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
"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
"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
"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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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
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;
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.
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.
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