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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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if love well-acted dramas

Don't see it if no not like plays with heavy accents

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you love watching strong performances in a very fun script. Not afraid of bad attitudes and dark comedy

Don't see it if you don't like STRONG Irish accents, hate dark comedy of manners

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You want to see an engaging production that will continually surprise you. Performances were great across the board. A really great show.

Don't see it if you can see it in a more intimate venue. I was in the balcony and I was so far away I felt disconnected from the emotional impact of it.

Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if You can handle a wide range of emotions in one play You like intense characters Can take twists in the plot

Don't see it if You can't handle Irish accents Accept that sad things happen

Absorbing, Clever, Intense, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love great performnces and witing.

Don't see it if you only want entertainment

Clever, Epic, Intelligent, Slow

See it if You like Irish plays with an story you want to follow.

Don't see it if You don't like broad acting, slowly developing scenes and a way too big set.

Absorbing, Great writing, Confusing, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You love black comedy, or if you've never seen a Martin McDonough play, because this is the one that made his name.

Don't see it if You are put off by impenetrable accents, or if you don't like too-neat plotting, or if you want to preserve the memory of the original cast.

Cliched, Funny, Great acting

See it if You're a fan of play and want to see a solid revival

Don't see it if You're expecting anything more than a straightforward production

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Funny, Relevant

See it if You're looking for tremendous acting and a very Irish play.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedy.

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You want to see well crafted, meaningful, shocking moments with great acting. It's no walk in the woods making it memorable and thoughtful.

Don't see it if .

Absorbing, Great acting, Hilarious, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to see some of the best acting of the season. Fully realized characters. Sparkling script. Wonderful.

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with dark comedy or if your mother tormented you when you were young.

Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you love masterfully acted, kinda-fucked-up black comedy

Don't see it if you have trouble understanding thick accents; you're put off by stories of abusive families

Ambitious, Great writing, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You like dark humor, you can handle some heartbreak, and you love McDonough. I believe he is one of the best! Great performances, writing...

Don't see it if You want something warm and fuzzy, uplifting and life affirming, generic and child friendly. This is serious stuff.

Funny, Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Masterful

See it if you want to see masterful drama with great acting. Dark, funny and perfectly executed!

Don't see it if you only like light entertaining shows. Heavy Irish accent was a problem first few minutes.

Clever, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Martin McDonagh's plays and Irish dialect.

Don't see it if You don't like dark comedic plays.

Clever, Funny, Edgy

See it if you love dark humor

Don't see it if if your ear for an Irish brogue is off

Intelligent, Slow, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Are skilled at understanding thick accents; enjoy intense, somewhat bleak themes.

Don't see it if You struggle to understand thick accents; prefer big production theater; do not enjoy dismal themes and staging.

Ambitious, Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if One of the most emtertaining and unique shows that I've seen in years. See it if you enjoy great theater that surrounds you with action and

Don't see it if You are not open to a unique, out of the ordinary theater experience

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You like funny, yet psychologically demanding theatre.

Don't see it if You are expecting a large spectacle.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You like to think.

Don't see it if You don't like to think.

Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Profound, Confusing

See it if You love black comedies

Don't see it if You don't speak English well. The heavy Irish Brogue was very difficult to understand at times. A good 30% of the dialogue went right by me.

Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever

See it if you like thoughtful clever drama

Don't see it if you don't want an intellectual piece of theater

Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Generally well-acted, superbly in one case

See it if You like well-written dark family dramas, Irish accents, strong acting.

Don't see it if you prefer a lot of scene changes and new characters, you can't take dysfunctional families and brutal relationships.

During previews
Edgy, Funny, Great acting, Dark, Irish!

See it if you like vivid characters & twisty plots. A tortured mother-daughter tie underpins this well-constructed play. Audience gasped many times.

Don't see it if you've trouble w/heavy Irish accents. My $$$ lefthand seat had bad view; too much action to right. Background noise distract: TV,rain, radio

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During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Funny, Great acting

See it if You want a play that will make you laugh, empathize, and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Don't see it if You hate twists

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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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