Already closed | 3h 50m | Midtown W

The Iceman Cometh (Broadway)

From 250 member  reviews
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)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Intense, Dated

52
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

60
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.

69
Disappointing, Ambitious, Dated, Slow, Overrated

See it if you've never seen this classic or you LOVE Denzel Washington.

Don't see it if your expectations are high or you have a short attention span.

67
Slow, Dated

See it if You really like Denzel. You can watch a really long play that is slow and dated.

Don't see it if You want something up beat and you like to be entertained.

55
Disappointing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you love the play or want to see a movie star.

Don't see it if you love the play. It's a very odd production and often loses track of the story and characters.

65
Ambitious, Dated, Slow, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You have never seen the play before or you are such a Denzel Washington fan that you want to see him despite a disappointing performance.

Don't see it if You want to feel good about the human race.

Also In fairness, the ensemble is extremely strong. But for the first two-t... Read more Read less

55
Great acting, Great staging, Boring, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You are a dedicated O'Neillean revival fan or would die to see Denzel. This play is two hours too long and should've cut a lot of exposition

Don't see it if You value your time and want to have fun. This is an intense night of a story that ends up being a story.

68
Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Confusing, Disappointing

See it if It was nice to see Denzel on stage but that happens late in the play.

Don't see it if Inarticulate, hard to understand accents, painfully slow, and too long..

65
Disappointing, Confusing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You love Denzel Washington

Don't see it if If you have any hearing issues as it’s very muffled and hard to follow

55
Disappointing, Poorly performed

See it if You are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's plays and a fan of Denzel Washington. Denzel Washington turns in a reasonably good performance.

Don't see it if If you don't want to suffer through excruciating performances. Almost everyone "exclaims" their lines in a loud and monotonous way.

62
Banal, Disappointing, Dizzying

See it if you are a huge Eugene fan, or a Denzel fan

Don't see it if you don't understand Long Island accent

65
You will be feeling as desperate and hopeless as the characters on stage in this disappointing revival ...

See it if you just must see Denzel Washington giving a good but far from great portrayal. James Earl Jones was so much better at Circle in the Square.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed by the hard to decipher accents lost in a curiously guttural delivery (except for Washington whose voice is clear).

Also I was in the 7th row of the orchestra and so many lines were indeciphe... Read more Read less

60
Bad writing, Great performances, Excruciatingly long, Redundant, Disappointing overall

See it if YOu love O'niel and want to see great performances.

Don't see it if If you hate O'neil's writing and hate long redundant stories.

62
Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if you like Denzel Washington and Eugene O'neill Denzel is wonderful. But the story could be told in 2hrs and his monologue was the best part

Don't see it if you don't like long drawn out shows. 4 hours of characters misery

58
Dated, Confusing, Long, Slow

See it if You enjoy O'Neill's plays and want to see Denzel Washington perform a role moderately well.

Don't see it if You dislike long plays.

Also I knew going into Iceman that it was going to be long and dated, but I... Read more Read less

60
Confusing, Intense, Slow

See it if You love Eugene O'Neill and plays with a large ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You're not an absolute fan of Eugene O'Neill. This play is long, depressing, and tedious. Good production, I just don't care for O'Neill.

61
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Intense, Slow

See it if You have not seen this play & feel a need to. George Wolfe's staging is very good. Denzel is fantastic. It's also an hour shorter than usual

Don't see it if You don't like rather dated, heavily expository plays that keep repeating and repeating. Or serious drama. Or O'Neill in general.

Also Denzel Washington is fantastic. His forty-five minute monologue at the... Read more Read less

69
Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Denzel

Don't see it if you want an extremely long drawn out production. More was put into the outside facade of the theater than was actually put on the stage

56
Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting

See it if You are a enormous fan of Denzel Washington. His performance is phonemical, but not worth sitting through 4 very long hours of depression

Don't see it if This play should have never been remade. Depressing, no real likeable characters, way too long, and dated

50
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if The show opens with 11 drunk guys and a bartender. They drink and talk drunk talk. Denzel appears at the end of the first act.

Don't see it if The first act lasted more than one hour. It should be edited to 20 minutes. Too long and boring! I left after the first act!

Also Very good actors in a long, boring, big nonsense play! Sometimes you c... Read more Read less

60
Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Slow, Great acting

See it if You love the cast members, who all act masterfully, or specifically appreciate slow paced “classics”.

Don't see it if You don’t want to spend 4 hours on an irrelevant, shouldn’t-have-been-revived period piece whose star-power can’t overcome its datedness.

65
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Denzel and like dated tales.

Don't see it if you don't like to sit for long periods of time. This show is SO LONG

69
Ambitious, Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if You're a Denzel Washington or David Morse fan. It's an actors' play, so you get to see them a lot.

Don't see it if You can't withstand 3+ three hours of melodrama. The plot is pretty thin. Yes, there's a surprise at the end, but not enough for 3+ hrs

During previews
65
Banal, Dated, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if If you never have seen Denzel on stage, or if you if you like O'Neil's writing.

Don't see it if If you do not like long shows that in this case drag along. Better when I saw it with Spacey, but was not really that good then, either.

During previews
69
Just not a riveting production

See it if You're a fan of the play.

Don't see it if You want the best acting and production of this play.


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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