Little Gem
Closed 1h 30m
Little Gem
79

Little Gem NYC Reviews and Tickets

79%
(102 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
9%
Negative
3%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Slow

About the Show

Equal parts comic and poignant, Irish playwright Elaine Murphy’s debut play about three generations of North Dublin women won the top prize at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008.

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Member Reviews (102)

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876 Reviews | 903 Followers
80
Slow, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you like family themes. All great actresses and roles. Mason is so great!

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are mostly narrated and want interaction between the actors. Read more

851 Reviews | 1006 Followers
79
Funny, Slow, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if Really Great performances, especially by Mason and an interesting way to tell the story. Has both serious and funny moments.

Don't see it if You dislike monologues. The play's is told through alternating monologues between the three women.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
70
Well acted, Slow, Banal, Not a "gem," but not a lump of coal

See it if you want run-of-the-mill entertainment. Don't want to think much; just laugh a bit. Superficial; easy resolns. Actors don't look related.

Don't see it if you want depth, insight. Teenager's baby sh not solve problems. Meh jokes (old lady/vibrator). Mason's accent uneven. Familial love prevails

945 Reviews | 386 Followers
85
Interesting, Needs editing, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like one person monologue shows. This is basically three one person shows woven together in a clever way. It makes it more interesting.

Don't see it if You don’t like stories told from the woman’s point of view. It’s not at all a man hating show but it’s definitely the female perspective. Read more

968 Reviews | 226 Followers
75
Refreshing, Intelligent, Clever

See it if Monologues of each character rather than dialogue between the actors. Accents are thick. Marsha Mason is very good in her role.

Don't see it if Very heavy accents though to pick up at times. Humor not that great. If you like dialogue in a play between actors.

794 Reviews | 216 Followers
74
Disappointing, Resonant, Confusing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you'd enjoy a great performance by Mason and enjoy monologues that weave together among members of this Irish family.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with fast talking accents or are in the rear as O'Leary's voice does not carry, causing me to miss putting this together

705 Reviews | 214 Followers
75
Mundane, Corny, Sweet, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if 3 intersecting life-story monologues stress the essential solitude of life, even though people find solace in each other’s company.

Don't see it if The life stories are a bit mundane. Also, the challenges get resolved too easily & happily. The corny laughs fell flat for me.

741 Reviews | 123 Followers
83
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you are interested in an exploration of interpersonal relationships in a specific culture. Written from each character's inner view.

Don't see it if you want conventionally structured dialog. Also you will need to pay careful attention because it's easy to lose some of the threads.

Critic Reviews (11)

The New York Times
July 31st, 2019

"Motherhood Masters Dysfunction in ‘Little Gem.’ In Elaine Murphy’s play, three women from one Dublin family tell a slice-of-life story through interwoven, interlocking monologues."
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Theatermania
July 26th, 2019

“Three Generations of Irish Women Live, Laugh, and Love in ‘Little Gem.’ Elaine Murphy's 2008 play returns to New York City in a new Irish Repertory Theatre production.”
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Lighting & Sound America
August 2nd, 2019

"The gift of gab reigns supreme in this beguiling triptych of contemporary Irish womanhood dealing with the sheer bloody business of living…Under the sensitive, highly alert direction of Marc Atkinson Borrull, three fine actresses keep one under the spell of their unbridled candor."
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New York Stage Review
July 26th, 2019

★★★★ "'Three Generations in One Family Work It All Out.' Elaine Murphy's engaging play features Marsha Mason, Brenda Meany and Lauren O'Leary."
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New York Stage Review
July 26th, 2019

★★★★ “'Mothers and Daughters Tell their Stories at Irish Rep.' Marsha Mason anchors an intimate Irish drama that lives up to its title."
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Theater News Online
July 29th, 2019

"The play makes a gift of presenting us with well-conceived characters (even those we never actually see), realistic-sounding dialogue and relatable situations. Nothing here, admittedly, is remotely groundbreaking, but the work is consistently engaging, occasionally hilarious and sometimes heart wrenching."
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TheaterScene.net
August 2nd, 2019

"Marsha Mason is superb as a salty Irish housewife coping with a neurotic daughter, a rebellious granddaughter and an ill husband in this engaging monologue play. It's an engrossing slice of life with biographical data, pivotal incidents and humane observations that's immaculately presented."
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CurtainUp
July 25th, 2019

"Elaine Murphy guides her fictional characters through the play with a prescribed sentimentality but it rings true to life in a very engaging way. The progression of time for them is charged by their irrepressible honesty and through unapologetically personal feelings, many of which are consigned to overlap the needs and longing of the other."
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