“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
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"'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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if you enjoy a solo show-a case study of a teenage girl from a dysfunctional family, are familiar with British slang terms
Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding a heavy British accent & are unfamiliar with the county's slang, & are offended by description of sex acts
See it if you are intrigued by raw and real conflicts in emotional development of lower middle class Caucasian teenage girl in Manchester, England
Don't see it if you prefer light comedy, musicals, or large cast and set and standard Broadway length performances, or are not interested in teenage girls
See it if You enjoy new talent in a adolescent angst one woman show in a small intimate theater.
Don't see it if You hate small off broadway theaters and prefer fluffy plays or musicals.
See it if a one woman show about a troubled teenage Irish girl living with her mom in Manchester in the 90's is something of interest to you
Don't see it if you are looking for something light and fluffy. Show ran 55 minutes and needed all your attention to get the crux of the matter
See it if you enjoy coming-of-age stories and want to see a one-woman show
Don't see it if you are expecting a grandeur or more pop culture references (come on, Manchester in the 90s, at least throw in some Britpop in there?)
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