Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre and the Women's Project present a new play about a working-class Polish immigrant woman and her many misadventures in love in America. More…
At a bus stop in a rundown New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Playwright Martyna Majok’s 'Ironbound' is a darkly funny, sad portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.
See it if you like virtuoso acting. Ireland is the Meryl Streep of her generation. She fully embodies, complete with stellar accent, fascinating Darja
Don't see it if you want a sensible plot. This is full of holes and inconsistencies, but it doesn't matter because the performances are superb.
See it if great writing/storytelling, believable characters. Poignant moving story. Clever staging. Really powerful performances all around.
Don't see it if Unfortunately some points the author wants to make are drawn out & beaten to a pulp in the same scenes. Could be trimmed. Trust the audience
See it if You like stories of people struggle to survive and make ends meet. Great acting especially by Ireland.
Don't see it if The show is slow at times, the scenes between Darja and her male counterparts begin to feel monotonous and drawn out.
See it if you like to see REALLY great acting across the board, particularly Marin Ireland.
Don't see it if you need to leave a show feeling uplifted.
See it if You like intense drama and relate it to real life stories. Marin Ireland is masterful in her role.
Don't see it if You expect a light, fun George Bernard Shaw comedy. Or if you are in a sad state of mind
See it if You want to see every actor giving a brilliant performance, finally get the appeal of Ireland or see a great atypical love story play out.
Don't see it if You're expecting Gina Gershon because she dropped out of the production.
See it if you'd like to see a truly phenomenal actress give an ovaries-to-the-wall performance in a compelling character study.
Don't see it if you need every play neatly resolved and every question answered.
See it if You are up for hard packed drama and an exploration of women's economic dependency in the modern economy.
Don't see it if You want something light & fun - this is the opposite of that - it is painful but great
See it if A superbly acted, strongly written drama is something you'd like. Tour de force performance by female lead. Gritty, real & heartwrenching.
Don't see it if A play about the lives of regular people going through tough times, decisions & results, wouldnt interest you-or if u need lighthearted fare
See it if Marin Ireland gave a ravishing and beautifully complex performance. Socially relevant issues. Support the awesome Women's Theater Project!
Don't see it if The acting is worth the admission price. Great student and artist discounts. Certain parts of the show can be a tad slow.
See it if you're eager to see the excellent Marin Ireland (and an great supporting cast) in a quietly compelling drama. Beautifully lit and designed.
Don't see it if if you're turned off by or have trouble listening to heavy accents or have difficulty following non-linear plays.
See it if You would enjoy a series of mostly well-written vignettes (a bit too long at times) that present a depiction of one character
Don't see it if If you enjoy plays that present a more nuanced and full story and explore what lies behind characters' decisions and actions
See it if you want an incisive, witty, and moving character study of a fascinating woman-- a surprising play with real things to say
Don't see it if you only like plays about rich people
See it if you care about social issues related to immigration; you want to see a solidly executed play with not too many unexpected twists.
Don't see it if you're in the mood for something edgy or controversial. There is nothing wrong with this production and this is just about the only problem
See it if A no frills production with punch. The stark nature of the staging allowed raw dialog well-acted by an amazing cast to flow thru.
Don't see it if You only like big splashy musical.
See it if you thought nothing engaging can be done with four actors and an iron bench. Best writing this year, hands down!
Don't see it if you need a big production to feel like you are having a truly transforming experience
See it if you are interested in seeing a masterful performance by Marin Ireland and likable, albeit flawed, characters
Don't see it if you prefer plays with ambiguous endings that can lead to discussion and debate after the show.
See it if You like vivid, natural acting and plays that are like watching the pieces of a puzzle be put together.
Don't see it if You want a more linear story or a flashier production.