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Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory

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

About the show

Irish Rep's intimate, new production explores the life of Lady Augusta Isabelle Gregory, the grand dame of Irish Theatre. 


From the show:

Lady Augusta Isabelle Gregory was the grand dame of Irish Theatre. Today, she is remembered as co-founder of The Abbey Theatre in Dublin and for turning her Galway home, Coole Park, into the mecca of the Irish Literary Revival.

Lady G – an intimate Irish Rep production developed from Lady Gregory’s personal writings and overlooked plays – will explore the truth behind the legend. Beneath the public persona of a dour Victorian widow lies a passionate heart and a wry sense of humor. Her plays “Workhouse Ward” and “McDonough’s Wife“ showcase her playful yet tender vision of Ireland and her people.

Member Reviews (33)


Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Delightful
Avg Score

Lovely cake, Long, Well acted, Absorbing, Edifying

See it if you'd enjoy a bio-play abt great Irish co-founder of Abbey Th. 2 short plays included (1st delights, 2nd doesn't). 4 strg actors (2f/2m)

Don't see it if you want a tight script; LG rambles, has meh 4th wall breaks. Sh trim. But fascinating life! Had vision/talent. Friends: Shaw, Yeats, etc.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Delightful

See it if you like getting to know a theater personality with an entertaining presentation, well-staged and acted by a cast of 4 in multiple roles.

Don't see it if you want a fast look at the main character's life-this is a pleasantly paced, 4th wall breaking, review with 2 short plays performed within.

Bravo irish rep, Masterful, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like a very well written and performed show about a very interesting woman. Nice staging on small stage and great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like Irish accents or Irish stories. This show is made for Irish Rep and is very well done.

Also All of the performers are great. I learned a lot about Augusta Isabell... Read more Read less

Terrific acting ensemble, Great staging, Disappointing, Too much talk, not enough action, Ambitious

See it if you are interested in the story of Lady G, a founder of the Abbey Theatre & a playwright. Wish more of the talk could have been dramatized.

Don't see it if Plays in which the 4th wall is broken & information is given directly to the audience is not your cup of tea.

Inviting, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if only know Lady G thru her association w/ Yeats & assumed her own work probably wasn’t very good. Also John Keating like I've never seen him!

Don't see it if uninterested in a literary coterie that seeded a cultural movement & cultivated a national voice that would distinguish Irish writing...

Also from all other English-speaking traditions. I may be overreacting a li... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in theater history and unknown works that deserve viewing

Don't see it if You are turned off by historical references and Irish accents

Great acting, Educational, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you're interested in theatre and/or Irish history;enjoy excellent acting in an intimate venue--Keating was especially good; like eating cake

Don't see it if you have no interest in history; prefer big productions; hate Irish accents.

Also This is a small gem of a show.

Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Intelligent

See it if A bonanza: a lesson in Irish theatre history, with two excellent little known plays within a play and a piece of lovely warm fruitcake too.

Don't see it if Excellent acting by all, with the fourth wall broken and appearances by literary characters including T.S. Eliot, Singh, and Lady Gregory.

Also For lovers of literature, history, and especially those interested in ... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You want a story about lady g. You want a story about her plays.

Don't see it if You do not like the fourth wall. You do not like recreations

Engaging, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you enjoy intimate productions with outstanding acting all around

Don't see it if you're not a fan of off-Broadway productions; you prefer musicals

Dated, Entertaining, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if Interesting story about a woman who deserves to be better known. Female supporting lead especially excellent

Don't see it if Over 2 hours long. Second half not a good as first, ending with dated melodrama.

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Entertaining, interesting and educational play of the life of Lady G which includes two short plays. Wonderful acting as well

Don't see it if If you don't enjoy irish-based plays. Another winner for the Irish Repertory Theater highly recommended.

Great writing, Entertaining, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Lady Gregory,one of the foremost figures in the Irish theatre of the XX cent,introduces two short plays of hers, mixed w scenes of her life*

Don't see it if you don't like plays in vernacular. Strongly recommended to read plays on line in advance:"The Workhouse Ward" & "McDonough's Wife"

Also *devoted entirely to the cause of Irish literature & theatre.... Read more Read less

Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if The acting at Irish Rep is always great. If you want to learn about Lady G, she is interesting. Act 2 had a funny scene.

Don't see it if You want something quick and peppy.

Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a fascinating show about an inspiring figure.

Don't see it if You want an elaborate production.

Masterful, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are a true fan of Irish storytelling and also theatre history. The story of Lady Gregory and The Abbey is a real gem.

Don't see it if you are wanting fluff. This is Irish Theatre History told through laughter, tears, and romance by some truly amazing actors.

Informative, Great acting

See it if Sonewhat pedestrian as a play but very well acted, with versatile support cast and fascinating details

Don't see it if don't like bioplays

Good staging, Ambitious, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you enjoy biographical plays performed by great actors.

Don't see it if you only like action packed, sock it to me theater.

Entertaining, Relevant, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You have an interest in the Irish Theatre awakening. Lady G was an integral part but doesn’t get enough credit.

Don't see it if You are impatient with history plays or frequent 4th wall breaks.

Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if you want an intelligent and absorbing 2 hours. What wonderful characters, who are totally real and engaging.

Don't see it if you hate history or have no interest in Irish Theatre and the influence of great literature. Stay away and let others buy a ticket!

Intelligent, Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want to see great acting. Also, if you are interested in a history of Irish theatre

Don't see it if Irish accents scare you

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Interested in Irish plays and the history of Irish theater. Appreciate good acting

Don't see it if Very small stage and production so if that bother's you avoid this. Not interested in Irish theater don't like Irish accents

Absorbing, Delightful, Clever, Great acting

See it if Love learning about people and works I never would have. 1st half ended with Lady Gregory cake being served. Liked back story the most.

Don't see it if Glad not a lot of time devoted to the 2 plays as that was not my favorite part.

Also Great use of space ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Clever

See it if lovely history of Lady Gregory and the start up of Irish theatre

Don't see it if there is no reason not to see this play although the snippets of plays written by lady G. could have been omitted

Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You have any interest in Irish drama and poetry, like classic theater and bio plays

Don't see it if Irish dialect annoys you.

February 19th, 2020
"Introducing Lady Augusta Gregory to a New Generation in 'Lady G': Ciarán O'Reilly's celebration of the seminal Irish literary figure premieres at Irish Repertory Theatre."
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February 19th, 2020
"The show could use a bit of trimming, but everyone's heart is in the right place and, ultimately, 'Lady G: Plays and Whisperings of Lady Gregory' shines a warm glow on an overlooked playwright, producer, and nurturer of the greatest writers of the Irish Renaissance."
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February 20th, 2020
"Ciarán O'Reilly is throwing a good old-fashioned Irish wake, with poems, songs, and a slice of barmbrack (Irish sweet bread) for each of the lucky attendees. It's a charming and touching tribute to a woman whose literary efforts are usually far less appreciated, unfortunately, than her advocacy."
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February 20th, 2020
"A fascinating study of the unforgettable Lady Gregory. Too bad the grande dame isn't alive to see it for herself."
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