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

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.

Ambitious, Great acting, Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if can't resist the amazing cast - esp Denzel & David Morse - can handle an almost 4 hr play - enjoy NYC stories from the early 20th Century

Don't see it if you prefer to avoid dated, misogynistic stories - can't handle long plays (almost 4 hours)

Also The intermissions are spaced out well - 10 minutes after 75 minutes - ... Read more Read less

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.

Overrated, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if you want to see Denzel

Don't see it if you want an extremely long drawn out production. More was put into the outside facade of the theater than was actually put on the stage

Overrated, Excruciating, Disappointing, Dated, Great acting

See it if You are a enormous fan of Denzel Washington. His performance is phonemical, but not worth sitting through 4 very long hours of depression

Don't see it if This play should have never been remade. Depressing, no real likeable characters, way too long, and dated

Confusing, Dated, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if The show opens with 11 drunk guys and a bartender. They drink and talk drunk talk. Denzel appears at the end of the first act.

Don't see it if The first act lasted more than one hour. It should be edited to 20 minutes. Too long and boring! I left after the first act!

Also Very good actors in a long, boring, big nonsense play! Sometimes you c... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Intense, Great writing

See it if You want to experience a great classic of American theatre with excellent performances.

Don't see it if You want light entertainment or are uncomfortable watching a stage full of down and out people trying to drown their hopeless lives in drink

Absorbing, Slow

See it if The acting was stupendous once you get into the story you just have to know what’s going to happen next

Don't see it if You don’t like long shows. It was 4 hours long act 1 felt a little slow but after that it does pick up real quick

Cliched, Dated, Great acting

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Don't see it if .

Disappointing, Confusing, Dated

See it if you want to see unexpected breakout performances by Austin Butler and David Morse. Far and away the best part of the show. Standouts!

Don't see it if don't have anything better to do with four and a half hours. Could (should) eliminate more than half the characters and storylines.

Edgy, Intense, Masterful

See it if To be caught up in a show

Don't see it if After today it's closing

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow, Dated

See it if you have 4 hours to worship O’Neill’s wordiness. Act 1 (of 4) is deliberately dreary as they - and we - are “Waiting for Denzel”

Don't see it if you crave action and need mic’d actors. While I loved natural voices, seat-mates struggled with their hearing and bladders.

Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious

See it if have not seen Denzel act in person

Don't see it if you have a short attention span -- this show is LONG.

Absorbing, Great acting, Must see, Profound, Intense

See it if You like Denzel Washington + want to see his - and the rest of the casts' great performance in a masterpiece of American theater

Don't see it if You don't like Eugene O'Neill, or long intensely verbal, serious plays.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Classic

See it if You don't want to miss a revival that remains true to it's origins with a modern perspective, incredible ensemble acting as well as Denzel.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy O'Neill's style of prodding the dark side of human nature.

Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Slow, Great acting

See it if You love the cast members, who all act masterfully, or specifically appreciate slow paced “classics”.

Don't see it if You don’t want to spend 4 hours on an irrelevant, shouldn’t-have-been-revived period piece whose star-power can’t overcome its datedness.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You enjoy strong dialogue, are a Denzel Washington fan, like male driven dramas.

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy, want to see strong female leads, not a fan of Eugene Oneill's work

Banal, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Insipid

See it if you want to see a great ensemble cast

Don't see it if you have something else to do for 4 hours

Great acting, Interesting, Overwritten, Exciting, Dated

See it if You wanna see Denzel do his thing and be amazing. You like plays that have an almost film noir quality.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span. You don’t like listening to kinda awkward turns of phrase.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intense

See it if You appreciate great acting and if you love Denzel.

Don't see it if You have no interest in a 4 hour show or if you are looking for something light and uplifting

Confusing, Overrated, Slow, Great acting

See it if If you love Denzel Washington.

Don't see it if You need to understand the plot.

Intense, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if Denzel is faboulous! Left me thinking about it long after I was at the theatre. Chilling, a true classic

Don't see it if Be careful if you sit in the mezzanine. Denzel was the only one I could hear clearly. Actors are not miked.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Slow

See it if you like a play with dialogue (at least three long Hickey monologues), you can relate to "pipe dreams," or you're a fan of E. O'Neill.

Don't see it if you can't sit through a three-hour, three act play; or the actor who plays Hickey isn't captivating (like Denzel - yes, high bar).

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

See it if you're a fan of Denzel and like dated tales.

Don't see it if you don't like to sit for long periods of time. This show is SO LONG

Confusing, Disappointing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if Just the presence of Denzel Washington is riveting.

Don't see it if Very confusing and much too long

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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