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Charolais

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Members say: Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining

About the show

Fishamble: The New Play Company presents a tale of love, longing, and one woman's intense rivalry with a Charolais heifer. More…

A passionate love triangle ensues when a rural Irish woman and a sexy French singing cow vie for a farmer's attentions. A fast-paced solo play featuring Noni Stapleton ('Penny Dreadful').


Member Reviews (78)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining
83
Avg Score

75
Clever, Absurdist, Well acted, Quirky

See it if you enjoy lively solo shows. NS fully commits to her roles and shines. She brings out the script's humor and pathos.

Don't see it if you're looking for profundity; Charolais is a bit fluffy. Still, the intimate setting keeps you engaged. Feels like a private performance.

78
Tender, Intimate, Clever, Delightful, Insightful

See it if You like one person shows. This quirky sweet monologue takes you on a lovely journey into Irish farm country and paints a vivid picture.

Don't see it if You're easily bored with one person shows. This is a good one but was best once it was over. Getting to the full picture was a bit slow.

93
Clever, Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if An exceptional one woman show (she also wrote it) with a fascinating story. Absolutely loved it! Such a treat! So well written & performed!

Don't see it if You don't like intimate or one person shows. (But get over it and see it.)

95
Clever, Delightful, Edgy, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Suspenseful, humorous, surprising play about a servant girl, farmer, farmer's mother, and cow... all played by one terrific actress.

Don't see it if You have trouble with Irish accents. You aren't in the mood for a silly yet edgy and touching experience.

Also I bought the script, and intend to see it again! It's so fresh and cre... Read more Read less

91
Clever, Great acting, Enchanting, Must see, Quirky

See it if You enjoy off-beat stories. You like magical realism elements in theatre. You want terrific acting. You want a clean, well-edited script.

Don't see it if Unless you don't enjoy magical realism, there's no reason to miss this.

87
Delightful, Great acting, Edgy, Refreshing, Ambitious

See it if you like originality and fun. Noni Stapleton is marvelous switching between a woman in love and a cow hoping for love in excellent French.

Don't see it if sophistocated humor is not your style.

80
Quirky, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Poignant

See it if You like short solo shows about Ireland. The storyline involves jealousy in an unusual situation. The actor is amazing in all 4 parts.

Don't see it if You like elaborate sets, and plays longer than 65 minutes. Cannot understand light Irish accents and references. Glossary is given.

83
Absorbing, Astonishing performance, Funny, shocking, intelligent, Quirky

See it if Like surprising & edgy. It's an Irish yarn written/performed w wit/incisiveness about what's in the mind of a farm girl & a French cow. Wow.

Don't see it if don't like solo shows w 1 person performing multi-roles. This is not your usual theater fare. It's dark humor, artfully told.

Also I wasn't interested in seeing this, but overheard some audience member... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy quirky tales of farm life in rural Ireland. One actress, four characters, including a cow! And what a wonder of a French cow. .

Don't see it if you dislike one-person shows, no matter how clever and entertaining; you have no interest in farmers and their issues; livestock bore you.

Also This is a charming and entertaining show, with a not particularly diff... Read more Read less

91
Great writing, Great acting, Quirky, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy beautifully written darkly comic one-woman shows with a fondness for bovine and agrarian themes and an offbeat love story.

Don't see it if you won't enjoy a cow as a romantic lead or Irish accents.

Also I really loved this - warm, hilarious, subversive, tender and occasion... Read more Read less

86
Entertaining, Funny, Great writing, Refreshing, Absorbing

See it if you like/want to introduce someone to 1-person shows—this one’s well-written, well-acted, funny, not too heavy or too light but just right

Don't see it if you’re not into shows that do more w/ less…but this is so well done & enjoyable you should give it a try (esp at these ticket prices)

Also Noni Stapleton is an artist, and doesn’t let her good humor let you fo... Read more Read less

76
Brilliant acted, macabre one woman show. the 65-70 min seemed much longer

See it if You like one woman shows with questionably sympathetic characters, and clearly unsympathetic situations. But beautifully acted & realized.

Don't see it if You don't like one woman shows. You want light entertainment. You don't like dark comedy.

90
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you like inventive story telling and fringe theater at its best.

Don't see it if you don''t like one person shows and can't get over the premise that this is a romantic triangle involving a cow .

70
Great acting, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like one woman shows and do not mind imagining the other characters. If you enjoy original and acted story telling.

Don't see it if you prefer traditional plays and to see interactions between characters.

81
Clever, Dark humor, Great tale-spinning, Poignant

See it if An unlikely triangle where a lonely Irish girl, the farmer she lusts after & the sexy cow he cherishes plus his cranky ma on a remote farm

Don't see it if charmIngly & shrewdly play out their desires. Well-constructed, wonderfully acted, and hard to resist. One act, one actor.

90
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if dark Irish comedy about life on a farm; solo show where the actress plays 4 parts including a cow with a French accent; some surprises

Don't see it if dark comedies or solo shows; can't open up to seeing an actor playing a cow no matter how funny

85
Clever, Enchanting, Funny, Great acting

See it if Creative and entertaining solo play about love and longing. Beautifully conceived and produced.

Don't see it if If you only like musicals and light dramas.

70
Great acting, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated, Quirky

See it if you like solo performances.

Don't see it if you are looking for a straight forward play. Also, if you have a problem with heavy accents.

Also This story is all over the place.

82
Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny, Absorbing, Great performance

See it if You want to see a one woman show about a love triangle between a man, woman and a french cow. You want to hear some great storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't want to. You don't want to hear a great story about a love triangle. You don't want to laugh.

75
Superb acting, Well written, Conventional story, Quirky devise, Bit slow

See it if you like excellent acting, fine writing and story telling involving a love story that uses a quirky plot device.

Don't see it if you dislike 1 person shows about a basically typical love story that uses a silly plot device- a man who has fallen in love with a cow.

90
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Great singing, Great writing

See it if You enjoy masterful solo shows that take you on a twisty, wild, journey of the unexpected

Don't see it if You want a big show. This one is intimate and full of imagination with a simple set. The actor is the focus!!!

85
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You would enjoy a solo performance by a wonderful and unique Irish actress who plays multiple parts, including that of a cow!

Don't see it if You don't like dark Irish comedies. This play is funny and clever though.

87
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you want to be entertained by a clever one woman show.

Don't see it if you need all the extras -- scenery, costumes, big cast.

Also This may be a one-woman show, but it's filled with fascinating charact... Read more Read less

93
Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Delightful

See it if Fascinating, touching and surprisingly relatable love story; each character brought to life with richness and ease; don't miss this gem!

Don't see it if Even if you don't like one-actor shows, with a runtime of under 70 minutes, give this show a chance. It does not disappoint!

78
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You enjoy humorous one-person shows that are well-written and acted, and you don't mind intimate theatres and minimal staging.

Don't see it if You are looking for a big production or don't like dark humor.


September 6th, 2017
“The brilliantly twisted thing about ‘Charolais’ is that what Siobhan wants, ultimately, is a snug little nuclear family...The trouble with pitting Siobhan against the nameless Charolais, at least in Ms. Stapleton’s performance, is that the cow is by far the more charming of the two…Still, we fee...
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September 8th, 2017
"The one-woman show cleverly captures passion, heartache, and feelings about motherhood from multiple perspectives...The play is captivating from the first minute to the last...Stapleton is a master storyteller and her talents are very well employed in 'Charolais'...It is a memorable, well-crafte...
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August 31st, 2017
"This earthy, faintly macabre tale is delivered with remarkable skill by Stapleton...She transforms into the Charolais in all her hauteur—although I fear these passages represent her one misstep: They're the stuff of sketch comedy, a satirical conception that represents a jarring break from the s...
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August 31st, 2017
"You haven't lived until you've heard a lusty French Charolais heifer mooningly mooing a rendition of 'La Vie En Rose'...That is just one of the gloriously rich and comic moments in 'Charolais'...Stapleton is a marvel as she alternates between the roles of Siobhan and the cow. All it takes is whi...
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