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From 6 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Quirky, Original, Refreshing

About the show

A solo show about an 8-year old Irish girl chronicling her story of love, beauty, chicken-chasing, daisy chains, cat-killing, French singing, and a day at the pond. More…

Proud Madeline was in the park that day with her shiny black shoes from a shiny green box. As she peddled through the park she took quick glances down to her feet deciding that cream tights were definitely the right choice; they did accentuate her raven black shoes. She was FREE, BRAVE, BEAUTIFUL, and she was ready to go back to school in a week and a half and show Johnno Boyle O’Connor how free and brave she really was.

Member Reviews (6)


Great acting, Absorbing, Quirky, Original, Refreshing
Avg Score

Entertaining, Funny, Quirky, Original, Energetic

See it if you were an awkward adolescent or if you know an awkward adolescent.

Don't see it if you dislike solo performances.

Well written, Great acting, Weird, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if you were a weird little girl. There are parts of this play that are so relatable and ways Madeline is not like any other little girl.

Don't see it if you like precocious children cute and not more than a little scary. You are expecting a happy ending. It gets dark.

Absorbing, Great acting, Original, Riveting

See it if want Tp peek into the mind of an odd, magnificent, delusional's pretty amazing in there.

Don't see it if You hate one actor shows.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great staging, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want superb writing, acting, and staging. The story is engaging!

Don't see it if There is no reason NIT to see this. SEE it!

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great writing, Refreshing

See it if you've been wanting to peek inside the mind of a young girl, a much too frequently overlooked place of whimsy and cleverness.

Don't see it if ...

Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if You like one woman shows and also if you like a show about a person's struggle

Don't see it if You don't like a show with one person or if you don't like small theatres

September 22nd, 2015
"Even at slightly over an hour, 'Pondling' outstays its welcome by about fifteen minutes. The script itself is too deliberately vague, glossing over major story points and hard to follow as Hulme-Beaman spits out the text at lighting speed. Director Paul Meade has created a very fluid staging, bu...
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September 14th, 2015
"Where another writer might have more lucidly fleshed out Madeleine's history or placed her more firmly in her surrounding environment, Hulme-Beaman piles on the tics and mannerisms, making her heroine increasingly hard to take...As it stands, it is one of the more exhausting entertainments aroun...
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September 13th, 2015
"With 'Pondling,' Ms. Hulme-Beaman, who gives a stunning performance under Paul Meade’s direction, offers up a psychological profile of a troubled and damaged girl. You may find yourself at times sympathizing with her, even caught up in the drama of her story telling, but in the end, you are more...
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September 17th, 2015
"There is nothing subtle in this one-woman show, written and performed by Genevieve Hulme-Beaman. This, you see, is a monster story...Under the keen, brisk direction of Paul Meade, Hulme-Beaman brings a wonderfully eerie (and Éire) physicality to her role with an intense stare that could melt gla...
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