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

93
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Must see, Profound

See it if Excellent production of a classic O'Neill play. Gloriously directed & designed, and acted by a great ensemble lead by Mr. Washington.

Don't see it if You don't like plays by Eugene O'Neill.

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.

77
Absorbing

See it if you know and appreciate the play, Denzel Washington, or ensemble based plays.

Don't see it if a play clocking in close to four hours about alcoholics, isn't your idea of time well spent.

80
Absorbing, Slow, Masterful

See it if for long slow wordy drama with excellent cast beyond the DW key billing

Don't see it if Can't sit thru 4 hrs of dialogue. While excellent, must sit thru long play to see DW.

82
Absorbing, Intense, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy O'Neill's plays and are ready to hunker down for almost 4 hours. David Morse is exquisite and understated; Denzel oozes charisma.

Don't see it if you can't sit still that long. In the age of cell phones, DO NOT be the person who gets restless and takes out their phone. Just don't.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Long

See it if You are a fan of Eugene O’Neill and/or appreciate great acting. The cast, led by Denzel Washington, was outstanding.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy plays about troubled drunks.

79
Great acting, Great staging, Dated, Masterful

See it if You want to see a brilliantly staged production of this classic and watch Denzel's incredible acting.

Don't see it if You dislike wordy, older plays. There are moments that are labored over and continue too long about topics that I didn't care about.

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.

80
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see some of the best working actors on stage today. Reg Rogers, Frank Wood and Tammy Blanchard make a memorable evening.

Don't see it if You don’t like tally, long, complicated works. You just want to see Denzel on stage. His is really a minor character in this gorgeous play.

85
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Masterful, Slow

See it if You want to see this classic brought to life with beautiful staging and A+ acting. Denzel was phenomenal along with the rest of the cast.

Don't see it if You cannot commit to 4 hours of a play with 3 intermissions. Act 1 is very slow moving but crucial to understand these characters.

85
Great acting, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You love O’Neill, a tight ensemble working well together, Denzel, Colm Meaney, David Morse.

Don't see it if Wolfe finds more humor in the play than past productions, so if you need a traditional take...this is probably not your cup of tea.

77
Great acting, Great staging, Great direction

See it if you love George C Wolfe

Don't see it if You don't want a play with too many damn characters

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.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you know the work, enjoy Eugene O'Neill, or large ensemble plays with intense acting.

Don't see it if you are impatient (it's a Long play), have trouble paying attention, or only want to see Denzel Washington (he's not onstage the whole play)

74
Ambitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if Denzel. Denzel. Denzel!

Don't see it if you can't handle a very slow 4 hour drama with men grumbling and drunk,

88
Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Brilliant performances by terrific ensemble. David Morse was outstanding.

Don't see it if You can't sit through a 3 hour 50 minute dark drama. If you dislike Eugene O'neill.

82
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you love Eugene O'Neil and Denzel Washington and long plays about the meaning of life and happiness and obsession. A masterful production.

Don't see it if You don't like long dialogue plays about life and dreams. You don't enjoy Eugene O'Neil.

91
Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you want to see a great and moving play. I like it more than Long Day's Journey Into Night.

Don't see it if the usual characteristics of O'Neill's play-length (4 hours), repetitiveness, windiness, speeches in dialect-you deem to be insurmountable.

Also I think this play is a remarkable playwriting achievement.... Read more Read less

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

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if Denzel very good yet the ensemble makes this production work, esp. Morse and Meaney. D.W.’s seated, 4th wall Act 4 soliloquy very effective

Don't see it if Heavy and slow going, & color-blind casting, even with a megastar like Denzel, is confusing, as other black character is mistreated.

76
Great staging, Slow, Great acting

See it if You are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's work or like classic plays. Very well acted and staged.

Don't see it if This was a little slow for me. I appreciate the piece but it didn't grab my attention the whole time.

77
Interesting but long

See it if you like to see Denzel, but frankly others were more interesting Hey Bill Irwin had a part

Don't see it if you saw Jason Robards like I did years ago, haven't seen anyone who can hold a candle to his performance

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful

See it if A pipe dream is your umbrella & courage is required to exit perdition. Nice ensemble of Barflies & Whores who can't escape their delusions.

Don't see it if 4 hrs of O'Neill's well-observed truths & predilections will feel like a lifetime of nickel whisky squalor. Denzel shines but lacks menace.

84
Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Indulgent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a classic play acted by theatrical veterans in a version that is less gloomy than previous revivals. Some wonderful acting.

Don't see it if You find O'Neill plays repetitive and too long. This revival is shorter than most but it's still several hours.

86
Absorbing, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you love Denzel, fantastic performances from a true ensemble, and want to see an American classic on a Broadway stage

Don't see it if you get impatient or have a short attention span...it's quite long but doesn't feel that way during!


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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