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
76
Avg Score

During previews
80
Great acting, Masterful, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if it's a masterclass of acting by many of today's great actors.

Don't see it if You can't afford a good seat...it was hard to hear to the side. The show is long and has 2 interm AND a pause which wasn't clarified.

During previews
80
Ambitious, Relevant

See it if The theme of change...our desire to do it and our inability to make it happen has meaning for you.

Don't see it if You don't like plays that run over 3hours; find it boring to tune into dialogue and no music. You need your plays to be uplifting!

During previews
80
Great acting, Ambitious, Daemanding, Master work, Excruciatingly long

See it if You like O'Neill, excellent ensemble acting plus Denzel, can sit still for four hours, you enjoy plays about ideas, pain, meaning and life.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span, you don't like dark, painful material, racial epithets or women being abused on stage.

During previews
79
Great acting

See it if you are a Eugene o'nail and denzel washington fan

Don't see it if you don't like long long shows

During previews
100
Brilliant - must see !!!!!!, Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if you want to see a classic play brought to life on the Broadway stage with complete perfection

Don't see it if you can't sit for a long time (apx 4 hours w 3 intermissions) and you aren't interested in thought provoking plays, but being "entertained"

Also If you love the theater ... the REAL theater, what Broadway is meant t... Read more Read less

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
92
Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Epic, Thought-provoking

See it if You love great ensemble acting in which every performer creates a thoroughly unique character, and you relish great American plays.

Don't see it if You can’t commit to a 4 hour drama, and/or would rather see a Disney musical than a literary classic.

Also This is a long play that can easily be a flat recitation on pipe dream... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Slow, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Disappointing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Denzel's work or the play itself.

Don't see it if You have trouble sitting for a long time or short attention span

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
90
Masterful, Great acting

See it if Want to see master acting! Appreciate lengthy dialogue in an age of texts and tweets. Great twist to a story. Denzel!!!

Don't see it if You like musicals. You have limited time or sleepy.

During previews
86
Great acting, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if You love great theatre.

Don't see it if You can’t sit for 3 hours and 50 minutes.

During previews
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if You want to see a great performance by Denzel Washington, and good performances by the rest of the cast. You like thought-provoking plays

Don't see it if You are looking for an uplifting play. You are not ready for a play that deals with people's illusions.

During previews
80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great writing, Epic

See it if you want to see a Hollywood star give a great performance on stage; ...you like Eugene O'Neill; ...you like classic American drama

Don't see it if you don't enjoy serious drama or very long plays

Also I have seen three other major New York productions of THE ICEMAN COMET... Read more Read less

During previews
90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see Denzel’s interpretation of Hickey, which is more relatable/less frenetic than past stagings. Brilliant ensemble piece.

Don't see it if you don’t find a 4 hour tragedy about despair and self delusion to be something you want to experience.

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
95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if If you are a college student or someone familiar with the plays of Eugene O'Neill and want to see good acting of a period piece.

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with the plays of O'Neill, don't have an interest in theater and don't enjoy drama

Also Saw play in preview. Performances strong overall though actors flubbed... Read more Read less

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
86
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if You enjoy serious drama that is dark.

Don't see it if If you prefer happy endings

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

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

During previews
87
Entertaining, Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see an amazing show with great acting.

Don't see it if You've already seen the show!


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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