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Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing

About the show

In this solo show, Trisha Lee, a Christian widow in a small conservative Texas town, is faced with a whole new set of personal challenges when her 14-year-old daughter comes out as gender queer. More…

In "The Pink Unicorn," Trisha recounts her story about facing a crisis she never saw coming, at a time when transgender people and gender issues weren't even on her radar.

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Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Relevant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great writing
83
Avg Score

79
Slow, Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you'd like an intellig script presented by a talented actor in an intimate setting. If gender neutral lang annoys you, rethink your stance.

Don't see it if you want a compact script; TPU drags a bit. Ripley is charming, but her char is inconsistent (uses gr vocab, but is an uneducated cleaner).

89
Thought-provoking, Powerful, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Powerful relevant writing supported by a wonderful performer. Moving, engaging, never slow. Beautiful. Ripley is amazing.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy one-person shows.

88
Important, Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Masterfully acted by Ripley. Felt fully absorbed into the emotional story. Extremely well written, touching, and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You dislike 1-person shows.

75
Slow, Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Ripley does a great job acting in this show. A show as bout a young person coming out. Pretty even paced show.

Don't see it if A show about coming out. Can be a little slow at times but well done.

65
Woke, Drawn-out, Overrated, Good acting, Slow

See it if u want to see a Tony winner in a modest space; u want to hear a laudable coming out story about acceptance & overcoming ignorance/prejudice.

Don't see it if u expect to hear Ripley sing; u expect a fresh, nuanced, multi-layered character study; ur not interested in a genderqueer tale.

77
Overrated, Slow, Resonant, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You’d like to see a lovely, non-singing performance by Alice Ripley in an extremely intimate setting.

Don't see it if You dislike slight, overly long, generally forgettable solo shows. The play is just above average.

70
Great acting, Slow

See it if Very well acted story told in an intimate environment by excellent actress.

Don't see it if Many scenes go on far too long (especially the church scenes) & my mind wandered. A 7pm show didn't get out until 8:40pm; way too long.

90
Must see, Riveting, Relevant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if Want one of those funny but highly educational plays that is perfect for these Trumpian days of August!! Don’t miss it!

Don't see it if There is no reason not to see it unless you’re oa trump acolyte, and then you really should see it.

86
Important message, Intelligent, Absorbing, Excellent performance

See it if Alice Ripley, Broadway star in a small one woman show. Important message for families learning one of their members is "gender neutral."

Don't see it if You do not feel safe enough to hear arguments pro LGBTQ. You already, know, accept and feel no need to hear such arguments.

83
Educational, Too long, Relevant, Great acting

See it if you want to see the incredible Alice Ripley in an intimate one-woman show. The show is very moving and an educational about gender fluidity.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the emotional perspective of a parent coming to terms with her gender fluid child. It is long and sometimes drags.

81
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Profound, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well-acted 1 person show that deals with a timely issue, presented in a simple yet profound manner.

Don't see it if You don’t like 1 person shows, aren’t interested in gender identity issues, need to see shows with elaborate sets and staging.

90
Masterful, Relevant, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if A tour de force solo performance by Alice Ripley. A beautifully written, touching story of a widowed mom in small town Texas.

Don't see it if ... you want to miss a great solo show.

72
Overrated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You are a LGBTQIA activist and deeply connected with this subject. There are many touching moments but is it still relevant?

Don't see it if You don't care so much about the story or if you don't like one person show.

96
Thought-provoking, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if one woman show explored what it was like for her 14 yo daughter to come out as gender queer. Incredible acting, important message, fabulous!

Don't see it if Just see it!

92
Relevant, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if an amazing, funny and moving performance. One person shows are challenging, but Alice Ripley keeps you interested the entire time.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or topics like gender issues, civil rights or family problems.

Also This play covers a lot of serious issues, but it also has plenty of ge... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Funny, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Delightful

See it if the thought of seeing Alice Ripley solo appeals to you. It should. She is incredible to watch.

Don't see it if you are closed-minded and unable to understand the modern world. It does drag toward the end and is a hair too long. Still enjoyable.

93
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You can accept the themes that drive "Trump Country" crazy, that is gender fluidity, sexuality, difference and diversity.

Don't see it if If you are narrow minded, i.e. "Trump Lover."

90
Riveting, Profound, Masterful, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to be drawn in to the story of a mother who decides to love her child no matter what, and fight for her. Magnetic acting.

Don't see it if You are not open to LGBT themes.

85
Relevant, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You're up for an engaging experience of a relevant topic by a terrific actress.

Don't see it if Small—make that tiny—performance spaces make you uncomfortable.

80
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting

See it if great acting, thought provoking about gender.

Don't see it if don't believe in equal rights

92
Relevant, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Alice Ridley is terrific in this one woman show. It tackles one of the issues that confronts a parent with unconditional love for a child.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that are a bit long (about 90 minutes).

For a previous production
88
Relevant, Intelligent, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great writing

See it if You want to see a one person show about the topical trans gender subject that’s handled with care, grace and dignity.

Don't see it if If you hate one person shows. This is one long monologue.

Also I’d seen this show before. It’s so well written that it’s easy to sit ... Read more Read less

For a previous production
92
Resonant, Relevant, Intimate, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You want to see a riveting and stunningly performed one woman show about learning tolerance in a perfectly suited venue. Alice Ripley stuns.

Don't see it if You don’t like one person shows.

For a previous production
71
Relevant, Cliched, Slow, Insipid, Disappointing

See it if Texan mother forced to get woke and tolerant from her high-schooler daughter. Big Tony-winner stage actor in a tinyworld 40-seat place.

Don't see it if Despite playwright's life mirroring events in this country cornpone script, Ripley's fake drawl & venue...all reflect poorly for Ripley.

Also Sinful Red Lobster suddenly has more appeal.Cyril Makepeace?Dorkus Ale... Read more Read less

For a previous production
93
Must see, Wonderful, seamless performance, Important and timely, Entertaining, Funny, heartbreaking, empowering

See it if You're up for a wonderful performance, amazing in its breathtaking invisible technique; Alice Ripley creates magic from nothing but her soul

Don't see it if No reason not to unless LGBTQ-phobic, intolerant of any sort of diversity, close-minded or conservative to the extreme, past kindness/sense.

Also It's rare to see work this good, and rarer still, in a space the size ... Read more Read less


May 19th, 2019
for a previous production "The real treat for fans of Ms. Ripley...is seeing her in such intimate confines...Trisha and — even more so — Jo feel generic. They are described in quick broad strokes that don’t get much deeper than quirky anecdotes and folksy turns of phrase. The other characters popping in and out make even ...
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May 17th, 2019
for a previous production “The performance space...is a cozy attic...an aptly intimate setting...for this one-person show about a Presbyterian widow...Directed by Amy Jones...Elise Forier Edie’s script scans a bit more like a first-person short story than like a monologue to be performed. But Ripley fully inhabits the rol...
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May 16th, 2019
for a previous production "Ripley nails the Texas accent and captures Trisha's slightly hesitant manner...At least at the performance I attended, this lack of assurance laid bare a certain weakness in the script...You should also know that this is a bare-bones production...Still, 'The Pink Unicorn' has crowd-pleaser poten...
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May 15th, 2019
for a previous production “Edie has a transgender child, and her goal is a virtuous one: to show us that even the most apparently unsophisticated folks can harbor open hearts and minds...If the abundance of clichés in ‘Pink Unicorn’ threatens to overshadow fact-based elements, it’s hard not to be at least intermittently ...
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