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Usual Girls

From 68 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

The first production of Roundabout Underground's new season is a new work that asks: How do girls grow up?  More…

On an elementary school playground, a boy threatens to tell on the girls for swearing—unless one of them kisses him. But just before lips can touch, Kyeoung tackles the boy to the ground. The victory is short-lived. Over the coming years, Kyeoung’s stories get stranger, funnier, more harrowing—and more familiar. 

Warning: This show contains explicit content and nudity. 

Member Reviews (68)


Great acting, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Intense
Avg Score

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Uneven tone, Gratuitous shocks

See it if you like new voices on current topics; here, girl's sexual coming of age. Realizn of toxic sexuality comes late. Full nudity/flashing lights

Don't see it if you dislike adults playing kids or unnecy shock-value scenes. Humor is mixed w horror. Father sh be cut. Needs editing. But worthy effort.

Great writing, Great acting, Masterful, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Very well written and acted. Great story and storytelling. Very thought-provoking and compelling.

Don't see it if You don't care about women's and growing up themes.

Also Underground never disappoints and this was no exception. What a riveti... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Relevant

See it if You're interested in intense/riveting theatre. The writing & performances are masterful! Real, raw & relevant.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something light or fluffy.

Ambitious, Disappointing, Indulgent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You have an interest in seeing women’s issues, particularly women of color, brought to life in short scenes from 3rd grade to adult.

Don't see it if You’re looking for any sort of new insight, or any kind of information that might help you understand why this behavior happens.

Also I wanted to like this play but felt like I was being hit over the head... Read more Read less

Clever, Intense, Edgy, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if Remarkably original. Sexual confusion of girls growing up from age 8 to 25 while seeking identity in a dangerous world.

Don't see it if You aren’t prepared to be confronted & uncomfortable. Full nudity, bullying, rape, lewd father, drug use.

Funny, Wrenching, Loud, Beautifully performed, Smartly staged

See it if you would like an intimate look into how a group of girls grows up, explores sexuality, wounds each other, & sometimes gets lost or abused.

Don't see it if you are looking for a quiet night in the theater.

Also Until the last few scenes (there are many!) of “Usual Girls” I’d have ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like relevant works that explore racism, class-ism, misogyny, the pains of adolescence,multi-culturalism, women's issues, 1-act

Don't see it if don't like stories told from a woman's perspective, or trigger issues depicted on stage, or the claustrophobia of Roundabout Underground

Great acting, Great writing, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if The societal high price,the burdens,and the hurdles of women (of colour) endure when achieving selfhood. Lead is excellent as is the writing

Don't see it if Raw portrayal which includes alcohol, drugs, abuse, rape, slurs, and nudity. Drug scene cliched. Could use a polish--leans to superficiality

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Incisive

See it if you want to see an incisive exploration of coming of age as a woman in our culture in a deeply satisfying (and disturbing) production.

Don't see it if you're looking for an escape. This hits home. Hard.

Funny, Edgy, Great acting, Clever, Intense

See it if Coming to age play funny and harsh.

Don't see it if Uncomfortable with nudity. See adults play kids.

Also Some parts I rather not seen.

Raw, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if incredible ensemble work, wonderful to see Midori Francis (The Wolves) again. Her performance was shattering.

Don't see it if you don't like to see nudity or sexual violence on stage. Play was sometimes very loud, the screaming echos in the small theater.

Also Wonderful to see such a female centric play. Not so wonderful to be re... Read more Read less

Edgy, Thought-provoking, Great ensemble acting, Actors portray ages from child to adult

See it if Most girls growing up receive inappropriate info & unwanted sexual touching; also racist, prejudiced, and unkind behavior. Most survive OK.

Don't see it if You want a more clearly defined plot or deeper exploration of causes and results. Some graphic language and nudity used to make a point.

Overblown, Disappointing, Raunchy, No real heart

See it if you know someone in the cast.Has a point to make, but does it in a crass, over the top way.Jennifer Lim was a knockout.Rest of cast was ok

Don't see it if you're looking for insightful picture of this generation's young women, sexuality, peer pressure, cliques.It's all there, just not well done

Disturbing, Hilarious, Relevant

See it if you want a deep dive into how girls grow up and learn to deal with pervasive misogyny and racism.

Don't see it if you're looking for something light.

Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Irritating, Offensive

See it if An exploration of the ways women grow up. Good cast. Wants to say something profound about rape culture...

Don't see it if ...but doesn’t. The grown women playing 8-year-olds was annoying and false-seeming. A lot of showing of hurt but no insight about it.

Clever, Ambitious, Intelligent, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want to see a coming of age story about women that it actually realistic rather than saccharine.

Don't see it if you prefer linear storylines with black and white themes.

Relevant, Interesting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Exaggerated

See it if you like shows about prejudice, misogyny, problematic psycho-sexual development in some populations in our society today & overt sexuality.

Don't see it if dislike nudity, sexual content, prevalent deviant sexual morays, misogyny, lack of compassion &, prejudice without offering solutions.

Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Like watching a tampon (usually unseen)ripped out to unapologetically display its raw, gory, natural, painful,& sexualized female experience

Don't see it if Sexual trauma / rape, alcoholic parent, female nudity, Asian racist comments, school girl drama, cocaine are triggering. Loud music scares u

Also Ticket from TodayTix for $30.

Intelligent, Must see, Riveting, Upsetting, Searing

See it if You want to see a stupendous, hyper-stylized, deeply honest play about girlhood, female sexuality, and growing up Asian in America

Don't see it if You want to leave happy. You will laugh, but this is an emotional harrowing play. Contains full frontal nudity and sexual violence.

Also An incredibly affecting performance from a vibrant cast (especially Fr... Read more Read less

Raw, Brutal, Intense, Great acting, Relatable

See it if play addresses many important themes including sexuality, racism, girls and women's friendships. Voices that we don't often hear in theater.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in women's stories, particularly a woman of color. If you are a misogynist you'll squirm.

Also There's a lot here. I think all women will relate to some, if not all,... Read more Read less

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Riveting, Relevant

See it if you are interested in the problems that girls and boys face growing up.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance to extremely loud speaking and frontal nudity.

Also Sitting in the front row in this theatre was a mistake. The wonderful ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you want powerful writing and performances about a tragically relevant topic: how far do you go to belong when you are different and "wrong"

Don't see it if you are put off by true depiction of people's cruelty to others.This play and its performances have a ring of reality that is quite splendid


See it if You like new works that are more about ideas then a through line.

Don't see it if You like a straight forward plot.

Also There’s an interesting play here, but the production let’s it down. Un... Read more Read less

Clever, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Resonant

See it if You're interested in finding out how girls grow into their sexuality, and how society treats them.

Don't see it if You're offended by frank sexual talk

Intense, Must see, Provocative, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you appreciate smart, sharp, and funny portrayals of girlhood and growing up without shying away from the hard stuff

Don't see it if the exploration of sexually and racially charged experiences would be triggering instead of validating/healing/thought-provoking for you

November 5th, 2018
"Impeccably directed...The script’s weakness is in Ms. Peiffer’s tendency to finish scenes with lines that feel like flourishes. She undermines the play’s ending with a similar lack of subtlety...Without a lead as bold, moving and full-on funny as Francis, in a production less accomplished than R...
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November 5th, 2018
"Peiffer's uncompromising exploration of a Korean-American girl's sexual evolution delivers multiple punches to the gut—and a few that land a bit lower. Caught at the intersection of misogyny and racism, Kyeoung battles prejudice and preconceptions in a series of unnerving vignettes..Director Raf...
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November 5th, 2018
"It’s a gutsy, vulnerable piece of writing and part of what feels like an immensely heartening wave of intelligent, compassionate, unafraid-to-get-ugly plays that give us vital new portraits of the artists — as young women...The play is both spiky and joyous, and Kyeoung’s story is no tragedy, no...
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November 5th, 2018
"The play doesn't fully succeed in its shifts from exaggerated comedy to scorching drama...Too much of the time, especially in the scenes concerning the girls in the early years, the play has the feel of an X-rated 'Saturday Night Live' sketch, more parodistic than illuminating. But the evening a...
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