Belfast Girls

Belfast Girls NYC Reviews and Tickets

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Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Slow

New York premiere of a play shortlisted for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

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946 Reviews | 387 Followers
Moving, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Slow

See it if You want to see a well written, well acted, cleverly staged drama that proves again that women have had their lives decided by men forever.

Don't see it if You need a lot of fast paced action or if you can’t see things from the female perspective. The Irish accent is also front and center here. Read more

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
Disappointing, Predictable, Informational, Dated, Cliched

See it if you are interested in the historical period or political situation. The play is very clear about true reasons behind the immigration offers.

Don't see it if soap opera predictability is not your thing or onstage violence distresses you.

608 Reviews | 122 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if Five women wanting a better life sail on the boats going to Sydney and the demons of their past. Base a history events.

Don't see it if You want fast pace show, the language at time is hard to heard.

497 Reviews | 103 Followers
Way tooo long, Slow, Great staging

See it if You are interested in what happened to some Irish girls in the early 1850s

Don't see it if You are bothered by scenes that all need to be shortened Read more

463 Reviews | 128 Followers
Riveting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a brilliantly written play based on a book by the same writer about true events in 1850 Belfast. ……..

Don't see it if The only reason not to see this powerful fascinating play is if you can’t deal with listening to dialogue spoken in a heavy Irish accent ! Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if historical Irish play set in later years of Famine. 5 strong women characters each with a sad past revealed over the 2 hour play. All*

Don't see it if 1st act (the longer) slow, 2nd act much more dramatic (sometimes overly) with violent scene, romantic scene with partial nudity, and** Read more

423 Reviews | 99 Followers
Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Static

See it if you want to support Irish Rep. See it if you are good with 5 women standing around talking. Weird 4th wall breaks. Boring, cramped set...

Don't see it if I wanted to KNOW about the quest for new lives. Who thought of this? Who was chosen? Not this one had 3 kids, this 1 or 2 are lesbians... Read more

396 Reviews | 102 Followers
Slow, Resonant, Disappointing

See it if your interested in a political, economic and social tale of exploitation of the poor and women

Don't see it if a tale of class exploitation and the evil it invites turns you off Read more

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
May 22nd, 2022

"Until the final moments, when the women stand on deck and contemplate their future, 'Belfast Girls' never quite manages to reach out from its world into ours, which is what makes a drama like this feel essential. For a shipbound play, it only rarely raises anchor."
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May 19th, 2022

"'Belfast Girls' offers a welcome fresh perspective on the myths that still dominate popular narratives about the immigrants of a previous era. It wasn't all rugged adventurers, nor were British emigration schemes merely a way to make the very poor disappear. The truth lies somewhere in between, in the wide ocean between here and there."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 24th, 2022

The Irish diaspora is the source of many gritty tales and Belfast Girls can stand up to the toughest of them…If director Nicola Murphy might arguably do more to tauten the action of the first act, she orchestrates a second act full of fury and suspense. She also stages a simple, yet stirring, finale, in which the women step onto dry land to warily face an unknown future.
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New York Stage Review
May 19th, 2022

"At the 'Belfast Girls' end, the women represent anyone anywhere attempting to keep a dream awake, if such a thing can be done. That’s even as the dream appears to be fading. This is often described as hoping against hope. McCarrick quite impressively presents a poignant version of it."
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New York Stage Review
May 19th, 2022

"McCarrick’s play, predictably, is not a happily-ever-after tale. We meet her characters, five women of questionable age and background—those boarding the ships were supposed to be 'morally pure' teenagers, but were often older and more, well, experienced—as they’re about to set sail, and leave them as they arrive in Sydney. What we learn in between—of their back stories, their aspirations and the worlds they are departing and entering—gives us cause for both hope and dread."
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Front Row Center
May 25th, 2022

"Close quarters, wild seas and boredom bring out the worst in some and the best in others. In her thought-provoking play 'Belfast Girls' Jaki McCarrick seizes on a third option — actively contemplating being 'mistresses of their own destiny.'"
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June 3rd, 2022

All the performances are strong, forthright, and colorful, adorned with the authentic Irish accents you invariably hear at this bastion of the brogue, but none, for me, were able to break through the veneer of artificiality the play imposes. I was happy to go along with the history lesson being taught, but not so much the emotional journey on which it sought to take me.
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Off Off Online
May 20th, 2022

"'Belfast Girls' is at its best when it offers a rich character study of these five fascinating women. The play’s sea legs, though, become much wobblier when it veers into political diatribe and social militancy."
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