New York | 1h 15m | Ends Jul 07

YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom

From 3 critic and 34 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Exquisite

About the show

Irish Rep's world-premiere solo show offers a daring theatrical journey into the mind and heart of James Joyce's most sensual hero – a woman of women, a soul of souls, the indomitable Molly Bloom.  More…

It is Ireland in the early hours of June 17th, 1904. Molly Bloom's husband – the wandering philandering Leopold "Poldy" Bloom – has just come home & fallen asleep in their Dublin row house. Molly – a daughter, a mother, a lover, and a long suffering wife – patrols the pathways of her wild and leaping consciousness. With an empty nest, an unfulfilling affair, and a marriage long past its prime, Molly must find a way back to the rock-bed of love that she and Bloom once shared. Her unsentimental stream of consciousness is a song of songs that reaches backwards and forwards across the centuries.


"Read aloud, it is a sensual experience for the ear, but when performed as exquisitely as it is by Aedín Moloney, it becomes an unforgettable experience for the eye as well...Moloney's intimate knowledge and love of the text are apparent in every syllable...Aside from being a magnificent way to celebrate Bloomsday this year, 'Yes!' also serves as an affirmation of female strength, liberation, and self-determination that we need to hear in our own times as well." Full Review


"Director Kira Simring's intimate staging has the audience on two sides of designer Charlie Cororan's abstract setting of shapes on which to lounge, to pose and to play while thinly veiled in the diaphanous nightgown provided by designer Leon Dobkowski...In her dynamic portrayal, Moloney offers a portrait of woman burning to be seen and celebrated by those around her, as she sees and celebrates herself." Full Review


"While Joyce's language is the thing here, there's also some gorgeous music interspersed during the beginning and end of the soliloquy by Paddy Moloney. This stream-of-consciousness soliloquy derives its strength from its cumulative force. However, Molly speaks most pertinently to the audience when she airs her sentiments about the dual genders and uncannily anticipating our #MeToo movement...A rare opportunity to see a chunk of 'Ulysses' meticulously dramatized." Full Review

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if have a great love for text driven solo acting. Ms. Maloney's intense dramatization of James Joyce's epic is one not to be missed.

Don't see it if ...if you want to miss out on this rare opportunity to be exposed to this incredible text, performed by a master.

Great staging, Riveting, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see Joyce's writing come to life in a masterful tour de force by Aedin Moloney. She inhabits Molly Bloom for 75 breathless mins.

Don't see it if you do not care for one-woman shows and are offended by nudity and sexual discussions.

One of the greatest stream of consciousness internal monologues in all of literature masterfully delivered., Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if If you're at all familiar with anything by James Joyce and appreciate the poetic wonder of his words, you must see this brilliant piece.

Don't see it if You don't like a one person all talk work with no action (except the riot of action in your head) maybe you should skip this--a mistake imo.

Relevant, Masterful, Sensual, Tour de force, Riveting

See it if you'd like to see a fearless actress completely inhabit the character of Molly Bloom, in an intense, bravura performance

Don't see it if you don't care for stream-of-consciousness monologues; are not interested in women's issues that are as present today as they were in 1904

Also Just breathtaking. The kind of performance that I could see a second t... Read more Read less

Faithful, Clear, Womanly, Sensual

See it if you know Molly B’s soliloquy & love it, or only know of it & would like to experience a faithful rendition.

Don't see it if you know Molly B’s soliloquy & don’t like it or don’t think it’s dramatic enough to hold the stage for 70 minutes.

Also I’ve always loved the Molly Bloom section of “Ulysses”, for its rich, ... Read more Read less

An absorbing incarnation of a difficult chapter of a difficult novel

See it if you want to see an enactment of Molly's monologue from Ulysses; you are interested in or curious about Ulysses; you like excellent acting

Don't see it if Ulysses or a one-person show or an adaptation from the chapter of a novel doesn't interest you

Also My interest in this show was more for its literary connection than its... Read more Read less

Intense, Edgy, Ambitious, Clever, Intelligent

See it if If you are a fan of James Joyce, you'll enjoy Molly Bloom coming to life. Aidan Maloney is wonderful!

Don't see it if This is not a play for those who like light entertainment or a plot.

Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You like an intense one person show. You want to see fantastic acting. You want to be exposed to James Joyce. You want to be taken away.

Don't see it if You don't like a little frontal nudity You are offended by a show that is sexually/sensually explicit You want something light and fluffy

Also Aeidin Moloney is masterful as Molly Bloom.She draws us in & keeps us ... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Great writing, Exquisite

See it if You get James Joyce and have some knowledge of Molly Bloom’s soliloquy. This is a one woman show, a soliloquy, a monologue.

Don't see it if You don’t know James Joyce, Molly Bloom’s soliloquy or have a hard time with an Irish accent.

Riveting, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if even if you have not read Ulysses. You will be glued to every word the actress utters about her sexuality, loves, hurts, and obsession.

Don't see it if if nudity and the plainest sex talk ever annoy you.

Masterful, Raunchy, Slow, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Moloney's tour-de-force as Joyce's erotic heroine Molly Bloom is show's raison d'etre She makes dense prose & novel's sweep quite accessible

Don't see it if Solo performance in tiny black box can become static Staging esp hindered w/much repetitious movement (that closet door!) but Molly still A1

Relevant, Distractions: theater noise and patrons, Entertaining, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great actress perform flawlessly for 75 minutes on a nice set with few, but important props. Pleasant music adds a lot.

Don't see it if the constant noise of another production upstairs and rude patrons eating and drinking spoil an evening like it did for me. Tight seating,

Very irish, Sexual, Slow, Good staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy works of James Joyce, solo shows or a fan of Aedín Moloney’s work.

Don't see it if you’ll have a hard time comprehending Irish accent or dislike solo shows, nudity or sexual references.

Romantic, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you were always curious to read Ulysses but were daunted by its size

Don't see it if Literary one-person shows aren’t your thing.

Distracting, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Disappointing

See it if You love hearing the Penelope Chapter in any format. The staging was distracting, and the delivery, while clear, was a bit affected.

Don't see it if You don't know the work. Out of context, I'm not sure what I would make of it. Not the best reading of this work. Didn't stand alone well.

Raunchy, Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You’re a fan of James Joyce, Ulysses, and Irish literature

Don't see it if You’re not familiar with the source material or if explicit sexual conversation makes you uncomfortable

Also Excellent performance

Raunchy, Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You're familiar w/James Joyce's Ulysses. You enjoy stream of consciousness-style monologues. You like one-actor shows in intimate spaces.

Don't see it if You have little/no familiarity w/Ulysses. You're uncomfortable w/sexually explicit talk and/or nudity. You prefer linear storytelling.

Also 70 minutes of uninterrupted sex talk is A LOT. Add in that it jumps ar... Read more Read less

Irrelevant, Raunchy, Insipid, Excruciating, Ambitious

See it if Classic literature acted out by an experienced actress; 70 min monologue of female sexual experience; contains nudity and strong language

Don't see it if stream of consciousness; no plot/conflict; audience dozing but dare not fall asleep cuz too close to stage; uncomfortable seatin in basement

Tedious, Disappointing, Ambitious, Well acted, but not a play!

See it if You love James Joyce & ULYSSES and you're willing to sit thru a 70 minute monologue by a skilled actress where essentially nothing happens!

Don't see it if you want an engaging story with a PLOT & characters you can care about. Highly skilled actress, but at a certain point, I just didn't care.

Unnecessary partial nudity, Slow, Disappointing

See it if You like solo shows. You are interested in a single woman spend 75 minutes recalling sexual encounters.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the multiple lovers of 'Molly Bloom' and their respective prowess.

Absorbing, Great acting, Exquisite

See it if You like great acting and fine prose, rich sexual fantasy ala James joyce

Don't see it if If you don’t like fantasy and daydreaming by solo performer

Explicit, Great acting, Disappointing, Indulgent

See it if You really love watching an actress ply her craft in a one woman play, and you’re a big fan if James Joyce

Don't see it if You aren’t into listening to a bored housewife’s musings on her sexuality for over an hour.

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy

See it if You like a good solo performance and are a fan of James Joyce

Don't see it if You find a woman discussing her sexuality to be disturbing

During previews
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Enchanting

See it if you have read Joyce & wondered at his seeming unconnected phrases. As a monologue every word has nuanced meaning elucidated by physicality

Don't see it if a one woman show in an intimate setting intimidates you.

During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Solo performance of great lines from James Joyce.

Don't see it if Don’t like James Joyce or a woman’s experience

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