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Surfer Girl

From 12 member  reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Edgy

About the show

This NYC premiere solo drama chronicles a young woman's journey through life as she combats the passively inert state of mind that gives rise to her loss of self and to couch surfing. More…

What happens when we disappear in order to survive; softening our edges and blurring our outlines to the point of invisibility so the people around us will, well keep us around? Part of her Seven Deadly Plays cycle, Ms. Headland's 'Surfer Girl' explores the sin of sloth, and tackles these question with its story of a woman who is not exactly homeless, never quite broke, and always ready to become whomever she needs to be in order to stick around just that little bit longer.

'Surfer Girl' will feature eight different actresses in the role, under the direction of four different directors across its 16 performances.

1h 0m | Already closed | Foley Gallery (Lower E Side)

Member Reviews (12)


Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky, Resonant, Edgy
Avg Score

Incisive, Beautifully played, Resonant, Intense, Raw

See it if you are unafraid to enter into a raw, gripping encounter in an intimate space with a total stranger who has a story to tell you.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with dialog, or want your theater to provide you with answers by the end.

Also From now until the end of May you can experience Leslye Headland’s “Su... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Quirky

See it if A woman’s fascinating world view will hold your attention. Thiswell written monologue is being preformed by different actress/director pairs

Don't see it if you’re devoted to the Protestant work ethic, you will resent the monlogist’s lifestyle. Naturally disliking one woman shows is a problem too

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if You want to surf with the performer. You want to hear a well told story of a young woman's journey as she surfs through life.

Don't see it if You don't like solo performers. You need elaborate staging and you don't like small theater. You are not interested in her journey.

Also This young woman performed this piece well. She was captivating and fo... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Resonant, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

See it if Good job by a good actor with a decent script

Don't see it if You’re Adverse to a raw theater with folding chairs

Also Sit near the front or the center if you have trouble hearing

Well-acted, Entertaining, Intimate, Same script, but different actor & director each week, Good story & concept

See it if ... you like solo shows in small spaces. (It's a store-front art gallery.) Well-written Karen Eilbacher (4/24-25 only) was excellent. 1 hr.

Don't see it if ... you're not interested in hearing personal stories about a couch-surfer

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you're up for an absorbing solo show about a young woman couch-surfing her way through life. Insightful & intimate. Courtney Shaw's amazing.

Don't see it if you don't like solo shows and don't like dramas (this goes to some dark places, despite having a fair amount of rueful humor).

Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Sadly it's closed but this show was wonderful. Beautiful intimate space and excellent story. I was fortunate to see Jessica Pimental!

Don't see it if If it comes back and you are not a fan of one person shows, this is probably not for you.

Banal, Pointless, Quirky, Cliched

See it if you have an hour of your life to kill, you enjoy Leslye Headland's interesting point of view in her work, acting is good but sterotypical

Don't see it if you like Leslye Headland's work (it will disappoint), you want to see something profound, you'd rather see more deep work about women

Absorbing, Great writing, Edgy, Quirky, Intense

See it if you are interested in seeing a solo performance about one woman's attempts to find acceptance and a sense of belonging. Poetically written.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of intimate theater experiences. Also, there are no bathroom facilities at this venue.

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you would like to watch a young actor tell you and a dozen-or-so other people her hour-long story -- in a small set-less, fully-lit space.

Don't see it if you're expecting to see something about a female surfer based on the Southern California coast. It's nothing like that.

Also I saw Karen Eilbacher perform the title role (very convincingly). It's... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if you like great acting, one woman show, with an emotional punch

Don't see it if you don't like one woman show, monologue, not much physical movement.

Also The night I saw it, the actress Courtney Shaw was mesmerizing. You can... Read more Read less

Confusing, Indulgent, Relevant, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like poetry-like writing • For the cool art in the background • You have buns of steel perfectly made for folding chairs

Don't see it if You enjoy a plot • You are easily bored by one-person shows • You are looking for a spectacle

Also Jessica Pimentel was our Surfer Girl for the night. While the writing ... Read more Read less

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