Irish theater company Druid makes its BAM debut with a 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s Tony-nominated pitch-black comedy about a very dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. More…
The first in McDonagh's trilogy of plays set in the sodden Irish backwater of Leenane, 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' tells the story of 40-year-old spinster Maureen Folan, who lives with her mother Mag in a dreamless hovel. The two trade insults and injuries in a vicious cycle of loveless care-taking until a glimmer of romance for Maureen sets in motion a chain of events as hilarious as it is terrifying. Druid co-founder Marie Mullen—who won a Tony for her performance as Maureen in the original Broadway mounting—ages into the fearsome role of Mag under the direction of co-founder and artistic director Garry Hynes, who also won a Tony for helming that production.
See it if You like dark dysfunctional family dramas, balances comedy/drama nicely. Acting is superb.
Don't see it if You have a hard time understanding thick accents. It's important to be actively listening or you will miss things.
See it if 20th anniversary of McDonagh's pitch black dramedy is as riveting as ever The ensemble is as perfect as Hynes' Tony winning direction.
Don't see it if Irish/Gaelic accents often a little thick but seldom a problem Mullen's mother could be a bit more malevolent but a minor objection
See it if You love Martin McDonagh, or would enjoy an extremely dark, yet comic Irish drama.
Don't see it if You expect the humor of "Lieutenant of Inishmore". This isn't as raucous a comedy -- it focuses on familial mental illness.
See it if I would love to talk to people who claim they liked this show. The Accents and all the acting was way over the top. I have been wanting to
Don't see it if see this show for years and have never been more disappointed. A show like this should never be done in such a big theater.
See it if You like Irish plays that take your emotions on a roller coaster ride;mother-daughter drama at its best;exquisite cast from the Druids
Don't see it if You expect an action-packed play and dislike listening to dialogue spoken in a strong Irish accent; Dislike violence and elder abuse
See it if You enjoy smart bitingly funny comedies with an edge that is both heartbreaking and beautiful
Don't see it if You have a really hard time understanding irish accents. I definitely missed some jokes because of the accents
See it if first-rate Irish actors in authentic Irish milieu. Mullen, Monaghan and Rea are priceless. Directed by Hynes, no one does Irish better.
Don't see it if you like your McDonagh leavened with humor. Accents are a bit challenging. I preferred Cripple Billy and Lieutenant of Inishmore
See it if you relish great acting, well drawn characters and intense relationships.
Don't see it if you crave happy endings and easy to like characters.
See it if you want a good Irish story, an intense drama about a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship that is disturbing but that also has humor
Don't see it if you don't want a disturbing suspenseful story offset with humor; or if you don't want to see emotional & physical abuse or hear profanity
See it if you want to see brilliant acting, about a heartbreaking mother-daughter relationship - along with the daughter's moment of a sweet romance.
Don't see it if you don't like dramas, or a slowly paced show. I thought all 4 cast members were brilliant. - I saw in LA in Dec '16 w/ the same cast
See it if you want to see a well written play performed by masterful actors. I am a fan of Martin McDonagh.
Don't see it if you don't like dark plays. Accents are a bit difficult to understand at the beginning.
See it if you love M. Mcdonagh's dark, but brilliant play.This play is funny, but yet heartbreaking about a dysfunctional mother/daughter relation.
Don't see it if you don't like violent relationship plays where a mother, daughter try to outwit and hurt each other emotionally & physically.
See it if You want a taut, thrilling play to engage and surprise you. If you're a fan of Martin McDonagh's work. You can handle a monologue.
Don't see it if Sex, violence (including elder abuse), and rampant profanity is a dealbreaker for you. Or if you struggle with understanding accents.
See it if you like family dramas. This one is about the dysfunctional relationship between an adult woman and the invalid mother with whom she lives.
Don't see it if you dislike dark shows and/or shows with twisted humor.
See it if You love great writing, acting and want to be swept away with laughter and tears watching a poetic tragedy unfold. Mysterious. Unresolvable.
Don't see it if challenging material and unexplained plot twists or strong Irish accents bother you. If you don't like surprises, stay home.
See it if you want to witness masterful acting in a terrific, sometimes extremely funny, drama.
Don't see it if you want light, simple, or easy. This is a claustrophobic, dark family drama with violence and several twists. But - brilliant.
See it if you want compelling acting in a well crafted play about the desperate cruelty people who are supposed to love each other use
Don't see it if you want to be entertained by happy people in uplifting circumstances This is tough life about people who destroy each other to try to live
See it if You enjoy pitch-black comedy, enjoy McDonagh's work (this is one of his best) or enjoy being unsettled
Don't see it if You're not fond of being made uncomfortable or can't stomach moments of stage violence.
See it if You want to witness a fantastic staging of this dark play. Performances are perfect. Takes you on an intense journey and leaves you stirred.
Don't see it if This play was done in too big of a space. Was hard to connect to story because of difficulty to hear. Be prepared for a wild ride.
See it if You think, as I do, that Martin McDonagh can do no wrong. It is a very entertaining play which has had better productions.
Don't see it if You have no tolerance for black humor
See it if you like intense yet funny Irish dramas. great acting and intelligent writing.
Don't see it if you want light and airy. although funny, it's a disturbing piece
See it if You like dark comedy-drama with great acting. You won't be disappointed!
Don't see it if Find it hard to grasp Irish brogue. At the beginning it is a little hard to understand the actors.