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. More…
From the show:
One year can bring extraordinary change; just ask Amber, Lorraine, and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women who find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected. Young Amber’s case of indigestion – or perhaps it’s a brutal hangover? – grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine discovers salsa dancing after an incident at work leads to therapist-suggested self-care. Grandmother Kay, on the wrong side of sixty, but not dead yet, struggles to take care of a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. As the year moves forward, the women confront their individual challenges with courage and humor, finding strength in one another and discovering the beauty and complexity of family.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
See it if Three winning actresses lift this Irish family dramedy above a "1940's women's picture" territory often movingly carrying their story's arc
Don't see it if Takes a little time to line up the plot with the monologue structure & the humor can slide into treacle (sex toys, really?) but well played
See it if you enjoy contemporary female-focused Irish plays, performances by Irish actors, fan of Marsha Mason, sleek story told in multiple voices
Don't see it if Not a fan of female-centric stories, if Irish accents throw you off, not a fan of Irish plays or modern issues or family tales
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
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.
See it if Three Irish women, separated by generations, deliver monologues with serio-comic moments. Featuring the underappreciated Marsha Mason.
Don't see it if Mason, so at home on the stage, elevates the most deficient of material, and sadly, this tedium is no exemption. Six monologues each (18).
Also "Even now, after all this time, my Little Gem still surprises me."
See it if you like to get inside people's heads. Monologues reveal each character's thoughts. Great acting especially Mason.
Don't see it if you like interaction between characters, you do not like to hear women's inner thoughts or have problems with Irish accents.
See it if you want to see a play made up of three woven-together stories. Brenda Meaney gives the most impressive performance.
Don't see it if you don't like plays that are made up of monologues. Also, this production is very slow moving.
See it if enjoy great acting, stories about functional families, getting to know an Irish family's 3 generations of women; wonderful Marsha Mason.
Don't see it if you prefer interaction rather than a series of monologues; middle of play drags, could use some editing; Mason's character has most depth.
See it if You like monologues and not a play where the characters interact with one another
Don't see it if You are expecting anything interesting to happen. When you really sit back and think about what just happened you realize it wasn’t much
See it if You like multi-generational stories with laughs and heart.
Don't see it if You don't like monologues that are interwoven. I would have preferred a little more interaction between the characters.
See it if 3 generations of a family (all women) with alternating monologues; how the men have impacted their lives; family drama - Mason's most moving
Don't see it if want more interaction - the clinic setting seems to connect them more than familial ties
See it if you enjoy female-driven plays with small casts, or if you really are into Irish plays or are a fan of one of the actresses.
Don't see it if heavily-accented shows are problematic for you, or if shows that are full of female issues are boring for you.
See it if You want to see 3 rather unexciting and monologues from 3 women in a family. Mundane stories for each.
Don't see it if You want to see an interactive story. Mother, Daughter, Granddaughter each tell a tale, but barely interact w/ each other.
See it if You want to see 3 great performers telling their stories in interchanging and interconecting monologues that piece their lives together.
Don't see it if If you are not a fan of monologue plays.
See it if You enjoy a clever interwoven story told through monologues by three members of a family. Touching and moving, yet funny and truthful.
Don't see it if You need more action and you don’t have the patience for monologues. If you do, you will be rewarded.
See it if you like family stories told by 3 actors in a series of monologues. Some of the stories were quite funny and/or moving; others, not so much.
Don't see it if you need a play where the actors interact. There's a static quality here, and I never did figure out why they were in that setting.
Also Could use some editing.