The Half-Life of Marie Curie
West Village
83

The Half-Life of Marie Curie NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(128 Reviews)
Positive
94%
Mixed
5%
Negative
1%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing

About the Show

Kate Mulgrew ("Orange Is the New Black") stars in this new play about scientist Marie Curie and radical engineer Hertha Ayrton — and the friendship that strengthened their resolve to pursue their ambitions.


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Member Reviews (128)

75
Repetitive, Great acting, Historical, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy biogrphl theater; learn some abt Curie/lots abt Ayrton. Strg acting (esply Mulgrew in the better role). Funny/feminist insights.

Don't see it if you want a perfect script; HLMC is slow in parts. Same issue repeated. MC seems too weak/weepy. Fight feels manufactured (solutn is easy). Read more

73
Slow, Resonant, Profound, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if A play about two free think very bright woman and their thought process and relationship.

Don't see it if It is more words than action. If you want a fast play or a big production.

Critic Reviews (12)

November 19th, 2019

"Female Chemistry in ‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie’: A new play focuses on the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and her friendship with Hertha Ayrton, a fellow scientist played by Kate Mulgrew."
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November 19th, 2019

4/5 Stars "A frisky, feminist crowd-pleaser...While the play may not be as inventive as the women it celebrates, it’s enlightening and entertaining...Faridany holds her own opposite supernova Mulgrew...Their performances do a lot to bring Gunderson’s history lesson to life."
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November 19th, 2019

"The Half-Life of Marie Curie Shows How Marie Got Her Groove Back: Audible produces Lauren Gunderson's two-person play about the friendship between Curie and Hertha Ayrton."
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November 30th, 2019

"Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany Muse Over Science and Sexism in Lauren Gunderson's 'THE HALF-LIFE OF MARIE CURIE'"
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December 10th, 2019

"Improbably, as if via nuclear fission, the life of an iconic female scientist is converted into sparkling high comedy in this amusing, enlightening two-hander."
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November 19th, 2019

4/5 Stars "It's rare to classify a show as both fun and educational, but Lauren Gunderson's play is just that, powered by two turn-of-the-20th-century female STEM stars."
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November 19th, 2019

2/5 Stars: "Seeming almost like a school play, it's an ode to STEM skills and female friendship, except with four-letter words and great production values."
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December 4th, 2019

"A specialist in biographical plays, her 'The Half-Life of Marie Curie' is of particular interest in that it tells a little-known story of a very famous figure. It is also notable for the vivid performances of Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany."
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November 22nd, 2019

Score: 93% "It's charming, riveting, fascinating and eye-opening. The acting by Kate Mulgrew and Francesca Faridany is superb and the writing is absolutely quotable. It will make you want to go out and split an atom (or at least a bottle of wine) with your best friend."
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November 22nd, 2019

"Well-intentioned, workmanlike play with…several arresting examples of the peculiarities of sexism in the sciences. The two pros in the cast do their best to bring to life this collection of fascinating tidbits of biography and science."
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November 19th, 2019

"As good as Faridany is, Mulgrew walks off with the show with her piss-and-vinegar portrayal of the often-strident Ayrton, delivering her barbed lines with astonishingly expert comic timing, yet never becoming a caricature, and fully capturing the character's humanity."
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December 4th, 2019

"Not that it’s a breakthrough play, or even a memorable one...What it is,… is a well-crafted, 90-minute, informational dramatization of the friendship of two brilliant women of the early 20th century…It leans toward being hagiographically didactic, but serves nicely to humanize these women."
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