REVIEW ROUNDUP: “The Ferryman” Opened with a ShowScore of 89

Show-Score | Oct 22, 2018
“The Ferryman,” written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, opened on October 21, 2018 in New York City. “The Ferryman,” written by Jez Butterworth and directed by Sam Mendes, opened on October 21, 2018 in New York City.


21 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 92.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 95
"A generosity of substance and spirit rarely seen on the stage anymore...Directed with sweeping passion and meticulous care by Sam Mendes...This is theater as charged and cluttered and expansive as life itself. And the three and a quarter hours and 21 parts required to tell its story barely seem long enough to contain all it has to give us...By the end of this magnificent drama, Butterworth has connected the contradictions with a skill that takes the breath away."
Charles Isherwood
Broadway News
ShowScore: 95
"The breathtakingly good, devastating drama by Jez Butterworth that instantly kicks the Broadway season into high gear...It is most deeply a beautifully realized portrait of an extended Irish family living, and loving, through the long aftermath of a tragedy. The play is almost as exuberantly funny as it is powerfully theatrical, and its marvelous cast infuses the play with such life-affirming light...'The Ferryman' explores with a theatrical vitality and depth as painful as it is unforgettable."
Marilyn Stasio
ShowScore: 90
"Glorious is not too strong a word for director Sam Mendes’s production...Flawless ensemble work by a large and splendid cast adds depth to the characters in this sprawling drama that is at once a domestic calamity and a political tragedy...The domestic dramas in this household are as primal as those in any Greek tragedy, if not as classically restrained...We can only watch in horror and dread as the extraordinary characters that Butterworth has brought to life are snuffed out."

“The Ferryman (NYC)” was also reviewed by Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Chris Jones of Chicago Tribune, Steven Suskin of New York Stage Review, Tim Teeman of Daily Beast, Sara Holdren of New York Magazine / Vulture, Melinda Pressler of Melinda's Malarky, Barbara Schuler of Newsday, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Greg Evans of Deadline, Deb Miller of DC Metro Theater Arts, Matt Windman of AM New York, Melissa Rose Bernardo of New York Stage Review, Mark Shenton of The Stage (UK), Peter Marks of The Washington Post, David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter, Howard Miller of Talkin' Broadway, David Gordon of Theatermania, and Clive Paget of Limelight Magazine (AU).


The show was also reviewed by 139 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 89.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

Radams 10014, ShowScore: 88
See it if… "You enjoy plays about the Irish and have lots of time to spend watching it, it's over 3 hours, but worth it."
Don't see it if…"You don't have lots of time and you prefer the 90 minute, 1 act format, it drags a little in the middle."
bwaymeowmeow, ShowScore: 87
See it if…"You enjoy compelling and dark scripts, you can handle a thick accent, you can sit through a 3+ hour play." 
Don't see it if…"You have trouble understanding thick accents, you're looking for a flashy musical, you get confused when there are many characters."
CursedChild, ShowScore: 100 
See it if…"You want to see one of the best new plays of the past twenty years. Thrilling, funny, scary, moving, haunting! Not enough words to describe." 
Don't see it if…"You have a short attention span. This is thrilling theater. Buckle up. Sit back and let it wash over you."

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