Already closed | 1h 45m | West Village

Girls & Boys

From 137 member  reviews
Members say: 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. More…

An unexpected meeting at an airport leads to an intense, passionate, head-over-heels relationship. Before long they begin to settle down, buy a house, juggle careers, have kids – theirs is an ordinary family. But then their world starts to unravel and things take a disturbing turn.

1h 45m | Already closed | Minetta Lane Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (137)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great writing
83
Avg Score

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.

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.

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.

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.

Also The writing is fine, but this could have been merely a "torn from the ... Read more Read less

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

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.

86
Intense, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see Mulligan in a stunning tour de force that grips you from minute one and leaves you uneasy.

Don't see it if you are triggered by violence against children or dislike one woman shows.

79
Terrific solo performance. harrowing story.

See it if You appreciate solo shows.

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

86
Devastating, Top notch interpretation, Great staging

See it if Mulligan delivers in this solo performance of a woman’s emotional journey through love & real loss. Be prepared for laughter & fear as we..,

Don't see it if Recognize the ways in which we control - & fail to control - out basest needs. Heavy stuff, spun out slowly, but what a performance!

75
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Confusing, Too long

See it if you want to see a tour de force piece of acting by a great actress.

Don't see it if you do not like solo performances. This could be cut by 1/2 hour.

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

Also I was fascinated by the chalky white set (which alternates with monolo... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You appreciate the bravura performance required by a one-person show.

Don't see it if You cannot tolerate violence toward children.

Also Taut writing and a crisp performance by Carey Mulligan; still, the ant... Read more Read less

84
Absorbing, Intense

See it if How the greatest man of her life became her greatest tragedy. Exploration of how violence plays out very gendered in current society.

Don't see it if Death of children is triggering. Don't understand more urban English accents. Don't like one-person shows.

Also Ticket from online rush on TodayTix for $37.50.

96
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you want to be wowed by a great actress taking over a stage for 90 minutes in a profoundly moving and upsetting play.

Don't see it if you need to see a comedy - this is not it and I totally get needing a comedic boost.

Also The staging and lighting were masterful. I have already told people to... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound

See it if you are ready for a one woman show that is moving and powerful - an ode to the Me, too movement.

Don't see it if you are a thin-skinned guy who likes to believe you are in control or if you have suffered grievous loss

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing

See it if expertly crafted play and imaginative stage design with a top-notch actress

Don't see it if harrowing nature of storyline cannot be minimized; authentic UK accent may be foreign to some

73
Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant, Disappointing, Thought-provoking

See it if you're a Carey Mulligan fan and enjoy actors ripping into monologues or intense situations

Don't see it if you can't stomach descriptions of violence or don't like plays that lean on manipulation over insight

90
Absorbing, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Resonant

See it if You want a remarkable performance in a surprising work. Don’t read about it. The story is one that should unfold without preconceptions.

Don't see it if You don’t like one-person shows, need lots of visual action, are easily offended by profanity and sexual situations, or need consistent tone

88
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if you want to see a great actress making use of her incredible range of skills with charm and intelligence, leading you to an unexpected twist

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows or you just want light entertainment.

82
Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You like one person shows with an intense story told in a clever manner by a great actress.

Don't see it if You are expecting a lot of action or don’t like plays with only 1 character.

94
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you love theater and are starved for brilliant performances. This is a must see. even though you will miss some words it does not matter

Don't see it if you cannot handle tough subjects. you are not engaged by brilliant acting, you need dazzle in "stuff" instead of the performance

65
Confusing, Profound, Relevant, Intelligent

See it if you like an intelligent theater that doesnt necessarily aim to please the Aristotlean way of storytelling and you like profound theater

Don't see it if you dont like storytelling theater and prefer an ensemble driven piece

90
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you'd like to see a stellar solo performance by Carey Mulligan in this memory play of a harrowing story.

Don't see it if you don't like solo performance or stories with a very unhappy ending.

Also There are many funny moments when Mulligan begins to tell her story. H... Read more Read less

87
Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You want to see amazing acting and are ok with serious and disturbing subject matter.

Don't see it if You only want happy, light, fluffy pieces. You have a hard time understanding a British accent.

Also Amazing. Just amazing. Funny and horrific. Carey Mulligan was incredib... Read more Read less

75
Is it better to be feared or loved?

See it if Sensational performance by Carey Mulligan; every word and move wonderfully executed.

Don't see it if Some men just aren’t ok with women who seem to have it all.

Also You can feel the audience hold their breath as she unveils the dark si... Read more Read less


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 wr...
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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 ta...
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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 writin...
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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 c...
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