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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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