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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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942 Reviews | 225 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

765 Reviews | 212 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.

703 Reviews | 213 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

677 Reviews | 186 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.

677 Reviews | 150 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

687 Reviews | 113 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

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
Gripping, Well written, Well played, Schematic structure, Smart

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. Read more

506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

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

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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