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Pumpgirl NYC Reviews and Tickets

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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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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

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

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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December 27th, 2019

"The strength of Abbie Spallen's "Pumpgirl," currently running at Irish Rep's W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre, lies in the playwright's authentic characters and their believable conflicts that connect to the timeless vicissitudes of the human condition. Abbie Spallen raises deeply significant questions of an enduring and rich nature. These questions transcend geography and time and connect with the audience in purgative and, hopefully, life changing ways."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
December 12th, 2019

"The colorful language is as much a dramatic component as any of the plot elements. Spallen is…adept at writing colloquial speeches, embedded with profanities, using stunningly apt metaphors that nonetheless sound as if they could have been spontaneously created by these unschooled characters."
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