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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)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

69
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.

69
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.

56
Ambitious

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

60
Edgy

See it if You like new plays. You like plays that shift in tone.

Don't see it if You want a consistent tone.

Also The back and forth of comedy and drama is jarring. There seems to be s... Read more Read less

51
Great acting, Disappointing, Edgy

See it if You want full frontal nudity, see a play that could have been great but tried too hard to shock. Great acting.

Don't see it if Full frontal nudity, salty language. Want to see a polished show, felt like I was watching either a workshop or a series of mini plays.

50
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You haven't experienced bad behavior from others. You want to see bad behavior on display. I don't want to pay to see that.

Don't see it if You want a life lesson on it. Will give you a heads up.

During previews
58
Banal, Excruciating, Superficial, Loud, Overrated

See it if Ideas of girls’ sexual development and peer group abuse are brand new ideas for you.

Don't see it if You want a thoughtful exploration of ideas that are teasingly presented.

Also Overstuffed with ideas, yet no nutrition. You’ll leave hungry and deaf... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Relevant, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking

See it if One woman’s depiction of how girls grow up and it’s not pretty. Anger and rage, painful empathy and moments of dread for the audience.

Don't see it if You don’t like loud music, nudity, frank sexuality and/or salty language. That sounds negative but in fact I wasn’t bothered by any of it.

Also I had a mixed reaction to this. Important topic fearlessly handled but... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Disappointing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Indulgent

See it if you're are open minded, interested in female sexuality, and appreciate great acting.

Don't see it if you are tired of #metoo agenda as the ending is very disappointing and doesn't hold.

Also The play has so much potential, and the beginning is absolutely brilli... Read more Read less


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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