Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, 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. 

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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?


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80
TheaterScene.net

“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

80
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

75
StageBiz.com

“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

60
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 interchange...as 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

50
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


95
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

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

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.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great writing

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

83
Absorbing, Exquisite, 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

83
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Great writing

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

82
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

81
Absorbing, Intense, Extremely relevant, Thought-provoking

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"

81
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

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

80
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

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

79
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

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

78
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

78
Relevant, Important, Strong writing & acting

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

77
Intimate, Brief, Contemporary, Thought-provoking

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;

77
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Great writing

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.

77
Intense, Relevant, Intelligent

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

75
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Slow, Dated

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.

75
Absorbing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if Interesting subject matter. Timely arguments about people’s opinions in today’s world

Don't see it if Discussion on abortion upsets you

75
Great acting, Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Short

See it if you're interested in social issues, you like plays relevant to current events, you're interested in women's stories, or you like short shows

Don't see it if you are hostile to abortion rights, you are hostile to women, you don't want to listen to different perspectives on relevant social issues

69
Relevant

See it if You’re interested in learning more about abortion rights in Ireland.

Don't see it if You want a well-paced show. It has slight PSA vibes, and favors characters’ point of view over action or events happening.

67
Interesting issue

See it if want a very short piece re an important issue & you like talkbacks

Don't see it if you have a closed mind, unless you want to see other perspectives

90
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if Like theatre that makes you think.

Don't see it if Are not willing to be open minded and confront your presupposed opinions about a hot button topic.

85
During previews
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you appreciate good acting and characters grappling with complicated moral and personal issues.

Don't see it if You only like musicals or other light fare; you have an aversion to intense situations and/or conversations, especially between women.

84
During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in the diificult decision to abort.

Don't see it if you are indifferent to the pain and anguish of this decision.

Also Ends a bit abruptly, but covers its material well.

81
During previews
Edgy, Intense

See it if you like strong female characters experiencing a common grief in different ways. You're ok with a lot of abortion talk.

Don't see it if You're wildly pro-life. You object to very short (though well-written and acted) plays.


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