Already closed | 3h 50m | Midtown W

The Iceman Cometh (Broadway)

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Members say: Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Intense, Dated

About the show

Tony and two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s classic portrait of hope and disillusionment. More…

At Harry Hope’s saloon, the biannual visit of charismatic traveling salesman Hickey (Washington) is cause for celebration. But when a newly sober Hickey arrives, his renewed outlook on life threatens to upend the lives of his old friends, leading to a series of devastatingly comic and heartbreaking events. This epic 18-character drama is directed by five-time Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe ('Shuffle Along,' 'Bring in 'da Noise/Bring in 'da Funk,''Angels in America.')

3h 50m | Already closed | Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (250)


Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Intense, Dated
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great ensemble acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see a modern American classic directed by one of Bway's most accomplished directors & performed by a stellar ensemble cast.

Don't see it if you'll be daunted by the 4-hr length (cut down from O'Neill's original 5-hrs); you're only in it for Denzel; you expect a definitive revival

Why another revival of iceman? director, george wolfe, breaths new life into this big, baggy existential play that plumbs the depths of our soul

See it if Wolfe brilliantly humanizes/brings out humor; sets/lighting turn scenes into virtual paintings; best Bdway ensemble w fine Denzel as lead

Don't see it if at 4 hours play is overlong & repetitious; 2nd act/party scene could be omitted/truncated

Also In past revivals, I have found Iceman to be interminable and the large... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Epic

See it if You want to see a classic play performed by an amazing array of well-trained stage actors.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You're daunted by the play's run time.

Also While the run time is intimidating ( 3 hours, 50 minutes), it's worth ... Read more Read less

Great acting, Resonant, Epic, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love classic O’Neill plays despite their length & wordiness, or you’re a theatre lover who’s wanted to check this play off the list.

Don't see it if You’re just going for Denzel. He’s very good, but this isn’t an end-all-be-all role for him, & you’ll likely tire of the four-hour slog.

Beautifully written,, Poetic, Masterful, Epic, Well acted

See it if you appreciate O'Neill's storytelling and character portrayals. The book is brilliant. Large cast with most actors at the top of their game

Don't see it if you are going for the star power alone. This is a long, meaty play with four hours of talking to focus on - at times difficult to hear.

Also I loved the production at BAM a few years ago. This time around I didn... Read more Read less

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

See it if You are an O'Neill fan and want to see a great ensemble cast led by a dynamic Denzel Washington. David Morse as the fading anarchist.

Don't see it if You cannot sit through 4 hours of conversation. Only want to see Denzel on stage. Do not know anything about Eugene O'Neill and his life.

Also The supporting cast is outstanding. Bill Irwin stands out as Ed Mosher... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Depressing, Dated, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you love O'Neill and Denzel and a powerful ensemble cast, with a great set.

Don't see it if you want female characters who aren't prostitutes or mindless saints, you have a problem with 3.5 hours, and you don't like being depressed.

Also Denzel's star power was wasted on me in this bleak slice of life, and ... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Denzel makes the show worth watching. It begins sleepy until he enters ~45 mins in, then the stage is lit! About facing the reality of life.

Don't see it if You want to live in denial with your shortcomings. Can't sit for almost 4 hours (2 intermissions + 1 break). Don't care for Denzel.

Also Ticket from in-person rush for $40.

Too many characters, Some good acting, Slow, Long

See it if You feel like you have to see this classic O'Neill play or anything that is Tony nominated.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through a 4-hour show with a meandering script with way too many characters to follow and little payoff

Also First some good things. Some of the performances, particularly David M... Read more Read less

Indulgent, Intense, Overrated, Resonant, Slow

See it if Best thing about the show was the audience-gorgeous people excited and dressed to the nines. The play had some great moments, but...

Don't see it if Too much shouting--too much staginess-although some great performances. The surprise ending was too foreshadowed.

Slow, Thought-provoking, Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing

See it if You never saw denzel washington on stage.

Don't see it if you want to see a better play on broadway and its way too long.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if Denzel and a cast of consummate actors. O'Neill pathos in black and white.

Don't see it if Long, and sometime difficult to understand spoken words.

Great acting, Riveting, Slow, Intense

See it if you want to see Denzel Washington be as incredible as you would expect. The show was absolutely gripping and left me thinking for hours.

Don't see it if you can't get through the slow first 50 minutes before Denzel shows up. If suicide or depression are triggers one should not see this.

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

See it if You want to see an all-star cast blend seamlesslessly into an ensemble. This is a long show, that demands attention, but is worth it. Great.

Don't see it if You’re looking for a short show, a fun show, or something light and breezy. This show shows it’s age, but does not feel dated. Spectacular.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if Excellent revival with exceptional ensemble in very long (4hours) O’Neill play; outstanding Denzel Washington

Don't see it if This is repetitive O’Neill about desperation set in a dive bar & the lies we tell ourselves to survive- bleak, long and not for fainthearted

Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Epic, Profound

See it if Talented supporting cast surrounds the most compelling Hickey in the past 30 years in Washington

Don't see it if Uncomfortable Jacobs Theatre will make you want to head for exit before 3 hour 45 minute epic is over miss out on clearest 4th act ever

Ambitious, Intense, Slow, Disappointing, Dated

See it if you love Denzel or Eugene O'Neill. The other cast members are an impressive group, as well. The show is nicely staged overall. Worthwhile.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through 4 hours of sad, depressing and unfortunately, often hard to hear/understand dialogue. It is definitely a slog.

Compelling, Heavy, Great ensemble

See it if you enjoy O'Neill's spiraling, depressive world-view executed with great finesse.

Don't see it if you cannot sit through a heavy, deeply dramatic, four hour non-musical.

Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You are a fan of Denzel or O'Neill. The play is one of the greats of American theatre and the cast does a good job

Don't see it if you are not up to 4 hours of talking

Disappointing, Dated, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are an unqualified O’Neill or Washington fan.

Don't see it if You are intimidated by a four hour production with the actors using different accents whose speech is often indecipherable.

Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Confusing

See it if You enjoy plays with great acting or love Denzel Washington.

Don't see it if You need a lot of action or a very easy to follow plot. Can’t sit through a nearly 4 hour play.

Great acting, Intense, Profound, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if Long classic play races by through fine acting of Denzel Washington, Colm Meaney, Bill Irwin, Danny McCarthy, Clark Middleton, Neal Huff etc

Don't see it if You hate long plays, don't want to be depressed, or can't take Eugene O'Neill. But this was a very very fine production indeed.

Ambitious, Great acting, Dated

See it if You like the classics with power performances. They deserve the buzz.

Don't see it if you want fresh ideas for a 21c sensibility. Sexism and racism cringeworthy but real. Maybe we should confront...for four late hours? Ugh.

Great writing, Intense, Slow

See it if for Denzel. That's probably why you are going anyway right? I'm glad I saw it but wasn't blown away by the direction.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a very slow 4 hour show. It's a lot, but the last act is actually the best part.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see Denzel Washington and a great cast live [David Morse is excellent]. You want to see Eugene O'Neill/a good, solid Iceman.

Don't see it if You don't like classic drama. This is Eugene O'Neill written in 1939 . This is a 4 hour play! This is not for the amateur theater goer.

Also This is NOT a funny play! Why is everyone laughing? I don't understand... Read more Read less

April 26th, 2018
"Who’s going to feel like nodding off, or slump into terminal angst, when Mr. Wolfe has filled the stage with such delectably seasoned hams...Watching this latest incarnation, I laughed more often than I teared up. But this 'Iceman' acquires its own poignant lyricism...With its heightened perform...
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April 26th, 2018
"The language is stiff with dated slang; key terms like 'pipe dream' recur literally dozens of times. Yet the cumulative effect of this handsomely decrepit production is bracing. Director George C. Wolfe keeps things moving at a quick clip; not all of the bigger character choices pay off—and some...
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April 26th, 2018
"The kind of production that puts prospective audience members off 'classics' for good...You’d be within your rights to run screaming from the theater by the first of the show’s two intermissions. If, however, you decided to stick around for the whole moribund, infuriating ride, you might find yo...
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April 26th, 2018
"George C. Wolfe's revival feels on some levels like it's still cohering, the underlying despair remaining muted for too much of the three-hour-45-minute running time. But it comes together in a powerful final act driven by the searing confessional monologue of Denzel Washington's Hickey...Wolfe ...
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