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)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intense, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like epic Irish dramas (3hrs, 15 mins) with large casts & large themes or if you're interested in socio-political ideas of recent past.

Don't see it if you don't like keeping track of several narratives that at times devolve into soap opera & hate missing dialogue due to thick Irish accents.

Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Unnecessarily long

See it if a superficial story about a family's life (and involvement) during a politically charged and violent time in Ireland interests you.

Don't see it if long dramedies aren't your thing, and difficult to understand accents irritate you.

Also I'm a little disappointed by this one. While the acting was good all t... Read more Read less

Epic, Relevant, Funny, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a great drama about family, love, loyalty and romance.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy long plays, prefer musicals or fluffy works.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful, Exquisite

See it if you love great theater and will appreciate a thoughtful and brilliantly acted drama

Don't see it if you watch the clock rather than the show

Resonant, Ambitious, Great acting, Profound, Intense

See it if you like deep family sagas, you enjoy intricate plots and characters, you like good drama

Don't see it if you don't like long plays, you don't like accents (this play has strong Irish accents), you want something lighter

Also This transplant from London is ambitious in scope and depth. With a la... Read more Read less

Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant, Riveting, Ambitious

See it if This is a well-acted, beautifully written, captivating production dealing with themes of the IRA, family and ghosts from the past.

Don't see it if You don’t have 3+ hours to spend in a theater. Though there are moments of joy, it’s ultimately a bleak tale. Doesn’t quite match the hype.

Also This is an excellent production which moves along quickly despite the ... Read more Read less

Must see, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like family drama well acted. the kids were fantastic.

Don't see it if you don't like long shows. you find it hard to understand the Irish accent.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Intense, Funny

See it if You want to see a family drama with a big cast dealing with love, loss, the IRA, and car bombs. The characters feel real.

Don't see it if You can't abide cursing, Irish accents, or a combination of the 2. You're looking for a simple view of "The Troubles."

Profound, Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if My favorite play from this Broadway season. Great acting, dialogue, storyline, the three plus hours just flew by.

Don't see it if You're not into serious long 3 1/2 + hour plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Great writing, Must see

See it if you want to see an amazing written piece performed by an amazing cast. A compelling story of a tumultuous time.

Don't see it if Have trouble understanding Irish accents or have no interest in the history of The Troubles.

Thought-provoking, Must see, Riveting, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You want to see great theater done right!Exquisite, very talented large cast and great acting.

Don't see it if You are not into sitting for 3 1/2 hours of great theater and would rather see a fluffy musical.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if you want to see great theater performed by talented actors.

Don't see it if you can't bear thick Irish accents

Also The show is long, but doesn't seem long. It would be helpful to know s... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see

See it if you enjoy a gripping and beautifully acted play about The Troubles in Northern Ireland. Butterworth and Mendes are both geniuses. Fantastic!

Don't see it if you don't like long plays, have trouble understanding accents​ or are not interested in the politics of Northern Ireland.

Also This is the best play on Broadway right now. Like Jerusalem, Butterwor... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to see one of the best new plays ever! so engaging and well written and acted. THE BEST!

Don't see it if no reason

Also the 3 hours flew by! about 20 characters but you had no trouble follow... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Slow, Masterful

See it if you like long (3.25 hrs) big-cast dramas with Irish accents. It was a challenge for me & I wish I knew more about "The Troubles"

Don't see it if you're not seriously into straight drama. This requires commitment.

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Masterful

See it if You like a good family drama with some Twists. Want to see pure perfection on stage.

Don't see it if Sitting through a performance over 3 hours is something you absolutely cannot do. There is no reason not to see it.

Also One of the best new plays in recent years to grace Broadway. This play... Read more Read less

Riveting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Edgy

See it if Great cast and an edge of your seat drama. Terrific writing. A must see. It let’s you experience every Irish emotion in a 3+ hour show.

Don't see it if Not for little ones (under 16) due to violence.

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

See it if You appreciate the slow burn of a plot unfolding.

Don't see it if You have a hard time with accents, and keeping track of lots of characters.

Also This is one of the best nights I've spent at the theater. What an incr... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Riveting

See it if you appreciate good, taut drama with a range of very human characters with all their flaws, A+ acting, political stories set in N. Ireland.

Don't see it if you have no interest in N. Ireland politics, prefer comedies/musicals to family dramas, prefer small casts, dislike Jez Butterworth plays.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see

See it if You are intrigued by an Irish family drama mixed with an IRA thriller, exploring themes of love and vengeance.

Don't see it if A long, unsettling play taking place almost entirely in one room would be hard for you to sit through.

Also This play expertly depicts how a family may be influenced, seduced and... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a fantastically constructed drama about family ties.

Don't see it if you're looking for something lighthearted - while this has light moments, it's a heavy work.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like shows that challenge you to keep up (you don't have to have a strong grasp of Irish history, but just know you won't be spoon-fed!)

Don't see it if you're unwilling to tune your ear to Irish accents for a night, you don't have the patience for long plays, you prefer lighthearted plays

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

See it if Linear dramas that deal with real human conflicts set during the troubles in Northern Island at end of last century. Wonderful acting .

Don't see it if Only enjoy fluff.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if You like well acted dramas with humor that ultimately build and build!

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding accents, don’t like family dramas

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great writing, Intense

See it if You like a big serious intense play

Don't see it if idkkkkkk, you don't like babies

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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