OH MY IRMA is Haley's self-penned, multi-award-winning and internationally acclaimed solo performance.
After premiering at Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille in 2011, OH MY IRMA has gone on to tour extensively including performances in Edinburgh, London, NYC, Berlin, Amsterdam, Tampere (Finland), Peja (Kosovo) and Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia).
“Yes, I did it! But it wasn’t my fault.” An odd young woman finds herself before an audience. Her knees are bruised and there’s blood on her hands. She set out to solve a crime and ended up committing one of her own. Awkward, frail, beautiful powerhouse, this macabre comedy is her defense.
OH MY IRMA was translated into German by Neele Von Müller (represented by Theaterstückverlag) and will be translated into French by Marie-Claire Marcotte at the The Glassco Playwrights' Residency in Tadoussac, Québec.
OH MY IRMA has its own website. For more information, videos, images, press quotations, perforomance history, etc., please visit ohmyirma.com.
OH MY IRMA Press
★★★★ “Defiantly distinctive… an utterly singular character” - The Scotsman
“Light and dark all at once; jagged, vivid – impossible to listen to comfortably, impossible to look away from – like a series of car crashes watched in a thunderstorm.” - Andrew Haydon, Postcards from the Gods
★★★★ “a disturbingly powerful production by a hugely talented writer and performer” - The Skinny
★★★★ “You’ll be left hanging on her every word, movement and facial expression” - Three Weeks, UK
Critic’s Theatre Highlights: “OH MY IRMA is punchy… [a] sardonic millennial” - The Guardian/Observer
One of This Year’s “Unmissable” Shows - To Do List, UK
“Oh My Irma is an intricately written and beautifully performed examination of self-destruction due to the mistakes of others… Haley McGee is one to watch” - A Younger Theatre
“McGee’s performance is fully realized, varied and brilliantly imagined… completely original” - Exeunt Magazine
★★★★ “Strange and enchanting…
(Imagine a spazzed-out combination of Napoleon Dynamite, Michael Cera and a crackhead)” - NOW Magazine, Toronto
★★★★★ “Outstanding… story-telling at its best… Oh My Irma is grabbing the lime-light where ever Haley McGee takes it. The headlines she is writing only tell part of the story; for the rest, you will have to go and see her for yourself.” – Fringe Review Amsterdam
★★★★★ “Watch out, because Mission Bird is sharp, and your fingernails will sting afterwards… The next darling of Canadian theatre” - SEE Magazine, Edmonton
“deft physicality, clever composition… exquisitely poetic” - Torontoist
“the birth of an awkward beauty… During the performance, I kept thinking “If Captain Beefheart had a granddaughter…” or “If the Beat Movement had Riotgrrls in their midst…”" – Monday Magazine, Victoria BC
★★★★1/2 ”Toronto’s Haley McGee creates an unforgettable and often hilarious character in this essentially pitch-dark play… strange and stunning” - Edmonton Journal
“Haley McGee is a fearless, raw young talent.” – Lynn Slotkin, CBC Radio, Toronto