In Irish Rep's New York premiere, a woman revisits her life with biting humor and brutal honesty. A fierce, passionate, and moving lament for a life half-lived. More…
Woman is dying. Mother to eight children and wife to an unfaithful husband, she is living her final hours with Scarecrow, her alter ego – her closest confidante and greatest critic – as death noisily interrupts from the sidelines.
See it if Carr's feminist fever dream of a life unfufilled; Irish black humor mixed with Chekhovian regret Strong potent writing at times strident
Don't see it if Staging engulfs black box space Haberle captures angry regret yet comes off too vital/heathy at times; Soules nails stoic Irish Catholicism
See it if you like Irish plays, seeing a playwright in her NY debut: a tragic predictable tale of a long-suffering wife & mother figuring out her role
Don't see it if don't like talky plays with two actors playing the same character, frustrating back and forth dialogue, element of the supernatural
See it if you want an introduction to Marina Carr, one of Ireland's leading playwrights.
Don't see it if you want a fast-moving drama. This could have been effective as a one-acter. It is way too long. Haberle Roth strikes the wrong note.
See it if You enjoy intense dramas superbly performed
Don't see it if You're not comfortable with stories of death or performance in small spaces
See it if You appreciate fine acting in an intimate setting.
Don't see it if You like fast paced exciting or amusing theatre. Somewhat obtuse but well acted.
See it if Remarkable play by Marina Carr, outstanding performances from Pamela J. Gray, and Stephanie Roth Haberle, was staged with directorial
Don't see it if if you do not like irish playwrights
See it if you want to see a woman at the end of her life reflecting on her choices
Don't see it if introspection and intensity doesn't grab your attention
See it if Irish theater that explores the line between self and the world, who we are and who we present ourselves to be.
Don't see it if Dark themes and intensity.
See it if Insightful exploration of the mind of a dying woman and her alter ego keeps an otherwise immobile performance alive until it explodes at end
Don't see it if You get itchy and impatient as one's character slowly develops in front of you: be patient.
See it if you like great writing and immersing yourself in a completely different world that tackles tough themes and stories head on.
Don't see it if you don't like dark, morbid stories that hold up a mirror to the most difficult aspects of humankind
See it if you want to experience one of the best performances by a lead actor. Phenomenal! Brilliant! Captivating! Thought provoking!
Don't see it if you are not ready to face some of the conversations of truth that one encounters when facing death's door.
See it if Superb acting by entire cast. Great directing. Touchy topic. Intimate space What more does one need?
Don't see it if It is not fun in a fun sense. It is sensitive.. Not for those who need an uplift dancing eve.
See it if you would like to experience the work of a major Irish playwright whose plays are infrequently performed in the US.
Don't see it if intense encounters in small, closed spaces intimidate you.
See it if Very intense, makes you think a lot as you watch it and even after you watch it
Don't see it if If you're feeling a little down it might not be the best play for you but it might be a good play to see because you might appreciate life.
See it if Love Irish plays w/o reservation & are ok w deathbed story of a woman as she looks back and regrets her life. Oy vey, such drama. Not light
Don't see it if You want a neat/tidy story that strives to be profound. This is confusing, long, slow, excruciating at times. Religious and familial themes.
See it if Woman on deathbed struggles with Scarecrow, her inner adversary, to let go of regrets, failures, accomplishments and get to the other side.
Don't see it if You won't enjoy a talky, dark, slow moving play that discusses deep issues. References to great Irish authors/literature go over your head.
See it if you think about issues of identity and what is really important at the end. Particularly for women who are taught to conform to expectations
Don't see it if you don't like thinking about your mortality and think women who rebel are just hysterics.
See it if pondering the inevitability of your own demise is not overly discomfiting, and if you appreciate drama that cuts to the bone--surgically.
Don't see it if you don't want to think about shuffling off your mortal coil, or if death is a difficult subject for you to sit through for two hours.
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