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A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing

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Members say: 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. More…

'A Girl is a Half-formed Thing' tells the story of a young Irish girl’s devastating adolescence as she and her sickly brother struggle for a semblance of normalcy in the shadow of sexual abuse, denial, and chaos at home. Aoife Duffin portrays a character of astonishing resilience and intelligence, determined to rise above her deprived childhood.

Member Reviews (4)


Great acting, Absorbing, Profound, Intense, Ambitious
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Profound, Resonant, Riveting

See it if you like one-woman shows, minimal staging, gripping performances, & plays about reasserting one's identity against horrific obstacles.

Don't see it if the subject matter is too painful/triggery (the show takes a hard look at protag's experience of child abuse, violence, rape, suicide/death)

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like poetic dialogue, and are ready for an intense experience delivered by one brilliant actress, and you like female-centric themes.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy avant garde, edgy theatre and have a hard time following poetic license, or you need lots of action and plot.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Original, Profound

See it if You like immersive story-telling where every little mannerism pulls you into its world. If you like avant-garde, this is definitely for you.

Don't see it if You're confused by one person playing several characters and are sensitive to the subject of rape.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Heavy

See it if You like one-person shows, multiple characters, fast paced dialogue

Don't see it if you are sensitive to sexual subject matter and rape

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 liter...
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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 ...
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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...
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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 ...
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