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Ironbound by Martyna Majok
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bookshelves: plays, author-american, era-1990s, written-2010s, era-21st-century, working-class-rage

The Ironbound is a neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, but it's also an appropriate metaphorical title for this play about a Polish immigrant woman struggling to make the best of a bad set of options. Martyna Majok dramatizes pivotal moments in the life of Darja over the course of more than 20 years, creating a bravura role for an actress in the process. Although the title of the play makes it sound very grim, it has moments of humor and tenderness, and the three male roles reveal unexpected depths. Admittedly, some plot developments at the end failed to convince me: the main difficulty with this kind of character-study, slice-of-life play is wrapping it up in a satisfying way, and I'm not sure Ironbound pulls it off. Still, this is an absorbing and heartfelt drama about the crumbling American dream and the choices Darja makes to cling to it.
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Reading Progress

September 4, 2017 – Started Reading
September 4, 2017 – Shelved
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: plays
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: author-american
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: written-2010s
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: era-1990s
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: era-21st-century
September 4, 2017 – Shelved as: working-class-rage
September 4, 2017 – Finished Reading

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