March 16, 2016

As a Polish immigrant in New Jersey, struggling to make a decent living, care for her son and find a suitable man — modest goals that seem to be receding into the distance — the New York stage veteran Marin Ireland gives a performance of beautiful complexity in “Ironbound.” This quietly gripping play, by Martyna Majok, opened on Wednesday at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in a co-production with Women’s Project Theater. We first meet Darja (Ms. Ireland) sitting at a lonely bus stop beneath a freeway in 2014. The play spans more than 20 years, moving back and forth in time, but the bus stop, where all the scenes are set, remains in place, looking as bleak as a bus stop can (which is pretty bleak). It’s a winter night, and her boyfriend, Tommy (Morgan Spector), a letter carrier, is cajoling her to get into his car rather than wait for a bus that will still require her to walk through the dark streets of Newark to their apartment.