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 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 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.
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 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
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 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 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 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.
See it if you were a fan of "Molly Sweeney". "Pumpgirl" also uses, quite effectively, monologues to tell the story. Exquisite performances.
Don't see it if you don't like monolgues to tell a story.
See it if alternating monologues by 3 Irish characters whose stories intertwine, no direct dialogue between them; sad story of loneliness, longing
Don't see it if don't want intense story of infidelity, sexual assault; want uplifting; some brief parts where Irish accent or words might be confusing
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 great acting in stories that unfold via monologues. well acted in a small space which works for this intimate work
Don't see it if need action This play is just telling us the story by individual characters and one has to piece it together.
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 You admire great acting - monologues are challenging, but all 3 handle them deftly. Tough story well done!!
Don't see it if Sad Irish stories are not your thing.
See it if You want to see something that leans closer to murder-ballad in tone and feel. You want to see some truly moving performances.
Don't see it if You dislike monologue style plays. Can't take anything very dark at this particular moment.
See it if you want to see an intense play surrounding 3 characters who's lives are intertwined but the show is done in monologues. Great performances!
Don't see it if the subject of sexual assault or suicide is triggering. The show is very confusing at times because of its structure.
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 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 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.