A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing
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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing NYC Reviews and Tickets

(4 Ratings)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Intense, Ambitious

About the Show

Ireland's The Corn Exchange makes its New York debut with this one-woman stage adaptation of Eimear McBride's novel, which chronicles the inner narrative of a girl from womb to age 20.

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Critic Reviews (13)

The New York Times
April 22nd, 2016

"And by the end of a timeless 80 minutes, you’ll have grasped the dimensions of an entire individual life, in all its confused clarity. This uncanny act of materialization is the more remarkable in that it is also an improbable act of translation, from what would seem to be uncompromisingly literary material...Ms. Duffin is tireless, passionate and exact in her performance...Every image has emotional heft and specificity...Make no mistake, it leaves an indelible mark on the memory."
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April 27th, 2016

"Aoife Duffin gives an intense, spirited and valiant performance in the interminable 'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing'...Though she is commanding, the nature of the material ultimately renders her performance and the overall experience of the play as wearying. She goes from one painful vignette to another while acting a succession of characters often rapid-fire. Due to the obtuse writing, this panorama often lacks clarity. Not much of it is memorable or makes much impact."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 23rd, 2016

"To say that Duffin’s performance is a tour de force may not be doing the actress justice...Perfectly adapted for the stage by director Annie Ryan...While it’s true that 'Girl' may not be everyone’s cup of tea, the play’s importance can’t be underestimated–it has a lot to say and a lot that needs to be heard...Theater for those willing to be challenged. And then there’s Aofie Duffin, whose titanic talent and fiercely honest portrayal of the girl is nothing less than magnificent."
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Stage Buddy
April 25th, 2016

“Words, their syntax and sound, provide the blood flow of the play, but it is Duffin, in a pin-drop portrayal of a damaged but smart individualist, that sustains its pulse; so too the mix of traditional, pitiful, vicious and funny characters in her midst, all of whom Duffin seamlessly transforms into….For those who wish to see something truly extraordinary, albeit complex and emotionally demanding, ‘A Girl’ should not be missed.”
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Exeunt Magazine
April 22nd, 2016

"It’s been rightly hailed as a tour de force performance since the show’s premiere...The takeaway from this adaptation, of course, is all Duffin, whose portrayals reveal an admirably sensitive reading of the characters...Duffin’s performance taps that mystic quality of ancient ritual, where the living and the dead, the present and absent, the visible and the invisible walk and talk as one."
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Village Voice
April 28th, 2016

"McBride's text is not stage text. Delivered aloud, it loses its mystery. We don't hear the text's misspellings or Joycean jabberwocky, so we focus instead on the girl's short life, a series of grim revelations. Ryan and her performer, Aoife Duffin, are intent on keeping things understandable...McBride's trick was to disorient us so thoroughly that we believed—against all the evidence—that the narrator might rise above her childhood. Why snuff out even that little hope?"
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Exeunt Magazine
February 22nd, 2016
For a previous production

"Duffin does not falter, swapping between the voices with skill and humour. It is the scathing honesty of her caricatures that makes us laugh…There is no respite in this taut and expertly paced production, save the humour, and even that fades away into utter bleakness. Duffin left the stage visibly broken, and it is no wonder. She lives the girl’s story night after night so that audiences are forced to confront how terrible her story really is. And this is terribly important."
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Time Out London
March 1st, 2016
For a previous production

"A Joycean storm of words that doesn’t so much possess a narrative as hurl out a barrage of imagery so searingly that the story is blasted into your cerebellum, even if only half the words really make sense. Of course, you can’t have a tour de force monologue without a tour de force performance, and it’s impossible to imagine it without Duffin riding its lightning...It’s difficult to shake the sense that it’s all a bit much...But ultimately this ferocious, gorgeous show transcends mere story."
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