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The End of Mermaids

From 22 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing

About the show

This new play invites you to Mermaidland, Florida, the only place on earth where mermaids are real. Part of the second annual Corkscrew Festival of new work. More…

An afternoon special starring Mermaid Bee, Mermaid Vana, and the newest princess of the deep, Mermaid Marie. Reawaken your childhood fantasies. Revel in the death-defying underwater dances. Soak in the impossible beauty. And please disregard the alligators. There is nothing to worry about. 

Member Reviews (22)


Quirky, Funny, Confusing, Entertaining, Disappointing
Avg Score

Arch, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Monotone, Smart set

See it if you'd like to witness a smart young writer’s one-of-a-kind take on the world—& a set designer that realizes that world on a shoestring.

Don't see it if you have no patience with plays that seem to inhabit a somewhat alternative reality to our world.

Also In “The End of Mermaids” playwright Anya Richkind creates a quirky, un... Read more Read less

Clever, Enchanting, Great staging, Quirky, Intense

See it if a beautiful production with strange happenings suggestive of metaphors or allegories appeal. Great costumes and "underwater" choreography

Don't see it if on stage violence distresses you. It is done symbolically but is what it is.

Clever, Quirky, Slow, Funny

See it if Not a deep story, light and a little funny.

Don't see it if If you want serious show,

Has possibilities, Quirky, Different, Interesting staging, Great cast

See it if support new writing from new voices, support women's playwriting, clever suggested underwater staging, to theorize when death is okay

Don't see it if no interest in new work, women's voices, festival stagings, new ideas, alligators or mermaids

Too abstract but appreciate the cast, Confusing, Too long

See it if You enjoy silly experimentation or if you know someone involved in the production or if you want to debate what it's about with a friend

Don't see it if You want to see something that makes it's point or makes sense

Also I assumed in the "Me Too" moment that this play was a nod to radical s... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if You like small new plays. You have ever been to magnolia gardens in Florida.

Don't see it if You like plays with big sets. You can’t sit through 90 minutes. You can’t use your imagination.

Disappointing, Excruciating, Insipid, Quirky, Amateurish

See it if you love sparkly leggings and shimmery beaded curtains more than anything else in the world.

Don't see it if you want to encourage experimental theater - a low budget does not excuse the poor writing and execution

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Promising, Thought-provoking

See it if you like mermaid-related themes, as this is a glimpse in the alternative world of mermaid performers- & seeing the pros & cons of being one.

Don't see it if you expect the mermaid-human love story cliche. It's more horrific than romantic but still worth seeing for the lovely mermaids & their act.

Also For a small production & venue, they have done a good entertaining sho... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to feel happy , be entertained and like fantasy with happy ending

Don't see it if You cant appreciate mermaids

Funny, Refreshing

See it if you want to see a light, fluffy play about mermaid girls working at an amusement park; you like supporting new work in a festival setting

Don't see it if you want high production value, or deeper story

Great acting, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if you do not mind seeing few faces telling new stories. Who wouldn't enjoy mermaids making you question how you face adversity?

Don't see it if your taste aligns more with big budget productions.


See it if you like mermaids

Don't see it if you scoff at the supernatural

Quirky, Great acting, Entertaining, Confusing, Funny

See it if you like mermaids, women-focused stories, clever staging, want to support independent theater

Don't see it if you don't like mermaids, you want a clear pay-off

Disappointing, Funny, Great acting, Quirky, Slow

See it if you like quirky quips and setups, Floridian Lake-Woebegone esque humor, and great dancing

Don't see it if you hate dancing, you want things that get set up to have narrative payoff, you like concise writing

Enchanting, Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy creative design and mermaids.

Don't see it if you are looking for something deep (no pun intended).

Also I was intrigued by the show description and aspect of design. No doubt... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great staging, Great writing, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You love mermaids, would happily worship Mother Mermaid and dig the movie “Adventureland”

Don't see it if You don’t like story driven theatre (there’s no real spectacle to this show, a lot is left up to the imagination).

Disappointing, Excruciating, Confusing, Insipid, Slow

See it if You know someone in the show, or enjoy sparkly leggings and sequined bras with a passion

Don't see it if You are not a fan of amateur, experimental productions with a highly inexperienced cast.

Disappointing, Confusing

See it if You have nothing better to do and like mermaids.

Don't see it if A big cast and costumes are something you like. Acting was ok maybe it could of been better with a better story.

Experimental, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if you want to laugh at you have NO clue what you are laughing at. see it while high or drunk, would be more fun

Don't see it if you want a plot that makes sense, if you want minimalist theater that's clean and coherant

Inventive, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You enjoy theatre that provokes thought without being "message-y." For me, this was an enchantingly dark allegory of women's experiences.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of quirky/ expressionistic theatre and prefer plays that are more traditional.

Clever, Funny, Quirky

See it if you like mermaids.

Don't see it if you're afraid of alligators.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Dizzying

See it if You like low budget artsy shows with a small cast and so so acting.

Don't see it if You like big productions with grand sets and costumes. The story had it's moments but not enough to stay entertained.

“The End of Mermaids” hasn't been reviewed by any Critics (yet!)

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