In Little Gem at the Irish Repertory Theatre, three generations of the Neville family - grandmother, mother and daughter - stand on the the cusp of change. In a series of monologues delivered directly to the audience, each shares her unique perspective. They are three sides of one coin, who spin one tale of shared grief and hope.
Irish Repertory Theatre presents a new production of Little Gem, written by Elaine Murphy, directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull and starring four-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner Marsha Mason.
Little Gem originally premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008, before transferring to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and finally staging its US premier at The Flea Theater in January 2010.
(Photos by Carol Rosegg)
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One year can bring extraordinary change; just ask Amber, Lorraine and Kay, three generations of North Dublin women who find themselves suddenly facing the unexpected in Elaine Murphy’s Little Gem. Young Amber’s case of indigestion – or perhaps it’s a brutal hangover? – grows into something more, while her mother Lorraine discovers salsa dancing after an incident at work leads to therapist-suggested self-care. Grandmother Kay, “on the wrong side of sixty, but not dead yet,” struggles to take care of a personal itch while adjusting to life as a caretaker for her beloved Gem. As the year moves forward, the women confront their individual challenges with courage and humor, finding strength in one another and discovering the beauty and complexity of family.