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Pumpgirl NYC Reviews and Tickets

(55 Ratings)
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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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Show-Score Member Reviews (55)

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193 Reviews | 29 Followers
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.

89 Reviews | 21 Followers
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.

783 Reviews | 249 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

122 Reviews | 16 Followers
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

78 Reviews | 8 Followers
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.

145 Reviews | 21 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Excellent acting. excellent writing. sometimes the irish accents made it difficult to understand the dialogue, absorbing, original, intense, heavy subject matter

See it if you appreciate good acting and story telling, engaging monologues and an intimate theater experience.

Don't see it if you want a lot of action, are triggered by stories of sexual assault and emotional abuse or have trouble understanding Irish accents.

414 Reviews | 70 Followers
Intense, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

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

539 Reviews | 280 Followers
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

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. 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 17th, 2019

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