The Pigeon in The Taj Mahal
Home is where the heart is...
The Pigeon in The Taj Mahal is a modern rural fairytale, about trying to get home.
Late one night a Bride-To-Be gets separated from her Hen Party, and rescued by a strange man who finds her passed out in a field. He brings her back to his caravan on an abandoned campsite. But who exactly ends up rescuing who? During this long night of reckoning, amongst the glitter and the grime, a battle for survival ensues,pitting technology against mythology, urban against rural, modern against old world tradition- Worlds collide in this darkly funny pressure cooker of a play about how we live now, the need for empathy and the thirst for human connection.
Produced by The Irish Repertory Theatre in Nov 16- December 31 2016
Sound design by Ryan Rummery
"A soul warming colcannon stuffed full of sixpenny bits...an unforgettable dark interesting gem...It is an evocative moment in time where disparate forces co-exist and overlap long enough to disturb your equilibrium and expose the “pitch black lonely” of human fallout. This liminal space between folklore and fact, nature and neurosis, searching and stasis, makes for a fecund 90 minutes of beautiful melancholia.I really enjoyed being transported to Ireland, to visit this quiet place filled with loss and empathetic connection. It’s a truly wonderful experience." NYTHEATREGUIDE
"Sexton weaves a tale of love, loss, yearning, awakening and abject despair all wrapped up in a big ball of comedy...Run to see it" NY IRISH ARTS
"This oddly charming little play about people coming together over seemingly insurmountable cultural barriers... It makes one wonder if kindness is a spell that works offstage as well as on." THEATERMANIA
"Described as a modern fairy tale,that said this comic romp, like all good comedies, also has more serious underpinnings...Pigeon represents the people left at the bottom end of the social spectrum, so Lolly and her Aunty represent those who have succumbed to the downside of modernity — trading the pleasures of a simpler, more natural life style for addictive texting and tweeting, super consumerism, drugging, drinking and partying..even when Pigeon's visitors leave it's not really over — that's because you'll find yourself thinking about the Pigeons and Lollies of County Clare for quite a while after the actors take their well-deserved bows" CURTAINUP
"Like the play itself, it’s unlikely and inspired. Alternatively highly amusing, touching, and gripping, it left this viewer sick with nerves for part of the fleeting 95 minutes." IRISH ECHO
"BEST IRISH THEATRE OF 2016"- In Sexton’s play...on the barren outskirts of a west of Ireland seaside town... Sexton’s dramatic instincts are fully in evidence, as is her flair for finding the exact metaphor with which to interrogate our current culture. She’s funny as hell too.When her lost Hen party discovers a strange wild eyed lad living all alone his caravan, the culture clash behind that -- between tradition and modernity -- plays out with an impressive frame of reference grey mirroring the play’s theme."-IRISH CENTRAL-
"Illuminated are the women as lost souls... Their aimless lives are like vacuums without meaning or purpose... the playwright strips away their masks enough for us to recognize that their carousing and ribald behavior are an attempt to force fun because there is no comfort or happiness...As a result we note that in the souls of these characters there is a striving loneliness and sorrow. Both women are as remote to themselves as Eddie is as remote and isolated in this part of Ireland...Sexton conveys the theme that chance happenings may change us for the better if we are open and flexible to receive what destiny may offer from the most unlikely sources... The Pigeon in The Taj Mahal is an entertaining theatrical evening"- BLOGCRITICS.com
"Ms. Sexton has good fun contrasting her shallow city styles with Pigeon's callow ways. A deft performer, she clearly enjoys Lolly's woozy, crude obliviousness, but she is just as happy to cede the stage to Mr. Keating (who) lends him warmth and a gentle kind of bravery, even while wearing lipstick and a penis headband."- NY TIMES