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
88
Avg Score

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

87
Great payoff, Slow-building, Great writing, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you enjoy slow-building story. I wouldn’t have seen this had I known it was by the writer of The River, which had no payoff, but this does.

Don't see it if three hours fifteen minutes exceeds the limits of your theater endurance.

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting

See it if An intriguing family drama in Northern Ireland in 1981. The large ensemble of actors ,dance, sing and tell a complex tale . A memorable play

Don't see it if Do not see if you prefer a light drama or musical.

83
Absorbing, Entertaining, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to know that there are still writers and productions that can easily hold your attention for 3 hours. At no point did I get bored.

Don't see it if two acts spent having little revelatory exposition will make you question why so much surface background is necessary.

Also First a pet peeve, this show really needed a House Manager. I think if... Read more Read less

79
Entertaining, Intelligent, Long, Difficult accents

See it if you are interested in Northern Irish family drama.

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish accents. It was quite challenging to understand. It is also 3+ hours w/ 1 intermission + 1 3-min "pause".

Also At over 3hrs, this play can use a bit of cutting. The build up in Act ... Read more Read less

86
Great writing

See it if Once a gangsta, always a gangsta: family tries to escape their IRA past. More touching story of loving those who can't love you back 😭😭

Don't see it if Irish accents confuse you. Gun/shots, blood, IRA are triggering. 3.25 hrs is too much for you. Very large cast (21 people) confuses you.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $40. Partial view at the end of third r... Read more Read less

75
What am i missing??, Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if you enjoy yet another play about the Irish and have over 3 hours to spend watching what is for the most part a tableau of rural Irish life.

Don't see it if Thick accents are difficult for you or you're expecting some real action rather than character studies, or if you don't care about the IRA.

Also A few years ago I heard Denis Arndt say that sometimes one has to just... Read more Read less

95
Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Great performances with A+ direction

Don't see it if Not interested in Irish history

Also This was 3 hours 15 mins of riveting human drama which held us all cap... Read more Read less

92
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if Three hours of Irish family life and history that flies by, done by an exquisite cast with no weak links

Don't see it if You have a limited attention span and hate accents

70
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you are a Brian d'Arcy James fan. He is on fire in this production!!!

Don't see it if American actors speaking with Irish brouges is hard for you to decipher their conversations. You WILL go crazy trying to follow along! WORD!

Also What do one goose, two bunnies, three gangster types, one developmenta... Read more Read less

87
Tragic, Great acting, Accents can be hard to understand 100%, Challenging, Absorbing

See it if You love excellent drama and don't mind having to concentrate on what's happening. This is not a "sit back and relax" play.

Don't see it if You dislike tragedy and seeing up front how cruel humans can be to each other.

Also There's quite a bit of humor in this play, but the tension builds thro... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Dizzying, Absorbing

See it if You're interested in Ireland. You love great theater. You aren't bringing kids along.

Don't see it if You want a comfortable show that doesn't have a lot of cursing. But seriously, see it. It's amazing.

72
Intense, Slow

See it if You enjoy a strong ensemble piece. You are interested in Irish history, esp the IRA.

Don't see it if You want something that lives up to the hype (it was solid, but overhyped). You want a fast show (it has a controlled pace).

89
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Riveting, Indulgent

See it if you want intense family drama in context of 1981 N. Ireland troubles. Gripping story, well-acted.

Don't see it if you want spectacle. This is drama of N. Irish farm family grappling with country's long struggle between IRA and UK - & resulting deaths.

96
Great acting, Great writing, Engrossing, And the tony for best play goes to..., Must see

See it if you want to see a well crafted play that, despite its 3+ hour run time and multiple characters, will hold your interest. I wanted an Act 4!

Don't see it if you find plays boring and can't sit for over three hours. However, this play may make you change your mind.

Also I was totally engrossed by this fantastic play. I went in with a few h... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to an epic play very well produced. Outstanding acting l, directing, and deaign. Bravo!!

Don't see it if You are squeamish about violence. You abhor family-based storylines.

Also I haven't had 3+ hours in a theatre go so quickly since August Osage C... Read more Read less

93
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you're interested in a sprawling family drama that takes place over one epic weekend.

Don't see it if You struggle with Irish accents. Or if you're scared of geese.

89
Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You want to see fabulous acting, writing, and characters that are very deep---layered, and complex, something to ponder for a long time.

Don't see it if It's a complex deeply layered political play that is three plus hours long with actors with strong accents--that is not for everyone.

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

See it if you want to see a show that is refreshing and great acting! Run don't walk to see this show.

Don't see it if you want a fluffy show and don't want to see something dark. also you don't want to sit for 3 hours trust me its worth your time though.

94
Epic, Intense, Great staging, Great writing, Must see

See it if Emotional, political, familial, romantic, tragic, epic, historical, comic, relevant. I don't know how this incredible play packs it all in.

Don't see it if you can't deal with accents, multitudinous characters, profanity, violence, or sprawlingly lengthy plays.

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

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.

90
Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing, Confusing, Epic

See it if interested in historical family dramas. Masterful acting from a large cast, including quite a few kids. Also a goose, duck and baby.

Don't see it if have trouble with accents or can't sit through a 3+ hour play. If unfamiliar with Irish history. I wish I had done some research before.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if You enjoy plays that have the feel and aesthetic of cinema. You enjoy the feck out of a good Irish brogue. You enjoy ensemble dramas.

Don't see it if Dislike drama that sometimes veers over the line into melodrama. Are looking for something light and sweet.

Also "I'm English and love England." -Jez Butterworth... Read more Read less

90
Epic, Intense, Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if sprawling-but-engrossing family drama appeals; OK w/ super-size cast & a few thick accents. Fellow fan of Mr. James; he does not disappoint!

Don't see it if you need to understand every word in simultaneous exchanges; averse to frequent fraught outbursts, tragedies, Irish political issues ~ '81.

96
Riveting, Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Great acting, Intense

See it if you like family dramas or plays that are historical. The performances were great. You will be emotionally invested from start to finish.

Don't see it if you can not sit for over 3 hours. It is extremely intense and will ware you out.


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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