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Pumpgirl NYC Reviews and Tickets

(55 Reviews)
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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. 

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Member Reviews (55)

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1085 Reviews | 265 Followers
Slow, Fluffy, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

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

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Dizzying

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.

716 Reviews | 219 Followers
Tragic, Deep, Resonant, Relevant, Intense

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

716 Reviews | 157 Followers
Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

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

715 Reviews | 108 Followers
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. Read more

677 Reviews | 190 Followers
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.

655 Reviews | 129 Followers
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. Read more

688 Reviews | 116 Followers
Resonant, Slow, Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious

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 Reviews (10)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
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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Lighting & Sound America
November 18th, 2019

"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."
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New York Stage Review
November 14th, 2019

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."
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November 20th, 2019

"... 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."
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November 17th, 2019

"Abby Spallen's three-hander about hard-luck lives in today's Northern Ireland."
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