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YES! Reflections of Molly Bloom

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful

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.

Member Reviews (47)


Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Masterful
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Masterful, Great acting, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if A very entertaining 75 minutes or so. Well written, great direction. Irish rep did a masterful job of Joyce.

Don't see it if If you do not like literature, deep stories or something lite.

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

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

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,

Indulgent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Fictional adulterous wife in "Ulysses" and actor of a certain age admits to a sensual interior monologue; owning her body and her choices .

Don't see it if No!Relishing conquests in mind and body in an interior monologue's worth of indulgence,though literary, is still taxing for cellar-dwellers

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

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.

Riveting, Must see, Masterful, Absorbing, Mesmerizing

See it if You've read Ulysses by James Joyce or plan to and want to luxuriate in that sensual language for an hour or so. The performance is great!

Don't see it if you are not at all familiar w/ Joyce and have no plan or desire to be. This is virtually meaningless if you don't have a clue about context.

Also I've only seen Molly's soliloquy performed on film, with Molly in bed ... Read more Read less

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.

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

Great writing, Ambitious, Intense, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if If you are a fan of Joyce, you will love this.

Don't see it if You don't like monologue plays or sexual references.

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.

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.

Strictly for lovers of james joyce's ulysses

See it if You love James Joyce, have read Ulysses or want a theatrical intro to the raucous sexuality of Molly Bloom in a one-woman play, well-done.

Don't see it if you don't like or know Joyce (or don't want to know) of his controversial modernist novel, banned in the UK until 1936 due to its sex.

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

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if /for a great performance by Moloney. Familiarity with the book would definitely enhance the experience but isn’t absolutely necessary.

Don't see it if if you don’t like one-person shows, have no interest in James Joyce, or are a prude.

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

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.

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.

Disappointing, Slow, Raunchy

See it if you like this monolog and interested in rambling on of circuitous stories. If you want to see Joyce.

Don't see it if It went on long, and the stories didn;t feel that important for me to care. The actress worked hard.

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.

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.

Sensual, Amazing memorization feat, Unique, Slow, Ambitious

See it if if you appreciate how 1 actress can seemingly effortlessly single-handedly capture (& use every aspect of) the teeny stage for 75 mins

Don't see it if if you need action, multiple characters, punctuation. if you don't like overt sexuality and sexual longing.

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

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.

June 13th, 2019
"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 c...
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June 17th, 2019
"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...
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June 24th, 2019
"Moloney and McCann have created a highly speakable, unfailingly vivid dramatic piece; it's a cataract of words that carry us on their sheer beauty, not to mention their tactile sense of another time and place; it's a series of impressions, complaints, rhapsodies, and acid assertions, all of them...
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June 23rd, 2019
"Moloney passionately portrays James Joyce’s earthy 'Ulysses' character in this faithful stage adaptation that’s strikingly presented...This inspired narrative treatment combined with Moloney’s enthralling performance makes for an entrancing 80 minutes...Moloney totally embodies Molly Bloom as sh...
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