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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
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Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Funny, Edgy

See it if Another great black box show. Well written and acted and very relevant. Even pretty funny at times.

Don't see it if You don’t like small productions that are critical of society.

87
Funny, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see something that feels like the real way sexuality effects women today

Don't see it if idk ur a square

87
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Resonant

See it if You like to reflect on what it means to be a woman in america

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual situations and nudity

90
Intense, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an intense play about different stages in a girl's/ woman's life and the awakening of her sexuality

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual situations and frontal nudity. You want something light and fluffy. This is pretty brutal at times

Also This show was great. So intense and disturbing at times. So much of it... Read more Read less

88
Clever, Great writing, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You like to keep a finger on the pulse of new playwrights launching their careers. Peiffer's work is incredible.

Don't see it if CW: Sexual assault, rape, growing up female, men being trash. An incredibly important story, but I wept the whole way through.

Also Everyone who once was a teenage girl, currently is a teenage girl, kno... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You'll enjoy a well-written coming-of-age play that blends comedy with harsh reality including bias against Asians. A well-spent 90 minutes.

Don't see it if Female sexual awakening makes you uncomfortable.

80
Resonant, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if Visceral, tight, and bluntly graphic, U.G. nails the fluidity and evolution of female friendship through a prism of metooish misogyny.

Don't see it if Some of the writing (especially the last line) is too on the nose, though overall it effectively shows vs tells. Listen up, Brett Kavanaugh.

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

91
Must see, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like rivetu=ing acting and a difficult story line. Absorbing and can make you uncomfortable

Don't see it if topics dealing with sexuality makes you uncomfortable with a tough storyline

88
Exquisite, Excruciating, Profound, Resonant, Feminist

See it if You want to see the female experience told horrifically and beautifully stage, relatable stories about girls and women, explosive theatre

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with nudity, sexual trauma, loud music, but all of this overall is very tastefully done so it’s worth it

88
Intelligent, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you're a woman, you're a feminist, you're interested in how we're socialized early to treat women as sexualized objects.

Don't see it if you don't like loud music raw language, nudity onstage, general discomfort, and a narrative/portrayal of young women that strays f/ the norm

86
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy shows that discuss how women are treated and how we police our boys, you like quirky shows that then twist the knife in

Don't see it if you are triggered by sexual assault/harassment or nudity, you don't like off color interpretafions of serious matters

Also This play is very hard to watch but so worth it for the mesmerizing pe... Read more Read less

86
Great acting, Relevant, Quirky, Clever

See it if you like to support under-represented voices in the theater (women of color) and enjoy women-driven narratives

Don't see it if sexual abuse, sexual situations, or full frontal nudity upset, trigger, or bother you.

83
Edgy, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like coming of age stories. The script is brilliantly written and it hits on topics of sexuality while growing up.

Don't see it if you don’t like nudity or don’t want to discuss sexuality. The show doesn’t pull any punches or shy away from any side of the topic.

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.

83
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Intense, Funny

See it if you appreciate great performances, clever staging and a window into the lifetime of many women's experiences, in specific, an Asian woman's

Don't see it if you have sexual triggers or lighting triggers

Also Wow, this is a powerful show that is so well done, very well cast and ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You want to see a serious, funny, well acted play about growing up female in our so called “civilization”.

Don't see it if You want to believe that girls are sugar and spice and everything nice.

85
Essential, Raw, Ambitious

See it if you have no experience being a woman growing up.

Don't see it if jarring and unsettling action or loud, bright stage effects are going to be a problem for you.

83
Absorbing, Relevant, Resonant, Edgy, Ambitious

See it if you like theater that challenges you. in your face. illuminates problems that girls face in our society.

Don't see it if you are prudish.

90
Edgy, Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if You are interested in thinking deeply about how women and sex and society interact.

Don't see it if If you would be uncomfortable with swearing, mimed sex, or nudity. I would also not recommend this for children because of those things.

95
Thought-provoking, Raunchy, Great acting, Hilarious, Intelligent

See it if You like up close sexual productions, Laughs & thought provoking dialog.

Don't see it if You are offended by nudity.

80
Raw, Riveting, Intense, Disturbing, Thought-provoking

See it if you are interested in themes of female sexuality and the roots of rape culture.

Don't see it if you are offended by honest, intense depictions of sexuality or children exploring their sexuality.

91
Great acting, Funny, Must see, Refreshing

See it if You want to see one of the boldest new works of the year. Truly spectacular writing and tremendously moving.

Don't see it if You get uncomfortable with onstage nudity or don't like theatre in a small space.

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.

99
Great acting, Funny, Intelligent, Great staging, Resonant

See it if You are interested in the dynamic coming-of-age tale of a Korean woman in America, and all the humor, heart, and trials that come with it.

Don't see it if You are not keen on loud music, sexual content, or sexual violence.


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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