Girls & Boys
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Girls & Boys

Girls & Boys NYC Reviews and Tickets

(137 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (137)

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234 Reviews | 175 Followers
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. Read more

131 Reviews | 45 Followers
Enchanting, Great acting, Must see, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to witness a master class in storytelling, from the playwright to performer to designers.

Don't see it if stories about violence may trigger you, you're not into solo shows. Read more

171 Reviews | 32 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like Carrie Mulligan. If you like singular story telling. You like women in strong roles.

Don't see it if Need a happy show.

360 Reviews | 39 Followers
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

140 Reviews | 24 Followers
Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You want to see great acting from the sublime Carey Mulligan. A stunning performance in a role that is challenging in its complexity.

Don't see it if You don't like one person shows. Or disturbing material.

86 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if you like one-woman shows of substance.

Don't see it if you are put-off by intense, real-life issues. Read more

1145 Reviews | 461 Followers
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.

67 Reviews | 7 Followers
Great acting, Resonant, Relevant, Intense, Edgy

See it if you want to see amazing acting by Carey Mulligan. Looking for a darker show. It starts off nice but turns into a much darker show later

Don't see it if If you aren't able to handle darker material especially concerning young children.

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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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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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 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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