12 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 88.
The New York Times
“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.”
“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.”
Time Out New York
“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.”
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
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.
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.
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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