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The Beauty Queen of Leenane

From 105 member  reviews
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

During previews
Great acting, Clever, Dizzying, Funny, Heavy irish accents

See it if you like thoughtful, funny, well-acted dramas with a dark edge. The interplay among the actors is excellent

Don't see it if you want a happy, upbeat finish; this is no Cinderella story

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to see a brilliant production of this legendary play directed by the great Garry Hynes and starring a remarkable Marie Mullen.

Don't see it if you like musicals or plays about Ireland or dark, very dark comedies.

During previews
Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you enjoy dark humor and an interesting plot, want to see a classic done by the Tony winning company that premiered it, enjoy Irish accents.

Don't see it if hate hate dark humor, Irish accents, acts of violence on stage, plays featuring female leads, dramedies, and plays that use a single set.

During previews
Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if like dark drama with uncompromising violence

Don't see it if can't handle Irish accent

During previews
Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy pitch-perfect performances, if you appreciate dark humor and if you have an interest in creepy contemporary plays set in Ireland.

Don't see it if you are easily offended by swearwords, can't handle psychological or physical violence on stage, and have trouble with a Connemara dialect.

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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