65
Disappointing, Funny, Overrated, Fluffy, Great writing

See it if You like slapstick humor and are just looking for a fun time at the theatre.

Don't see it if You like your jokes to be witty and fresh, not repeated over and over until they've lost all their humor.

71
Dated, Cliched, Quirky

See it if You love dated male heavy 50's musicals.

Don't see it if You hate 50's musicals and acts that end awkwardly.

90
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You enjoy crude humor and just funny shows in general.

Don't see it if You dont like fairy tales

68
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Great singing, Absorbing

See it if This show was great for the older kids in my family to watch. It had family friendly mixed with the jokes that the little ones won't get.

Don't see it if Don't see it if you want sex scenes. It's a little bit funny in that sense, but nothing revealing

100
Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you love musical comedy

Don't see it if you're boring

85
Funny

See it if It was cute and clever. Carol Burnett is a gem still. If you love her you will enjoy the show.

Don't see it if You don't have an open mind to silliness.

74
Cliched, Dated, Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you get a good deal on tickets.

Don't see it if great music is the most important part of a show to you--the music in this show is only so-so.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Great singing

See it if You like spin-offs

Don't see it if You don't like contradicting storylines

93
Clever, Intelligent, Original, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a twist on an old tale

Don't see it if You can't get there

74
Clever

See it if You're looking for a lighthearted comedy that is full of likeable characters

Don't see it if You're looking for a drama

77
Clever, Enchanting, Funny

See it if Like being entertained by comic relief. See it if you like tunes from a musical revival.

Don't see it if you saw the original Broadway production with Carol Burnett.

81
Clever, Absorbing, Funny

See it if You like farietales.

Don't see it if You don't like fantasy

95
Clever, Funny, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a funny story of a princess that isn't taking anyone's crap. It's quirky and entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a good fairytale.

75
Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like a strong female character, a quirky romantic plot, fairytale-ish, cute ending.

Don't see it if You don't like fairy-tale themed musicals, romantic plotlines, weak themed men (Dauntless)

73
Enchanting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You enjoy musicals and comedy

Don't see it if If you are not a fan of light hearted fare

47
Confusing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like comedy princess stories

Don't see it if You like dramas

90
Clever, Quirky, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like wit, want to watch a quirky princess and want to hear a refreshing twist on Princess and the Pea

Don't see it if You don't like a little bit of weird

89
Clever, Quirky, Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You enjoy humor. It is a spoof on a fairy tail, so there is a lot of goofy humor. It is aimed more towards a younger audience, I think.

Don't see it if You enjoy more serious shows.

82
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Fun, entertaining.

Don't see it if you don't like unconventional takes on fairy tales.

82
Entertaining, Ambitious, Hilarious

See it if You're crazy about star turns.

Don't see it if You require big gassy sets

79
Raunchy, Quirky, Fluffy, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a look back at how the previous generations subverted storybook cliches.

Don't see it if You're looking for anything overtly thought-provoking.

100
Delightful, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Must see

See it if You love classic musicals, campy humor, and great dance.

Don't see it if You want to see something more serious.

86
Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if You are looking for a good romantic comedy!

Don't see it if You're more modern than old-fashioned.

90
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Fluffy, Delightful

See it if You like comedy

Don't see it if Don't like obvious humor

During previews
91
Delightful, Entertaining, Hilarious, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy spoofy, fun fairy tales and want a classic romantic comedy (with a twist). Jackie Hoffman fans MUST see her in this!!

Don't see it if You're looking for something deeper/more serious, I guess.


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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