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Disco Pigs

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

About the show

After an acclaimed run at London's Trafalgar Studios, the 20th anniversary production of Enda Walsh's breakthrough drama about two best friends whose lives take a dark turn, comes to New York with its original cast. More…

Born at the same time on the same day in the same hospital, Pig and Runt have been inseparable ever since. They speak in their own language, play by their own rules, and create a world for themselves in which boundaries blur between truth and illusion. Until, on their seventeenth birthday, they discover something more. As night falls, and the disco and drink take hold, they spiral violently out of control.


Member Reviews (137)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Confusing, Intense, Edgy, Quirky
67
Avg Score

44
Unintelligible, Exhausting, Indulgent, Disappointing

See it if you are a fan of one of the actors. Sets and lighting were excellent. And the performances are solid.

Don't see it if Trying to make out what is being said for 75 min was an exhausting endeavor for little payoff. This was work, not leisure.

Also There's little in terms of story hooks, but a few insightful moments. ... Read more Read less

30
Dizzying, Confusing, Annoying, Disappointing, Unintelligible

See it if You like off beat, experimental performance pieces. Reminded me of something strange I would have seen in college.

Don't see it if You want a clear/coherent story. Thick accents,gibberish talk & thin story make it unintelligible. Even At 75min its overly long. Exhausting

53
Great acting, Disappointing, Confusing, Edgy, Excruciating

See it if You want to see two extraordinary performances. Your a fan of Edna Walsh, see how she has progressed from this, her 1st play.

Don't see it if You’ve never seen Edna Walsh’s work before. This is, in my opinion, not a very good play except to see how far she’s progressed in her work.

68
Dizzying, Edgy, Indulgent, Intense, Overrated

See it if you like a paradox of people/animals living there lives in the clubs in Ireland.it has good directing lighting and acting. you need to know

Don't see it if the story before you go in as it helps a lot. accents are thick need to pay attention to it, maybe see the show 2x's to be able to digest it

85
Violent, Intense, Dizzying, Exquisite, Visceral

See it if Terrific two person acting & dance performance. I was able to relate it to my own love life and was moved by the story of this couple.

Don't see it if You need to understand all the words. You don't enjoy creative performance art that is part theater and part dance, with invented language.

Also When the author wants the language to be clear, he makes sure that it ... Read more Read less

74
Ambitious, Dizzying, Great acting, Slow, Edgy

See it if Smashing revival of Walsh's debut play about violence prone, erotic sibling relationship Wild mash-up of Clockwork Orange & Finnegans Wake

Don't see it if Dense, inventive language off-putting & alienating but meant to be; sibling angst evocatively handled by leads High energy peaks mid-show

86
Dizzying, Edgy, Resonant, Quirky, Intense

See it if you like high-energy performances in material that once broke a few taboos, for both subject matter & dramatic form, & still is a challenge.

Don't see it if you're not willing to learn a new language in order to understand what's going on: a private lingo embedded within a Cork, Ireland dialect.

Also I found the performances very persuasive in this double coming-of-age ... Read more Read less

81
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Touching, Intense

See it if you want to see Enda Walsh's 1st play-a gripping look at friendship and chaos in lives of Irish teens in a challenging production

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish urban slang & vulgarities, simulated depictions of sex, loud disco music & teens behaving very badly

56
Dated

See it if you saw the play 20 years ago and feel a bit of nostalgia for all things Irish. See it if you want to see the new refurbished Irish Rep.

Don't see it if you don't like loud club music or Irish youth without direction in their lives.

15
Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Quirky

See it if you can understand confusing dialogue with a very thick accent. I understood about 5% of the dialogue. The 5% included the F word.

Don't see it if have trouble with thick accents. I couldn't understand what was being said so i really can't judge the plot, whatever it was.

Also If you think you might like this show maybe you should sit in the orch... Read more Read less

60
Energetic, Great acting, Disappointing, Quirky, Incoherent

See it if you enjoy tightly knit, in sync performances by a team of two; coming of age stories; you have a good ear for strong Irish accents.

Don't see it if you don't want to work really hard at understanding the spoken word; some touching moments but who knows what they're actually saying??

70
Energetic, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky, Confusing

See it if you want to see the great performances of the two actors (so energetic, they are literally bouncing around stage), you like plays set in 90s

Don't see it if you are hard of hearing or have trouble understanding thick accents and slang, you prefer plays that are more obvious in their structure

65
Terrific performances but very very difficult to understand dialogue

See it if You love Irish plays and Enda Walsh. And really good actors.

Don't see it if You want a straightforward play and don’t like thick Irish dialect.

Also If I could have understood more would have liked it a lot better!

75
Edgy, On point physical performances, Athletic staging, Singularly unique writing, Intense

See it if an Irish dialect 2 hander with bounce off the wall energy & deeply realized performances from Colin Campbell & Evanna Lynch is your cupOtea

Don't see it if dialects, disco, disaffected youth, are poison to your theatre going

90
Jarr my bes pal in da whole whirl...delivered in a cork accent makes this work, but brilliant payoff

See it if You can suspend your analytic self and give yourself up to just feel.These two are so in sync, I believed they had been together since birth

Don't see it if You have a problem with fog, you have ANY degree of hearing loss. You want something straightforward. You dont like the simple premise.

Also If anyone reads this who feels they know my taste, I want to warn you ... Read more Read less

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you want to explore Edna Walsh's older works and can let go to immerse yourself in the private world of two down and out teenagers.

Don't see it if You need to understand every word of dialogue. Characters often speak in their own made up language.

88
Great acting, Quirky, Dizzying, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you like a high-energy, physical 2 actor play; Enda Walsh's edgier plays; can appreciate dialogue even when you cannot understand it; moving

Don't see it if need to understand every word, don't want fight scenes even if with an invisible opponent; don't want to see the anger & confusion of youth

Also The two actors are amazing.... Read more Read less

49
Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Overrated, Incoherent

See it if you want to see 2 actors give there all to something that is impossible to understand or follow. Visually it is enthralling.

Don't see it if you have a problem with accents or are looking for a straight forward play.

78
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Great acting, Indulgent

See it if you’re a fan of Enda Walsh, Colin Campbell, or Evanna Lynch.

Don't see it if you dislike chaotic narratives that are difficult to follow.

70
Quirky, Intense, Dizzying, Great acting, Frenetic

See it if you want something completely different and can appreciate wild performances in a minimalist set.

Don't see it if you don't want to veer away from the typical theater experience, where shows are structured and plots makes sense.

Also This was an interesting piece, not my usual cup of tea, but what bothe... Read more Read less

75
Absorbing, Confusing, Great acting, Intense, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see some intense acting and can handle being confused. I was drawn to the story onstage but needed to figure what I saw after

Don't see it if You want a clear story with full sets and costumes. This is not for the weak at heart.

24
Painful, incomprehensible, nonsense, boring

See it if you want to waste 75 minutes watching 2 performers carrying on with dialog that can't be understood 90% of the time with pure nonsense.

Don't see it if you don't want to waste 75 minutes of your life with something that passes it self of as quirky theater.

86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if You don't feel the need to understand every word , like opera before super titles , the intention is clear none the less

Don't see it if You need clarity and hate abstraction . Irish teen angst pervades

79
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Great staging

See it if you're amenable to not understanding all the dialogue but can appreciate the sheer physicality of the actors.

Don't see it if you dislike the more avant garde. Disco Pigs, like much of Mr. Walsh's work (Arlington, Misterman) is definitely--or defiantly--unusual.

76
Funny, Confusing, Ambitious

See it if You can decipher heavy Irish accents and appreciate Irish humor. You want a challenging look at life.

Don't see it if You cannot understand heavy Irish brogue. You want a play with story. I read the review so I started with some idea, but quickly got lost


January 10th, 2018
"This portrait of two best friends on the crumbling cusp of adulthood is driven by a concentrated fuel of adrenaline and hormones, mixed with lethal quantities of alcohol. That, and a word-drunk poetry that zigzags between extreme, giddy feelings of power and powerlessness...A cast of two with th...
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January 12th, 2018
“At many points, it is nearly unintelligible...Their thick Irish accents would be barrier enough to many American ears, but they also use a daunting personal language...There is much to admire about John Haidar’s revival, but despite the actors’ energetic performances, the experience of absorbing...
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January 9th, 2018
“Campbell and Lynch make vivid impressions as the near-feral Pig and Runt...Walsh is at home with stories filled with shadows and tortured souls...Haidar’s staging moves at a fitting fast and furious clip. So much so your ears may ache as they try to adjust to the accents, unfamiliar references a...
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January 10th, 2018
“Haidar's revival is an admirable one. Moving at a hundred miles per hour from lights up, it features two actors almost supernaturally in sync...Their performances are thrilling...This work has lost its edginess as it has gotten older, and though Haidar, Campbell, and Lynch go for the jugular, th...
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