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").
See it if You want to see a play with a cast of 21 very talented actors. The story did not hold my attention but I thought the cast was extraordinary.
Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through a 3 hour and 15 minute play for 2 minutes of thrill at the very end. Don’t understand the buzz.
See it if You're really interested in plays that have everything and the kitchen sink, and a goose, and a baby, and a fire...
Don't see it if You like nice, tidy shows that wrap things up quickly and neatly. This one goes on forever - needlessly
See it if you enjoy family dramas set in IRA controlled Northern Ireland; you're drawn in by politically motivated killings; you have lots of patience
Don't see it if you want a coherent plot; you don't need to see dozens of kids who have little to do; you hate when problems only appear in the last 20 mins
See it if you’re prepared for a long evening, have a taste for family drama & foreboding or have a working knowledge of the IRA.
Don't see it if you want to sink your teeth into something—this is a “slow burn” kind of play with nothing really new to bring to the table.
See it if you like dramatic stories about the troubles in Northern Ireland
Don't see it if you expect anything new or original. The Catholics drink, dance, betray one another and have large families: Brit propaganda for sure.
See it if You like to see eating, drinking, dancing, animals, IRISH FAMILY LIFE on stage. Realistic and interesting.
Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. I was so with this for about 40 minutes then slowly the plot started to tear apart the story.
See it if You like the playwrights previous work. If you like sprawling dramas with many “slice of life moments “.
Don't see it if You want to see a play that earns its running time.
See it if You know little about the Troubles in Ireland; you gain prestige points from preferring British imports to american plays; 3 hours is ok
Don't see it if You dislike redundant, predictable but not always credible overpraised plays
See it if you are interested in family dramas set in IRA controlled Northern Ireland and seeing the effects of single decisions on each member.
Don't see it if you don't want to see nearly 20 individual, fleshed out characters on a stage and find it hard to follow along through thick accents.
See it if You want to see something that confirms the worst about the Irish, sees women only in relation to men, and has a yuck violent end.
Don't see it if You like plays that depict women as having any agency. And think the Irish are more than just drunk, violent, foul mouthed.
See it if You're interested in a huge cast of good actors; if you're into Irish politics; if you like family dramas with political undertones
Don't see it if Diversity is important; if smoking onstage bothers you; if a 3+ hour-long play about politics of white people sounds boring
See it if you don't mind that you can't understand half of what is said and like a meandering story line with a lot of people.
Don't see it if You like narrative drive in a piece. The worst part of this is that you can't understand half of what is said because of the accents.
See it if you can't see it in NYC anymore. I forgot to review it then. I thought the duck on stage was the most interesting part.
Don't see it if a long, long look at an enormous family without any real intrigue sounds interesting. Add in an Irish accent that is often unintellibible.
See it if You love a deep-dive play that immerses you in a world of characters
Don't see it if You want a play to earn its 3 hour runtime. This is not close to Eugene O'Neill or even his earlier Jerusalem, and could use a huge edit
See it if You enjoy love stories that don't make sense and noisy conversations
Don't see it if you don't want to see 90-minutes drag on for 3-hours with animals and babies used as gimmicks
See it if you like plays about eating, drinking, dancing and all that goes with the Irish family on stage
Don't see it if you want something that is fast and unpredictable, this show is slow with nothing really new to bring to the table
See it if ...if you like long boring plays with an Irish accent and story. If you want to see a Tony winner.
Don't see it if ...you expect a wonderful drama. This isn't it. ...if you can't sit for 3 1/2 hours with just one intermission. I almost fell asleep.
See it if You want to see a traditional type of play about issues that aren't as often discussed
Don't see it if I didn't really enjoy this play, but I'm not sure why... I think maybe it was too traditional for me?