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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

For a previous production
28
Confusing, Excruciating, Insipid, Slow

See it if You enjoy a slow paced, confusing play. By the time you get to the action, you just don't care anymore.

Don't see it if You want an interesting play that moves quickly enough to keep your interest.

For a previous production
85
Great acting, Edgy, Excruciating, Intense

See it if you enjoy great acting, casting, and direction. You don't mind mixing "real" and imaginary scenes. You enjoy the most intense of O'Neill.

Don't see it if "Long Day's Journey Into Night" is too dark/intense for you; this is more so. You dislike mixing "real"/dream scenes.or accents/Irish-isms.

For a previous production
81
Great acting, Intense, Convoluted, Riveting

See it if you like really great acting; accept prose-style narration & magical realism in a non-linear play; accept being left speechless afterwards

Don't see it if you have poor concentration;( VERY thick Irish accents and idioms;) don't like stage violence; prefer light, fluffy entertainment

For a previous production
69
Confusing, Slow, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You can understand heavy old Irish accent, and like dark plays

Don't see it if If you are bothered by inappropriate adult contact or have a hard time understanding accents

For a previous production
90
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if you've seen and appreciated a Beckett play. Dark, compelling and mysterious look at death and family life where the past is never over.

Don't see it if you cannot hang in there not knowing what is going on until later--and even then it's not fully clear--and thick Irish brogues wont do.

Also I was blown away by this play. It has stayed with me and popped into m... Read more Read less

For a previous production
60
Great acting, Confusing, Overwhelming

See it if you like captivating acting and high production values

Don't see it if you're easily confused or not prepared to decode heavy, wordy language

For a previous production
79
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if like the experience of seeing a horrific storyline made bearable and convincing by extraordinary acting

Don't see it if you like comedies

For a previous production
82
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Great set

See it if you like intense absorbing Irish drama in an intimate setting - great cast, set, story.

Don't see it if have difficulty understanding well enunciated speech with an Irish accent or if you have mistakenly climbed 4 floors to a locked entrance.

For a previous production
72
Great acting, Intense, Profound

See it if you like intense irish drama with a twist

Don't see it if irish accents are hard for you to understand

For a previous production
79
Clever, Fascinating, Dark, Great writing

See it if you're up for untangling a sordid knot of a family mystery play

Don't see it if you don't much care for sordid, knotty family mysteries; if double-casting confuses you

For a previous production
100
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful

See it if You like plays that have non-linear plots, deeply troubled characters and controversial subject matter.

Don't see it if If you have difficulty following a plot that shifts time periods, deals with morality issues, has trouble understanding Irish accents

For a previous production
96
Edgy, Confusing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Riveting

See it if I just gotta say i loved it- can't give an explanation except it was a woman's trails and tribulations and not necess PC. How do we cope?

Don't see it if You don't like a thick accent, or incest or honest means of getting by or unconventional coping methods. This is in your face theatre.

For a previous production
10
Disappointing, Quirky, Excruciating

See it if dramas that may or may not be well written. Impossible to tell due to extremely thick accents/brogue used in the production.

Don't see it if you wants actors who can say their lines in a manner that is understandable to the large majority of the audience.

Also I was told to look at and possibly edit this review due to the low sco... Read more Read less

For a previous production
75
Good

See it if ok,pretty good.

Don't see it if n/a

For a previous production
82
Intense, Profound, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if you like-family dramas-Irish productions-plays with metaphysical elements-monologues where actors narrate/break the fourth wall

Don't see it if you don't like-productions with accents-short intense dramas that let up with little comic relief-plays entirely taking place in one setting

For a previous production
85
Absorbing, Intense, Quirky, Dark, Intelligent

See it if You are interested in Irish theatre, or you like dark, intense, brooding works.

Don't see it if You don't like dark dramas, you have trouble understanding Irish accents, or you don't like shifting timelines.

For a previous production
85
Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if If you enjoy dark comedy, you want to be challenged.and you like to analyze themes and motifs

Don't see it if If you prefer a linear structure and don't think much of updated Oedipal themes

For a previous production
65
Confusing, Excruciating, Edgy, Intense, Great acting

See it if you enjoy dramas that explore the darker, more twisted side of humanity, or if you want to support a female director and female writer.

Don't see it if you would have a hard time understanding an Irish dialect (although you kind of get used to it), you don't want to see a story with incest.

For a previous production
69
Ambitious, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Raunchy

See it if Your into dark and taboo subject matter in a dysfunctional Irish family. Can understand heavy accents .

Don't see it if You cannot handle incest and murder with heavy accents.

For a previous production
75
Absorbing, Entertaining, Raunchy, Intense, Resonant

See it if You love Irish theater and dark family drama with hidden secrets and bloody pasts

Don't see it if You have trouble understanding accents or if incest is a trigger.

For a previous production
60
Fine, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see an Irish family drama with mystical elements. Beautiful set design from an ambitious company.

Don't see it if you expect to be blown away. Honestly, it was fine, but that's the best word to describe each part: acting, writing, directing. It was fine.

For a previous production
68
Edgy, Intense, Raunchy, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate an intimate theater and an intense story.

Don't see it if you can't handle a story involving incest.

For a previous production
75
Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like memory plays, Irish accents, intense family dramas

Don't see it if You're not used to watching theatre/following plots, have trouble understanding accents, want something light

For a previous production
85
Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Original

See it if You like Irish culture, clever writing, great acting and an amazing set

Don't see it if You don't like to think and figure things out.

For a previous production
99
Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if you appreciate intensity, Irish lore & melodrama or want to be voyeur to a poor incestuous family. Masterful acting, set design & prop work.

Don't see it if Actors play multiple characters, which others found confusing. Trigger warning: mother-son kissing & implied sex, domestic violence & blood.


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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