Already closed | 3h 50m | Midtown W

The Iceman Cometh (Broadway)

From 249 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Dated, Intense

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 (249)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Slow, Absorbing, Dated, Intense
76
Avg Score

78
Absorbing

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.

80
Slow, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you want to see an American classic staged beautifully and performed by a strong ensemble.

Don't see it if you want to see comedy, a show that lets out early, or a show that necessarily leaves you feeling more optimistic about the human condition.

60
Bad writing, Great performances, Excruciatingly long, Redundant, Disappointing overall

See it if YOu love O'niel and want to see great performances.

Don't see it if If you hate O'neil's writing and hate long redundant stories.

82
Great acting, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you like Eugene O'Neill's plays, want to see a star performance by Denzel Washington, surrounded by a talented cast of misfits talking life.

Don't see it if If can not sit through a four hour show with two intermissions Denzel doesn't come on until final five minutes of act one, then sparks fly.

Also As a theatre major having to read O'Neill, I like many of his other pl... Read more Read less

82
Great acting, Masterful, Slow, Dated, Intelligent

See it if You can sit through 4 hours of theatre, you love Denzel, you enjoy the work of Eugene O'Neill, you love an excellent ensemble cast

Don't see it if You're looking for a flashy musical, 90 minutes no intermission is too long for you, you have a short attention span.

90
Dated, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you want to see the best-performed version of this admittedly butt-numbing four hour drunkologue you are ever likely to experience

Don't see it if you hate O'Neill and his long-winded & fairly dated dialogue

Also I am so glad I went. Yes, it's tough to sit through an O'Neill play an... Read more Read less

65
You will be feeling as desperate and hopeless as the characters on stage in this disappointing revival ...

See it if you just must see Denzel Washington giving a good but far from great portrayal. James Earl Jones was so much better at Circle in the Square.

Don't see it if you will be annoyed by the hard to decipher accents lost in a curiously guttural delivery (except for Washington whose voice is clear).

Also I was in the 7th row of the orchestra and so many lines were indeciphe... Read more Read less

84
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if you want to see stars and enjoy a show with great acting.

Don't see it if you don't like shows that are very long (most 4hours), dated, and involves alocholics.

62
Disappointing, Slow, Dated

See it if you like Denzel Washington and Eugene O'neill Denzel is wonderful. But the story could be told in 2hrs and his monologue was the best part

Don't see it if you don't like long drawn out shows. 4 hours of characters misery

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Heavy

See it if you love classic beautifully written pieces about life. Got to love 4 hours of O'Neill!

Don't see it if you want a happy upbeat mindless entertaining show.

58
Dated, Confusing, Long, Slow

See it if You enjoy O'Neill's plays and want to see Denzel Washington perform a role moderately well.

Don't see it if You dislike long plays.

Also I knew going into Iceman that it was going to be long and dated, but I... Read more Read less

89
Intelligent, Great writing, Has a message that can still resonate, Delightfully stacked and talented cast

See it if you're looking for some serious old school broadway drama.

Don't see it if you can't face the dark side of human nature and the fact that we all devolve to our lesser humanity and cling to our own 'truths'.

Also In considering the review for this one, I had a somewhat delightful pr... Read more Read less

73
Slow, Great acting, Repetitive

See it if You know what you're getting into with O'Neill. It's very slow to build, repetitive, and is predictable.

Don't see it if You don't have the time, don't care for Denzel style, want a tighter script.

Also The first hour is excruciating, all exposition with little direction, ... Read more Read less

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.

60
Confusing, Intense, Slow

See it if You love Eugene O'Neill and plays with a large ensemble cast.

Don't see it if You're not an absolute fan of Eugene O'Neill. This play is long, depressing, and tedious. Good production, I just don't care for O'Neill.

89
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Epic, Masterful

See it if You want to see one of the world's greatest living actors in his prime; you love O'Neill or other American classics

Don't see it if you don't like long plays- it's nearly 4 hours long, with 2 intermissions!

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see great acting with a stellar cast. Denzel Washington is incredible on stage.

Don't see it if You want to see a fluff piece or a musical.

95
Entertaining, Exquisite, Dated

See it if You love O'Neill classics. And Denzel is one of the greatest stage actors alive! Although the play itself is dated and really long, its 100

Don't see it if You dont like classic O'Neill. It is dated. And the staging is moldy

89
Absorbing, Epic, Masterful, Riveting, Dizzying

See it if You like to luxuriate in a great piece of literature. The play is a masterwork. The cast is brilliant. The direction is inspired.

Don't see it if You don't have the attention span for a 4 hour play that is slow and stationary.

Also I love the way a good O'Neill production breaks you down with the char... Read more Read less

85
Entertaining, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Funny

See it if you want to see Denzel and a stellar ensemble cast of misfits

Don't see it if you are hard of hearing - it was a little tough to hear from the rear orchestra

Also Saw it in previews and Denzel forgot his lines during the long monolog... Read more Read less

61
Dizzying, Excruciating, Indulgent, Intense, Slow

See it if You have not seen this play & feel a need to. George Wolfe's staging is very good. Denzel is fantastic. It's also an hour shorter than usual

Don't see it if You don't like rather dated, heavily expository plays that keep repeating and repeating. Or serious drama. Or O'Neill in general.

Also Denzel Washington is fantastic. His forty-five minute monologue at the... Read more Read less

96
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great writing, Great acting, Masterful

See it if You like brilliant classical plays and want to see great acting.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. You don't appreciate the classics.

85
Captivating with great acting all around, Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if Amazing ensemble cast with strong performances by all. While folks raving about Denzel who is wonderful, don't miss Morse in this role.

Don't see it if Can't sit through a long show or do not like intense heavy drama. But hey, it's O'Neill. Great acting not to be missed.

80
Thought-provoking, Slow, Great acting, Intelligent, Dated

See it if you have never seen the play or want to see Denzel Washington and other incredible acting performances.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a long play. I think the best part is the last 2 acts.

80
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Epic, Intense

See it if You love Denzel Washington

Don't see it if You cannot sit for almost 4 hours


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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