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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

100
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant

See it if You want to be moved, and possibly changed, by a brilliant piece of theatre. See cause we need to hear voices that don’t often get to speak.

Don't see it if If dark material is too heavy for you.

90
Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting

See it if Beautifully written and very relevant today. Tackles a dark theme, but manages to remain comedic when needed.

Don't see it if If you are uncomfortable with nudity, and themes sexual assault I would not see this show.

85
Masterful, Great acting, Delightful

See it if you want female-centric narratives that don't shy away from the hard stuff

Don't see it if you have an aversion to seeing certain tough topics depicted on stage (assault, rape...)

98
Ambitious, Resonant, Relevant, Refreshing, Must see

See it if you want theatre from a woc perspective that confronts race, girlhood, misogyny, and sexual assault with brutal yet refreshing honesty.

Don't see it if you are not interested in confronting challenging material delving into racism and sexual violence.

During previews
99
Masterful, Profound, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if The most important show of the year. Should be mandatory. Brilliantly gets to the rawness and brutal reality of girls growing up.

Don't see it if You can’t handle explicit and uncomfortable discussions about sexuality or are uncomfortable with nudity.

Also Linear vignettes make you uncomfortable yet might seem so rawly famili... Read more Read less

During previews
73
Absorbing, Resonant, Raunchy, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you are interested in the development of female sexuality and/or like to see work by new playwrights

Don't see it if you are offended by explicit language and nudity.

Also Watching a girl get her first pubic shave is not my idea of entertainm... Read more Read less

During previews
79
Sharp, Great dialogue, Great acting, Relevant, Devastating

See it if Well constructed story of the chipping away of a young woman’s identity through minor, major &/or personal incidents. Brave portrayal.

Don't see it if There is frank talk & some action around sex, race, nudity & other inappropriate social behaviors, telling a very personal journey.

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
90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Confusing

See it if you want to follow the transition of girls from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, and the struggles and challenges they face

Don't see it if you aren't interested in the plight of teens through adulthood; are offended by topics and language of sexuality, and brief nudity.

Also It was an interesting development following girls from preteens throug... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Edgy, Excruciating, Intense, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see girls' ripening sexuality.

Don't see it if you can't handle very blatant sexuality and nudity.

Also At times this made me very uncomfortable. I am of a later generation t... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You can remember being a young girl going through the trials and tribulations of sexual awareness.

Don't see it if You like lighter fare and not interested in female oriented material.

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
79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy a well acted portrayal of young women exploring their sexuality and place among other females as they grow up

Don't see it if You are put off by hearing girls talk about and act out their sexual journey to maturity

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

During previews
85
Resonant, Excruciating, Relevant

See it if you are interested in a contemporary look at sexuality for females growing up in the 90s/00s. A transparent view into 1 characters timeline

Don't see it if you get uncomfortable easily. The subject matter is conveyed so well that it really does make you uneasy (not necessarily in a bad way)

Also To be honest everyone should go, and everyone should feel uncomfortabl... Read more Read less

During previews
49
Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you want to see a terrific performance by Midori Francis and don’t mind sitting through a muddled production.

Don't see it if you’re hoping to see a revelatory and thematically consistent play about the emotional and sexual deveopment of women.

During previews
100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if This is a staggeringly complex and profound journey through a young woman's life as she confronts the joy and pain of being female.

Don't see it if You're not on board to see women's bodies, lives, and struggles exposed... and I mean exposed.

During previews
100
Ambitious, Intelligent, Raw, Thought-provoking

See it if You have a pulse in today’s fraught and divisive discussions about gender and sexual harassment and assault.

Don't see it if You might be triggered.


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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