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

95
Masterful, Great acting, Riveting, Trickily suspenseful, Brilliant on all fronts

See it if you're aware of the long and painful history of N. Ireland, re:"The Troubles,"are patient enough to see the effects on each family member

Don't see it if 3+ hours is too long for you to sit and wait for the unexpected ( ?)climax; not interested in being challenged by personal/family secrets

Also I had just been to Northern Ireland in Spring of 2018 & heard first ha... Read more Read less

100
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Profound

See it if You love great acting, want a tight story that is over 3 hours without a wasted moment, want to emerge “shaken” and moved. Extraordinary.

Don't see it if You have trouble keeping track of large casts, don’t like family dramas, or need constant, big, moments to keep you interested.

Also We saw this in London, and it’s hard to imagine, but it was even more ... Read more Read less

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

See it if You want to see a great production, with a great cast, of a beautifully structured and written play.

Don't see it if Unless you do not wish to see a play set amidst "the troubles" in Ireland, there is no reason not to see this play.

97
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Epic, Masterful

See it if you like productions that suck you into the action, love fantastic writing and acting or a sucker for family and/or crime drama.

Don't see it if you can't sit still for 2 hours (second half is long) or are adverse to violence, regardless of if it is necessary.

99
Absorbing, Epic, Riveting, Brilliant, Great acting

See it if you like compelling, engrossing theater, well-written, serious plays; you want to see top-notch acting

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding Irish accents; you don't like dramas; you prefer fluffy pieces; you think 3 1/4 hours is too long

95
Absorbing, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great writing

See it if Superb ensemble cast; rich multidimensional characters; closing MacGuffin will not be guessed

Don't see it if You have a small bladder as there is one intermission and one pause in 3 hours and 15 minutes; interest in 1970s Ireland is helpful

91
Ambitious, Slow, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see some great actors. The show had some good one liners, but with so many characters and audience laughter you could miss some.

Don't see it if you can't sit for 3 hours or struggle with Irish accents. The show is in 3 acts, with only one real 15 minute break.

Also I have seen a lot of plays, and I did enjoy this one, but it a few sce... Read more Read less

81
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant

See it if if you love great actors chewing though wonderful dialogue. This is a sprawling larger than life play and quite brilliant

Don't see it if you are tired of plays set in Northern Ireland that end with unspeakably bloody tragic endings. Yes I'm thinking of you Cyprus Avenue

96
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see really great acting and staging. I thought it was wonderful. 3 hours flew by. Great set, wonderful cast, intelligent script.

Don't see it if you have trouble listening to actors with accents. They can be a little challenging at time. Or if you can't sit for over 3 hours. It's long

81
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to experience a powerfully written and performed play with a wallop of an ending.

Don't see it if you want a fast-moving show. While the pace picks up at the end, this is a 3-hour plus play, and act one is pretty much all exposition.

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

95
Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Must see

See it if The best play that I've seen in a long time. The writing is wonderful as are the characters. You will be completely engaged for over 3 hours

Don't see it if The play is long 3+ hours.The characters may slide into the stereotypical. The cast is large. There is profanity and children drinking.

Also This story of a family in Northern Ireland in the 1980's reverberates ... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Must see, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

See it if family sagas intertwined with political fanaticism stoke your passions. Few plays keep you riveted through to the last minute like this.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays 3:15, tho it flies by! The accents are hard to understand at points, but no one tells stories like the Irish!

85
Ambitious, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love plays set in Ireland and you want to see wonderful actors tell an interesting, complicated, sometimes confusing, story even if long

Don't see it if you don't have the patience for long, sometimes self-indulgent plays (3 hours plus) and you have trouble with Irish accents.

Also I especially enjoyed the huge cast - especially the delightful childre... Read more Read less

88
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Confusing

See it if Superb ensemble acting. A profound story thst delivers many messages. If you like a nuanced complex experience

Don't see it if You have difficulty with accents. The plot is complex and layered and there is a lot to follow. Get hearing device if in doubt

98
Epic, Masterful, Great acting, script, staging, Riveting, Delightful

See it if you want to see a brilliant play that raises the bar on B'way. The story is gripping and epic; the characters are well developed and unique

Don't see it if if you have trouble with Irish expressions and accents; have no interest in Irish culture and history.

Also This show was amazing. It held my attention throughout. It never once ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Strong writing and performances

See it if Multigenerational cast very good, loved Caitlin & younger girls. Has slice of life feel while adressing themes of honor,loyalty, acceptance

Don't see it if Must concentrate to follow accents and relationships. Story of continued violence repeating in the family but ending was unexpected & great

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if you can get beyond the often unintelligible brogue to feel the pain and angst of this very Irish drama about relationships and life

Don't see it if you are put off by language that can be hard to understand or if you are not interested in the disappointment and pain of life

90
Great writing, Intense, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you'd enjoy a well performed family drama with Northern Ireland conflicts.

Don't see it if you don't like plays especially that's over 3 hours long.

95
Genius, Funny, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You like drama or story telling. Best play of decade.

Don't see it if Umm.... If you hate families and strife and love and laughs? Please see it.

93
Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense

See it if if you like superb acting in an intelligent, well crafted script, a fantastic look into the personal side of the IRA

Don't see it if if you dislike accents and long (though enthralling) productions.

Also In what has to be the play of the season, Jez Butterworth's The Ferrym... Read more Read less

95
Great writing, Epic, Absorbing, Irish tragedy at it's best

See it if You enjoy layered drama & for a unique ensemble cast. A great addition to the cannon of Irish melancholy & dysfunction. Strong direction.

Don't see it if If you only enjoy comedy & light fare.

Also This is a spectacular turn by Brian dʼArcy James - having seen him sev... Read more Read less

97
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Must see

See it if everyone should see it! It's a masterpiece! Very well written and directed with an amazing ensemble cast, there's no weak link. Enthralling!

Don't see it if you can't sit through a 3 hour play (though it feels quicker!) or if you don't do well with violence.

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Slow

See it if You like epic family dramas with many characters.

Don't see it if You like one clear linear plot told in a quick manner.

95
Masterful, Must see, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see brilliant actors, true story on life in Northern Ireland dealing with IRA. Staging clever.Dysfunctional family

Don't see it if Offended by use of the Fword or disrespect of Priests. Have problem with Irish/English accent

Also A very engaging show. While 3+hours it flies by. A must see show. Last... 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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