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The Confession of Lily Dare

From 44 member reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

About the show

The latest comic melodrama written by and starring Charles Busch tells the story of one woman’s tumultuous passage from convent girl to glittering cabaret chanteuse to infamous madame of a string of brothels. More…

Behind her every move lies her greatest secret, her undying devotion to the child she was forced to abandon. Played against the gaudy tapestry of turn of the century California’s notorious Barbary Coast, and directed by his Busch's long-time colleague Carl Andress, 'The Confession of Lily Dare' celebrates the gauzy “confession film” tearjerkers of early 1930’s pre-code cinema.

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Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious

See it if You like strong actors playing great lines and homage to over the top movie stars in an over the top fashion. Fun for fun's sake!

Don't see it if You're looking for serious drama or don't like to have fun.

Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if A new Noir Busch style. It doesn't get better than this. Had a blast. See it if you can get a ticket!!!

Don't see it if You don't like this kind of humor and drag. But if you wanna try something new...go for it!!!!

Hilarious, Must see, Quirky, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if if you like to laugh!

Don't see it if if you don't like campy humor or drag.

Clever, Hilarious, Great acting, Refreshing, Must see

See it if You love to bust a gut laughing at witty, satirical, original, and a little raunchy writing. A fun & perfectly over the top fast paced piece

Don't see it if You want a large/lush set, looking for a true musical and/or dance numbers, or something serious.

Hilarious, Clever, Masterful, Great staging

See it if You want to see Charles Busch doing what he does best, surrounded by great actors pulling out all the stops. Oh yes, Lily does indeed dare!

Don't see it if Old movie takeoffs, drag, or satire are not your thing. If you don’t find humor in an older man playing a young convent girl best stay home

Clever, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if You love Charles Busch and gang or are a fan of well acted camp. Over the top but honest acting at its finest! Brava!

Don't see it if You don't like the above- but honestly, this is as good as this genre of theatre gets. As both writer and star Busch is a master.

Clever, Delightful, Hilarious, Fluffy, Fun

See it if you've seen and loved Charles Busch previously; you enjoy campy, campy, campy productions

Don't see it if you do not like seeing a man pretending to be a woman; you don't enjoy silly plays even if they're a lot of fun

Delightful, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious

See it if you want to be totally entertained by Charles Busch's latest brilliant comedy with Bush and the entire cast performing to perfection.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Charles Busch's style comedy and his take on the great dames of the movies all rolled into one.

Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if you like Charles's plays. This is 1 of the best he's written in years. A wonderful journey, all the actors are amazing. You'll laugh & cry.

Don't see it if You don't like seeing men seriously play women, don't enjoy laughing, aren't comfortable with actors playing multiple roles, or a curmudgeon

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Hilarious, Quirky

See it if you're a fan of great writing, the great Charles Busch, or both

Don't see it if you are looking for a serious drama

Also This show is clever and quirky in the best sense of the words. The wri... Read more Read less

Great writing, Hilarious, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a fan of Charles Busch and old Hollywood melodramas.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy an afternoon watching old movies on TCM.

Also I've been seeing Charles Busch's plays for as long as I've lived in NY... Read more Read less

Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if Campy comedy from convent to cabaret to brothel w/ Busch imprimatur. Spirited production w/ Van Dyck of special note. Downtown theatre lives

Don't see it if Unaccustomed to what downtown theatre provides or expectant of polish and sheen.

Entertaining, Hilarious, Great acting, Delightful, Classic busch

See it if You are a Charles Busch fan - this is Classic Busch. As good as his early funny shows. If you want to see a very funny show and a great cast

Don't see it if You don’t do downtown shows, want a serious play or don’t want to have a good time.

Also Hilarious! And lots of fun. Reminded me of all the early shows he did ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful, Funny

See it if you want to see a master of the American theater onstage at his/her best. A strong cast in Busch's new play, that's far more than camp.

Don't see it if you don't like drag, camp or references to old films.

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if you have never seen a Charles Busch play. This is one of his best plays in a long time. It is both funny and moving.

Don't see it if you are uncomfortable with drag shows. Or if you do not like a certain genre of film from the 1930's-40's.

Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great writing, Delightful

See it if You enjoy the Charles Busch take on old movies with funny twists and over the top double takes

Don't see it if You are looking for serious theater

Also First of all I adore Charles Busch and these plays he writes and perfo... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you like Charles Busch shows, you like edgy comic plays, you want to see the master perform in one of his comic plays.

Don't see it if you are looking for lots of sets and production values, you don't like Busch style of comedy

Also Charles Busch is the master of the ridiculous. Along with his characte... Read more Read less

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You appreciate Charles Busch’s campy fascination with the films of the past, campy humor, great acting.

Don't see it if You don’t like satire and camp.

Funny, fun, adept

See it if you like wild comic takes on classic film tropes.

Don't see it if you don't like to laugh, or hate old movies.

Also Classic Busch in a terrific journey from childhood to old age, paying ... Read more Read less

Hilarious, Delightful, Great writing, Clever, Drama darling!

See it if You like campy drama of the highest caliber! Old movies, Hollywood Divas all mashed up into a fabulous noir style play.

Don't see it if If you expect serious. Oh, this is seriously good but it can’t be taken too seriously.

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a big Charles Busch fan and love the way he incorporates drag queen humor, Hollywood melodrama & respect for the great movie divas

Don't see it if you have little exposure to the films and great actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood. If you don't care for Busch's delivery style.

Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if It is a typical Charles Busch show. A bit of melodrama, great show done on a budget, Very entertaining.

Don't see it if You don't like the style -- kind of campy but not your kind of fun.

Also I must admit I was very nostalgic at this show. I first saw Busch in V... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You want a funny night at the theater.

Don't see it if You don't love farce.

Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Entertaining, Enjoy/laughing/smile

See it if You want to laugh and have a great time.

Don't see it if You don't have any sense of humor

Funny, Great acting, Hilarious, Quirky, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of old cinema tear-jerkies, a fan of parodies/homages, or worship Charles Busch

Don't see it if you're not a fan of spoofs, drag, or Busch's ouevre.