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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Funny

About the show

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.

Member Reviews (105)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Funny
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Absorbing, Dark, Intense, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You like quirky humor and Irish accent. You like family dramas. The actings (esp. two females) are magnificent!

Don't see it if You enjoy funny plays. You don't want to see death in the play. This one is a little bit too depressing for me.

Great writing, Absorbing, Clever, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you missed the highly acclaimed original Broadway production that won the Tony, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, etc.

Don't see it if you saw the original Broadway production that won the Tony, the Drama Desk, the Outer Critics Circle, etc. because this one can't compare.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Absorbing

See it if Enjoy old school tragic drama. Cathartic inter family relationships Irish writing and insight at it's best

Don't see it if Not interested in an intense evening Of thought provoking drama

Also Try the free earphones if you have difficulty with the accents

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to experience the tragic story of a troubled Irish family... the acting is superb.

Don't see it if you need an uplifting story.... this play can be funny ( at moments ) but definitely has no happy ending

Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Intense

See it if You love intense dark plays that go to dark places. Great performances. Bleak and excellent staging.

Don't see it if Want something light and entertaining. Something that doesn't challenge your soul.

Great acting, Edgy, Mordantly funny

See it if you want to see a beautifully acted revival of McDonagh's best play. Marie Mullen was superb in the original, and is even better in this.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy black humor, or plays in which you sometimes have to struggle to understand the accents.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Enjoy a serious straight play with a few laughs - I am an Ushet at BAM so saw this front the balcony where some of the dialogue got lost

Don't see it if Have a problem with heavy Irish accents

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting and a story with depth. The time flew; the play grabs and holds your attention.

Don't see it if you dislike mother-daughter conflict.

Overrated, Quirky, Dated, Funny, Disappointing

See it if a slice of life play from Ireland is a must-see. Well acted and amusing. Mother-daughter sadomasochistic relationship with a quirk

Don't see it if you expect a play with substance. I have heard about this play for years and I expected a masterpiece. It's amusing but inconsequential.

Absorbing, Funny, Intense

See it if You enjoy mother-daughter dramas like The Glass Menagerie and 'Night, Mother.

Don't see it if You can't tolerate not being able to make out everything that's said (because of the Irish brogue and slang.)

Also Pato’s monologue, enjoyable as it was, seemed superfluous. There was n... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Love great plays absorbing. Great acting

Don't see it if You do not like Irish plays

Absorbing, Funny, Intense, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if see it for Martin McDonagh's great writing brilliantly serviced by an incredible cast of four. A slow burn of a play, but gripping.

Don't see it if if you aren't able to really sit with characters for the evening. It's a slow play, but your patience is rewarded.

Dated, Confusing, Great acting, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if You are in the mood for Irish theatre

Don't see it if You are not in the mood for Irish theatre

Tense, Inexorable, Black, Numbing, Twisty

See it if Never seen McDonagh, as a relatively bloodless entree, to mourn a viciously missed connection, for all the feels of the Marty Rea monologue

Don't see it if Can't understand thick Irish accents or vernacular, esp from up in the balcony, looking for a happy ending, want to like the main characters

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if love wonderful acting, directing and heartfelt, dark humorous play.

Don't see it if you don't like thick accents and dark family drama.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You would like a modern play reminiscent of Chekhov's tragicomedies, with super acting and excellent staging and directing.

Don't see it if don't like complex emotional dramas.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You can appreciate dueling, dysfunctional characters and truly funny - but very dark writing

Don't see it if You are easily shocked or offended by bad behavior........

Absorbing, Dark, black comedy, Great acting

See it if If you're a fan of McDonagh's dark sometimes violent comedy. Truly great work between the two leads. Dialogue is melodious and so natural.

Don't see it if you don't like violence on stage, not as violent as some other work, but it's there. If you saw the original, this was a bit less satisfying

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Absorbing, Must see, Hilarious, Great acting

See it if you're a fan of dark humor, Irish plays, Irish humor, kitchen sink dramas, mother/daughter stories

Don't see it if you'll have difficulty following thick Irish accents or if you'll be disturbed by a scene of elder abuse and don't find dark humor funny

Funny, Delightful, Masterful, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You got a dark sense of humor .

Don't see it if You're looking for a deep character study.

Confusing, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Great for theater geeks who want to see Mary Mullen play Mag as a follow up to her Maureen from 1998.

Don't see it if You can't follow thick Irish accents. While I did not see the original, I can imagine how that production would have been more powerful.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if If you are a fan of Martin McDonagh and want to see a well acted performance of his first play. If you like a dark comedy with twists.

Don't see it if You don't like dark violent themes in a comedy/drama. You have problems understanding Irish accents. You don't like McDonagh's other plays

Also I missed this when it had it's acclaimed Broadway run. I really wanted... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Profound, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you love Irish plays and appreciate great writing even if the themes are a bit jarring. It was exquisitely acted and deeply moving.

Don't see it if you want light entertainment. This is serious drama intended to be harsh and disturbing in its beauty, as was the original Bway production.

Funny, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if great acting in McDonagh's very funny play about the depressing lives of a mother and daughter stuck in a small town in Ireland.

Don't see it if you want a sunny outlook in a play. You don't want to see heartbreaking story or want to hear bickering women at each others throats.

Exquisite, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you like exquisite writing, fantastic acting & drama that will take your breath away from both the beauty and horror of what is before you.

Don't see it if You have a problem with Irish accents or don't like language driven plays that require full out concentration and immersion.

January 15th, 2017
"The four characters are more overtly comic than they were before...They’re more companionable than they used to be. That means they’re also less likely to creep into your nightmares and break your heart...You’re more aware of the jokes as jokes, and also of the dramatist’s calculations behind th...
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January 14th, 2017
“A solidly entertaining revival. Notable among the cast is Mullen, the original Maureen, now old enough to play the wheedling, malingering Mag. Mullen makes a full meal of her role, which, perversely, grows more pathetic the meaner she gets...With these vibrant, lusty performers at the controls, ...
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January 15th, 2017
"'Beauty Queen' may be funny in the way a YouTube video of a man diving into a frozen pool can be, but it’s no comedy. Rather, it exists somewhat beyond our traditional genre definitions, encompassing many of them...For all its laughs it’s also a tragedy, in which even the satisfaction of Maureen...
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January 14th, 2017
"Nearly two decades since its Broadway debut, Martin McDonagh’s breakthough play retains the power to tickle the funny bone and turn the stomach...The cast grips all of the darkly amusing and dangerous curves in his unflinching story. The riveting Aisling O’Sullivan shades her star turn as the de...
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