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Maz and Bricks

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Members say: Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing

About the show

In Fishamble's new show, Maz is planning to attend a pro-choice demonstration. Bricks is planning to take his daughter to the zoo. But, as the day unfolds, nothing goes to plan and the two become unlikely friends. More…

From the show:

Olivier Award-winning company Fishamble returns to 59E59 Theaters as part of 1st Irish, following its previous, highly-acclaimed productions of On Blueberry Hill, Little Thing/Big Thing, Charolais, I Can See Clearly Now, and The Pride of Parnell Street.

Maz is planning to attend a pro-choice demonstration. Bricks is planning to take his daughter to the zoo. But, as the day unfolds, nothing goes to plan and the two become unlikely friends, changing each other in ways they never thought possible.

Member Reviews (59)


Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing, Relevant, Great writing
Avg Score

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting

See it if A well acted play that has some good writing points in it.

Don't see it if Thick accents make this at times difficult to follow and enjoy. Political message in it not for everyone.

Deep, Interesting, Great writing

See it if Thoughtful character study in verse. Simple staging and movement, but well written and complex. I liked it. It improves as it goes.

Don't see it if You don't understand thick Irish accents.

Cliched, Good writing, Good acting, Absorbing

See it if you'd like a slight but poignant & often dark rom-com, following an unlikely pair through the streets of Dublin to their fated (?) coupling.

Don't see it if you expect a political play. [It touches on such topics as abortion, suicide, addiction & depression but hardly beyond the surface.]

Great writing, Intelligent, Relevant, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if you'd enjoy a two-hander where one actor speaks three characters extremely well in rapid conversation. You like thoughtful entertainment.

Don't see it if you want a big drama-here the set is minimal & two actors interact, then fade to monologues and back again. Some accent adjustment at start.

Written in rhyme, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if complex characters who reveal themselves slowly interest you. A series of plausible events interweave the lives of two strangers.

Don't see it if Suicide is a theme which might be triggering for you The overlay between social & political distresses you. Monologs in rhyme irritate you

Relevant, Intelligent, Quirky, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Meet-cute oil-water opposites-attract hot-button rhyme-com. Easily removed from socio-politics with rhyming scheme in a foreign locale.

Don't see it if Accents. Monologues. Poetic rhyme. Non-combustible politics , but non-combustible oil and water chemistry between two, which is also nil.

Also One floats to the other "side" by conviction or for romance or both?

Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Two strangers meet who are opposite of each other somehow connect.

Don't see it if you have a problem with accent. This show have much in set.

Also The accent were not heavy (to me) I heard them fine.

Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a two person drama where people express their thoughts and their lives are bared. Wonderful acting and script.

Don't see it if you have problem with heavy accents especially with the male actor or you don't like issue of abortion.

Also The interaction of the two actors very good, I felt the chemistry. By ... Read more Read less

Good writing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Intelligent

See it if interested in topical themes; good acting and writing; touching moments between two damaged people; absorbing.

Don't see it if you don't like monologues, Irish accents (which I did not find to be a problem), bare bones sets or relationships that aren't credible.

Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You love playwrights that just write amazing words

Don't see it if You are bothered by accents. Also there are lots of monologues in this

Also This is almost perfection based on what it was. I typically do not lik... Read more Read less

Hasn't quite found the way to tell this story.

See it if You appreciate new writers trying to tell a relevant story.

Don't see it if Want a story told in a traditional way.

Slow, Disappointingly apolitical, Limiting, Cliched, Plodding

See it if u prize romcoms > reprod rights. Has as much to do w/ abortion as Pretty Woman does w/ human trafficking. It’s not bigger than a boy & girl.

Don't see it if expect repeal of an abortion ban to be more than window dressing for 2 more ppl pursuing each other to distract from their failures.

Also As a missed connections story there’s nothing wrong w/ activism drawn ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent

See it if two actors both of whom have emotional baggage - some touching moments; individual monologues come after each bit of dialogue between the 2

Don't see it if Annoying monologues (his are somewhat better) where the rhyming distracts. Some contrived parts. Want chemistry between the 2. Don't want*

Also *discussions about abortion.... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you’d enjoy an excellent two-character drama with deft touches of humor and heart, courtesy of characters who feel like people you know.

Don't see it if you dislike shows that confront controversial topics in a frank, direct manner.

Good acting, Irritating, Talky, Slow, Relevant

See it if you like shows that are dominated by characters to the audience in rhyme & deals with relationship issues and overcoming life's difficulties

Don't see it if you dislike plays that have minimum dialog & consist of soliloquies to explain the emotional difficulties the characters are dealing with.

Refreshing, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an excellent small production about loss, pain & mourning. Compelling script.

Don't see it if You want to see a cheerful drama then this is not your play.

Clever, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Relevant

See it if You are interested in a two hander about two lost people who meet during the lead up to the 8th amendment vote in Ireland.

Don't see it if You have trouble with Irish accents, you don’t want to see a play about suicide and abortion.

Also The backstory of each of the characters is interesting and unfolded in... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like a little bit of rom com here, a little bit of serious depression there.

Don't see it if You think people who are depressed shouldn't date.

Talky, Intelligent, Intense, Good writing, Excellent acting

See it if you'll enjoy a well acted,"talky, character-driven play,which uses "heightened language" & monologues. You're interested in new Irish drama.

Don't see it if you'll dislike a play which breaks the 4th wall w/characters revealing internal thoughts in rhymed monologues as often as they converse.

Also IMO,as brogues go, those in this play aren't hard to understand. I thi... Read more Read less

Talky, Cliched, Banal

See it if Quirky love story between two socially unaligned lost souls with a lot of baggage find each other.

Don't see it if Very talky, and although the backdrop features some political/social ​commentary there is nothing new or special here.

Often monotonous, Topical, Talky, Has its moments, Good acting

See it if you would be interested in a show that is not really a play but a series of parallel monologues between some strained dialogue & repartee

Don't see it if you prefer an actual, dramatized play with fully developed characters & a beginning, middle & end

Also The subject was relevant: women's right to choose, toxic masculinity, ... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you enjoy Plays with alternating monologues in an Irish brogue.

Don't see it if You want to see a play where the characters interact,

Also The actors were very good and they gave the play their all, but I coul... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Slow, Relevant, Moving, Well-acted

See it if you want to see a well-acted two hander with some powerful moments, especially in the second half.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through a somewhat slow first half and/or if you don't like monologues, as these make up a good portion of the play.

Intelligent, Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like small shows with only 2 actors who act out scenes of interaction, alternating with monologues where they tell you their thoughts.

Don't see it if You don’t like small shows with a minimal set, where a lot of action is described.


See it if You want to watch talented actors.

Don't see it if I could see how some people would really like the show but the beat poetry style and story weren't for me.

January 12th, 2020
"Marching for Rights, With Signs of Romance: Set in Dublin during the run-up to Ireland’s vote to repeal its abortion ban, this play by Eva O’Connor too easily pairs up two damaged souls."
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January 13th, 2020
"'MAZ & BRICKS' at 59E59 Theaters Captivates-Two Individuals Meet in the Midst of Social Change"
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January 13th, 2020
"For a long time, before it takes a darker, more melodramatic turn, 'Maz and Bricks' appears to be a romantic comedy that unfolds en route to an abortion-rights demonstration; I'm guessing you haven't seen that one before."
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January 12th, 2020
"A quirky yet moving story about the vulnerability of the human heart and the universal need for connection."
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