Girls & Boys
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Girls & Boys
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Girls & Boys NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(137 Reviews)
Positive
92%
Mixed
7%
Negative
1%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

About the Show

Academy and Tony Award nominee Carey Mulligan stars in this new solo drama from Tony Award-winning playwright Dennis Kelly.

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Member Reviews (137)

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850 Reviews | 896 Followers
81
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Surprising

See it if Fantastic solo performance in an absorbing and somewhat shocking play.

Don't see it if you dislike solo shows. Sometimes the pace lolls.

912 Reviews | 378 Followers
91
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Great writing

See it if You want to see a spellbinding one person show. A real roller coaster of emotions. Truly amazing performance!

Don't see it if You’re not ready for a hard punch in the gut. This one is going to stay with you for a while.

699 Reviews | 214 Followers
80
Tragic, Intense, Quirky, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Woman recollects past scenes in her life culminating in a tragedy. Themes: marriage gone bad, male violence. Well written and acted.

Don't see it if Depressing and sad, with graphic violence. Non-linear. The character wasn't compelling. But overall it held my interest.

MJK
677 Reviews | 187 Followers
80
Riveting, Great acting, Witty & dark

See it if u want to see a gripping, funny, aching, shattering perf-of-a-lifetime by Mulligan in a memory play about a woman trapped in a bad marriage.

Don't see it if you go expecting a particularly insightful, balanced or original play about gender roles, as the title suggests it may be. Read more

670 Reviews | 149 Followers
87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like 1-person shows, are a fan of Carey Mulligan, interested in clever staging, appreciate intense, unexpected endings

Don't see it if not a fan of Mulligan, 1-person shows or mysterious "jumps" into character's memory, can't abide a little slowness to get to rich denouement

495 Reviews | 126 Followers
89
Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Funny and sad, Compelling

See it if you want to see a brilliant, layered, solo performance by Mulligan She delivers laugh out loud moments as well as shattering your heart

Don't see it if you don't appreciate one person plays or the telling of a seemingly normal story that turns very dark toward the end.

495 Reviews | 56 Followers
79
Terrific solo performance. harrowing story.

See it if You appreciate solo shows.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows.

401 Reviews | 74 Followers
90
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Relevant, Intense

See it if solo show where the character describes her life; funny moments in beginning & then turns very dark - intense and brutal; great acting & set

Don't see it if intense description of very violent act; a bit didactic at the end with some facts and figures being given Read more

Critic Reviews (35)

The New York Times
June 27th, 2018

"Carey Mulligan, one of the most compelling stage actresses of her generation...Mulligan is the entire cast, you are unconditionally hers...Kelly is one lucky playwright to have had her as his interpreter...A dark tease of a tale that never quite rises to its own, earnest ambitions...Kelly has written a careful and intelligent script that covers many bases but lands on few of them with full impact. It begins as a fond portrait of a love affair and ends as a cold assessment of a tragedy."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
June 27th, 2018

"Sensitively directed...and features a haunted, lived-in, and often quite funny turn from its lone onstage performer. What 'Girls & Boys' lacks is a script that elevates its subject matter to compelling drama, or anything resembling art...It has societal problems at its center that it wants to talk with us about, but it has nothing new or particularly interesting to say...An ersatz dramatic event featuring ersatz characters that doesn’t so much explore its themes as cross them off a list."
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The Hollywood Reporter
June 27th, 2018

"Mulligan delivers an unforgettable performance...For anyone interested in the art of stage acting, attendance is mandatory...Much of the piece is a long, at times rambling setup to a horrifically tragic conclusion at tonal odds with much of what's preceded it. But for all the flaws in the writing...the play nonetheless easily holds our attention for an uninterrupted 105 minutes. Much of the credit goes to Mulligan."
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The Observer
June 27th, 2018

"As played to aching, bruised perfection by Carey Mulligan, the unnamed Woman takes us on a journey into darkness that we hope will turn out to be an elaborate lie—but know is not...Both writing and acting are superb, in perfect sync thanks to Turner’s clinical direction and spare but effective choreography. Kelly writes with delectable relish and gusto, not scanting on cascading profanity or visceral imagery. As for Mulligan, she’s magnificent."
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New York Daily News
June 27th, 2018

"Words couldn’t truly capture just how thrilling, shattering, and simply phenomenal Mulligan is...Be prepared to be rocked to the core by this fictional memoir that begins in rom-com territory and slowly but surely fills with dark shadows...Mulligan makes every line, gesture and movement as a wife and mother feel so real it hurts...Kelly’s script, while a bit slack and didactic, is also scalpel-sharp and detailed...Turner guides the sleek and seamless production."
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AM New York
July 4th, 2018

“As suggested by the title, ‘Girls & Boys’ explores contemporary gender relations — as well as the capacity to commit violence. It is heavy-handed in both how it expresses its viewpoints and how it graphically describes gruesome details. Nevertheless, the play (sharply directed by Lyndsey Turner) makes for frequently absorbing and provocative storytelling, built around a fully realized, committed performance by Mulligan.”
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Theatermania
June 27th, 2018

"It's Mulligan's disarming performance, at once hilarious and absolutely tragic, that makes the events that take place so shocking...'Girls & Boys' is a memory play, and Lyndsey Turner's production is awash with them...It's an extremely funny performance, but even as she hits punch lines as though she's secretly been a comic for years, there's a lot going on behind her eyes, adding even more depth to the play's darker, more surprising second half."
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BroadwayWorld
June 29th, 2018

“Mulligan, guided by Turner, gives one of those remarkably naturalistic performances that tricks you into thinking there's little or no acting involved...As in any good romantic comedy (and quite a bit...is very funny), the woman takes an immediate dislike to the man she will eventually marry...But their marriage begins going sour...and things get scary when she says she wants a divorce...No replacement for seeing Mulligan's exceptional performance live.”
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