Ends Jan 12 | 2h 0m | Chelsea

Pumpgirl

From 34 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents this original story of rural life in Northern Ireland by Abbie Spallen, a multi-award winning Irish playwright making her Irish Rep debut.  More…

From the show:

In a gas station in Northern Ireland, barely north of the border, Pumpgirl gets few customers beyond lecherous men and cruel women who remark on her tomboyish appearance. Otherwise guarded, she has struck up a friendship with “no helmet Hammy” – an amateur stock-car racer who prefers to spend time with his unsavory buddies over his wife and children. As Hammy’s wife, Sinead, stays home alone, she simmers with rage over her isolated, disappointing existence. On Hammy’s birthday, their lives become perilously intertwined, leaving them face-to-face with a desperate future.


Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Great writing, Thought-provoking
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Avg Score

88
Must see, Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Riveting

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.

85
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if partners views: Great Acting by all 3/ Connections all there. Dark intense story, Clever mini sets. No deep accents. Open seating

Don't see it if could be confusing for some 3 solos open seating for some

85
Gripping, Well written, Well played, Schematic structure, Smart

See it if you're interested in a serious take on the age-old problem of abusing men & the women who, for different reasons, "choose" to stay with them

Don't see it if you want a drama: This play is structured as 3 interweaving narratives about an unconventional love triangle.

Also Abbie Spallen’s “Pumpgirl” fits perfectly into Irish Rep’s downstairs ... Read more Read less

77
Dark, Slow, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

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.

Also You are been told of that happening by three actors. They never talk t... Read more Read less

64
Intense, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

Also Molly Sweeney had 3 monologues but the story lead somewhere. Also very... Read more Read less

85
Affecting acting, Excellent writing, Intimate, Intense

See it if Impending tragedy in a fine exploration of frustrated lives well-played in a confined space attracts you. Lyrical language, tight direction

Don't see it if You prefer not to see or hear of men’s violence & women’s complicity. Some lines lost to Irish accents.

68
Strong accents, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You like Irish plays, Irish sensibility. Small downstairs theater...interesting clever set.

Don't see it if You find Irish accents hard to understand, three characters, monologues, little interaction. Last fifteen minutes alot happens-confusing.

85
Excruciating, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You want to see three great actors in monologues describing their part in yearning, loneliness, and searching for love in Northern Ireland.

Don't see it if You need uplifting stories or have trouble understanding Irish accents.

Also This is a devastating story of three interconnected lonely people tryi... Read more Read less

88
Well designed in a very intimate space, Tangled and unfulfilled relationships, Dark and intense, Tragicomedy, Terrific writing and three strong performances

See it if You like fine acting — and can appreciate a tri-monologue format. Enjoy intimate theatre.

Don't see it if Are bothered by language or issues of sexual assault or suicide.

66
Intense, Slow, Cliched

See it if you're a fan of monologues about working class people and their pains.

Don't see it if you need people to interact and not just recap what happened to an audience.

78
Emotional impact of great writing and acting

See it if for a wonderful playwright whose characters are finely drawn in a deeply moving, sad and at times funny story about being loved, or not

Don't see it if some strong language that is overtly sexual and implies emotional and physical violence (against women) will unsettle you

87
Intense, Dark, Lyrical

See it if Astounding performances by young actors & a trio of gut punch storylines. As Irish as it gets-beautiful writing, depressing as hell story.

Don't see it if Don't like the tell /don't show all monologues storytelling format. Not a feel good play by any stretch of the imagination.

88
Shines a light on sexual assault and the harm it spreads in society., Intense, Great writing, Excruciating, Great acting

See it if If you're OK with Irish accents, you'll be blown away by the powerful impact of this triple monologue story of a sex assault and aftermath.

Don't see it if If you have lots of trouble with Irish accents, and/or can be triggered by talk of sexual violence, you might want to pass on this one.

78
Confusing, Intense, Great lighting, Well staged, Great acting

See it if you want a very serious play about twenty-somethings negotiating their difficult lives. Wonderful acting.

Don't see it if (a) Irish accents are hard to follow; (b) you don't want to hear a lot of cursing; (c) somewhat confusing to follow.

79
Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You are into intense, quirky dramas with superb acting. It’s a little hard to understand some of the dialect.

Don't see it if You want to see something light or flighty. You have to think about this one!

69
Excruciating, Intelligent, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Enjoy dark Irish dramas that are learned and erudite.

Don't see it if Only enjoys fluff and happy shows

68
Disappointing, Indulgent, Excruciating, Overrated, Great acting

See it if U are willing to give The Irish Rep another chance with their weakest area-modern Irish plays. They always do well with old plays, not new!

Don't see it if U are not ready to see a long winded play that needs a total rework. U can’t understand heavy Irish accents especially in fast talk.

Also The advertising deets sound way better than the real play. It is anoth... Read more Read less

90
Masterful, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like great acting, an absorbing script and an intimate experience in the theatre.

Don't see it if If you only want show biz fluff and can't stand direct address

82
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Small downstairs theater lends itself to an intimate well written and acted play

Don't see it if You need interaction between the characters. This is an all monologue storytelling format. Much like the recent Molly Sweeney.

Also Very effective but sad

94
Riveting, Must see, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Three fab performances of amazing writing. Non linear.

Don't see it if If you are easily offended or if you require a linear plot.

92
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if If you are ready to see a great -- but disturbing -- play.

Don't see it if You only like lighthearted plays.

85
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if you like intense drama expertly performed.

Don't see it if you dislike monologue plays.

Also Over the last few years I have seen a number of productions at The Iri... Read more Read less

90
Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Clever

See it if If you like drama with good acting. Sad story of lonely people.

Don't see it if If you are looking for a musical , funny play.

83
Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Funny, Delightful

See it if You like Irish humour, want a dark story told in interesting ways, and some complicated characters.

Don't see it if You don't like gallows humor, unusual storytelling styles, or furniture on stage.

Also PUMPGIRL is a heck of a script, and the story - told through three, no... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see gray acting and a drama that exposes toxic masculinity and it’s impact on al involved.

Don't see it if You want a light evening. Involves very dark subject matter.


November 20th, 2019
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."
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November 14th, 2019
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."
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November 14th, 2019
"'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."
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November 19th, 2019
"Small Town Lives Yearning For Something More In Abbie Spallen's 'PUMPGIRL'"
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