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

15
Slow, Excruciating, Disappointing, Confusing, Banal

See it if Don’t see it. Hated it.

Don't see it if It was long and boring. Denzel Washington could not save this. It is a bunch of drunk men muttering on stage for hours on end. Awful.

4
Boring, Dated, Slow

See it if you hate yourself

Don't see it if you love yourself

Also Completely dated and a "safe" production. Why not go bold and attempt ... Read more Read less

45
Disappointing, Slow, Great writing

See it if You’re an O’Neill completionist and set out to see every show of his on Broadway. Also some good acting from the supporting players.

Don't see it if You want a production that brings something new to the table.

36
Poorly-acted, Unimaginative, Typical-broadway-show, Disappointing, Great writing

See it if You wanna see Denzel. I admit I wanted to see what he would bring.

Don't see it if You don't want to leave yet ANOTHER Broadway show disappointed and disheartened at the lack of artistry... Ugh... Just don't go.

Also If you'll not listen to me, I will quote Strindberg's Preface to Miss ... Read more Read less

10
Confusing, Excruciating, Disappointing, Banal, Dated

See it if See it only if you are a fan of the story and know what to expect.

Don't see it if Boring. Way too long. A bunch of drunkards in stage mumbling about their boring lives. Even Denzel couldn’t save this show. Hated it.

During previews
22
Banal, Dated, Cliched, Very slow, Unnecessary

See it if you're a fan of Denzel who didn't get to see his way better performance in Raisin.

Don't see it if No other reason to see it.

Also Baffling how something like this still gets produced.... Read more Read less

During previews
20
Disappointing, Slow, Dated, Indulgent, Meandering

See it if You need to see Denzel on Stage.

Don't see it if You don't want to sit through 4 hours of slow moving dialog with VERY little story between poorly developed characters you don't care about.

Also The show is overstuffed with WAY too many characters. There are 17 cha... Read more Read less

During previews
40
Misinterpreted and badly directed but great acting

See it if you are a dedicated O'Neill fan; you want to see a superb cast overcome some bad direction and fussy staging

Don't see it if you expect true insights into this period piece that is still relevant from a director who has a reputation worthy of much better work.

During previews
48
Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if You love Denzel Washington or Eugene O’Neill or a dialogue heavy show.

Don't see it if You want a fast paced show or uplifting storyline. This show is 4 hours.

Also Some of the actors were difficult to understand. I didn’t hear at leas... Read more Read less

During previews
10
Pointless, Boring, Ode to alcoholism, Dated, Slow

See it if just don't bother.

Don't see it if you value your time. The performances are middling at best. Nothing happens and nothing changes.

During previews
10
Excruciating, Overrated, Slow, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if Not even for Denzel's small part.

Don't see it if you value your time and money.

During previews
49
Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Good for the great actors

Don't see it if Bad story, boring, slow, too long, way too expensive

During previews
10
Excruciating

See it if Poor set, poor acting, poor sound, poor lighting, I could go on...

Don't see it if on and on an on.......

During previews
20
Confusing, Slow, Overrated, Excruciating, Dated

See it if You are a fan of Denzel Washington

Don't see it if If you respect your time: 4 hours of nothing happens.

Also Horrible acoustics. 3/4’s of the performers speak so softly that their... 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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