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Ballyturk NYC Reviews and Tickets

(36 Reviews)
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Great acting, Ambitious, Edgy, Profound, Confusing

About the Show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the US premiere of Enda Walsh's ('Once') enigmatic, two-person drama about two men whose lives unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes.

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Member Reviews (36)

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131 Reviews | 18 Followers
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if you like Enda Walsh, delicious spoken word, masterful acting & movement, dynamic duos, existential mystery

Don't see it if you are confused by abstraction, don't want to read between the lines, need an intermission Read more

154 Reviews | 31 Followers
Refreshing, Riveting, Clever

See it if you like to see new cutting-edge exciting work. Huge Enda Walsh fan.

Don't see it if you like more traditional linear plays Read more

155 Reviews | 59 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound

See it if you love Walsh's unique and deeply poetic imagination. Fantastic acting by all three, moments of pure lyricism and masterful direction.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Walsh's hermetic vision or need a play that explains everything. I am a fan, but I know he can be obtuse at points.

170 Reviews | 19 Followers
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see a contemporary, very contemorary, writer following in the footsteps of Beckett and Sartre.

Don't see it if You need everything spoon fed to you.

74 Reviews | 10 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if If you want to be challlenged

Don't see it if You hate the word Beckettian

96 Reviews | 10 Followers
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Enda Walsh

Don't see it if you need to understand what was going on the whole time

53 Reviews | 13 Followers
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You lov phisicalcomedy, if you want to be surprised and if you want to think about deep stuff after the play!

Don't see it if If you are not in the mood for great action!

112 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Intense

See it if you are a fan of Enda Walsh, plays with abstract settings, or plays that make you think

Don't see it if you are looking for something straight forward or with a happy ending, or if you can’t understand Irish accents. Read more

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
January 14th, 2018

"The dark and enigmatic cosmic farce...'Ballyturk' is so verbally dense that it’s possible to be hypnotized, if not numbed, by some of its lush spoken arias. Even at 90 minutes, it would be better shorter...As a director, Walsh knows how to weave a web of images that defy language. And he infuses them with a kinetic charge...But no matter your immediate response to 'Ballyturk,' it is likely to take up residence in your thoughts after you’ve seen it."
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Time Out New York
January 14th, 2018

"Walsh crams big themes into small spaces...After immersing us in this busily static space—Beckett on uppers—Walsh pulls it down with the dramatic arrival of 3 (the magnetic Fouéré)...What this deliberately mysterious play 'means' is left to the audience to imagine. To me, it feels like a theatrical metaphor about the attractions and limits of theater itself; your mileage may vary, but Walsh offers plenty to consider and enjoy along the road."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
January 15th, 2018

“Thrilling...A wild, devastating cry from a playwright who’s both celebrating the small miracle of humankind’s creative impulse and interrogating its ultimate usefulness...A play full of stunning monologues...Walsh turns theatrical examinations of stuckness into exegeses on the art of playmaking. Theater is uniquely good at talking about, eviscerating, celebrating itself — and in 'Ballyturk' you can sense Walsh’s fear that perhaps, in the face of real life’s chaos, that’s all it’s good for.”
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New York Daily News
January 15th, 2018

"There are flashes when it’s funny and sad. But mostly it’s a mystery...What’s it all about? That’s never fully explained but intentionally left up in the air. But here’s the thing about a head-scratcher: It can also stimulate your brain. 'Ballyturk' does."
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January 16th, 2018

"As enigmatic, exhilarating, nonsensical, and frustrating as Samuel Beckett's masterpiece...Though Walsh isn't adding any particularly new insight into the theatrical conversation about life, death, and everything in between, once we see the direction in which he's going, we are able to focus more on what's important. The work, too, finds a nice little center, and there is an unexpected poignancy that follows as Murphy and Murfi confront all of the feelings they thought they'd forgotten."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 14th, 2018

"Seems to operate on the theory that if a bit of nonsense is amusing, a shipping container's worth is even better. This is not to denigrate the total commitment and skill of the two actors...As 'Ballyturk' begins to acquire a dramatic profile, it also comes to resemble a compendium of absurdist drama tropes…Shuttles between the inexplicable and the derivative, it may be worth seeing if only to catch Fouéré...She very nearly transforms this willfully strange piece into a meaningful experience."
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January 16th, 2018

“A dark comedy...An existential drama about friendship and all the personal sacrifices, large and small, that it can demand from an individual...It is amazing to see Murfi do his frenetic comedy routines on stage, while infusing a genuine humanity...Equally mesmerizing is Murphy, whose physical agility and sensitive acting as Character One terrifically complements Murfi's...Fouere delivers a commanding performance...‘Ballyturk’ at St. Ann's might just convert you into a Walsh fan.”
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Stage Buddy
January 16th, 2018

"While there is an often frustrating incoherence, this does not diminish the emotional punch thrown by the performance’s climax...Murfi is fantastic...As goofy in 'Ballyturk' as he is devastating...‘Ballyturk’ elicits more questions than it answers in its 95 minutes running time...Be prepared to be thrown off your axis. It is a noteworthy experience, but you’ll land a bit disoriented when the house lights go up.”
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