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 (1072)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Great staging

59
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you appreciate great ensemble acting.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to understand heavily accented brogues or convoluted story lines.

Also I'm an outlier on this show. Thought it would never end. Please read s... Read more Read less

60
Disappointing, Epic, Great acting, Overrated, Slow

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.

50
Great staging, Slow, Overwritten, Too long

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

Also No doubt about it, it's a beautiful production, but it's FAR too long.... Read more Read less

66
Too long! needs judicious trimming!, Indulgent, Incoherent plot, Seriously over-rated, Irish - catholic - ira themes

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

Also Plot holes deep as sinkholes! Yikes!... Read more Read less

50
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Confusing

See it if You simply must see the Tony winner for Best Play.

Don't see it if You want to be entertained at the theater with something worth your time.

Also I really wanted to like this. I found it difficult understanding the d... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Intense, Slow, Unrelatable, Long

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.

69
Ambitious, Disappointing, Intense

See it if Enjoy long Irish storytelling

Don't see it if Can’t sit for 3+ hours Don’t enjoy thick Irish accents

50
Great acting, Cliched, Overrated, Dated, Soap-opera

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.

Also If anything, this should have been a tv mini-series as it is so realis... Read more Read less

69
Plot brings irish tale down

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.

65
I think i'm missing something

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.

Also Everyone seems to be over the moon about this play. I’m clearly missin... Read more Read less

69
Another overpraised british import; 1 hour of plot repeated 3 times; good acting

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

60
Ambitious, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

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.

55
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Indulgent, Great acting

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.

60
Confusing, Epic, Great staging, Great acting, Slow

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

67
Slow, Overrated, Disappointing

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.

55
Slow, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

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.

61
Disappointing, Dizzying, Fluffy

See it if You enjoy countryside love story and noisy and fuzzy conversations

Don't see it if You have a migraine and you are fed up with fighting

58
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You have 3-plus hours to spend trying to understsnd Irish accents.

Don't see it if Like plays with just a few characters.

68
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Confusing

See it if You enjoy very cerebral and very Irish theater, with great actors, but very dense dialog.

Don't see it if Can't understand Irish brogues.

58
Well acted, Disappointing, Indulgent

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

54
Slow, Fluffy, Great acting

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

68
Great acting, Slow, Absorbing

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

65
Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like stories set in Ireland, about the IRA. Good acting

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Irish accents. Story was slow. The last 5 minutes really picked up.

65
Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting

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.

65
Epic, Slow

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?


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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