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.
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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.