Little Gem

$45-$70

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. 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.



Hilarious and poignant, Irish playwright Elaine Murphy’s debut play, Little Gem, premiered at the Dublin Fringe Festival in 2008 where it won the Fishamble New Writing Award. It then transferred to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it won the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the festival’s top prize. Little Gem made its acclaimed US premiere in January of 2010 at the Flea Theater.

Schedule

Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission

Wednesdays: 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Thursdays: 7:00pm

Fridays: 8:00pm

Saturdays: 3:00pm and 8:00pm

Sundays: 3:00pm

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by Jay Irwin - Sep 29, 2018
When any playwright sits down to their notepad/typewriter/computer I would hope they have pinned to their workspace a note which, in very large, bold letters reads, "Is this germane to the story I'm trying to tell or is it only interesting/funny to me?" Without that question we get plays like "Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England" currently being offered from Fantastic.Z. There's a little gem of a play in there buried deep amongst the superfluous detritus surrounding it.
by BWW News Desk - Oct 24, 2018
First Run Features is pleased to announce theLos Angeles theatrical premiere of The Second Time Around, a new film directed by Leon Marr. The film will open at Laemmle's Town Center 5 on December 14, 2018. 
by Tanya Seale - Oct 12, 2018
As the story goes in Gilbert & Sullivan's 1879 operetta, The Pirates of Penzance, Frederic the pirate has just been released from his indenture to a comical band of soft-hearted pirates when he meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and falls in love. As the story also goes, in 2013, New Line Theatre's Artistic Director Scott Miller made an extraordinary discovery:  the never-seen-before draft manuscripts for The Pirates of Penzance, which actually-believe it or not-originated as The Zombies of Penzance.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2018
by TV News Desk - Nov 19, 2018
SF Sketchfest presented by Audible announces the initial line up for the 18th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 10-27, 2019, featuring top comedic talent performing in venues across the city. Audiences can expect another outstanding year of programming and fun as SF Sketchfest will host major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming acts from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, storytelling, family shows, workshops, panels and more.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2018
SF Sketchfest presented by Audible announces the initial line up for the 18th annual San Francisco Comedy Festival January 10-27, 2019, featuring top comedic talent performing in venues across the city. Audiences can expect another outstanding year of programming and fun as SF Sketchfest will host major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming acts from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, storytelling, family shows, workshops, panels and more.
by TV News Desk - May 25, 2018
Pianist Stephen Hough's Dream Album, which casts him in the role of performer, composer, and transcriber, is released by Hyperion Records on Friday, June 1. This recording is the seventh in a series of “Album” releases from Mr. Hough that began with The Piano Album in 1993 and continued most recently with the French Album in 2012. Like all of his Albums, Mr. Hough's Dream Album juxtaposes works by different composers, in this case 27 short pieces—mostly less than five minutes apiece—by over a dozen composers, including Liszt, Dvo?ák, and Sibelius. As if from a dream, this collection is a free association of musical thoughts that bear personal meaning for Mr. Hough—from favorite encores, to pieces from his childhood, to works written for friends. Pre-orders are currently available via Amazon and iTunes.
by BWW News Desk - May 21, 2019
Irish Repertory Theatre announces two new productions for summer 2019. On the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage will be Little Gem by Elaine Murphy (Shush) and directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull (Outlying Islands). Performances begin on July 17, 2019, with an opening night set for July 25, for a limited run through September 1, 2019.
by TV News Desk - May 16, 2018
Courtney Marie Andrews is nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2018 Americana Music Association Honors & Awards. The annual awards show is scheduled for September 12 at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018
The world's changing, bro. This summer, Goodman Theatre premieres Support Group for Men, a new comedy by Ellen Fairey, directed by Kimberly Senior. Fairey, whose work has been hailed 'a must-see for anyone who follows important new plays' (Chicago Tribune), explores shifting social and gender roles through the lens of four men who gather every Thursday night to vent about middle-aged maladies.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 9, 2019
A group of women in the Seacoast who have gone through the highs and lows of being friends and colleagues for several decades will stage a production this month at the Players' Ring of a play that tells the story of, well, the highs and lows of women's friendships.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2019
The Second City invites you to celebrate Mother's Day with Margaret Trudeau, the mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In a world premiere engagement, Margaret Trudeau is coming to Chicago to bring her intimate staged performance Certain Woman of an Age exclusively to UP Comedy Club at The Second City, 230 W. North Ave. Co-written by Ms. Trudeau, herself, and directed by Kimberly Senior, this solo performance follows the compelling story of one of the world's most fascinating figures, chronicling her courageous public and private journeys.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019
The Burning Coal Theatre Company is proud to present Sue Townsend's The Great Celestial Cow, a tale of a family from India who migrate to the UK but can't quite leave their homeland behind.  Or their cow.  Directed by Sonia Desai, The Great Celestial Cow will play at Burning Coal's Murphey School Auditorium in downtown Raleigh from April 11th through 28th, 2019. There will be a "pay what you can day" on Sunday, April 14th.  
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2019
Corrib Theatre presents Sonya Kelly's How to Keep an Alien, directed by Gemma Whelan, a comedy-filled play about two women falling in love and battling the international red tape that's working to keep them apart. The production features Sara Hennessy as Sonya Kelly, with Amy Katrina Bryan on stage as herself, the stage manager. How to Keep an Alien runs for four weeks, April 12 through May 5, at New Expressive Works, 810 SE Belmont St., in Portland, Oregon.
by Don Grigware - Mar 19, 2019
Actress/singer par excellence Rebecca Spencer has delighted audiences on Broadway in Jekyll & Hyde and played Madame Giry in Phantom in Las Vegas. Since 2014 when she moved to Los Angeles, she has performed her exquisite cabaret and done at least 3 shows for Musical Theatre West (MTW) in Long Beach: The Music Man, S'Wonderful, and Mary Poppins. She will open March 30th in their new production of Catch Me If You Can. Spencer took time out of a busy rehearsal schedule to talk about her role in the show and about her illustrious theatrical career thus far.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 14, 2019
Full casting is announced today for The Omission of the Family Coleman by Claudio Tolcachir, in a new version by Stella Feehily and directed by Laurence Boswell at Theatre Royal Bath's Ustinov Studio. Laoisha O'Callaghan, David Crowley, Anne Kent, Evanna Lynch, Rowan Polonski, Robert Mountford, Patrick Moy, Natalie Radmall-Quirke will appear in the UK Premiere which runs from Thursday 28 March to Saturday 27 April with opening night for press on Wednesday 3 April and completes the venue's Season of UK Premieres from the Americas
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2019
As one of his final engagements as Mayor, Cllr Richie Molloy attended the launch of Clonmel Junction Arts Festival's 2019 brochure at the Town Hall last Thursday. Also in attendance were Cllr Siobhan Ambrose and Cllr Michael Murphy, as well as incoming councillor Garret Ahearn, District Administrator Anthony Coleman, County Arts Officer Melanie Scott and many of the local artists, musicians and performers who will take part this year.
by Valerie-Jean Miller - Jun 26, 2018
Lola Ohlala has assembled a little gem of a Cabaret Versatile, putting together, for the Hollywood Fringe Festival, a charming, delightful tale, filled with laughter, gorgeous girls, feathers and sparkle galore, and dancing; lots of dancing!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2019
Irish Repertory Theatre announces the full cast and creative team for Little Gem, written by Elaine Murphy (Shush) and directed by Marc Atkinson Borrull (Outlying Islands). Performances begin on July 17, 2019 on the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage with an opening night set for July 25, for a limited run through September 1, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 30, 2018
After developmental productions that drew high praise from prominent theatre critics, and left audiences alternately speechless and effusive, engaged and enraged, the Huntington Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Eleanor Burgess's explosive new play, The Niceties, running August 31 to October 6 at the South End/Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. The Huntington is pleased to produce the play in association with two other leading theatre companies. The production will move Off Broadway to Manhattan Theatre Club immediately following the Boston run, and then continue on to Princeton, NJ for performances at McCarter Theatre Center.  
by BWW News Desk - Jul 23, 2018
The NOLA Project theatre company is proud to announce its 2018-19 Season of productions, the 14th since the company's founding in 2005. Artistic Director A.J. Allegra says, "The 2018-19 slate offers our community a wildly-varied collection of stories meant to inspire and ignite the human imagination. Each production is fiercely imaginative and utterly theatrical in its creation. These are all stories meant to be seen, heard, and felt together."
by BWW News Desk - Jul 18, 2018
New Orleans & Company announces the line-up of restaurants for its 14th annual COOLinary New Orleans Restaurant Month, offering special two- and three-course lunch menus for $20 or less, three-course dinner menus for $39 or less and three-course brunch menus for $39 or less, available August 1-31, 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2019
In something of a sequel to her acclaimed book The Art of the College Essay, her latest book UNSTUCK, out September 1, concentrates its focus on the critical, and often terrifying, juncture in which a writer comes face to face with a blank page.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 7, 2019
Camp Equinox, Bozeman's oldest and biggest theatre day camp got their start back in 1996 at Headwaters Academy. From 50 campers that first year, Camp Equnox has grown to 300 kids over two sessions, now held at Bozeman Summit School.
by Carolan Trbovich - Jan 6, 2019
Guitar Girls At FST Pays Lovely Tribute To Famous Female Guitar Singers & Strummers
by Elaine Bard - Jan 6, 2019
While Maine Maine is the 12th smallest by area, the 9th least populous, and the 38th most densely populated of the 50 U.S. states, it has a rich and vibrant theatre scene comprised of Equity, Professional and Community houses.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 21, 2019
First-time visitors to Cambria are in for a treat, especially in the off-season. The Central Coast is much less crowded, and with mild weather and cool coastal breezes to refresh the senses, visitors will leave feeling relaxed and renewed. No matter what time of year, there is always plenty to see and do in Cambria. Prepare yourself for luxury lodging, delicious meals, boutique shopping, and wines made at local vineyards-not to mention the unforgettable ocean views. Guests can kick back, relax, and enjoy everything this little gem on the Central Coast has to offer.
by BWW - Jan 20, 2019
Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/20/2019 for New Orleans
by Vikki Jane Vile - Jan 20, 2019
With the last remains of glittery Nutcracker magic now behind us for another year, just two days after the end of the run of the festive classic, the Royal Ballet return with a fun, bright and uplifting mixed bill to ease us through January.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2019
Camp Equinox, Bozeman's oldest and biggest theatre day camp got their start back in 1996 at Headwaters Academy. From 50 campers that first year, Camp Equnox has grown to 300 kids over two sessions, now held at Bozeman Summit School.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2018
Courtney Marie Andrews' anticipated new full-length album, May Your Kindness Remain, will be released March 23 on Fat Possum Records/Mama Bird Recording Co. and is now available pre order
by BWW News Desk - Feb 9, 2018
Following a sell-out season at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, as well as a successful Irish and US tour, The Plough and the Stars comes to the Lyric Hammersmith as a co-production with the Abbey Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 6, 2018
Westport Country Playhouse will present a Script in Hand playreading of 'Better Late,' a romantic comedy by Larry Gelbart, on Monday, February 26, at 7 p.m. Gelbart was a creator and producer of the television series 'M*A*S*H,' and a co-writer of the film 'Tootsie' and the Broadway musicals 'City of Angels' and 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.'
by BWW News Desk - Feb 3, 2019
Getting it wrong has never felt so right! Irish comedy weirdos 'Dreamgun' amuse and exasperate cinephiles in equal measure with their skewed, joke-stuffed and wholly unrehearsed takes on established cinematic favourites. Dreamgun brings 'Film Reads' to Adelaide Fringe for the first time, performing a different classic movie reimagined with nonsense every night!
by Michael Quintos - Dec 29, 2018
As with each passing season, 2018 proved to be another exceptional year for theater not only in Souther California in general but also in Orange County---my home base. This year, the OC finally welcomed the debut of what has become this century's most awarded and most renowned stage musical ever about the Founding Father etched regally on the 10 dollar bill. Meanwhile, So. Cal. enjoyed a powerful surge of new stage works that explored Asian-American experiences, a positive step forward in the presentation of diverse voices we seldom hear from on the stage. A pair of touring musicals---both opening in the O.C. in early 2019---made such an impact in their Los Angeles engagements for me personally that I had to include them in my list, even though I have not 'officially' reviewed the productions for print. With that said, here is my 'Best of 2018' from Orange County and adjacent locales nearby---a mixture of outstanding shows and brilliant performances that made a lasting, memorable imprint in my theatergoing experience this year.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 24, 2018
First-time visitors to Cambria are in for a treat, especially in the off-season. The Central Coast is much less crowded, and with mild weather and cool coastal breezes to refresh the senses, visitors will leave feeling relaxed and renewed. No matter what time of year, there is always plenty to see and do in Cambria. Prepare yourself for luxury lodging, delicious meals, boutique shopping, and wines made at local vineyards-not to mention the unforgettable ocean views. Guests can kick back, relax, and enjoy everything this little gem on the Central Coast has to offer.
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Dec 24, 2018
BWW reviewer Natalie O'Donoghue selects the best productions she saw in 2018.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 18, 2018
Yves Jadot Restaurant Group has announced the opening of Farm to Burger, a farm-to-table inspired ode to the American patty. The menu includes classic beef burgers, as well as vegetarian, fish and chicken options. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the new Aliz Hotel Times Square at 310 W. 40th Street.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2018
First Run Features is pleased to announce theLos Angeles theatrical premiere of The Second Time Around, a new film directed by Leon Marr. The film will open at Laemmle's Town Center 5 on December 14, 2018. 
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2018
On The Quays, a New York City based production company aimed at producing works that promote inclusivity, has announced it will present the world premiere production of Gary Duggan's STOP/OVER, a swift new play about rekindled friendship, as part of the 2018 Dublin Fringe Festival. Directed by Nicola Murphy, and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland,FringeLab, and The Lir Academy, The Production will run September 12th-23rd on the third floor of The Chocolate Factory (26 Kings Inn Street).
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2018
After developmental productions that drew high praise from prominent theatre critics, and left audiences alternately speechless and effusive, engaged and enraged, the Huntington Theatre Company presents the world premiere of Eleanor Burgess's explosive new play, The Niceties, running August 31 to October 6 at the South End/Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. The Huntington is pleased to produce the play in association with two other leading theatre companies. The production will move Off Broadway to Manhattan Theatre Club immediately following the Boston run, and then continue on to Princeton, NJ for performances at McCarter Theatre Center.  
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2017
59E59 Theaters welcomes the US premiere of CHAROLAIS, written and performed by Noni Stapleton and directed by Bairbre Ni Chaoimh. Produced by Fishable: The New Play Company, CHAROLAIS began performances on Tuesday, August 29 for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 24. Press Opening is tonight, August 31 at 7:30 PM.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 30, 2017
For its fifth year of offering Portland plays by contemporary Irish playwrights, Corrib Theatre brings these three gripping, politically relevant works: Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick, Lifeboat by Nicola McCartney and Quietly by Owen McCafferty.
by Gregor Dickson - Aug 28, 2017
[title of show] is a clever musical which documents its own creation as an entry in the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2017
The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation has announced the winner of this year's The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honor at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2018
The Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation announces the winner of this year's The Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award, the highest honor at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 5, 2018
Boston Calling announces its largest food and drink lineup to date. With over 150 menu items to choose from this year, the festival rolls out a lineup of incredible new restaurants, chefs and food vendors alongside several returning favorites. Plenty of local and international craft beers and wines will round out this year's menu. Boston Calling takes place Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2018 at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston (65 North Harvard Street, Boston). Tickets are available at www.bostoncalling.com.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2018
Following a wonderfully successful premiere season at Perth's FringeWorld earlier this year, award winning writer/composers Amberly Cull and Robert Woods are set to delight Melbourne audiences with this touching new work.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2018
Writers Theatre, under the leadership of Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma, presents Buried Child, written by Sam Shepard and directed by WT Resident Director Kimberly Senior. Buried Child runs May 9 - June 17, 2018 in the Alexandra C. and John D. Nichols Theatre at 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe. The Press Opening is Wednesday, May 16 at 7:30 p.m.