Reviews

Reviews for Eggsistentialism

The Sunday Independent

“The piece, beautifully directed by Veronica Coburn, is close to a masterpiece: intelligent, thoughtful, wry, funny, and above all, loving.”

 

The Reviews Hub 4_5stars

“This is a well written and honest performance that will make you stop and think, as well as laugh with joy. Ryan gives a strong, powerful, comedic performance that lasts in one’s memory and opens the audience’s mind with her honesty.”

“Interrupted with poignancy and delicacy Eggsistentialism is a surprising watch.”

“One of the Fringe Festival’s must see performances.”

 

The Irish Times

“Joanne Ryan invests her journey into fertility and feminism with sparkle, self-deprecating humour and a generous helping of audio-visual technology. Of the latter, the voice of her offstage “mammy” making sharp, wry interjections is hilarious.”

“Her impeccable comic timing and captivating stage presence carry the day.” 

Bouquets and Brickbats 5stars

“An absolute gem of a show”

“A must-see; a deeply personal play with universal appeal. Don’t miss it.”

 

The List 4stars

“A thoughtful and provocative examination of parenthood in Ireland.”

 

The Voice 4stars

“Ryan’s acting was impeccableshe left the stage with pieces of herself littering it. This
show is crucial.”

 

Broadway Baby 4stars

“A truly heartbreaking performance by a woman who refuses to let others make her choice for her.”

 

The Scotsman 4stars

“Important…relatable…elevates a thoughtful personal piece into something more universally political.”

 

Fest 4stars

“Ryan has natural wit, charisma & vulnerability.”
“An engaging, inclusive & very funny show for a broad range of audiences.”

 

Arthur’s Seat 4stars

“Considered, eye-opening and quietly angry.”

 

The Panoptic 4.5stars

“Ryan’s performance is vastly rich, making the audience laugh while nailing tender moments.”

 

Midnight Murphy

“While I was expecting to enjoy the play, I was not expecting it to be so incredible. It is side-splittingly funny.”

“A truly remarkable performance – hilarious, tough, sad, thought-provoking. She is a wonderful actress, and she plays the part brilliantly.”

“Highly recommended.”

 

The Magic Bulletin

“The writing is sharp, imbued with personality and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.”

“Ryan is a natural comedienne with a line in self-deprecating delivery. I was in tears from laughter a lot.”

“The production design was outstanding.”

“Her jocular stage presence is offset with scenes of real poignancy.”

 

No More Work Horse

“The telling of her story with such wit and skill by Joanne adds to its enjoyment and its strength.”

“Its wider context digs into the societal structures of Ireland as it is now. It is both a serious piece and a fun piece, and is well worth seeing.”

 

The Red Curtain Review

“Eggsistentialism is witty, funny and informative, with a wonderful delivery by Ryan throughout. But like all good comedy, there is a serious side to it as well, something Ryan balances very well.”

“Ryan has put together a funny, honest, play that makes you think as much as it makes you laugh.”

“The hour or so running length flies by, and Ryan’s warmth and dilemma comes through more and more as we get to know her.”