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The Man In the Woman’s Shoes

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Members say: Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful

About the show

In this solo show, writer and performer Mikel Murfi creates a tender and comic portrait of an Irish community, focusing on its bashful, solitary cobbler. More…

Just outside of town, cobbler Pat Farnon lives on his own, contentedly aging in the cottage in which he was reared. Join him as he walks the five miles into his 'metropolis,' populated with no-necked water diviners, sporting savants, loudmouths, and preachers.

Member Reviews (10)


Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny, Masterful
Avg Score

Enchanting, Funny, Delightful, Evocative, Moving

See it if Cobbler goes on a walk to town and takes us on a gorgeous, romantic uplifting adventure. People & animals vividly portrayed w/great skill.

Don't see it if You don’t like solo slice-of-life plays. You prefer something darker and less sentimental. You want a set, music or props besides shoes.

Brilliantly performed, Ambitious, Touching, Well written, Satisfying

See it if you would like to see an extraordinary actor deliver a master class in his craft—& the production & the script are very strong as well.

Don't see it if you have had enough local Irish color in your theater-going to last a lifetime.

Also I’m not a big fan of solo shows. Irish American myself, I feel Irish w... Read more Read less

Irish village humor and culture, Versatile portrayal of multiple characters, Charming ethnic accent

See it if Mikel Murfi’s solo portrayal of Irish village characters focusing on the relationship between Pat and Kitsy, See before I Hear You & Rejoice

Don't see it if You want a more clear delineation between characters, think animal sounds are silly, or want a plot that goes somewhere.


See it if you like one man shows. A terrific performance. I wonder how he can keep up the pace.

Don't see it if you want an action packed show or you don't like character studies.

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if This must be seen in conjunction with its companion piece, I Hear You and Rejoice. Kitsy and Pat are lovers for the ages!

Don't see it if You don’t like solo performance pieces, Irish humor, cathartic experiences.

Also Mr. Murfi is, quite simply, a genius! This is TWO of the season’s best... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Masterful

See it if you want to enjoy the brilliance of the truly remarkable Mikel Murfi. His heartbreakingly beautiful one-man show is unforgettable. See this!

Don't see it if you don't like one-man shows, have trouble understanding Irish accents, or are not interested in stories that take place in Ireland.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

See it if you love great storytelling. It's funny,simple, sweet and interesting. I sat there with a smile on my face the whole time.

Don't see it if you need big production values. This is one man and his body and his voice. He conjures animals, cars, Irish countryside and people! LOVED

Clever, Quirky, Romantic

See it if If you love a person who can write/tell a colorful story. Helps to have an Irish friend or family member to relate to his expressions.

Don't see it if You dislike one person shows that switch in and out of characters.

Also I love a good story teller so this appealed to me. Know that he switch... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great acting, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if See a masterful performance and great storytelling as the actor seamlessly and distinctly transitions from character as he weaves his tale.

Don't see it if you do not want to see a play set in rural Ireland with all its associated vernacular.

Also Companion piece for his ‘I Hear You and Rejoice’ .

Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if You admire great Irish acting and admire storytelling at its finest. It is funny and a little sad but captivating.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows

September 25th, 2018
“Spot-on vocal ‘portrayals’ of birds, pigs, cows, and a Christmas turkey...Formerly a student at the famed École Jacques Lecoq in Paris, Murfi has the superior vocal and mimetic skills required to portray whatever he sets his mind on. But aside from technical facility—Murfi can go from a deep bar...
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March 2nd, 2015
for a previous production "Murfi’s solo show, which he also scripted, follows a few hours in the life of the full-time cobbler, occasional farmer, and all-around stand-up guy Pat Farnon...The play is sentimental and as Irish as a Guinness garnished with a shamrock. But the words provide a welcome excuse for Mr. Murfi’s as...
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April 8th, 2016
for a previous production "All Mikel Murfi has to do is walk on stage and the audience is captivated...Every movement has a purpose, and yet his performance never feels artificial or hammy. Not only do these characters come to life with ease, but they are instantly familiar as well...Philosophical without force-feeding an...
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April 12th, 2016
for a previous production "A one-man menagerie; Noah's Ark in human form. At the start of his self-penned solo show, he lends his voice to a whole barnyard...Murfi's a chameleon, capable of shapeshifting in a split-second or holding a three-way conversation with himself...But his performance – indeed, his whole play – doe...
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