See it if If you want to see three very good actors tell their story. Sometimes annamated, sometimes too wordy, but effective direction makes thiswork
Don't see it if It can be depressing and slow. If you want an up beat show
See it if you like monologues, here the story is told in pieces by the three characters who never interact. This is a good, realistic tale, well-acted
Don't see it if you want a happy theater experience. This is a sad story of rural life in Northern Ireland with what will be rough language for many.
See it if 3 lonely souls in an isolated town seek relief. Superb characters, great acting, deep themes, & fresh perspective.
Don't see it if You don't want to see an intense tragedy presented by 3 intersecting monologues. Violence & sexual abuse. Irish accents. Read more
See it if You enjoy Irish drama, stories reflecting coming of age in isolated towns, male-female relationships, love triangles, doomed romances
Don't see it if Not a fan of Irish plays, have trouble with accents, don’t like strictly monologue plays (albeit 3 simultaneously) or dark, bleak subjects
See it if you like 3 monologues that are really very depressing without much results. The acting is good and the staging is effective.
Don't see it if you like a story that leads somewhere. These stories are each very depressing and involve sexual violence and suicide and unfaithfulness. Read more
See it if u want to see 3 gifted actors deliver confessionals (in colorful prose) as 3 aimless souls on their fatalistic search for love & acceptance.
Don't see it if you're not prepared for a Northern Irish (but really universal) story of hapless, small-town restlessness that is as bleak as it is vivid.
See it if Three people who are lonely, sad, with too much drama.
Don't see it if You looking for a happy, fun show, or action. Read more
See it if A trio of pitch perfect performances help to maintain an emotional balance in Spallen's saga of dead end rural life after the "Troubles"
Don't see it if Thick dialects & the monologue presentation sometimes makes for a static quality as the interlocking pieces of this dark drama come together
CRITIC’S PICK "‘Pumpgirl’ Review: Gas for Sale but Dreams on Hold
An exquisite Irish Repertory Theater revival captures a trio of lost souls aching to connect in their constricting small town."
3/5 Stars "'All three performers impressively handle the tricky task of embodying emotion while also narrating it. But the lack of interaction among the characters becomes a hindrance as the drama attempts to generate momentum."
"'Pumpgirl' Zooms In on the Veiled Troubles in Rural Northern Ireland: Abbie Spallen's three-person play returns to New York City in a production with the Irish Repertory Theatre."
"Small Town Lives Yearning For Something More In Abbie Spallen's 'PUMPGIRL'"
"Though not a perfect piece by any means, 'Pumpgirl' is so obviously the work of a natural writer that one wonders why we haven't heard more from Spallen. Each character speaks in a distinct and arresting voice, loaded with startlingly accurate turns of phrase."
4/5 stars: "Abbie Spallen's 'Pumpgirl' is another reminder of how deep the acting resources go in this revered theater city, with three eye-popping, ear-singeing performances."
"... as Spallen's bleak triptych of longing and despair coalesces into a single devastating canvas, her characters' lives become as thoroughly unforgettable as anything that's been recorded in the headlines."
"Abby Spallen's three-hander about hard-luck lives in today's Northern Ireland."