Little Gem

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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Running time: 
1hr 40mins (no intermission)
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About Little Gem:

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.

Elaine Murphy
Irish Repertory Theatre
Marc Atkinson Borrull
Michael O’Connor
Ryan Rumery
Meredith Ries
Christopher Metzger
Cast list:
Marsha Mason (as Kay), Brenda Meaney (as Lorraine), and Lauren O’Leary (as Amber)
Little Gem Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
July 17, 2019
Opening date: 
July 25, 2019
September 8, 2019

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

Irish Repertory Theatre

132 West 22nd Street New York, NY 10011
Nearest subway station:
23rd Street stations

Latest Little Gem News & Features

Marsha Mason in Little Gem
Little Gem, starring Marsha Mason, extends at Irish Rep
August 9, 2019

Irish Repertory Theatre has announced a 1-week extension for its current production of Little Gem, written by Elaine Murphy and directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull, which began previews on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage on July 17, 2019, before officially opening on July 25 (read our 4* review). The play will now run through September 8, 2019 (instead of September 1). The cast of Little Gem includes four-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner Marsha Mason (as Kay), Brenda Meaney (as Lorraine), and Lauren O’Leary (as Amber).

Our Little Gem Review

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.