Never has a family pulled me into its embrace as quickly as the three generations of this Dublin family.
Elaine Murphy, “Little Gem’s” playwright, has worked in a women’s health center and listened very closely. Her characters are an amalgam of stories she heard, and very obviously, empathized with.
This supportive team of daughter, mother and grandmother are real—and fascinating in their approach to their problems and hopes.
Photo credits: Futoshi Sakauch
Paul Meade, the director, has pulled extraordinary performances from an expert cast: Sarah Greene plays daughter, Amber, with insouciant charm and grit; mother, Hilda Fay, dares to hope for a new love with an imperfect, but caring man after a disastrous marriage to Amber’s father; grandmother, Anita Reeves, tempers her quotidian complaints with an overwhelming love and appreciation for her terminally ill husband of forty years.
“Little Gem” performed to sold out audiences at The Flea Theater in January, 2010. Reviews were consistently strong, including theNew York Times.
After the New York run, “Little Gem” went back to Ireland, playing for sold out audiences at The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, then on to an 8 week tour all-Ireland tour.
“Little Gem” will play at London’s Bush Theatre April 16 to May 22, then on to Paris!
The Shortlist for the 2009 Award included:
- “Crush” by Paul Stanton
- A marriage teeters on the brink because of many self doubts, and the intrusion of another woman—in the husband’s brain and computer.
- “Home of the Wriggler” by Stan’s Cafe
- The future of England is looking bleak: plant closures, job losses, and generators powered by bicycles for any electricity.
- “Midsummer” by David Grieg
- A play with songs which romp through the streets of Edinburgh. A love poem for two lovers and their home.