Little Gem, Inis Nua Company's production of a new play by Elaine Murphy, is full of charm and sentiment and monologues and accents and working-class women who keep on keeping on. In other words, it's an Irish play.
Three accomplished actors give us three interesting portraits of three women, all of whom are defined by the men in their lives:
Lorraine (Corinna Burns) is a middle-aged woman who works in a store; she goes to see a "head doctor" who sympathetically touches her hand, making Lorraine realize that "I don't remember the last time somebody touched me or hugged me or even nudged me." Her drunk of a husband is long gone, but keeps turning up in repulsive, mawkish ways. When she is persuaded to go to a salsa dancing class, she meets Neil and she gradually, beautifully comes back to life.