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

During previews
60
Great writing, Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Slow

See it if Denzel Washington is a masterful actor, with a wonderful voice. His Hickey was charismatic and touching.

Don't see it if This show was not miced and people past about row L in the orchestra couldn’t hear a damn thing! Inexcusable and infuriating. ,

Also I’m going to rant here. In this day and age, there is no excuse for a ... Read more Read less

During previews
65
Dated, Intense, Overrated, Slow

See it if You like the play or Denzel. Although the rest of the cast is quite good.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through four hours of a very dull plot.

During previews
66
Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if You are an O'Neill fan. Really that's it. Even Denzel can't fix this mess.

Don't see it if You want empathize with the characters. So many are unredeemable sadsacks that it's challenging to find someone to root for.

Also Be aware that Denzel doesn't appear until almost an hour into this fou... Read more Read less

During previews
61
Dated, Disappointing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Like me, you haven’t ever seen Denzel Washington live. He is absolutely electric!

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through 4 hours of weird accents, dated dialogue, drunks, and a strange scenic concept and design. Beautiful but weird

Also There were two actors that every time they spoke I rolled my eyes. The... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Stale

See it if you really want to see Denzel, though he doesn't show up until about an hour into it. you enjoy talk-heavy ensemble pieces

Don't see it if has way too many characters it just glazes over so you never actually connect. also had trouble understanding what many of them were saying

During previews
58
Disappointing, Slow, Thought-provoking, Dated, Uneven

See it if you want to see standouts Denzel Washington and David Morse (Larry). You can handle long plays that contain almost 2 hours of exposition.

Don't see it if you get bored with slow, uneven, and dated plays. While thought provoking in some scenes, Acts I and IV can easily be shortened.

Also I definitely agree with other reviews. The cast's lack of microphones ... Read more Read less

During previews
60
Disappointing, Slow

See it if you enjoy Eugene o'neill shows.The show drags with many monologues that don't contribute to the plot. The acting was good.

Don't see it if you want to see a fast paced show with an intriguing plot.

During previews
52
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Dated

See it if you want to see Denzel Washington, please go. He does a terrific job.

Don't see it if don't want to sit for 3:45 minutes of dull repetitious dialogue where nothing much happens.

During previews
55
Disappointing, Excruciating, Indulgent, Slow

See it if you really like Denzel Washington.

Don't see it if you want to see Iceman Cometh at its full force. There's a lot of talent involved here but it just hasn't come together.

Also The cuts here oddly make the evening feel longer (even though they've ... Read more Read less

During previews
55
Ambitious, Dated, Great acting, Slow, Great writing

See it if you love Denzel Washington or if you've never seen the show before.

Don't see it if you're turned off by the runtime or the lack of women characters.

During previews
65
Ambitious, Slow

See it if You’ve never seen Denzel onstage.

Don't see it if You can’t sit through a 4 hour play. It’s uneven - absorbing at times but mostly slow. Also, don’t see it if you’re into pipe dreams.

During previews
65
Slow, Indulgent, Intense, Dated, Banal

See it if You are a Denzel or O'Neill fan

Don't see it if you don't like slow-paced or heavy-handed shows

During previews
66
Slow, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if The idea was interesting if you could hear or understand the dialogue.

Don't see it if You haven't read the play in advance. The sound on the right side of the stage is defective. Everyone was talking about the poor acoustics.

During previews
50
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Intense, Great staging

See it if If you like intense, long plays

Don't see it if this show was not the best show I have seen. Denzel washington and the actors were amazing but the script was blah. Wouldn't recommend.

During previews
65
Disappointing

See it if You appreciate the talent and range of Denzel Washington and want to see a classic play by a legendary playwright.

Don't see it if You have anything close to a distracted attention span. The play is painstakingly slow and long and, at times, borderline boring.

Also Had seats seven rows from the stage, dead center, and had a tough time... Read more Read less

During previews
52
Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Dizzying, Excruciating

See it if Denzel Washington

Don't see it if It’s too long


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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