Assisted Living

Profiles Theatre, 2011/2012

“A closely observed, character-driven, fully realized, and profoundly moving little drama.” - Chicago Tribune.

“With ‘Assisted Living,’ this New York-based writer only confirms her unique gift for capturing the quirks of human behavior and the stresses of contemporary life.  Keenly observant yet empathetic, O’Connor has a most winning way of combining truth, humor and heart.” - Chicago Sun-Times


Profiles Theatre, 2010/2011

“O’Connor knows how teenage girls actually talk, and, better yet, understands the knife-edge of adolescence, when one teeters painfully between childhood and adulthood, terrified at being fully identified as one or another.” - Chicago Tribune 

“JAILBAIT is a wise, insightful coming-of-age play by Deirdre O’Connor now receiving one of those perfectly cast, flawlessly realized productions that are a staple of Profiles Theatre.” - Chicago Sun-Times                                                            

Jailbait                                                                                                                                         Cherry Lane Theater, March-April 2009

 “They're cruel, they're reckless, and they're dangerous as hell. They're teenage girls, and Deirdre O'Connor has their number in Jailbait, a terrific little play.”   Variety

"Deirdre O’Connor’s drama— well written, well acted, and well directed (by Suzanne Agins) — makes a strong inaugural production for Cherry Lane’s new venture, the Cherry Pit."   The New Yorker

“A complicated and darkly comic cautionary tale about the illusion of intimacy at any age."  Time Out New York (Critic’s Pick)

“O’Connor provides a humorous take on the excitement and pitfalls of dating at any age.”   The Associated Press

“The possibility of statutory rape may not seem like the most appropriate subject to laugh about, but Deirdre O'Connor's Jailbait -- the first production in the Cherry Lane Theatre's new Cherry Pit space on Bank Street -- is full of humor. However, this bold and dynamic new play is also filled to the brim with genuine emotion and a complex treatment of a controversial subject.”  –TheaterMania

“Deirdre O'Connor has given us a show that is at once funny, entertaining, intellectual, endearing, and at times heartbreaking. With a script that is spot-on, a director who has crafted a simple piece of human truth, and a cast with impeccable commitment, Jailbait proves to be one of the most enjoyable things I've seen in a long time. Go see it!”              –

“Jailbait starts with a simple moral issue--two fifteen-year-old girls getting involved with two thirtysomething "boys"--but thanks to Deirdre O'Connor's exceptional writing, the cast's dead-on characters, and Suzanne Agins' lightly emphatic staging, it quickly becomes something far more emotionally complex. It's as compelling as it is comedic: it's bait, in other words, that you won't mind being hooked on.”    New Theater Corps (Top Pick)

Naked Angels, April 2007

“What does take shape? The strongest plays in the first series were the least overtly political. One, “Hero,” by Deirdre O’Connor, gets under way in the bedroom of a young woman about to go off somewhere. Her boyfriend, a grocery store clerk, would clearly like her to stay, but she is determined. We think, for a moment, that she is heading to war, but she is really preparing to participate in a reality television show, something in the vein of “Survivor” and that she hopes will make her famous.

The play isn’t intended as farce; it is meant to evoke a universe of diminished opportunity, and when the girl, Natalie, tells her boyfriend that going off to live on leaves or whatever she is going to do is “literally the most important thing in the world,” we oddly find ourselves believing her.”  - The New York Times

“Writers like Theresa Rebeck, Itamar Moses and Deirdre O'Connor make particularly good use of the short play format. Each scribe takes an everyday image -- playing cards, interpreting foreign speech, packing for a trip -- and develops it into a piercing metaphor. Delivered in 15 minutes or less, their insights are as taut as they are surprising.”  -Variety

Naked Angels, April 2006

Deirdre O'Connor's unexpectedly moving "Penicillin" finds John (an oddball James McMenamin) attempting to butter up Jen (Nancy McNulty in a resourceful performance) by telling her that of all the women that he's given a sexually transmitted disease to, she's the only one he visited in a health clinic. Which somehow comes off sweeter than it sounds.”  - The New York Times

“Deirdre O’Connor’s Penicillin is a whimsical, well-acted love story” -Time Out New York