Already closed | 3h 15m | Midtown W

The Ferryman (NYC)

From 1,072 member  reviews
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)


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

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if you like long plays. Nothing happened. Long stories, eternal dialogues, bad acting. Dense. Boring.

Don't see it if you are into musicals.

Also Each of us has a taste in plays. My taste is not plays like The Ferrym... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Insipid, Disappointing, Cliched

See it if You want to see what all the hype is about. You enjoy long boring plays with scenes that are mostly filler and ultimately has no point.

Don't see it if You can see anything else. You want to see a show with exceptional acting or writing. You want to see a show that has something to say.

Watching paint dry with irish accents. over rated.

See it if You like to watch paint dry with with Irish Accents. You believe it must be good cause it won an Olivier. (Yawn) You believe the hype.

Don't see it if You want characters you can relate too. You think that all Irish plays have too much drinking and dancing. You value your time (3 hours.)

Also This reminded me of the Walton's Irish Style with a bit of Of Mice and... Read more Read less

Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if you're into Irish history/theatre. It's incredibly long & difficult to understand -very difficult to stay awake

Don't see it if Not recommended unless you're an intellectual history buff that loves the driest of stories

Overrated, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting, Violent

See it if you want to see what the hype is about

Don't see it if you don't like extreme violence on stage

Also I really hated this play. I almost fell asleep during the third act an... Read more Read less

Cliched, Banal, Dated, Disappointing

See it if I don't, honestly, know why you would want to see this show. I can't find a reason.

Don't see it if You want a good time or enjoy life or enjoy not having your time wasted.

Banal, Cliched, Confusing, Dated, Disappointing

See it if Do not respect human beings. The plot moves quickly and the ending is predictably violent.

Don't see it if You resepect human beings. It is what the Book of Mormon was to Mormons and Blacks: disrepectful and inaccurate. Only for the unevolved.

Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if If You have nothing else to do that day. Sorry, can’t say anything nice about this play.

Don't see it if The worst Broadway play I have ever seen. Poor acting, Poor storyline, and poor vocal projections. Difficult to hear.

Also The actors did not speak loud enough. Unless you were in the front row... Read more Read less

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if I can see no reason to see it unless you want to see an endless parade of clichéd Irish stereotypes drink, fight, sing, dance badly.

Don't see it if You dislike stereotypes and clichéd Irish gags about a no longer current but tragic situation. Another reason to avoid it is the bad acting.

Entertaining, Great acting, Overrated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like a traditional plot and structure to your theatre, relatively predictable, and you want a nice night out on the town.

Don't see it if you want something challenging, exciting, or boundary-breaking, that makes you rethink theatre itself.

Enchanting, Dated, Excruciating

See it if If you like kitchen sink plays. The acting was great and the set brilliant.

Don't see it if If you want to fall asleep.

Banal, Confusing, Fluffy, Slow, Overrated

See it if If you're one that must see the hot play on B'way, this if for you.

Don't see it if If you want substance and great writing it's hard to come by here. So many loose ends and 100s of characters that go nowhere.

Also When a real live goose and a real live baby are your big selling point... Read more Read less

During previews
Cliched, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You want to see what everyone is raving about just to say you saw it, or if you like new plays.

Don't see it if If you like engaging pieces of theater that move and that are less than three hours.

Also If you stay past the first act, the second and third acts were better ... Read more Read less

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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