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Cyprus Avenue

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Members say: Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy

About the show

The Public presents the Abbey Theatre and the Royal Court Theatre's subversively funny and savage new play about one man trying to make sense of a radically changed world. Starring Oscar nominee Stephen Rea. More…

Eric Miller is a Belfast Unionist. He is exclusively and non-negotiably British. But nowadays he is worried he might be Irish. When Eric sees a likeness between his new-born granddaughter and the Irish republican leader, Gerry Adams, his sanity starts to unravel. Determined to defend his family and his heritage, Eric’s lifetime of ingrained prejudice and unsettled identity push him to the edge.

Member Reviews (111)


Great acting, Intense, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Edgy
Avg Score

Violent, Dark, Unenlightening, Strong acting, Uneven tone

See it if you're interested in psychotic prejudice, played 1st for laughs, then bloody horror. Emotional whiplash. Absurdism uneasily mixed w realism.

Don't see it if you dislike ruthless violence, especially after humor. Therapy sessions seemed pointless, given the crimes. Strong acting; flawed script.

Uneven, Great acting, Poor character development, Disturbing

See it if you don't mind disturbing violence. that part is harsh but interesting.

Don't see it if you don't care about Irish political name dropping for 30 min with no effect on the rest of the play. All other characters are props.

Also This was very uneven. There is 60 min play in there with a 30 min diat... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Intense, Uneven, Slow, Disturbing

See it if You like intense or disturbing shows. The first and last thirds of the play were good.

Don't see it if The drawn out 30min scene in the middle discusses Ireland politics, it's very boring, screeches the play to halt & it doesn't fully recover.

Riveting, Edgy, Profound, Relevant, Dark

See it if You want to see a dark...a very dark statement on what happens when we remain silent and do not call out hate for what it is when it occurs.

Don't see it if You can’t handle a violent stark look at the ugliest of truths about our society right now!

Bleak, Ambitious, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Hollow

See it if to witness Rea's dynamic, committed tour-de-force in a subversive play that attempts to explain the origins of hate & how it begets violence

Don't see it if you aren't prepared for some ugly, grim, violent scenes; you expect more than a shallow morality play; you don't have the patience of Job.

Also I struggled with this play, and I can actually understand the inclinat... Read more Read less

Out-martin mcdonaghs martin m. in portraying violence/dark humor; some will love that, others may find it too much

See it if uses absurdism & wickedly dark humor 2 illustrate issues of identity & extremism; brilliant volcanic/humorous performance by Stephen Rea

Don't see it if some will be perplexed by violence or find it gratuitous or won't like absurdist approach where unsure what's real/what's not

Also This play appears to be a riff on Jonathan Swift's satirical "A Modest... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if You love dark, Irish dramas or would love to see a brilliant turn by Stephen Rea.

Don't see it if You dislike plays by authors like Martin McDonagh, or hate intensely violent plays.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Manipulative, Shocking

See it if Tour de force performance by Rhea about a story of bigotry and insanity - a dangerous combination.

Don't see it if The violence at the end of the play, which is visual, is extreme and beyond comprehension. I looked away but you know what is going on.

Also Knowledge of the history of Northern Ireland would be helpful.

Clever, Great acting

See it if Want to see a dark and violent play with a lead actor that will blow you away

Don't see it if You don’t understand things about Ireland. I still loved this play even though I Don’t understand the history between n. Ireland and Ireland

Also I break this play down into three parts. The first 35 minutes was real... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound, Relevant

See it if Plays in historical context interest you. You are fine with very minimal set. You can handle some gory violence in a heavy drama.

Don't see it if Off the wall characters and situations don’t disturb you so much that you can’t enjoy a play for what it is.

Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting

See it if You are ready for a really dark play about an mentally ill man who is torn between the past and the present. Stephen Rea is masterful!

Don't see it if You expect a light-hearted Irish comedy or Going My Way. You dislike dark satire.

Also The entire cast is brilliant! You should know something about Sinn Féi... Read more Read less

Good acting and good premise but a little too off key.

See it if You like good theatre from London.

Don't see it if You want a traditional easy to take drama.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if You like amazing theater that you might not necessarily "enjoy." This is a hard edged play with a good bit of comedy. But VERY intense

Don't see it if You can't deal with extreme violence and a sort of dream like quality to the production. You don't understand accents. Blood gets to you.

Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Funny, Shocking

See it if you want to take advantage of the rare opportunity to see Stephen Rea on a New York stage even in a play that turns shockingly violent.

Don't see it if you don't like black humor and are repelled by violence.

Also This left me emotionally drained and then just angry. It's a close cal... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great writing, Edgy

See it if you want to see incredible acting in a story about prejudice, mental illness and denial.Stephen Rea is brilliant.Unsettling script.Profound

Don't see it if you want something light or are squeamish.Acting is superb.Writing is excellent.This one makes you think about anger and politics. Relevant.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you like bold and intense plays that push the envelope. The acting is fantastic keeps you gripped even when you want to look away.

Don't see it if you don’t like terrible plays regardless of how well-written or acted it is. It is not easy to watch and listen to racist and hateful speech

Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Violent, Overrated

See it if A terrific performance by Stephen Rea. You might enjoy it if you are well-versed in the Northern Ireland conflict.

Don't see it if Violent. Pointless. Its “humor” did not travel well.

Great acting, Unflinching writing, Harrowing, Yes he really is going to do that, With a side of boring

See it if You want to see a fully committed actor,who you maybe wished had committed to something else. Some brilliant verbiage; sum less than parts.

Don't see it if you are not interested in 100 minutes of swearing and ridicule ending in violence.You know where its going 15 minutes in.

Also Really dont know what to say about this. It is dark. Subversive. Alway... Read more Read less

Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you love great acting, Stephen Rea is Over The Top, hard biting story of prejudice, psychosis and paranoia

Don't see it if NOT for the squeamish, the play shocks you in ways that are appalling

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want an excellent portrayal of and the justification for the prejudices of entitled white men - and the resulting dire consequences

Don't see it if you object to over the top behavior and believe that prejudice and hate can be justified.

Powerful, Inveigling, Edgy, Great writing, Some stunning acting

See it if It requires some fortitude to travel the emotional road of this examination of the human need to feel secure but this important look at...

Don't see it if what divides us is smart & provocative. Heavy material deftly presented, humorous moments in a dark story.

Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Gruesome

See it if you're interested by an exploration of the lengths to which someone will go to protect their identity and beliefs.

Don't see it if you have the tendency to be repulsed by lifelike acts of violence. Some moments were difficult to watch.

Dreary & depressing, Violent, Shocking, Gruesome, Gripping-yet-slow-build

See it if you don’t mind brutal, bizarre, and bigoted behaviors; can forgive some lack of real closure; want to think deeply; like short dramas.

Don't see it if you’re uninterested in the English/Irish debate; will find blood, violence, brutality, misogyny, and racism disgusting; need uplifting work.

Also Working the central stage like a predator that may strike at slight pr... Read more Read less

Great acting, Edgy, Intense, Riveting

See it if Great acting by Rea and cast. Extremely dark and violent story of a psychotic man who commits the unthinkable. Dark humor...oh my!

Don't see it if If you prefer light dramas or musicals.

Disturbingly dark, Great acting

See it if You love black comedy, and aren't easily offended. David Rea is great. - the whole cast is strong.

Don't see it if play about a man who has a serious mental health issue and is ultimately unredeemable bothers you. Too dark and not funny enough for me.

Also As a rule, I like a black comedy. I love the Martin McDonagh's work, b... Read more Read less

June 25th, 2018
"Mr. Ireland’s analysis of the ambivalence in Eric’s identity crisis is often inspired. The use in 'Cyprus Avenue' of the sessions with the therapist — who speaks the language of political correctness — as a structural anchor feels like a safe and conventional choice. While the entire ensemble is...
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June 25th, 2018
“A baffling waste of resources and time, Ireland’s failed black comedy stretches a single bad analogy into a numbing 100 minutes. Rea plays Eric, an Ulster Unionist...with anti-Catholic feeling...Eric spews great gouts of bigotry which is meant to shock us...and into seeing that such foulness is ...
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June 25th, 2018
"'Cyprus Avenue' is the sort of subversive piece designed to be both horrifying and funny. The play fulfills those aspirations to a degree, but too often at the expense of being alternately alienating and, strangely enough, boring...Still, the production is a must-see if only for the opportunity ...
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June 25th, 2018
"The easy step from bigotry and ideological entrenchments to outright madness gets a timely depiction...Neither Ireland nor Featherstone want merely to show what madmen do when tethers snap, but rather to suggest what causes the snapping in the first place...The cast is superb...Rea is the star o...
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