My Brilliant Divorce is a one-woman comedy drama currently running in the Civic Theatre in Tallaght. Over the years the play has been performed in several venues internationally; and like most plays that last, it's good. In this production Tara Flynn (left) plays the protagonist Angela, a middle-aged woman faced with the prospect of divorce.
OK, so first off - is it funny? Yes indeed. Flynn has good material to work with and the experience to make the most of it. (And if you like the play, do a quick google: she has a few upcoming stand-up gigs in the near future.) She gets the audience laughing right from the start, and surprisingly for a one-person play there's never a lull in the entertainment. Perhaps more one-person plays should include an interval?
The audience members for the play were primarily of the same demographic as Angela, but I think anyone could enjoy this. (Eh, although probably it's not one for the kids.) The opening night was packed, with a great atmosphere, and the audience left in a good mood. So overall: win. Good play, talented actress, nice venue that allows drinks to be taken into the auditorium.
However: if you want to get your full money's worth, rather than just a laugh, I'd suggest thinking critically about the protagonist after the play. It's easy to like her, but she's disappointingly unsympathetic towards the misfortunes and flaws of others, both men and women. And I can't help wondering: if Angela were played by an average-looking middle-aged woman rather than Tara Flynn, could the play work?
My Brilliant Divorce continues in the Civic Theatre until Saturday 5th July, starting at 8 pm each evening. The play runs for about 90 minutes including an interval. Tickets cost €18 / €16. The play will also feature briefly at the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and the Axis in Ballymun, later this month.