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The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal

From 27 member  reviews
Members say: Quirky, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

About the show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents a new dark comedy about a recluse in rural Ireland whose life is disrupted by a stranded stranger. More…

In the west of Ireland, a lonely outsider is forced to live on an abandoned campsite on the barren outskirts of a seaside town. Late one night, when a lost bachelorette party discovers his caravan, he finds his whole existence challenged and his home life threatened. During this long night of reckoning, among the glitter and the grime, a battle for survival ensues. But in these few hours can tender love save us all?


Member Reviews (27)

MEMBERS SAY:

Quirky, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

68
Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Slow, Well acted

See it if Quirky well acted Irish drama but unable to sustain consistant tone Odd love story tries to emerge with clear McDonagh influence helping

Don't see it if Tends to veer wildly between the supernatural & overwraught Often feels overwritten Impressive work from leads but to no avail

69
Disappointing, Quirky, Raunchy, Slow, Overrated

See it if You like raunchy shows set in Ireland about infidelity, mentally challenged people, drugs,domestic violence

Don't see it if You don't want to see a barely dressed bride to be,her crude aunt,drinking,drugs,violent dark comedy with a lot of cursing and a blow up dol

68
Confusing, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you are very patient. It's slow. Nothing really makes sense.

Don't see it if Want to see a show that is well written. It's not. It's slow and never makes any cohesive statement.

Also When a play starts off with a twenty minute monologue, you are often i... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Quirky

See it if Things get fun in the last 45 minutes when the 3rd and 4th characters arrive (drag makeup, fun music, dancing, blow-up doll)...

Don't see it if ...but the first hour is slow and quite boring with the 1st 2 characters talking endlessly, and needs a good 30 minutes of cuts.

During previews
67
Great staging, Cliched, Slow

See it if For the great set, staging & acting. Clash between crass Gen Xers and a sweet, simpleton wore thin quick. Main character's quirks got boring

Don't see it if Ur not amused by working class people being superficial, ignorant, drunk, volatile & vulgar.Stereotypes not redeemed by a few tender moments


November 27th, 2016
"There’s a lot of dialogue and plenty of depredation, but having put these characters together, Ms. Sexton and the director Alan Cox don’t know quite what to do with them. Despite a persistent theme of innocence and experience, 'The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal' mostly feels like a one-act that outgre...
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November 28th, 2016
"The intimate space is perfect for this oddly charming little play...With a typically Irish handle of language and its comic potential, Sexton draws laughs by contrasting Pigeon's time-warped existence with the trashy excess of Lolly and her ilk...As Pigeon, Keating gives the heftiest performance...
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December 5th, 2016
"The play's early scenes constitute a bruising acting challenge and John Keating handles it like a master...The playwright, Laoisa Sexton, has a gift for creating harrowingly vivid characters, but she overloads them with tics...Sexton simply fails to make a case for why we should be interested......
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November 27th, 2016
"'The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal' is true to form with its cast. What's unexpected is that director Cox has mounted this play with drop-dead production values...'Taj Mahal' will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates something wild and wooly...Cox has elicited powerful performances from his actors...T...
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