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Little Gem

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(102 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Slow

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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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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

Slow, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting

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

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Critic Reviews (11)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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July 29th, 2019

"It is really about four time Academy Award nominee...Marsha Mason that drew me to the Irish Repertory Theatre...It's perfect in its Irish-ness, filled to the brim with funny whip smart asides and sexual frankness that when delivered with that accent rings true and charming, even in its drunken bold honesty...All three do a grand job, working overtime and not complaining, but it's Mason who pulls us to the end, cradling us in her outstretched arms.. If only we didn't have to try try so hard to ignore that mess surrounding her and her two costars."
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July 25th, 2019

"Despite the challenges of the script, the three fine actors transcend the material to offer glimpses into the often-undisclosed problems facing three generations of women caught in restrictive matrices of expectation and oppression."
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August 9th, 2019

"Murphy captures the inner thoughts of her characters with laser-like detail, expressing…the precise particulars of everything around them…Each actress offers a reality-based, theatrically heightened performance…The lack of true interaction and dialogue…creates a lack of tension."
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