REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Quietly” Opened with a ShowScore of 86

Show-Score | Jul 29, 2016
“Quietly,” written by Owen McCafferty and directed by Jimmy Fay, opened on July 28, 2016 in New York City. “Quietly,” written by Owen McCafferty and directed by Jimmy Fay, opened on July 28, 2016 in New York City.


12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 88.

Laura Collins-Hughes
The New York Times
ShowScore: 90
“It is difficult to imagine a piece of theater more perfectly suited to our jittery, antagonistic American moment than ‘Quietly,’ Owen McCafferty’s rage-filled, wounded, mournful play about terrorism, civil war and the damage that remains after the hatred cools. Directed by Jimmy Fay, this delicately acted production arrives on the stage like Dickens’s ghost of Jacob Marley, dragging the chains of sins committed long ago.”
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 90
“McCafferty unpacks their story in that most Irish of fashions: extended monologues recounting painful memories. Luckily, the three actors in this cast are particularly good at painting vivid pictures with their tongues...Director Jimmy Fay endows this production with plenty of deafening silences as the three men stare up at the TV screen. The air is charged with electricity...Maintaining a vague air of menace and intrigue, ‘Quietly’ never allows us to settle into a false sense of security.”
David Cote
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 90
“The play unfolds in real time with the tension and urgency of Greek tragedy...O’Kane is harrowingly good, a bullet-headed knot of anger and bilious rue. Conlon’s stoical Ian is more contained, until he’s provoked past the paralysis of his guilt. And Zawadzki maintains a fine balance between the two, a gently comical observer, the bemused outsider. Jimmy Fay’s direction is rock solid and the terse, lean play grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.”

“Quietly” was also reviewed by David Roberts of Theatre Reviews Limited, Simon Saltzman of CurtainUp, and Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway.


The show was also reviewed by 8 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 83.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Riveting, Resonant

Joseph 2, ShowScore: 79
See it if… You enjoy great acting and have a strong interest in "The Troubles."
Don't see it if… You want a strong, complex plot or have difficulty with heavily accented dialogue.
Linda 22, ShowScore: 90
See it if… You want to see a moving Irish drama set in Belfast 1974 written by Owen McCafferty & performed by the flawless actors of the Abbey Theatre. 
Don't see it if… You dislike reliving unpleasant events; do not care to watch raw feelings; dislike violence.
Dan Q, ShowScore: 90
See it if… You're interested in minimalist productions with intense performances and deep meaning.
Don't see it if… You like a fast-paced show. This production moves slowly, but is perfectly paced to convey the required intensity. It's very well directed.

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