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  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,751

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Gripping story with first-class acting

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-18

Should've heed the warning, this was not what I expected. I expected a comedy with serious undertones, instead what I got was a tragedy with sporadically comedic dressing. The latter half of the play steers into eerie territories, not so much a plot twist but a searing knife in the back. That this transition managed to not be whiplash inducing is largely thanks to the phenomenal talents of Carey Mulligan. She was there to guide us every step of the way, imbuing even the lighter moments with untold depth. Her gift for portraying introspective, emotionally complex characters translates well here. Mulligan told a harrowing story of family and violence with surgical precision and incredible emotional restrain. Under her deft hands, the character became a solid creation: self-assured, relatable, clear-eyed, not to mention outrageously funny and gloriously vulgar (until she wasn't).

The core idea of the play may sound radical but it isn't exactly new or novel or I doubt even true, but it is something worth revisiting and restating in such unflinching terms in the wider conversation of masculinity reckoning. The play lacks truly unique insights to become compelling human drama (I don't think that was their priority to be honest). Alas Carey Mulligan makes it all worthwhile. A special experience that I wish I could see in person.

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