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Da

Members say: Funny, Cramped, Disappointing
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Critics
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11 reviews
Members
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1 review
 

Irish Rep presents Hugh Leonard's Tony-winning classic memory play set in Dublin in the 1960s.

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Charlie returns to his childhood home after his father’s funeral only to find the stubborn patriarch’s ghost unwilling to leave the house. As Charlie rummages through his father’s belongings, he surrenders to his own memories, both hilarious and wrenching, as the complexity of his upbringing comes alive before his eyes.

 

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Reviews (12)

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Theatermania

"Perhaps the funniest piece of this sort in the canon, a wildly entertaining comedy-drama that won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play. In a new production, the humor and vividness of the text are front and center, even if some crucial acting leaves a bit to be desired." Full Review

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Theatermania

"Perhaps the funniest piece of this sort in the canon, a wildly entertaining comedy-drama that won the 1978 Tony Award for Best Play. In a new production, the humor and vividness of the text are front and center, even if some crucial acting leaves a bit to be desired." Full Review

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The New York Times

"A memory play with a spectral turn, “Da” has an exceedingly familiar feel. The cozy set could substitute for a dozen Irish Rep plays. The characters and themes (family, responsibility, loss) seem pretty typical, too. The oddest thing about “Da”: It won the 1978 Tony Award for best play. (That wasn’t the strongest of years.)" Full Review

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The Huffington Post

“Leonard's writing is extraordinarily pointed, and it's played with emotional verisimilitude by the cast under Charlotte Moore's greatly detailed direction. Any one of the scenes has the power to make patrons flinch.” Full Review

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The Huffington Post

“Leonard's writing is extraordinarily pointed, and it's played with emotional verisimilitude by the cast under Charlotte Moore's greatly detailed direction. Any one of the scenes has the power to make patrons flinch.” Full Review

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Front Row Center

"Their failure to fully connect with the audience, in a play that asks us to care for two opposing protagonists, makes for a long and plodding night." Full Review

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New York Daily News

“A warm and funny valentine from a son to his late father. But it’s not just some sweet and sentimental play — and cheers to that...This modest and entertaining work enjoys a worthwhile, well-acted revival.” Full Review

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TheaterScene.net

"This finely constructed memory piece is characterized by comedy and melancholy...and this accomplished production is a testament to the play’s enduring resonance." Full Review

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Woman Around Town

"Dense and well written, rife with comedy as well as serious turns. An example of a genre to which we’ve become unaccustomed, it’s also a lot to take in." Full Review

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CurtainUp

"After thirty-eight years, Da remains a lucid dream of a play and this fine production re-affirms its place among endearing of contemporary Irish plays." Full Review

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Times Square Chronicles

"From the moment you walk in, as sure as the set’s forcefully steaming kettle promises a cup of tea, you are guaranteed to be taken care of. This production wraps you in the security of strong, vibrant and committed performances immediately." Full Review

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75
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75
Funny, Disappointing, Cramped

See it if if you love Irish theatre but lower expectations. Irish Rep is not at they're home and this production doesn't live up to their standards.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of Irish playwrights, culture, and humor.