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New York | 3h 15m | Ends Jul 07

The Ferryman (NYC)

From 69 critic and 484 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Masterful, Intense

About the show

After a critically acclaimed run in London, where it won three Olivier Awards, Jez Butterworth’s ("Jerusalem") new Northern Irish drama makes its Broadway debut. Directed by Sam Mendes ("Cabaret"). More…

Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year they will be interrupted by a visitor.



100
New York Stage Review

"The best play of the century thus far, setting a high mark to match...Thrillingly, enthrallingly breathtaking. You emerge onto 45th Street stunned, as if you’ve been off in an altogether different world. Because you have...To give proper credit to the large cast is impractical; just about everyone is superb...Most impressive, though, is the text. Butterworth goes on at length, but with never a line or word that doesn’t contribute to the whole...A new, instant, and monumental classic." Full Review

100
Daily Beast

"A rollicking, moving, enveloping masterpiece, an emphatic herald of the strength and power of original playwriting...Do whatever you can to see it; much-loved relations, prepare to be sold. Rarely is theater so beautifully written, brilliantly acted and directed, and impressively mounted...A feast of dramatic forms and shapes...So full of textured, watchable characters telling stories of modern times and times of yore, that one leaves the play wishing to watch hours more of it." Full Review

100
Limelight Magazine (AU)

"Butterworth’s script is rich and varied...never slackening in pace. For such grim subject matter, it’s a play packed full of humour thanks to the playwright’s deft portrait of this enthralling clan of three-dimensional characters. Sam Mendes’ production is flawless, giving everyone room to breathe, yet exploding with a wild and joyous energy when the Carneys decide to let down their hair...Butterworth’s new work can lay claim to being one of the great plays of the 21st century." Full Review

100
StageBiz.com

“Carney was played with detailed nuance by Considine as he held a seriously fierce ensemble together while his life unfolded along with his very large extended family...The cliffhanger the audience is left with makes the already astonishing show worth it...From acting to sets, to sound, to lighting to a superb script, and of course the master direction of Mendes, I have no doubt it will repeatedly be recognized in the coming years as one of the great literary works of the century.” Full Review

99
City Cabaret

"Slowly secrets emerge, and in its length of three plus hours, the audience is enticed by the lusty, hard-drinking family...Choreography, lighting, and sound design play large parts in heightening the submerged passions and sudden drama of Jez Butterworth's memorable work. Crime, loss, and violence are unveiled secrets with this family burdened with memories of the bloody Irish rebellion, guilt, demands for justice, and an explosive redemption ties up with ubiquitous humanity." Full Review

97
Front Row Center

"This brilliant production...This is not so much a play as it is a communal aria. The writing is choral. The characters move in and out like wild folk dancers slipping in and out of the light. Each of the performances is crafted to perfection, and Sam Mendes direction insures that everyone has their spotlight and their glowing place by the hearth in rotation...Butterworth knits characters into characters, then into stories...then into worlds that are larger than the stage that holds them." Full Review

97
TheaterScene.net

"Jez Butterworth's 'The Ferryman' is not a play. It is an experience, a rare experience whose aftermath will linger for days, if not weeks, in the minds of those who see it. Butterworth takes the audience into the heart of a loving family in a story that veers off into ghastly violence. He questions if it will ever end, but the title, itself, a reference to Charon who, in Greek mythology, ferries the dead across the River Styx to Hades, hints that deaths will continue." Full Review

95
Lighting & Sound America

“May be Butterworth's most ambitious work to date, and it is, to my mind, the first that instantly looks like a masterpiece. Time will tell if that judgment sticks, but, for now, one can enjoy a drama that, in its breadth, canny construction, and sleight-of-hand storytelling towers over everything else currently on Broadway...In Sam Mendes' production -- masterfully orchestrating an ensemble of 21, plus a baby and a live rabbit -- character after character leaves an indelible mark." Full Review

95
The New York Times

"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." Full Review

95
Broadway Blog

“'The Ferryman,' directed by Sam Mendes, is essential theatre-going…Butterworth makes the play's three hours and 15 minutes fly as black comedy mixes with darker tragedy, familial bonds clash with unrequited desires, and music, dance, confessional sanctity, and brutality intrude into a mashup of politics, poetry, profanity, and prophecy…There are, of course, contrived and overdone elements…Regardless, even people with colds hold back their coughs…’The Ferryman’ is theater at its best.” Full Review

95
Broadway News

"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 unforgettab... Full Review

95
Time Out New York

"The whole thrilling production seems alive, as few Broadway shows do, with the clutter and scope of reality...'The Ferryman' never drags, in part because Butterworth continually shifts and expands the play’s focus...At once a romance, a thriller and a multigenrational family drama, 'The Ferryman' is also more than those things...A seismic experience at the theater...You sense the rumbles and you feel the shaking as you wait for this magnificent and harrowing play to crack open." Full Review

95
Front Mezz Junkies

“This is storytelling at its most intricate and expansive. There isn’t a moment that should be sliced away, nor a visual you’d want to miss. It’s a delicate creation...’The Ferryman’ has so many levels...each enhancing the other like flavors in a Jameson Irish whiskey, blending aromatically for all to savor...As powerful as anything you have seen in years...All of the cast and design crew is perfection, literally filling the stage with authenticity and dimension that can’t be ignored.” Full Review

95
Gotham Playgoer

“So compelling that its three-plus hours absolutely flew by. The seamless blend of the personal with the political, the comic with the dramatic, the leisurely storytelling with the sudden shocks give it almost Shakespearean proportions...Butterworth makes almost every character a vivid, memorable presence...The playwright never hesitates to pause for a good tale, a dance or a song. The mostly British cast is so universally strong...Mendes never lets our attention lag.” Full Review

95
Theatermania

"Butterworth's play is certainly epic and obviously sprawling, hypnotizing us over the course of three acts. But those words really only skim the surface of this undeniably thrilling theatrical experience, so here are some better ones: 'compelling,' 'heartbreaking,' and just 'bloody good'...Cunningly directed by Sam Mendes as a thriller disguised as a melodrama, 'The Ferryman' creates an uncommonly specific world in staggering detail...The best play running on Broadway." Full Review

95
Talkin' Broadway

"A production that embraces comedy, drama, and melodrama in equal measure...It is richly imagined, smartly directed by Sam Mendes, and smashingly performed by a cast of 22 adults, teenagers, children, and one infant...It is all so incredibly Dickensian, yet all so true-to-life...Butterworth has outdone himself here. A brilliant wordsmith...This is an ensemble work in every sense of the word...An absolutely sensational theatrical experience." Full Review

95
CitiTour

"Admittedly, the prospect of sitting for three hours and 20 minutes (with one intermission and one brief pause) can sound daunting. But odds are you will be so involved in Butterworth's gripping family and political drama, you'll never once check your watch, which is cannily set during the height of the Northern Irish hunger strikes in 1981. Yet as brilliant as what's on the page - and I believe the less you know going in the better - it's what on the stage that really makes the difference." Full Review

95
The Hollywood Reporter

"A crackling thriller woven into the vibrant canvas of a character-driven portrait of big-family...A work almost bursting with joy and celebration, with dance and song exploding out of fierce cultural identity, and with rambunctious humor and eccentricity...Mendes and Butterworth inject a chill into seemingly lighthearted moments, steadily ratcheting up the suspense until a closing scene that leaves you shocked and breathless...This is rich, full-throated theater not to be missed." Full Review

95
Broadway & Me

"Amazingly, it surpassed my expectations...That’s a lot of plot and a lot of characters but Butterworth...weaves it altogether in thrillingly satisfying fashion. In fact the play serves as a master class in theatrical storytelling. Butterworth is superb with language...He’s equally adept with plotting. Not a word in this nearly three-and-a-half-hour play is wasted...His brilliant script is brought to life by an equally brilliant cast...I can’t remember the last time I walked out of a theater ... Full Review

95
NY1

“Butterworth's richly stocked play is a gorgeous sprawling yarn that encompasses the entire spectrum of human existence...May seem long, but...the story is so engrossing, the characters so engaging, and the suspense so foreboding, you'll be left wanting more...Each member of this splendid ensemble delivers finely crafted performances...'The Ferryman' stands out as a classic all on its own!” Full Review

95
BlogCritics.org

"Jez Butterworth’s masterpiece 'The Ferryman,' superbly directed by Sam Mendes, has transferred. This smashing production confronts important themes about politics and violence for our times, for all times...Beautifully staged with the clutter of fun and bounty of children’s drawings, the production convincing shows us a convivial, lively family...Mendes has shepherded the actors to terrific performances and created a potent, masterful production that must not be missed. " Full Review

95
BlogCritics.org

"This beautifully written tragedy strikes gold on every level. It reminds us of theater’s power to show us who we are – and who we can, and cannot, be...The play doesn’t take sides. Its sympathies lie with the human beings who take part...Butterworth is weaving a crowded tapestry with room for all strains of human nature...Mendes’ sharp-edged but big-hearted direction aided by a superb creative team leads 'The Ferryman' to the pinnacle of the Broadway season." Full Review

95
Stage Left

"Three hours and 15 minutes have never flown by as quickly in a theatre as they do at 'The Ferryman,' nor felt more ecstatic and full...This is the rare kind of play that manages to successfully capture the totality of human existence through the lens of a single event, or culmination of events..Ecstatic and richly thrillingly...‘The Ferryman’ is a titanic dramatic achievement, and a must-see event of the season. In short: a masterpiece without present peer on Broadway.” Full Review

95
The Washington Post

"'The Ferryman' is a searing social document...A riveting work of art...Butterworth weaves an enthralling tapestry of melodrama, wryness, and suspense...Butterworth and Mendes have masterminded 'The Ferryman' for maximum wallop, and the actors, to a person, are brilliant executors...One of the most ferociously rewarding climaxes of my playgoing experience. That sensation, of a tension released by consummate storytelling, is what a theater lover lives for." Full Review

95
Theatre Reviews Limited

“Riveting, filled with monologues that coax laughter...tease tears...and reveal secrets that bring the plot closer to the explosive climax. The cast...is impeccable...The actor’s movements are choreographed in perfect harmony capturing the bucolic life of a rural Irish family...A monumental piece of theater...A thrilling drama of crime and passion...The humor is dark, the sentiment is light, and the suffering runs deep within the characters souls...One of the must-see productions of season.” Full Review


100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you want a great night of theater in NYC. I am definitely a musical person, BUT this is one of the best things I've seen in a while! See it

Don't see it if violence & language are a turn off for you. There's a lot of cursing from the cast, including the children & violence is referenced a lot.

100
Absorbing, Epic, Intense, Must see, Riveting

See it if You’re ready for the wildest ride of your life. Love plays and understand a little Irish history.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for long or don’t like plays.

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if you want to see the best play of the new century. The play is epic. It should not be missed. This play will be remembered for a lifetime.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy longer works like O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if This is storytelling at its best. Jez Butterworth is a genius at his craft. The whole ensemble is pitch perfect and three hours fly by.

Don't see it if You don't like cerebral theater or want to sit for something epic.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best new plays ever! so engaging and well written and acted. THE BEST!

Don't see it if no reason

Also the 3 hours flew by! about 20 characters but you had no trouble follow... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Intense, Masterful

See it if You are interested in "The Troubles," dark humour, irish history, great storytelling.

Don't see it if You don't like violence, or long nights at the theatre.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You want to make sure to see the Tony nominated plays this season. Great acting, writing, and it doesn't feel like it is a 3 hour play.

Don't see it if You don't appreciate great theatre. Can't sit still for a 3 hour play.

100
Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want a 3-hour drama that feels like 40 minutes.

Don't see it if You just don’t like classic drama. Actually, you should see it even then, because it will change your mind.

100
Epic, Intense, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Stunning

See it if Passions of love, war and revenge simmer in an Irish pressure cooker. Deep characters, outwardly virtuous, inwardly tainted. Chilling.

Don't see it if You are not interested in a long 3 act play with a large cast and lots of character development. You are not up for a dark journey.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if Brilliant storytelling....crafted like the finest films. See it.

Don't see it if Irish accents takes time to tune in ...so what! It's beautiful.

100
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want brilliant writing, brilliant staging, brilliant acting, and brilliant craft. There's so much joy and humanity in this play. Bravo!

Don't see it if you consider 3+ hours "too long" — it's worth every minute and every penny!

100
Epic, Exquisite, Great acting, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to see the best Broadway has to offer right now, transplanted beautifully from Britain. The story is profound & educational.

Don't see it if you only want fluffy entertaining theatre. This can be agonizing but very wonderful and you will learn a great deal.

100
Delightful, Epic, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, script, staging

See it if you want to see a brilliant play that raises the bar on B'way. The story is gripping and epic; the characters are well developed and unique

Don't see it if if you have trouble with Irish expressions and accents; have no interest in Irish culture and history.

Also This show was amazing. It held my attention throughout. It never once ... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if You possibly can. It’s a sweeping, riveting play, telling a gripping story, told by a huge cast, all brilliant.

Don't see it if You have a weak bladder. It’s over 3 hours. But it’s so good, it’s worth wearing Depends for!

Also A unforgettable night in the theater. Huge, epic!

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if A grand, epic Irish family drama with a fantastic cast, that goes by in a flash despite its length. A Jez Butterworth masterpiece.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with Irish accents or find the idea of three plus hours intolerable— but it is worth every minute so give it a shot!

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great writing

See it if you want to see an amazing performance, that will leave you feeling you've witnessed something special in the theater. A masterpiece!

Don't see it if There is no reason not to. Its one of the best plays to hit broadway in years.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You want to see an impeccable ensemble perform an absorbing, richly developed clan of Irish folk and outstanding, fluid staging from Mendes.

Don't see it if You like your theatre light, frothy, short, and sweet. This piece can be menacing.

Also Easily the best play I’ve ever seen.

100
Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Great writing, Great staging

See it if You appreciate an excellent cast delivering on a phenomenal play!

Don't see it if You are afraid of a 3 hour and 15 minute sit with one intermission.

Also This is an absorbing play, very ambitious in its scope and depth. Bril... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Great writing

See it if Wow. Brilliant writing in the hands of large extraordinary cast in which everyone had something significant to do (even the baby).

Don't see it if You can’t get your ears around a brogue.

Also This is one for the books. It is three plus hours of truly absorbing d... Read more Read less

100
Epic, Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Great staging

See it if I left the theater energized -- it was so powerful. Really and truly, not to be missed.

Don't see it if Irish dialects are hard for you to interpret.

Also It was so so good.

100
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You like spectacular theater. Magnificent.

Don't see it if You have issues with accents. If you are patient you will catch on.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing

See it if You like an epic story with a darker feel to it.

Don't see it if The idea of a long sit is too hard for you or if you don't care about other countries' political issues.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like wonderful writing - direction and acting. Not to mention great set - wonderful lighting. GO!

Don't see it if You think MEAN GIRLS is the best theater can be.

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You want to see a great production, with a great cast, of a beautifully structured and written play.

Don't see it if Unless you do not wish to see a play set amidst "the troubles" in Ireland, there is no reason not to see this play.

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Great writing

See it if You love great acting, want a tight story that is over 3 hours without a wasted moment, want to emerge “shaken” and moved. Extraordinary.

Don't see it if You have trouble keeping track of large casts, don’t like family dramas, or need constant, big, moments to keep you interested.

Also We saw this in London, and it’s hard to imagine, but it was even more ... Read more Read less


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