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Crackskull Row

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy

About the show

After a successful Off-Off-Broadway run, The Cell's mounting of Honor Molloy's dysfunctional family drama transfers to the Irish Repertory Theatre. More…

In 1999, Rasher Moorigan is finally released from prison after serving time for a monstrous crime he committed more than 30 years earlier. After reuniting with his mother, an old woman haunted by a vanished Dublin, they confront the ghosts of the past and an uncertain future.


Member Reviews (59)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Confusing, Edgy
74
Avg Score

95
Riveting, Edgy, Masterful, Haunting, Enchanting

See it if Dark family mystery with intense characters, ghosts, and gorgeous language. I was transfixed, torched and blown away. What an ending!

Don't see it if The accents will put you off, or you don't enjoy this much intensity, including sex and violence.

76
Ambitious, Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Good writing

See it if Molloy's engrossing pitch-black dramedy of family history at its most perverse Language can border on poetic Actors all fine esp Costigan

Don't see it if Irish accents can detract as well as dark subject Simring's breakneck pacing often disorients Reminiscent of early McDonagh or Philip Ridley

82
Clever, Great acting, Entertaining, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Irish plays and funny but gloomy family sagas, great accents, edgy but gradually revealed storyline & secrets

Don't see it if you have trouble with nonlinear structure and characters playing multiple versions of themselves or not, thick Irish accents, sad characters

29
Great acting, Intense, Excruciating, Do not bring the kids, Overrated

See it if I don't really recommend it. Great acting but unpleasant to watch. Nice set though. The tiniest stage I've ever seen. Very intimate theater

Don't see it if If you don't like seeing plays about incest. Seemed long. Ugh!!

24
Confusing, Disappointing, Indulgent, Overrated

See it if you enjoy Irish drama. The playwright, Honor Molloy, is a third-rate Martin McDonagh.

Don't see it if you get upset about incestuous themes. Also, characters go from young to old and back, and can be very confusing.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You like Irish plays. Incest, violence, sadness, fantasy, realism, a little of everything. Super set, wonderful acting, terrific writing.

Don't see it if If Irish accents turn you off. If you want a light funny sweet play, this is not it.

Also Plot takes twists and turns. Guaranteed that you will discuss after. M... Read more Read less

74
Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense, Intelligent

See it if you love the sound of the irish brogue and super dysfunctional family life, filled with rage, jealousy, and violence. deep, dirty, dark.

Don't see it if you like light and frothy. this is dark and dirty. small but functional staging

83
Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Edgy

See it if you enjoy dark Irish gothic plays and terrific acting. Strong ensemble with Gina Costigan's performance amazing. Masterful direction too.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a complicated text or a very dark play about family secrets. Not for fans of comedies or musicals.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if you like Irish plays with humor and drama and mysticism. great acting and anguish.

Don't see it if you don't like Irish accents, dysfunctional families, cast playing multiple roles, non-linear plot.

100
This is theater!!!, Great writing, Masterful, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You appreciate original creative talent infused theater with masterful script, direction, staging, & OMG great acting! Enjoy powerful drama!

Don't see it if You dislike dark drama that challenges traditional moral standards. You dislike shifting of time & reality with paranormal & fantasy plots.

Also This is a rare gem among the rubbish of overproduced insipid shallow p... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Engaging

See it if you are not afraid of a dark story in an intimate setting. It reminded me of some of Fellini's movies.

Don't see it if a horrific story is going to upset you too much.

Also This is a real treat for the serious theatergoer

75
Intense, Disturbing

See it if you like dysfunctional families, are not turned off by incest.

Don't see it if you are easily offended.

60
Irish accents and slang too heavy to understan!

See it if You love everything Irish....including incest and violence of the desperate

Don't see it if you like GREAT Irish theater,,,this is a poor one!

60
Confusing, Disappointing, Depressing

See it if you think Irish playwrights can do no wrong - that was my mistake....

Don't see it if you prefer a little laughter with almost buckets of tears. I visited lovely Ireland this past summer. Apparently, Ire. 66 was 180 degr. off.

Also It takes rather a bit more - one might say TONS MORE - to shock these ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if You like dark, dark, dark Irish drama about poverty, abuse, and ensuing mental illness. Performances are top rate.

Don't see it if You have a weak stomach for verbal and physical violence. 80 minutes of on the edge of your seat drama.

41
Confusing, Insipid, Excruciating, Cliched, Indulgent

See it if You love formula driven Irish plays performed in a sub basement

Don't see it if You rather spend your time doing something productive like washing clothes

40
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Intense, Overrated

See it if You like dark Irish theatre (though I do, and didn't like the show).

Don't see it if You're not wearing ten layers of clothing, because they pump arctic air into the theatre.

Also The climax was not earned. The playwright did not build the characters... Read more Read less

78
Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if You love intensely, intimate plays about Irish incest.

Don't see it if You are triggered by sexual assault.

For a previous production
82
Powerful, Touching, Great acting, Intense, Great writing

See it if You like mysteries. Powerful story, powerfully told and acted. Intense, riveting. Impressive.

Don't see it if Not everyone's style or theme. It's not light fare. The accents are hard at first.

For a previous production
80
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Dark, Must see

See it if You enjoy dark, heavy & emotional dramas. Well constructed w/ excellent performances. Packs a strong punch.

Don't see it if You dislike intense shows exploring heavy and uncomfortable themes.

Also This is great theater! If you have a chance to see it, GO!

For a previous production
71
Confusing, Edgy, Intense, Slow, Quirky

See it if you really enjoy memory plays, especially if you're Irish. The accent is heavy and I found it hard to understand.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with accents. The Irish dialect and slang made it hard for me to understand a lot of it.

For a previous production
91
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if you like a show that grows on you and makes you wonder afterward. You begin to see the variations . Also 4 super actors

Don't see it if you are easily upset about horrible family relationships,

For a previous production
80
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if You like dark, edgy dramas. You like fantasy elements mixed with realistic drama.

Don't see it if You don't like dark dramas. You don't like fantasy elements in plays.

For a previous production
80
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Disturbing

See it if you enjoy intense, if a bit confusing, dysfunctional family drama, touching on forbidden relationships, insanity and murder.

Don't see it if you dislike heavy accents which are not always comprehensible; you are very sensitive to edgy subject matter; you dislike non-linear plots.

For a previous production
85
Graphically dramatic, Fine acting, Gripping, Dark

See it if You are interested in the porousness of reality, spirituality and insanity overlying an Irish dysfunctional family drama.

Don't see it if You have difficulty with Irish brogue/Irish argot or sordid family situations.


February 12th, 2017
"A minor problem with the play's structure is that it's difficult to keep track of the characters' secrets and lies as they slip into and out of their own regrettable past and present selves. Yet director Kira Simring has a firm grip on the action and keeps the cast invested in their unlikable ch...
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March 7th, 2017
“Director Kira Simring and her talented cast manage the nifty trick of creating a path of destruction that is both in and out of time…The double casting adds to the mind warp…Ms. Molloy writes with a poetic sensibility, a fondness for puns and an ear for metaphor…Ghosts, when they arrive, tend to...
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March 3rd, 2017
"Under Simring’s lyrical direction, there is a very Oedipal twang and structure...Molloy plays with flashbacks and memories that start with a stellar performance by Colin Lane as a jailed man looking through the prison bars back into his past...This is a bleak and dark exploration of jealousy, ra...
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February 10th, 2017
"Molloy spins a tale of intrigue and madness as she exposes the underbelly of a complex dysfunctional family...That past is played out brilliantly by the engaging cast who give their multiple characters and their multifarious conflicts authenticity and believability...Under Kira Simring’s directi...
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