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Innit

37 Members say: Great acting, Quirky, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Edgy
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Set in 1990s working-class Manchester, this solo show follows brash teenager Kelly Roberts as she visits a psychologist.  More…

'Innit' explores the angst and scorched heart of the Kelly as she unwittingly discloses a heart-breaking, empowering story. She's bold, vulgar, and broken. But that’s really none of your binnis, innit?


95
StageBiz.com

“I laughed like an unblocking drain and then totally choked up as we got to know this broken bird with foul tongue and fragile heart...Forde is an Irish playwright, director, producer and actor of this one women tour de force and excels in every area. Her characterization of a 15-year old on the brink of implosion is riveting. Her storytelling style is fast paced, funny and ferocious...Totally mesmerizing! The writing is exceptional...It is wonderful to witness a performer so on top of her cr... Full Review

90
Diandra Reviews it All

"Many plays promised to tear my heart strings, but 'Innit' actually did...Brilliantly written, directed, and starred by Forde...In this world, the poor become jokes and symbols of human indignity, but 'Innit' is a play that reveals it is not easy to keep self-love and hope when you simply cannot afford to live...Forde is MAGNIFICENT...Although 'Innit' can be hilariously witty, its strength lies in its ability to show the everyday tragedy of economically 'getting by' but dreaming of stability." Full Review

90
Splash Magazines

“A stellar, fifty-minute play...A mission to redefine the preconceived association of ‘weirdness’ surrounding the quintessential psychologist session...Structured as a monologue, unraveling the mental disruption that is common across the teenage spectrum...Forde successfully conveys such a powerful message while incorporating 90s comedy and vulgarity, establishing a profound analysis of the mechanics of the adolescent psyche.” Full Review

85
BroadwayWorld

"A true understanding of why therapy can help so many people, even if they are just offered the ear of a person who is willing to listen...What is so interesting about this play is the transformation Kelly goes through from beginning to end...Such a touching, entertaining play that gives a face and name to people all over the world suffering from mental illness...Also, kudos to Forde for doing a one-woman show and keeping the audience engaged the entire time. That's not an easy task!" Full Review

80
Theater That Matters

"There was, from my perspective, no deficiency of authenticity. And Forde’s talent as an actor was cemented when her endearing grit kept circling around my head on the way home...Forde also penned the script, which never really fully took us on the rollercoaster ride we wanted, and, aside from the final, affecting moments, we pined for more poignancy to offset the often one-note, acidic rants. In the end, though, Forde’s formidable stage presence made it worth the trip." Full Review

75
TheaterScene.net

"Filled with colorful descriptiveness, it’s short on plot and reaches a bleak conclusion. Running 50 minutes it holds the interest...Forde’s staging is simple and effective. She is artfully positioned throughout the presentation in various areas of the small stage...'Innit' is an entertaining character study energized by Colette Forde’s ferocious performance." Full Review

75
DC Metro Theater Arts

"While Forde’s adult face belies her credibility as a youth, and the show’s ending comes with unexpected suddenness, her performance is a tour-de-force of teenage angst...Well acted, poignant, and relevant. But, as is often the case with experimental Fringe work, each could benefit from more development, a less abrupt conclusion, and a better-integrated design." Full Review

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Theatre's Leiter Side

"'Innit' fails to a considerable degree from the lack of directorial shaping…Kelly's monologue, delivered almost entirely in an underwhelmingly disconnected tone, is frequently accompanied by a disdainful, goggle-eyed, mouth agape expression (like 'duh'). There's no plotline at all, merely the ongoing confessions of an alienated girl with implausibly adroit verbal skills…We understand the girl's pain but, because of Forde's monotonous delivery, feel none of it on a gut level." Full Review


91
Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if you want to see a clever young woman perform a semi-autobiographical piece about her struggles with growing up Irish and poor in Manchester.

Don't see it if you don't like 1 woman shows or are put off by some raunchy language and a British accent.

Also The actress is very talented and really takes aim at teaching young pe... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Underrated, Unexpected

See it if you believe in the power of therapy & want to watch a recalcitrant teen (from working-class UK) drop her guard & discover her vulnerability.

Don't see it if you need high production values to satisfy your theatre appetite; you expect a comedy. [There's humor, but this is a mostly serious affair.]

Also This is an adroitly written and poignantly acted one-woman show that r... Read more Read less

82
Funny, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You appreciate realistic insights into a brash working class English girl presented no holds barred with humor and finally heartbreak.

Don't see it if You can't handle thick working class English speech. I couldn't catch every word, but I always knew where she was coming from.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You’re interested in coming of age stories, everyone's, not just your own

Don't see it if If you find teenage angst a bit tiresome

80
Funny, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You want a concise, slice-of-life drama w/some comedy that shines a light on borderline mental illness. You want a great acting performance.

Don't see it if You don't like slice-of-life plays. You don't like 1-actor plays. You'd prefer a lighter subject matter.

79
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Coarse

See it if You’re interested in learning more about the life of a UK blue collar teenager.

Don't see it if You just can’t sit through one more biographical one person show.

77
Great acting, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if you go in expecting uncomfortable humor that is meant to convey a strong positive message.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with Manchester accents or references, you expect a hilarious comedy sketch, teenage sexuality and angst upsets you.

77
Clever, Edgy, Profound, Dated, Hilarious

See it if If you want to see a one woman show about therapy. The teenager has angst but this is ignored causing the ending. No spoilers...

Don't see it if You dislike one act or one person shows.

77
Funny, Edgy, Juvenile

See it if You enjoy teen angst topics

Don't see it if You don't enjoy one-woman shows

Also The acting was pretty on point and relevant to many teen girls

76
Entertaining

See it if you’re interested in a well made slice of life one woman show

Don't see it if it doesn’t sound interesting to you

75
Entertaining, Edgy / raunchy / vulgar, Quirky but clever & funny, Well-staged & lit, Relevant / thought-provoking

See it if Closes tomorrow: SEE IT right before "Get the Boat". Both part of #IrishWomenWrite @ Soho Playhouse.

Don't see it if ...more to come...

75
Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if You like one-woman plays, you enjoy British accents, you're not looking for a big production.

Don't see it if You have trouble with thick accents, you don't like teen angst, you want something polished.

Also If you go see this, please be aware it's a tiny theater, so if you're ... Read more Read less

73
Absorbing, Intelligent, Quirky, Raunchy, Relevant

See it if You want to get into the mind of a blue collar teen living in Manchester and like quirky one woman shows. Very high energy performance.

Don't see it if I think the vernacular and humor were alien to NY audiences and the performer could never quite get her groove. I’m sure this affected her.

71
Flat, Intelligent, Relevant, Disappointing

See it if You like one person shows that reveal inner thoughts. It’s a therapy session basically. Ok, but not riveting.

Don't see it if You like high drama or conversational shows.

71
Troubled girl paddles upstream

See it if you support developing artistry. This could be a tight, moving one-woman show with some work. It’s mono-pacing is often too slow.

Don't see it if you have no grasp of Manchester, UK accent or slang you will suffer.

Also The beginning and end must be more tightly integrated; right now they ... Read more Read less

70
Funny, Ambitious, Quirky, Relevant, Slow

See it if You enjoy quirky teenage humor with an undertone of deep hurt.

Don't see it if You desire to see a full show. This is more of a work in progress.

70
Quirky, Raunchy, Moving, Uneven, "manchester, u.k." accent alert!

See it if you like solo shows & a coming of act monologue on teen angst, anger, "acting out" where, amid the F-word, a troubled soul reveals her pain

Don't see it if you dislike foreign accents + British slang [wanker, jizz, willy, etc.] that can be difficult to follow -- or if teen angst bores you

Also Born in Feb. 1983, Colette Forde, 35, is portraying KELLY, a young tee... Read more Read less

69
Begins promisingly but quickly devolves into monotony & is directed at a glacial pace ...

See it if you are documenting plays of teenage angst.

Don't see it if it will bother you if the 50 minute running time seems like 90 very slow minutes. This was a difficult to sit through disappointment.

66
Quirky, Raunchy, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You like one-person shows investigating the UK, working class, teenage girl experience.

Don't see it if You want a show with a point or a purpose. The message seemed to be "life is hard."

65
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You would like to a teen's angst

Don't see it if You want an arc or a second act

65
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Raunchy, Slow

See it if You really like one-person monologues and have an interest in teenage angst

Don't see it if You prefer light entertainment over an interesting but uneven show heavy on pain and despair.

60
Quirky, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you like one-person shows, no matter the story

Don't see it if you've seen enough one-person shows to expect a tighter, less monotone story and some kind of arc/realization

56
Edgy, Accent difficult to adjust to & understand, Too bizarre

See it if if you want to be confused and wonder WHY someone would want to share this story.

Don't see it if you want to be entertained and feel good when you leave theater.....

86
During previews
Poignant, Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Brave

See it if game for an intense, layered, bravura solo act conjuring hard times as a scrappy, lonely Manchester teen from a broken home in the '90s.

Don't see it if you've a very hard time with accents or crass language or you need ensemble cast, resolution, or attractive sets or elaborate scene changes.

80
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Great acting, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You are unfazed by British accents and terminology. (I lived in the U.K. so I didn't have problems, but can't speak for others.)

Don't see it if You dislike one-person monologues and have no interest in working-class life in the U.K.


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