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Iphigenia in Splott

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Riveting

About the show

Sherman Theatre presents a contemporary drama inspired by the Greek myth, which drives home the high price people pay for society's shortcomings. Part of 59E59's annual Brits Off Broadway festival. More…

Stumbling down Clifton Street drunk at 11:30am, Effie is the kind of girl you'd avoid eye contact with, silently passing judgement. We think we know her, but we don't know the half of it. Effie's life spirals through a mess of drink, drugs, and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day—till one night gives her the chance to be something more. This one-woman play makes its New York debut following performances at the National Theatre in London.


Member Reviews (98)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Edgy, Riveting
86
Avg Score

95
Great acting, Riveting, Edgy, Masterful, Relevant

See it if Amazing solo performance. I was drawn into the character's intense experiences. How much of her suffering was fate vs. her own choice?

Don't see it if You are not interested in themes of class disadvantage and alcoholism in a caring but impulsive character.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you want to experience an amazing one person performance.

Don't see it if you're put off by difficult to understand accents, fast speech and deeply negative personalities.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Cliched

See it if you want to see a dazzling performance by an amazing actress.

Don't see it if you don't like one-person shows, don't like profanity, don't like unsympathetic characters, or don't like struggling with a Welsh accent

Also Sophie Melville's performance is amazing, but the material is a bit tr... Read more Read less

91
Riveting, Intelligent, Intense, Must see, Compelling

See it if I was mesmerized throughout the show, almost forgetting to breathe. The acting/writing/direction are exemplary. Don't miss this play.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows; cursing and bullying offend you; confrontation makes you uncomfortable & life's a bitch topics depress you.

78
Absorbing, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy strong one-woman shows that rely on the strength of the actress and not over the top production value.

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents or don't want to real life to intrude on your theater. Heart wrenching and powerful, this is not for the weak.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You want the joy of finesse delivered via a jackhammer of a performance. This is a beautifully crafted reimagining of Iphigenia's sacrifice

Don't see it if Brit accents are a deterrent. It took 3-4 minutes to find the rhythm of her voice. I could not be a casual listener, nor did I want to be.

84
Absorbing, Dizzying, Great acting, Intense, Masterful

See it if You enjoy excellent storytelling, intensity, minimalistic set and a one -person play; excellent 75 minutes

Don't see it if You have difficulty understanding accents (it wasn't difficult but some may struggle with slang) or, you want a classic

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great acting and an absorbing story. A timely critique of how our society looks down upon the less fortunate.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows.

88
Riveting, Intense, Powerful

See it if You enjoy drama with a touch of melodrama, good acting, something to say, dials turned up to twelve. You prefer grit to hearts and flowers.

Don't see it if You don't like to be yelled at, can't follow ghetto British patois, don't appreciate political messaging or just prefer calm and light.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You enjoy one actor plays. Sophie Melville gives a nuanced, sympathetic, and beautiful performance.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Welsh accents.

82
Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if You enjoy classic connections to modern times in a well-written thought-provoking production. Mesmerizing performance.

Don't see it if You don't like solo shows or struggle with a Welsh accent (which is particularly difficult to understand when she is speaking quickly).

94
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if If you can get past a thick Welsh accent (I love it) you will see a tour-de-force one woman show that take a place beside PONDLING & CUDDLES

Don't see it if Thick Welsh accent, some profanity upsets you

73
Great acting

See it if Great performance. Straightforward, rather ordinary story that leaves you thinking.

Don't see it if You'd mind a very in-your-face performance. You don't like examining a pretty grimy, bleak life, although there's an optimistic ending.

79
Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant, Intense

See it if want to see a great solo performance in a disturbing play; the acting is excellent, it's well written. Still don't know if I liked it.

Don't see it if aren't interested in a solo show

88
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing, Edgy, Raunchy

See it if You want an intense night of theatre dealing with relevant social issues.

Don't see it if You don't like one-woman shows or heavy accents.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You are interested in knowing more about a woman's experiences as she alienates & challenges you. Powerful performance of personal horror.

Don't see it if You're not interested in knowing how unlikeable people manage to pursue their lives without any guarantees.

75
Slow, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you like one person shows

Don't see it if you don't like an almost bare stage with one person talking to you

85
Compelling

See it if play about all the things that make life messy:drugs, alcohol,deception, neglect.Effie has been neglected by men, and by society ..stirring!

Don't see it if you don't like dark, or heartbreaking stories.

Also Effie, as played by Sophie Melville,is a creature of many contradictio... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like 1 person shows with content, and thought provoking themes

Don't see it if you don't like British accents

88
Riveting, Visceral, Great acting

See it if You like totally engaging theater, with a hypnotic solo performance ,by Sophie Melville, about real people and their daily dramas.

Don't see it if Angry hyped-up characters make you uncomfortable. You have difficult with English dialects and in-your-face dramas.

Also Because of its intensity this is not for everyone. But I would recomme... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Masterful, Fierce, Mesmerizing, Intelligent

See it if You are prepared for a very intense and moving monologue about class exclusions from medical tx, housing, work&dysfunctional relationships.

Don't see it if You want to miss a tour-de-force performance that is powefully delivered, quite physical, but includes some rough language and Welsh accent.

Also Some might consider IIS to be over the top. I thought it was brilliant... Read more Read less

88
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you like one person shows, good writing, great acting. Intimate show.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows that deal with some dark subject matter.

88
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Resonant, Great acting, Intense

See it if you want to see a star turn by this powerhouse actor in a modern riff of the tale of Iphigenia that is both relevant and important.

Don't see it if frank, raw, and ugly issues/conversations make you uncomfortable.

87
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if you want to be surprised and engaged in this magnificent one woman show

Don't see it if profanity and one person shows bother you

83
Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Profound, Riveting

See it if You like one-woman shows and enjoy great acting. You want to know the outcome of class differentiation.

Don't see it if You want light entertainments. You have difficulty following strong British accents. The story is very disturbing.


May 17th, 2017
"I first met Effie last year...I’d almost forgotten the disturbing, exciting pleasures of her company in this fast and furious production, directed to scorch by O’Riordan...'Splott' is a work with a confrontational social conscience, a state of mind that’s rarely conducive to subtlety. But though...
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May 14th, 2017
"It exceeds our expectations with a surprisingly sensitive story by playwright Gary Owen and a winning performance from Sophie Melville...Effie's behavior becomes less shocking and more sympathetic as the play progresses. By the end, we even come to see her as noble in certain ways, an impressive...
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May 16th, 2017
“This superbly crafted one-woman show features excellent staging and an awe-inspiring performance…A deeply affecting view of humanity with all of its promise and pain…Sophie Melville is stunning as Effie. She captures the drama, passion and occasional humor of her challenging role. Effie is a dyn...
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May 15th, 2017
"The playwright's attempt at making her into a transformational figure of suffering doesn't really fly...Without an actress of Melville's powers, Effie might be insufferable. There's no worry of that here; Melville, a petite blonde with a massive presence, holds our attention as if through sheer ...
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