Walking with Ghosts (Broadway)
Closed 2h 20m
Walking with Ghosts (Broadway)

Walking with Ghosts (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(118 Reviews)
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Intelligent

Irish actor Gabriel Byrne's autobiographical solo show about his childhood and career.

Read more Show less

Member Reviews (118)

Sort by:
  • Default
  • Standing in our community
  • Highest first
  • Lowest first
  • Newest first
  • Oldest first
  • Only positive
  • Only negative
  • Only mixed
1015 Reviews | 420 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Indulgent, Great acting, Entertaining

See it if You like one person shows. This is one of the better ones. Excellent acting brings his life forth on the stage in short personal chapters.

Don't see it if You’re not fond of one person shows. You may find yourself asking why should I care about this man’s life. Interesting but…exceptional?

891 Reviews | 259 Followers
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great staging, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you identify with growing up in the 1950's-his masterfully tales reflect the times perfectly with grace, humor, honesty, wonderfully lit.

Don't see it if you do not like one person performances where various tales are related taking you from childhood to adulthood with all its ups and downs.

735 Reviews | 159 Followers
Indulgent, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Byrne is a fine actor who can hold an audience's attention for 2 hours. He knows how to pick out the stories from his life that resonate.

Don't see it if not enough talk about life in the theatre and performances, perceptions of the profession and why people want to get involved

666 Reviews | 131 Followers
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Stories about his life, great storyteller. This story was very entertaining.

Don't see it if You dislike storyteller and alot happening on stage.

652 Reviews | 243 Followers
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Uninteresting, Boring

See it if You love solo shows where actors tell of their relatively mundane lives growing up.

Don't see it if You’re looking for interesting tales of a working actor — this is unfortunately focused on Byrne’s uninteresting youth.

530 Reviews | 108 Followers
One person show, But also disappointing, So brilliant

See it if You want to see a one person show with a great actor that you probably know and love

Don't see it if You are going to be bothered that he only opens up about the things he chooses to Read more

494 Reviews | 94 Followers
Resonant, Intelligent, Enchanting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if you would like to hear Gabriel Byrne tell stories of his life in an entertaining and moving fashion.

Don't see it if you need more than one captivating person onstage.

489 Reviews | 57 Followers
Great acting, Slow

See it if fans of Gabriel Byrne or story telling. Or fans of one-person shows.

Don't see it if want a full plot, not just stories. not a fan of one-person shows. could just read his book instead.

Critic Reviews (20)

The New York Times
October 27th, 2022

"The show seems to conclude with a kind of resignation and acceptance, that if the people of his past are dead now, they persist within him. "
Read more

October 27th, 2022

"As a writer, Byrne is no Brendan Behan, but the sincerity of his voice is a fine cover for whatever artlessness it disguises. And there are moments when he really hits his mark."
Read more

New York Theatre Guide
October 27th, 2022

"It’s a deeply personal story, and there’s not much attempt to put his experiences in a larger context...Connecting the dots between vignettes in a more powerful thematic way would give the show a cumulative wallop that now feels somewhat lacking."
Read more

New York Daily News
October 27th, 2022

“ 'Walking with Ghosts,' directed by Lonny Price, has some quirks. It’s only loosely staged with minimal visual accoutrements and it hews too closely to the memoir."
Read more

October 27th, 2022

" 'Walking With Ghosts' may not necessarily be life-changing, but the spectacle of seeing this great actor reminisce about his own personal and artistic coming-of-age turns out to be surprisingly affecting indeed."
Read more

Lighting & Sound America
October 27th, 2022

By now it should be obvious that, had he not become a distinguished actor, Byrne might have a been a writer of note. Gifted with an angel's tongue and the devil's wit, his misses nothing, whether it is "the waxy flesh" of a nun's hand, the "sinful wind" of a carnival ride that blows up girls' skirts, or the elderly woman "leaning on her gate with her new teeth like a row of fridges."… Walking with Ghosts is an intoxicating experience.
Read more

Talkin' Broadway
October 27th, 2022

"If only the entire evening held the honesty and directness of the latter part of the performance, we could count 'Walking With Ghosts' as a terrific evening of theatergoing....But what we are presented with...is both too much and not enough, a two-hour discourse that would best be appreciated by fans of the actor."
Read more

New York Stage Review
October 27th, 2022

"It would be churlish to say that listening to this sort of poetical description is a chore, especially when delivered in the actor’s mellifluous tones, but a little of it goes a long way. And 'Walking with Ghosts' clocks in at nearly two-and-a-half hours, making the evening feel very long indeed."
Read more