“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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
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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