Ironbound OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    March 16, 2016
    Closing:
    April 24, 2016

    Theater: Rattlestick Theatre / 224 Waverly Place, New York, NY, 10014

    Synopsis: 

    At a bus stop in a run-down New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Award-winning playwright Martyna Majok’s "Ironbound" is a darkly funny, heartbreaking portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Ironbound

    ‘Ironbound’ Stars Marin Ireland as a Struggling Immigrant

    Charles Isherwood

    March 16, 2016: As a Polish immigrant in New Jersey, struggling to make a decent living, care for her son and find a suitable man — modest goals that seem to be receding into the distance — the New York stage veteran Marin Ireland gives a performance of beautiful complexity in “Ironbound.” This quietly gripping play, by Martyna Majok, opened on Wednesday at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in a co-production with Women’s Project Theater. We first meet Darja (Ms. Ireland) sitting at a lonely bus stop beneath a freeway in 2014. The play spans more than 20 years, moving back and forth in time, but the bus stop, where all the scenes are set, remains in place, looking as bleak as a bus stop can (which is pretty bleak). It’s a winter night, and her boyfriend, Tommy (Morgan Spector), a letter carrier, is cajoling her to get into his car rather than wait for a bus that will still require her to walk through the dark streets of Newark to their apartment.

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