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Get the Boat

From 6 critic and 50 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

A poignant, gruff, and sometimes comic new Irish drama makes its US debut. A story about sudden friendship, life-shattering decisions, and the secrets that we share.  More…

Two strangers meet on a journey that many Irish women still keep as their biggest secret. When you meet someone for the first time you bond over the things you have in common. But what if the thing you have in common is also your biggest secret?


"Theater that will give you a new perspective on life, and also has you talking long after you leave the theater...Sheds a new perspective on why changing Ireland's ban on abortion may not necessarily be as it sounds...What could be a straightforward, fact-filled discussion about abortion turns into a stunning, beautiful play that tells the heart-wrenching story of two women who are forced to make this difficult decision...It is unbelievable the power such a show as this has over an audience." Full Review


“Brennan’s simple yet effective writing...A quietly powerful work. The dialogue is a skillful blend of mundane details, biographical data and expressions of world views that all strongly delineate the characters...Brennan’s command of plotting injects suspense, surprises and momentum, all combined with emotional resonance...Ably dramatizes conflicting views on abortion through its well-drawn characters and ultimately is on the side of freedom of choice.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"There are still numerous well constructed moments in this story that boldly illustrate how two diverse life paths can share common territory. Though we get to know them for less than an hour, we gain tremendous insight into the difficult decision that both women are making...Ms. Brennan has written a powerful piece of activist theater. She is acutely sensitive to her subject matter and has picked two clear and distinctive voices among the many thousands who share this experience." Full Review


“A timely play that taps into the current need to highlight crucial women’s issues in a patriarchal society...Brennan easily captures the natural way women speak to one another...The actresses tackle the emotionality of the piece with honesty and and express their opposing viewpoints with a fierce vulnerability...I was just starting to get into the play when it ended. I feel that there is more to the story...I would also like to see a little more variance in the direction of the piece." Full Review

DC Metro Theater Arts

"Directed by Smith, Brennan and Donnellan deliver the disparate backgrounds, distinct psychology, and heartfelt emotions of the women, in a two-sided much an intimate conversation as it is a political debate...While the format provides relevant information, it lacks integration; the factual material could have been written into the characters’ abruptly-ended dialogue for greater consistency and dramatic effect...Seems more like a work-in-progress than a finished play.” Full Review

Theatre's Leiter Side

"Whatever dramatic germ this material holds is crushed by the actresses' lethargic performances. Although both seem superficially natural, they practically whisper their conversations, show no sense of urgency, only briefly display any theatrical energy, and make their turtle-paced 45 minutes or so seem twice as long. Zzzz…Weak direction may be the play's greatest drawback, given that the material deserves better than what it's presently getting." Full Review

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You have a firm belief pro or con aboit abortion.

Don't see it if Very small intimate theatres isnt your thing.

Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Profound

See it if You like a show with societal implications. Aren’t afraid of a think piece.

Don't see it if You don’t like human drama. This one made me think. And was very well acted.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Heart-breaking

See it if you want to see a heart-breaking but poignant look at abortion in Ireland through the eyes of two different women.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a play that is pro-choice on abortion or you need a big show or you do not like projections.

Also Enjoyed a talkback with the actresses (one of which is also the author... Read more Read less

Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Insightful, Important

See it if You want to see a sharply written/acted quick piece that is immensely important, now more than ever. Written for Ireland but for US too.

Don't see it if You have no interest in topical or controversial subject matter. Or if you want a show that spoon feeds you. This asks hard questions!

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You like thoughtful short pieces about women and women’s issues. This candid, delightful well written and acted show is full of surprises.

Don't see it if You are not open to conversations about abortion and a woman’s right to choose. Don’t like short plays. Don’t like intense plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you're interested in reproductive rights and are open to a balanced portrayal of issues.

Don't see it if you expect a full-length production with a well-defined arc. This production is under 1 hour.

Also I highly recommend attending a performance that is followed by a talk-... Read more Read less

Exquisite, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a brilliantly written play with great acting that goes in depth on a touchy subject

Don't see it if You are not interested in the subject of abortion

Also I believe there is a talkback after every performance which I was not ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to learn about Irish contreversy about abortion and the struggle of Irish women have to endure during process.

Don't see it if If you arent interested to learn about other perspective on the issue and ignore the challenges these women are facing.The struggle is real.

Also We had a Q&A session after the show and it was very refreshing to hear... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Good acting

See it if You are interested in women's rights & self-determination. If you can hang with a lack of resolution. If you are ok with short.

Don't see it if You want something that is fully developed - this is a good idea for a first act but it's not finished.

Also I really enjoyed this particularly the way in which it forces the audi... Read more Read less

Intense, Relevant, Resonant

See it if a two women show exploring the needs of an abortion. Even though both need one ... the idea that one reason is better than another ...

Don't see it if you do not like to think or pushed out of your comfort zone.

Thought-provoking, Extremely relevant, Intense, Absorbing

See it if You want a fair-handed exploration of a sensitive subject

Don't see it if The issue if abortion is a trigger for you ir you're fanatically "pro-life"

A peek into our future?

See it if you enjoy plays that voice women’s issues and emotions. Well- written, well-acted, taut, one-act play.

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see this play

Must-see, Promotes open-dialogue, Refreshing / unique, Passionate / thought-provoking, Great (but very short) book / strong performances

See it if Closes tomorrow: MUST-SEE!!! Only 50min. Catch it right after "INNIT". Both are part of #IrishWomenWrite @ Soho Playhouse.

Don't see it if ...more to come...

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Profound, Relevant

See it if you're interested in women's right to choose. With Ireland just recently passing a referendum on allowing abortions, this play is so timely.

Don't see it if you cringe at discussions of reproductive rights. If you're strongly aligned to one side, you might not like this balanced presentation.

Also The talkback was extremely informative and added so much to the play.

Thought-provoking, Riveting, Resonant, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want two sides to a story and a “darker side” to Ireland. Very relevant to today’s replacement for the court battle.

Don't see it if You are extremely to the right. Or cannot see women as having a say.

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

See it if you like plays that deal with significant/serious issues. appreciate a small/short/simple play

Don't see it if if you need a large light production

Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You enjoy great acting and timely, difficult topics.

Don't see it if You don’t like short plays with only two actors and minimal sets

Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if It was such a well acted play regarding women's rights and of there own bodies . Left with an appreciation of living in the USA

Don't see it if If you are not interested in the History of Abortion in Ireland

Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if You enjoy topics on human rights and/or that are controversial

Don't see it if You're in the mood for song and dance

Strong writing & acting, Relevant, Important

See it if You are concerned about the state of womens' rights. Try to bring someone who needs to be pushed a bit on womens' economic & bodily freedom

Don't see it if You hate women

Also This one act is a perfect length. It's very engaging. It sets up a deb... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Contemporary, Brief, Intimate

See it if you like shows on current/controversial issues; are interested in human rights in other countries; enjoy Irish playwrights

Don't see it if you don't have an open mind; dislike small shows; can't overlook some predictability;

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Intense

See it if you're interested in women's issues, enjoy a slow drama that builds in intensity as it progresses

Don't see it if aren't interested in women's issues, need a fast moving show, elaborate set, & action. Need more than intense dialogue to carry the show.

Intelligent, Relevant, Intense

See it if you want a short drama about the question of choice. Intense but short.

Don't see it if If you are not open to dialogue on choice.

Also Very short, but intense. I would guess if you are not Pro Choice, you ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Intense, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You are interested in dramas about very important issue

Don't see it if You like light plays or musicals

Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Dated, Slow

See it if you are interested in the abortion question. The actresses do a great job.

Don't see it if you are sure of your decisions regarding abortion. The plot is a narrow polemic that ends where real conversation might begin.

Cast & Creatives (5)