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How to Keep an Alien

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Members say: Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

About the show

Performer/playwright Sonya Kelly presents an autobiographical comedy about falling in love and having to prove it to the government. Part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival. More…

Irish Sonya and Australian Kate fall in love...but then they need to persuade the Department of Immigration that they have the right to live together in Ireland. Join the couple on a madcap odyssey from the stony townlands of Ireland to the leafy depths of the Queensland bush. 

Member Reviews (24)


Funny, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent
Avg Score

Clever, Delightful, Sweet, Funny, Uplifting

See it if for a heart-warming, laugh-filled take on romance. Kelly is a charmer w/ the gift of the gab. You'll root for her as if she was your sister.

Don't see it if you want big things from theater. This is a small, intimate piece in a barebones setting. I'd see this again, tho, instead of The Encounter.

Charming, Sweet, Delightful, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like smart quirky shows that make you think about some ideas from some different points of view.

Don't see it if you don't like one person monologue plays, that's basically what this is.

Funny, Quirky, Romantic, Delightful, Warm

See it if You would enjoy a humorous, touching autobiographical tale that is part theater, part standup comedy.

Don't see it if You want to see something darker or more dramatic. You prefer a larger ensemble than 1 lead and 1 supporting role.

Clever, Funny, Edgy, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You enjoy a well delivered, funny story about one woman's personal experience.

Don't see it if You are a grouch.

Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Funny, Intelligent

See it if Like the Irish and/or love witty storytelling.

Don't see it if Are hard hearted.

Delightful, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Funny

See it if you enjoy whimsically told tales of personal experiences.

Don't see it if you prefer stories with lots of action, big casts and hugely dramatic conflict. This show is quieter and more charming than those.

Clever, Entertaining, Funny

See it if Even if you don't like one person shows. This is Irish storytelling/humor at its best. A little multimedia also mixes things up a bit.

Don't see it if You're looking for a show about UFOs.

Clever, Delightful, Intelligent, Resonant, Relevant

See it if You want to see fresh themes in Irish theater, enjoy one actor shows done well,

Don't see it if You work for immigration enforcement

Delightful, Enchanting, Charming, Funny

See it if you enjoy a complicated, funny, real love story. Essentially a one-woman show, the play creatively navigates various different perspectives.

Don't see it if You struggle with one-actor (or effectively one-actor) shows, or if you cannot get past how much the writer/actress resembles Rachel Dratch.

Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Original, Intelligent

See it if funny look at the trials and tribulations of obtaining a long term residency visa in Ireland made relevant by a heartwarming love story.

Don't see it if you lack sense of humor.

Fluffy, Enchanting, Indulgent

See it if like light, airy 'meet cute' girl meets girl and falls in love stories...sweetly told.

Don't see it if you like more depth and complexity to your stories.

Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Relevant

See it if an entertaining solo performance about bringing a new love interest into Ireland. Funny, well written, great performance

Don't see it if don't like solo peformances.

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

See it if You want to experience a solid And worthy Broadway play. Fantastic must see. Great acting and clever staging. A story still relevant today.

Don't see it if You enjoy musicals more than a compelling drama.

Clever, Funny, Original

See it if you like a clever person talking about a funny situation.

Don't see it if you have problems with monologue shows.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Quirky, Original

See it if you like a one woman show w/ a stage manager also in the show. If you like a good laugh at crazy but true stories /Irish accent/immigration

Don't see it if you dont like 1 woman shows/uncomfortable w/ lesbian stories. If you want a traditional stage play. If you have a closed mind to fresh ideas

Love story but not enthralling

See it if funny interjections want to know how to prove love for a non-believing govt official

Don't see it if a mostly one woman show vibrant actor who cannot keep one immersed at all times

Great acting, Great writing, Refreshing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you want to laugh, cry and split your gloves clapping! And not spend too much time.

Don't see it if you're a robot.

Entertaining, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if absolutely hilarious, kept the whole audience laughing throughout

Don't see it if you're not big on one-woman shows (even though she shares the stage with her stage manager, it's focused on her)

Fluffy, Indulgent, Overrated, Ambitious, Pleasant

See it if You're looking for a pleasant one person show by a warmly engaging performerr

Don't see it if If you value more clever and engaging fair than your average undemanding middle class theater goer.

Great acting, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if this is a great show about what its like to be an immigrant. touching and funny...

Don't see it if you don't like one woman show stories about personal experiences

Clever, Enchanting, Delightful

See it if I couldn't find a show I've seen

Don't see it if You actually read this review

During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you enjoy a cleverly presented story about real life dilemmas; anything Irish; a charming and energetic presenter.

Don't see it if you can't understand a very slight Irish accent; you are anti-gay; you are anti-Irish; you dislike one-person shows

During previews
Clever, Funny, Quirky, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy a clever, funny, and well written show. Sonja Kelly's accents and comedic timing are both excellent. Definitely a gem of a play.

Don't see it if You think plays from Ireland can be sad and dreary.

During previews
Hilarious, Delightful, Original, Clever, Touching

See it if you want to see how theater can transform a potentially dreary subject (immigration hassles) into something that's both funny and touching.

Don't see it if you have a job title that ends in "-ographer". (You'll get it when you see the show.)

September 20th, 2016
"Ms. Kelly enhances her tale with the help of a spirited stage manager, Paul Curley, and a limitless supply of one-liners, many of them delicious...Her comic style varies nicely from straight-faced to vivacious, from deadpan to a pan that is very much alive, especially her irresistible, maniacal ...
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September 19th, 2016
"Kelly tells us the tale with complete unselfconsciousness, throwing herself completely both physically and emotionally into each new situation, acting each part and person perfectly...Hardly a fairy tale, Kelly has to confront her fears and ambivalences, figure out what she wants from her life a...
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September 19th, 2016
"Directed by Gina Moxley, Kelly’s performance is funny to its core. The audience was kept in stitches as Kelly colors each moment of her bureaucratically challenged romance with hilarious insights into the process of falling in love...Despite the unending success of the show’s comedy, some of its...
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September 20th, 2016
“It’s a familiar conundrum, and a reliable source of rom-com fodder, which Kelly invests with wit and originality in her show…Kelly’s turns of phrase and her self-deprecating style make this a consistently hilarious performance, which also displays considerable emotional depth while sending up th...
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