… the three ages of woman …

In Little Gem, three women — brilliant actors all — face the audience to recount their characters’ personal stories.  In this the play reminds me of Journeys, produced in New York a little over a year ago (reviewed by me here), though in Journeys the seven stories are united only by the theme of the women’s struggles for human rights in seven countries.  In Little Gem the uniting factor is that they are of one, modest Dublin family, though you don’t know that right away.  As they take turns speaking, the spotlight shifting from one to another, we learn that they are daughter, mother, grandmother, their individual dramatic monologs blending like streams into a river into one narrative.