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)


Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Intense, Dated
Avg Score

Great acting, Great staging, Slow, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy the works of Eugene O’Neill, enjoy plays with timeless themes, are a Denzel fan, and like a play with a largely male cast

Don't see it if You are easily bored, are uncomfortable with racist terms, or don’t like plays that take place over brief periods of time

Nonstop talking and lots of shouting

See it if you like to see good acting from a fine cast. I feel this revival is solely as vehicle for acting

Don't see it if you don't like long show...this one is near 4 hr long. Not easy to follow as there is large cast and many speak with accent

Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you are interested in plays that reveal the psychological hangups of a diverse set of characters played by masters.

Don't see it if you dislike long, serious plays about a group of deeply flawed individuals.

Interesting to watch but misses the writer's intentions

See it if you like an evocative set , good performances, although confusing interpretation, Hicky is having a breakdown, DW plays like born again

Don't see it if you want to see O'Neill's play. This is a OK production but DW's is off on lead role. (Although he's still kind of enjoyable to watch)

Great staging, Great acting, Exquisite, Confusing, Slow

See it if You’ve never seen this masterwork.

Don't see it if You have attention issues.

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.

Great writing, Disappointing, Poorly directed, Thought-provoking

See it if you are anxious to see Danzel or if you want to see any production of this amazing play. The play is a masterpiece.

Don't see it if you're looking for a definitive version of Iceman. Can't sit for 4 hours without focusing purely on the dialogue. Need light entertainment

Also I have nothing with which to compare this. My first exposure to Iceman... Read more Read less

Great writing, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Epic

See it if like Eugene O'Neill and appreciate dialogue driven character's in crisis plays. If you enjoy Denzel Washington and larger casts.

Don't see it if If you don't like long plays, it's 4 hours and if you are frustrated when you can understand what people are saying because of bad miking.

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..


See it if You are an O'Neill Fan. A George C. Wolfe fan. A Denzel fan.

Don't see it if your feeling low on patience. Do not appreciate many characters and their side arcs.


See it if An O'Neill fan. A Washington fan. Ensemble play fan.

Don't see it if aren't patient.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you want to see excellent acting in an American classic play.

Don't see it if you don't like long plays. This one is just about four hours long.

Also Denzel Washington is excellent as Hickey in O'Neill's tragedy. A truly... Read more Read less

Theatrical, Great acting, New interpretation, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Darkly humorous, fast-paced, larger-than-life characters, unusual take on O'Neill's somber classic. Denzel is a powerhouse on stage.

Don't see it if It is 4 hours of drunken down-and-outers dreaming and squabbling, in a squalid 1912 rooming house, poetic language, and a sad ending.

Also Director George Wolfe tried a new approach - and has found momentum in... Read more Read less

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

Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You love O'Neill and want to see Denzel.

Don't see it if You do not like long plays! It is definitely a commitment, but it is well worth it, especially if you're a theater buff.

Profound, Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Slow

See it if You want to go on a long and profound journey with an amazing ensemble.

Don't see it if You can't handle long, cerebral, works; especially older ones where the dialect/speech is harder to follow.

Also Who am I to criticize a great playwright; I do think this work could h... Read more Read less

Great acting, Disappointing, Dated, Slow

See it if you are a fan of the author or members of the cast.

Don't see it if you do not have the attention span to enjoy long productions.

Powerful, Engrossing, Surprisingly funny

See it if you want to see a uniformly outstanding cast breath vibrant life into an American classic

Don't see it if you can't sit still for four hours. This sucker is loooooooooong.

Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You like classic theater with large cast. A big aria for everyone - especially for central characters. Denzel’s Hickey is solid and fresh.

Don't see it if Very long at almost 4 hours. Extremely repetitive, with every point hammered home. filled with emotional misery but strangely uplifting.

Dizzying, Slow, Good acting, Large cast, Long play

See it if you you like Eugene O'neill works and like long plays with huge casts. see if if you enjoy Denzel Washington.

Don't see it if you dont want to spend 3 hours in the theatre and want to be entertained quickly.

Absorbing, Great acting

See it if want to see a great American play superbly performed. Denzel Washington at his best surrounded by terrific actors across the board.

Don't see it if you don't have the attention span.

Great acting, pacing problems

See it if if you love the play or any of the cast (even the star).

Don't see it if 4 hours is too long to sit in a Broadway theatre with narrow seats and rude people.

Also Like another big revival this season (Saint Joan) the major flaw with ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Great acting, Riveting, Shattering, Masterful

See it if you want to see a very fine production of an O'Neill classic.

Don't see it if you do not like somber and serious drama with little to no comic relief.

Also Though Denzel is the raison d'etre for this production, there's a doze... Read more Read less

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.

Great acting, Epic, Ambitious, Absorbing, Great writing

See it if enjoy amazing acting and complicated story lines. The acting takes the cake in this show

Don't see it if you are unable to sit through 4 hours. Are unable to follow several main character storylines

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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