Already closed | 3h 15m | Midtown W

The Ferryman (NYC)

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Great staging

About the show

After a critically acclaimed run in London, Jez Butterworth’s ("Jerusalem") new Northern Irish drama comes to Broadway. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Play. 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. Directed by Sam Mendes ("Cabaret").

3h 15m | Already closed | Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (1037)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Great staging
88
Avg Score

80
Engrossing, Strong acting/staging, Stereotypes (endless drinking), Realism/fantasy, Crazy ending

See it if you like highly theatrical pieces w LOTS of chars, including a baby, goose, bunny. There's singing, dancing, swearing, and endless drinking.

Don't see it if you want meaning. Not much point. The ride is fun, but the end is overdone.& unsatisfying. 3+hrs flew by. Supernatural element out of place.

98
Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Riveting, Exquisite

See it if to see a show that can only be described as theatre at its best! Spellbinding storytelling! Exquisite character development/plot/set/lights.

Don't see it if I can’t imagine anyone not liking this show. It’s long, 3.25 hours but with such a great performance that time flew by for me.

Also I just saw The Ferryman again, with the new cast and I’m happy to say ... Read more Read less

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

80
Great acting, Compelling, Suspenseful, Theatrical, Exciting

See it if you like to get swept up into an epic theatrical story.

Don't see it if you want to be left with something to chew on once the show is over. (It's an exciting story to watch but not much to mull over afterward.)

95
Great staging, Captivating, Must see, Great writing, Great acting

See it if you can; u want to see a play that touches on all the feels: it's powerful, playful, heartbreaking, joyous, enraging, engrossing & thrilling

Don't see it if u don't have 3+ hours to devote to this fascinating multi-generational family saga [otherwise, there's no reason to miss this masterpiece].

Also I really have only one beef with this production: Despite it's length ... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you like Irish plays, follow this playwright, enjoy gripping, rambunctious family tales, like romance, suspense and realistic stories

Don't see it if you're not fond of Irish plays, plays with many, many characters & atmosphere, having to pay attention, don't want to recall "the troubles"

Also This is a genuinely moving play that pulls you into a realistic enviro... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You love dark, gritty Irish dramas/thrillers by Butterworth, McDonagh, etc. This is an exceptionally riveting, well-acted play.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through 3 hour+ plays, even if they keep you engaged, or if you prefer more uplifting fare.

95
Absorbing, Incredible acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if Some of the best acting you will ever see. Incredible ensemble performance. I loved all the children although it is def. not for kids!

Don't see it if it is pretty long, although it is not boring. Get's much more serious as it goes on, But one of the best things I've ever seen.

Also I want to see it again. There is so much going on at any one time that... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if you appreciate good drama, intense, great characters, mostly brilliantly acted, well-directed long story, goes quick, makes you think.

Don't see it if you are not patient-long story told over a few days. The tight seats in the mezzanine very wearing. Young voices difficult to understand.

78
Ambitious, Excellent ensemble work, Great acting, Confusing, Quirky

See it if you are familiar with Irish politics, enjoy complex family dramas, find ensemble work appealing, are impressed by fabulous staging...

Don't see it if you have problems understanding performers with accents. Several significant comments slipped past me.

90
Great staging, Great acting, Great writing, Ambitious, Cliched

See it if Young Englishman's sprawling epic of the effects of religious war on Irish family. Large Brit cast. Tiny human alert. Best Jez yet.

Don't see it if Serious trim, dude. Irish cliches. Accents. Violence. Women in supportive roles to their men. So many characters.Feels like a binge marathon

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you want to see an epic drama that is destined to become a classic. Superb acting. The 3+ hours running time flies by ever so quickly!

Don't see it if you can's sit for a long period of time. You have no interest in The Troubles in Ireland.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if you enjoy a powerful drama about a very intense time in Ireland's history. Great acting and dialogue.

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish accents or do not like violence or talks about violence.

Also I would have scored this play higher but I had trouble with understand... Read more Read less

95
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see a superb production of an ambitious, many-layered play that seamlessly combines the personal and the political.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays and have trouble with Irish accents.

Also Rarely have I been so totally immersed in a theatrical experience. The... Read more Read less

95
Poignant, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if Theater at its best; engrossing, gorgeous acting, direction, writing & set design; chock full of history, family interaction, folklore.

Don't see it if you are bothered by strong Irish accents or have little interest in Northern Ireland's violent history during the time known as The Troubles

Also The Ferryman is both cerebral and emotional, funny and heartbreaking -... Read more Read less

87
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if A beautiful family drama with an astounding cast of characters. Slow burn with an explosive ending well worth the intensity.

Don't see it if It's a long play, so you have to be prepared for it. The accents can be a little difficult at times. You don't like profanity.

84
Irish storytelling, 4 generations on stage, Harvest festivals & swearing, Ira & farming, Animals & children

See it if want experience of witnessing something you'll never see again on BWY, like family kitchen sink drama, like Jez Butterworth & animals & kids

Don't see it if averse to length, can't understand dialects, want what's on stage 2 reflect your own life, can't be lulled to listen, need lots of action

93
Absolutely brilliant

See it if you want to see an incredible piece of theater. This play has everything including maybe the best ending I have ever seen.

Don't see it if you don’t have the patience to sithrough a play that last three hours and 15 minutes. But if you like dramas that is the only reason not to

Also If you read my reviews you’ll see I don’t just hand out scores of 90 a... Read more Read less

81
Entertaining, Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like large casts, great sets, good acting all in service to a history lesson about the IRA.I found it overblown, too long, too crowded

Don't see it if you want a more approachable, smaller play.Topic is big enough.You don't need a cast the size of a small town to tell the story.

85
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Everything you've heard is true. It's a masterpiece. Terrific performances all around. Very intense.

Don't see it if The Irish brogues make some of the lines hard to hear. If you are uninterested in a story about a family involved in the IRA, skip it.

95
Must see, Riveting, constantly changing, rich theater

See it if Just a gorgeous piece of writing matched to great acting and direction in a polished production.

Don't see it if If you dont want serious. Have no interest in the Irish Hunger strikes. Frequent sense of threat, some violence. Simulated death of goose.

85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if You like stories about the IRA or about large families struggling.with problematic characters

Don't see it if You are not interested in Irekand or issues eith the IRA.

79
Great acting, Filmic, Proficient, Overrated

See it if your standard for excellence is whether the play would work just as well as a movie. Every opportunity for verisimilitude seized on.

Don't see it if you prefer shows that don’t require quite a bit of preexisting knowledge of Greek mythology, historical Northern Irish rebellions.

Also 70% family drama and 30% social drama. All done with great proficiency... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy rich, complex drama with fully developed, messy characters that draw you into their world.

Don't see it if you are tired of plays about the Irish, prefer musicals/less challenging plays and can't sit through any performance over three hours long

92
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting, Masterful

See it if you enjoy serious drama that is extraordinarily written and performed. The ensemble cast is perfect and the 3.5 hrs zooms by

Don't see it if a 3.5 hr show about an irish family set during the IRA/English conflict


October 21st, 2018
"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 ...
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October 22nd, 2018
"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...
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October 21st, 2018
"A fascinating mixture of prodigious craftsmanship and brazen cultural and dramatic cliché...Butterworth’s writerly skill is almost enough to dazzle us into submission...I could feel myself responding chemically, even as my brain remained aware of a litany of cultural stereotypes...Mendes is at h...
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October 29th, 2018
"Because of its length—more than three hours—the play feels epic, but the actual plot is fairly simple. Most of the time is spent in the presence of the family as they go about their business, until, suddenly, the business becomes impossible to do. Part of the art here is in how the everyday turn...
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