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
Avg Score

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Riveting, Great writing

See it if You want a big show--big cast, big scope, big ideas, long running time. And you love an old-fashioned sprawling, multi-character piece.

Don't see it if You're expecting something profoundly new. This is straightforward realism that isn't as profound as Butterworth's Jerusalem but still works

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You want t see a great play with amazing performances.

Don't see it if You don't like getting upset while watching a show.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you're up for a long play with multiple important characters. Overall, it's quite serious but there is playfulness throughout for balance

Don't see it if you want something light or super easy to follow with little depth; if you can't sit through the 2nd/3rd acts which combine to be ~2 hours

Also I truly enjoyed this play. I didn't know what to expect going in and t... Read more Read less

Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you have the attention span for a real, involved play, with a lot of dialogue, and pauses, and masterful play, and live animal appearances!

Don't see it if Dramas, Irish themes, or accents put you off

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.

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

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Riveting

See it if Playing catch-up here finally writing up some shows seen last year. This was one of the best, a scathing overview of 1980s Northern Ire.

Don't see it if Some thought it was overcrowded w/ character and plot, I may have had to work to keep up, but I thrilled to the writing, plotting & acting.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging

See it if Wonderful ensemble acting and interesting staging. Compelling atmosphere.

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding accents. I missed a great deal because I couldn't always understand the plot.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Masterful, Great writing

See it if a multi generational family story taking place during The Troubles in ireland -do not need to be fluent in history to understand the story

Don't see it if you have a hard time with accents. worth splurging for better seats to really see all the facial acting. it is long but the time speeds by

Great writing, Great staging, Must see, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you can enjoy great writing and staging, with many characters individually contributing with both drama and humor to this tale of N. Ireland

Don't see it if you don't like plays about Ireland or can't deal with the brogue [not that it interferes with following the plot].

Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a seamless, impeccably acted play. The topic is relevant, the pacing is excellent, & you're left with so much to think about!

Don't see it if you don't care about the theme of violence (& more specifically, violence begetting violence) & justice. Still so incredibly relevant.

Riveting, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Multi-layered

See it if you appreciate stories with a denouement that culminates at the end. The show unfolds like a Shakespearean tragedy in a 20th century setting

Don't see it if you don't like long dramatic plays, underage drinking or strong Irish accents. This is not light or family-friendly entertainment.

Intense, Epic, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You like modern Irish history, great acting, and big family drama. Here’s a production that shows what theatre can do when it’s given funds.

Don't see it if You don’t like long plays or too many characters to keep track of. The material is dark and disturbing. You don’t understand Irish accents.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see an amazing performance, that will leave you feeling you've witnessed something special in the theater. A masterpiece!

Don't see it if There is no reason not to. Its one of the best plays to hit broadway in years.

Intense, Great writing, Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Shakespearean in scope. May be the best play this season. Intense and engaging to the end. It's a tragedy with a great twist in the end

Don't see it if very Long and the Irish accent may be a hindrance to some

Great acting, Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you're interested in Irish history, want to see masterful performances by a large, uniformly excellent cast (plus a goose).

Don't see it if you want your plays to be more of the sunshine and rainbows variety.

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You like historical dramas told from a personal perspective. You're interested in family dynamics. Terrific acting!

Don't see it if You can't sit still for a long show. It flew past for me, but the run time does clock in well beyond three hours.

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

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like epic plays...if you like plays about family...if you like Irish plays..

Don't see it if you don't like long don't like talky can't give yourself over to the's rewarding but not they hype

Great acting, Overrated, Cliched, Disappointing, Derivative

See it if You haven’t seen 90% of the influential plays written in history or enjoy seeing every element of them recycled. Well executed though.

Don't see it if You want to experience at least one moment that feels new and fresh in three hours.

Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a historical drama about a very specific time in Ireland's history onstage. Great actors all around.

Don't see it if You don't like wordy, lengthy dramas. Most of the action in the story is discussed, not seen. The accents are thick, but manageable.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy a family play absorbingly told on a large scall. Don't miss the live goose and Iive baby.

Don't see it if the Irish accents prevent you from fully comprehending this great show

Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy intense family dramas and the work of Jez Butterworth.

Don't see it if you don't have the patience to sit through three hours of play, or need a solid center to a sprawling family drama.

Masterful, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a masterclass in the slow burn with a large, talented ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you want something short (you spend over three hours with this story).

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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