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

During previews
Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You 'd enjoy an engrossing play rooted in family and recent Irish history.

Don't see it if You have particular trouble with thick Irish brogues. You squirm at intense, and occasionally disturbing, theatre.

Also This was the very first preview, so it was a little stiff at the start... Read more Read less

During previews
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Confusing

See it if It has an interesting story line. The acting is very good. It is very dramatic at the end.

Don't see it if The brogue is hard to understand and the story is confusing.

During previews
Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate writing that is beyond wonderful: for three hours, there is nothing superfluous.

Don't see it if you cannot understand an Irish brogue or you cannot sit for 3 hours.

Also The play is topical because it is a reminder of the poison that is cre... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Entertaining, Suspenseful

See it if You a play with a dramatic story superbly acted and directed with a large multi-generational cast all of whom are masterly in their roles.

Don't see it if You are offended by bad language and drinking, only like drawing room comedies or sunny musicals with tidy endings

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you enjoy complicated, moving family stories (made me think of Orange Osage County), or any interest in the political history of Ireland.

Don't see it if you can't sit for over 3 hours, and/or you find it difficult to hear or decipher heavy Irish accents.

During previews
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Jez Butterworth does it again with this 3 act suspense filled show. There are live animals on the stage and you will be grilling your seat!

Don't see it if You like musicals and uncomplicated writing.

During previews
Great acting, Ambitious, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if If you liked August Osage County you will probably like this play. A serious play about The Troubles in Ireland that is funny and moving.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for over 3 hours and don’t want to struggle to understand some strong Irish accents.

During previews
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant writing with compelling characters and a captivating story -- romance, family, mystery, tension, weighty issues.

Don't see it if don't want to spend three hours and fifteen minutes watching a play.

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Must see, Great writing

See it if See it if you want to experience some of theaters finest acting and writing ever

Don't see it if if you like Fluff pieces and expect non stop action.

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Intense, Profound, Slow

See it if You are interested in the UK theatre scene, if you're interested in the political history of the Irelands, and if you are willing to wait...

Don't see it if You might not like the show if you have a short attention span, you don't like philosophical drama, or can't keep straight a huge cast

During previews
Slow, Overrated, Intense, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if See if you like slow 3 hour dramas

Don't see it if Don’t see if you don’t like 3 hour boring confusing dramatic plays

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

See it if you want to see theatre at its finest. One of the best scripts of the millennium, powerful and absorbing.

Don't see it if you want a light piece of theatre, are on a time constraint, or if you don't like intense/violent dramas

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Overrated, Intelligent

See it if if you like long but engrossing evenings of theatre and large casts on stage

Don't see it if If you don't like long (3hrs 15 min) plays and are sometimes confused by accents

During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if You like emotional family dramas with an important historical background.

Don't see it if If you ha e trou le with Irish accents or cant sit for 3 hours. Otherwise, its a must-see.

During previews
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Epic, Disappointing

See it if very good acting, large scale story,colorful language

Don't see it if you don't like three hour plus shows, some difficult accents, melodrama, heavy plotting

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Profound, Intense

See it if You love great, absorbing drama and excellent acting

Don't see it if You don’t like great drama

During previews
Intense, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if A thrilling drama of moral choices in a large, loving Northern Irish family amid the violence of the 1981 Troubles. Superb cast of 21.

Don't see it if 3.5 hours, with a sprawling plot and political argument, and sometimes the accents are hard to follow. For me, it rewarded the investment.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Brilliant acting and writing and a tremendous, suspenseful atmosphere created which holds you tightly to attention.

Don't see it if Irish plays with lots of cleverly written dialogue and complex characters - and suspense.

During previews
Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Difficult dialect

See it if Wonderfully complex story of romance, family and politics.

Don't see it if The Irish accent is difficult to follow by several of the young actors.. Avoid if you need subtitles for Irish stories on Netflix.

During previews
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see, Riveting

See it if You love smart plays that manage to surprise and delight. I could not believe it was over 3 hours - the time flew by fast. Get a headset!

Don't see it if You enjoy fluffy stories. Do get a headset if you have hard time with heavy accents or are sitting in the back.

During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Great writing

See it if you enjoy witty writing provoking laughs and tears and everything in between; it was a mesmerizing play and the time flew by; very relevant

Don't see it if you prefer a play that distracts you from thinking, or you prefer not to have a deep emotional experience at the theater

During previews
Cliched, Great acting, Overrated

See it if If you like cliched of drinking cursing Irish (including children), demented older family members treated as pets, and a BIG cast, GO.

Don't see it if It is difficult to understand. It uses American cliches of mob goons, rips off John Steinbeck, is clunky.

Also An Englishman writing about the Irish is like a Yankee writing Souther... 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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