Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

The Belle of Belfast

From 3 member  reviews
Members say: Great writing, Intense, Absorbing, Unfocused, Relevant

About the show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents the New York premiere of this touching drama, a portrait of Belfast during wartime, featuring a teenage girl and her budding relationship with a sympathetic priest. More…

In 1985 Belfast, fiery and profane Anne Malloy drinks and smokes her days away with her chubby curry chip-addicted best mate. When she turns to her parish priest, Father Reilly, seeking the comforts of the flesh in addition to the comforts of the soul, she discovers her troubles have just begun. A wry and bittersweet portrait of a city at war, 'The Belle of Belfast' forces us to consider what is wrong and what is righteous.

1h 30m | Already closed | DR2 Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (3)


Great writing, Intense, Absorbing, Unfocused, Relevant
Avg Score

Cliched, Strong acting, Funny, Unfocused, Absorbing

See it if you like strong character studies. This coming-of-age dramedy has few plot surprises, but provides an opportunity for good acting.

Don't see it if you want real depth, especially about the priest who strays from his faith, beguiled by the charms of a lovely lass. Solid Irish Rep fare.

Also I'm catching up on old reviews. This 90 minute play was engaging, but ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great writing, Intense

See it if Very well acted, this show tells a story of teen-age struggles and more. Set in Belfast in the mid 80's, yet still relevant.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents, don't appreciate confession scenes,

Also I saw this play at the Irish Repertory Theater in June 2015. My saved ... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Great writing, Intense, Refreshing

See it if You like complex relationships & the human spirit & non traditional love stories & Irish plays.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding UK dialects or swearing

April 24th, 2015
"The characters don’t renounce their faith or their political convictions in 'The Belle of Belfast.' But they question both, and that makes for very rewarding drama."
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April 23rd, 2015
"None of the people in 'The Belle of Belfast' are sufficiently interesting; they tend to state their problems over and over until they become tiresome...There's rich material here, but it barely skims the surface. The story of a destabilizing passion, it never strikes fire, nor does it draw on it...
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April 23rd, 2015
"Of the characters, only Anne is shown as having multiple dimensions, and she actually does change and grow over time. She makes the most of the part, and it is both exciting and scary to watch her in her unpredictability. The rest of the cast does nicely within the limits of their sketchy roles,...
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April 23rd, 2015
"The Belle of Belfast begins at rest, but never lacks momentum. It opens with a cheeky and entertaining conversation between penitent Emma Malloy and her confessor. Peppered with foul language and comedy, this opening lays the framework for all that is to come...The genius of the play is in the w...
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