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I Hear You and Rejoice

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

About the show

In this solo show, writer and performer Mikel Murfi creates a tender portrait of a bustling Irish town, focusing on the indomitable football manager and woman-about-town, Kitsy Rainey. More…

From the football field to the chapel floor, Kitsy always has the final word. By turns moving and comic, her friends and neighbors celebrate the impact Rainey has made on her community.

Member Reviews (24)


Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever
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Charming, Quirky, Strong acting, Funny, Frothy

See it if you like solo shows filled w odd chars. Kitsy's funeral is lively (altho repetitive jokes). Starts slow, then builds. Gr quirky love story.

Don't see it if you only like intellectual theater; this is all heart. Occas'ly maudlin, but mostly touching/sweet. Accent isn't problem. No set/costumes.

Also I Hear You is the sequel to The Man In the Woman's Shoes. I'd like to ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if If you like a solo performance with touching moments in it. Simple play, no costumes/sets.

Don't see it if If Irish play is not your thing. Skit can drag on a little. If you dont like a solo performance or a deep play.

Breathtaking, Sentimental, Brilliantly performed, A bit long, Very irish

See it if you would like to see another bravura performance by one of the great international actors of our day.

Don't see it if you've no need to see another Irish theater piece that focuses on the quirkiness of its very Irish characters, or you don't like solo shows.

Also “I Hear You and Rejoice” is actor-director-writer Mikel Murfi’s solo s... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Repetitive, Overlong, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you like skits that are lengthened to 75 minutes. You've seen the play within the first 15 minutes or so.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-person plays or plays that are way too long.

A good one person show.

See it if You appreciate solo shows.

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

Irish village humor and culture, Versatile portrayal of multiple characters, Charming ethnic accent

See it if Mikel Murfi’s solo portrayal of Irish village characters focusing on the relationship between Pat and Kitsy, See Man in Woman ‘s Shoes first

Don't see it if You want a more clear delineation between characters, think animal sounds are silly, or want a plot that goes somewhere.

Entertaining, Great acting, Touching, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Solo show with a masterful Irish storyteller who portrays a variety of a village characters (& the sounds of musical instruments & animals)

Don't see it if you cannot get into the variety of characters portrayed in solo shows, need bells & whistles sets, don't like moving stories

Also I had seen his ' The Man in the Woman's Shoes' a few years ago so (reg... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Masterful, Clever

See it if A masterful solo play written and performed by Mikel Murfi. Each character is beautifully developed .A touching piece.

Don't see it if Do not see if you do not like Irish plays or solo performances.

Rejoice is the choice

See it if Must love Irish theater and one man shows.

Don't see it if Hate a very inconvenient venue, being stuck with one actor for the duration or looking at a drab bare stage and a barefoot actor.

Also Incredible hassle commuting to venue. Murfi's show is a hit, in rep wi... Read more Read less

Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if Like one person shows. Show has funny/touching moments but too long, meandering and portions difficult to understand. Overly sentimental.

Don't see it if Do not like one man shows or have trouble with heavy accents.Portions overly long and repetitive

Also Theater FREEZING

Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if Mikel Murfi is a one-man show. He has the talent to engage the audience effortlessly while weaving a tale about a small town and its people.

Don't see it if I enjoyed the show but a few minutes could be trimmed to ease the flow as the story unfolds. (Otherwise, a swell time at the theater)

Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant

See it if you enjoy a solo show which touches the heart. Multiple interesting characters all depicted with warmth. And a delightful ending.

Don't see it if ... you have trouble understanding an Irish accent.

Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if You appreciate Irish humor and enjoy solo performance pieces. This will, at turns, have you crying tears of laughter and sorrow.

Don't see it if You have no heart. You will be bored.

Also Mr. Murfi is a master storyteller. He becomes each of the characters, ... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Exquisite, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of Ireland's greatest actor Mikel Murfi. He is brilliant with his chameleon ability to portray an entire town. Pure magic.

Don't see it if If you have a problem with Irish accents or don't enjoy one-man shows. Otherwise,​ I can't think of any other reason why not to see this

Great acting

See it if Gentle Irish- Catholic humor performed by genuinely talented Irish actor, Mikel Murfi. Bringing the sequel to his hit show The Man in The

Don't see it if Rapid-fire monologue in a heavy Irish brougue. Not exactly side-splitting material. Theatre on 11th Ave. Waking Ned Devine funnier.

Also Woman’s Shoes, he performs as different characters at a funeral. Just ... Read more Read less

Clever, Delightful

See it if you'd enjoy another great story telling session with Mikel Murfi's colorful characters.

Don't see it if This is one man playing all characters with wonderfully different body language and impressions. No set, few props.

Also Even if you normally dislike one person shows, these are warm hearted,... Read more Read less

Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you love storytelling and particularly Irish storytelling, with its special brand of charming, idiosyncratic characters told with warmth.

Don't see it if you want more than cartoonish, caricatured persons in heavy-handed portrayals, especially the females with Dame-Edna-worthy falsettos.

A not to be missed performance from a masterful storyteller ...

See it if you want to experience Mikel Murfi's magnificent perf. &, as playwright, his splendid writing as he invokes the lives of these characters ..

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one-man shows,

Delightful, Great acting, Hilarious, Touching, Great writing

See it if you want to see a superb solo multi-character performance in a delightful, touching and well written play.

Don't see it if if you have trouble with the accent and vernacular of rural Irish characters.

Also Companion piece for his ‘The Man In the Woman’s Shoes’ .

Funny, Great acting, Clever, Romantic

See it if you enjoy characters.

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding accents.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Resonant, Romantic

See it if You’re a romantic

Don't see it if One person show is not your thing

Masterful, Must see, Profound, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a masterful performer and a funny but touching story that will keep you absolutely hooked

Don't see it if No reason at all not to see it

Intelligent, Resonant, Well-acted, but not engaging

See it if you really like one-man shows as this is a well-performed one - but I was only really engaged in the story intermittently.

Don't see it if You don't like one-man shows - shows driven completely by the on-stage personality with nothing else around him.

Hilarious, Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Delightful

See it if You want to be fully engrossed in a great storyline told thru ten +characters through one amazing actor

Don't see it if You think you don’t like one man shows and can’t get over it. If you can - try this one and it will change your mind.

September 17th, 2018
"Accomplished entertainer though he is, Tony Cleary doesn’t have a thing on his creator...This virtuoso is strictly small-time compared to Mikel Murfi, the inexhaustibly multifarious writer, director and sole performer...It’s ultimately impossible to resist the gale theatrical force as Mr. Murfi ...
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September 18th, 2018
“Murfi is amazing...Murfi employs his vocal and physical prowess to conjure up an entire community on the stage that is bare...An exquisite theatrical experience of the purest form...Murfi is breathtaking as he clowns, mimes and barrels all over the space while distinctively rendering each charac...
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September 25th, 2018
“It’s lovely to see how a simple twist of a hip can suggest a woman who is annoyed, and a tugging gesture at the armpits can suggest an ill-fitting bra...A program note indicates that encounters Murfi had with groups of older people in Sligo helped formulate these remarkable theater pieces...In a...
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June 13th, 2017
for a previous production "Mikel Murfi contains multitudes – still. The Irish actor can fill a one-man show with people: men, women, children. He brings whole villages to life...Murfi is legion and it is quite a thing to watch...This is a show that abounds with love – so much that, in many ways, it struggles to find the w...
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