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Disco Pigs

From 35 critic and 136 member reviews
Members say: Great acting, Confusing, Edgy, Quirky, Intense

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.

Daily Beast

"Brilliant and electrifying...One of the best productions I have seen on or off-Broadway in recent months...In ‘Disco Pigs’, Evanna Lynch (Runt) and Colin Campbell (Pig) come into the world right in front of us, as screaming infants with thoughts and words immediately streaming from their mouths..The pair are funny, sweet, sometimes whimsical, and also not to be crossed...Everything—really, everything—is perfectly realized in this production.” Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

“A completely stunning piece of theater...Nonstop action, Lynch as Runt and Campbell as Pig deliver a symphonically kinetic, explosive performance guaranteed to stick to your ribs for a long time to come. Tour de force does not begin to cover their commitment to Enda Walsh’s piercing, neo-Joycean work...The dialogue is tough to understand...yet what the pair communicate in expression and action speaks volumes...Pitch perfect production.” Full Review

Irish Central

"What lifts Lynch and Campbell's production head and shoulders above every other production of 'Disco Pigs' that I've ever seen is the pure physical theatre that the pair have perfected. Their relationship, their codependency, the opportunity and threat that they represent to each other is captured in every single move they make on stage, allowing their body language to say even more than even the script does in this brilliant production." Full Review

The New York Times

"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 the teeming energy of an angry mob...It’s the hyper-physical performances that define not only a completely detailed environment as Pig and Runt see it, but also the reality beyond it.” Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"A soul-ripping exploration of the psychological process of separation and individuation and the sometimes-painful experience of facing adulthood...There's a deep well as an exhilarating exploration of freedom found...Lynch finds the core of Runt's dilemma with a superior acuity...Campbell captures the chilling time when playfulness can become profound commitment. Their characters are authentic...their performances are astonishingly believable." Full Review

Stage Buzz

"A powerful revival...Walsh's writing has never felt more alive...Campbell gives a powerhouse performance as Pig...Lynch is excellent as Runt...Haidar directs the show with sure and steady hand. Using the text as a guide, he allows the actors free reign to basically explode off the stage. While at the same time, making sure the images and feelings that result are completely understandable to the audience. Even if the dialogue may not always be." Full Review

Off Off Online

"Walsh’s play strips the term bare of its bright-lights, big-city ballroom connotations, throws a hefty dose of punk into the trunk, then turns off-road onto the aimless side of life. But it does so with deep, dark humor, wide-eyed invention and heaps of passion...Haidar’s production of the play takes several leaps of faith in transporting New York audiences to a time and place which may feel very foreign...The play moves with raging grace...Walsh’s script displays a master wordsmith at work." Full Review

Stage Buddy

“'Disco Pigs' is very much rooted in a specific time and place. But its themes and sentiments are universal...A funny, highly affecting and tightly fashioned 20th anniversary production...Campbell and Lynch prove themselves impressively adept at handling the relatively difficult material...Skillful lighting design, directing well-tuned to the script, and the performances of Campbell and Lynch, this production of ‘Disco Pigs’ crafts a dizzying swirl of emotions.” Full Review

Village Voice

"The production at Irish Rep—smart, sharp, and tight as a time bomb—is perhaps most interesting now for the way in which the play captures the trials and errors of a certain harrowing masculinity...Haidar smartly preserves the feeling of a world of Runt and Pig’s own making, giving the actors no props to play with, their movements tightly choreographed to their words...'Disco Pigs' isn’t social commentary. It’s a love story. It’s also a coming-of-age story, and a tragic one at that." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"Directed with staccato precision by Haidar, these 'Disco Pigs' have a violence and sexual edge that sneaks up and sucker punches one's guts and morality...The writing is both bizarre and exciting, making one lean in hard while also wanted to back away from the discomfort felt...The production, designed simply and erotically...spins forward like an avalanche attacking a china shop...'Disco Pigs' will not be a night easily forgotten." Full Review


“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, the outcome doesn't feel as consequential as it did two decades ago...But an example of world dramatic literature that rarely gets produced in this country, it's important, worthwhile viewing.” Full Review


“A powerful coming-of-age play sensitively helmed by John Haidar...Patience and close listening will make the words a bit less daunting...Lynch and Campbell...convincingly inhabit the roles of two manic teens in an increasingly toxic relationship...Theatergoers most familiar with Walsh may find ‘Disco Pigs’ disconcertingly different. But it's also a fine opportunity to see the talented and now well-known playwright's envelope pushing fledgling work.” Full Review

Chelsea Now

"This production unspools at a breakneck pace that captures the urgency of one’s teen years, with a physical and emotional intensity that’s both exhausting and exhilarating to watch. Kudus to the athletic, kinetic, two-person cast, brimming with sexy/dangerous chemistry and equally compelling in the vulnerability they display during telling soliloquies that are as memorable as they are pivotal to the changing relationship." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"From time to time, there was an engaging development in the action, the last of which was a much-needed turn of events that at last raises the dramatic furor to what many may regard as the inevitable outcome of such frenzied behavior. The other impressive ingredient is the joint Campbell-Lynch acting...Walsh poured out his often-repetitive look at teenage raving and left it for whatever actors, directors sign on to make it work. With this committed group he’s gotten very lucky." Full Review

The Wrap

“Campbell is like an Energizer bunny of kinetic energy, running and dancing about...Lynch, meanwhile, brings some of the mooniness she displayed playing Luna Lovegood on the big screen...Haidar keeps his stars in almost constant motion, often to the beat of mid-’90s pop tunes. The strategy is an effective one, bringing ‘Disco Pigs’ in at a fleet 75 minutes and helping disguise some of the shortcomings of Walsh’s early and promising script.” Full Review

New York Daily News

“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 and Pig-and-Runt speak. That gets marginally easier over 75 minutes...The lives of Pig and Runt don’t.” Full Review

Talkin' Broadway

“Furiously paced and filled with unintelligible gibberish...’Disco Pigs’ is a challenge for contemporary American audiences...It's a period piece, but what may have seemed cutting edge and radical in 1996 runs the risk of feeling dated and pretentious in 2018...Both Campbell and Lynch have commanding presences on stage and throw themselves into their roles with passion, energy and commitment...Without question, Campbell and Lynch are the reason to see this revival." Full Review

Broadway Blog

“Explosively well-performed but frequently incomprehensible…It's a gourmet piece…that I doubt will be to everyone's taste…Performed to a thrilling sound score…and with an equally kaleidoscopic lighting plan…the volatile piece also benefits from tour-de-force performances…'Disco Pigs' has interest as a genre piece expressing the infantile behavior of shiftless kids in 1990s Ireland. Regardless,…it's hard to get worked up over a play at least 50% of which would benefit from subtitles.” Full Review

DC Theatre Scene

“A script so dense that most of us will find it impenetrable...Luckily, there is an energetic rhythm and vividness to Walsh’s prose that two good actors can make more accessible with their bodies, turning the language visual and physical. Campbell and Lynch do just that...The actors do not come off as delinquents, and Campbell’s Pig just doesn’t seem dangerous. But they are both graceful and adorable, with fine comic timing, and for many, that might be enough.” Full Review


"Darren and Sinéad are so intimately connected with one another that they communicate through their own mutually created dialect and shorthand slang...Their devotion to one another, to the point of excluding others, appears cute at first, but then reveals its unsettling details...But even with its brisk, energetic staging, there isn't quite enough substance to fill the play's 75 minutes. There's flashiness and style, for sure, but 'Disco Pigs' requires a bit more meat." Full Review

Time Out New York

“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 the play can be exhausting...Some audience members are bound to tune out early in confusion, and that reaction is understandable.” Full Review

New York Theatre Guide

"Despite the nearly incomprehensible language I was struggling with as I watched the play, I was able to grasp the gist (alright, and some of the nuance) of the work. I credit the stunning, committed, and physical performances by both Lynch and Campbell...The roller coaster was skillfully piloted by Director John Haidar... Still, despite the redeeming qualities...I’m afraid that presenting a play to an audience that is not going to grasp most of what they’re hearing, is just a bad call." Full Review

Front Row Center

“The dialog is nearly incomprehensible to the American ear. I find it patronizing and exclusionary...In fact, it tends to infuriate me...Despite the nearly incomprehensible language...I was able to grasp the gist of the work. I credit the stunning, committed, and physical performances by both Lynch and Campbell...Presenting a play to an audience that is not going to grasp most of what they’re hearing, is just a bad call...Most people didn’t like it because they couldn’t comprehend it.” Full Review

Lighting & Sound America

“You simply have to ride the wave of words, hoping that they will coalesce into something comprehensible...I can't think of another play that so sternly insists on one's close attention while consistently frustrating it — and which, given the rather ordinary melodrama at its heart, offers so little in return...The two-person cast performs it with exemplary commitment and fluidity...I imagine that those who are familiar with ‘Disco Pigs’ will find many rewards here. They are welcome to them.” Full Review


“John Haidar's energized production turns this material into a tour de force for Campbell and Lynch who are continually moving about spewing volumes of words, almost choreographed by movement director Naomi Said. Deeply in character, they seem to be living their adventures which include humor, fantasy and violence. However, American audiences will have difficulty with the thick Cork accents and Irish slang, as well as Pig and Runt's private language which often resembles baby talk.” Full Review

Absorbing, Edgy, Ambitious, Great acting, Dizzying

See it if you like wildly imaginative fare and enjoy great performers with intense energy.

Don't see it if you want traditional language and structure with easy to follow storytelling. There is violence.

Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Dark

See it if You love electric, fast paced dialogue, even if it's hard to understand at first. The show is high energy and emotional. Great acting.

Don't see it if You're not great at understanding accents. The language the two friends use is difficult to get into.

Refreshing, Intense, Masterful, Edgy, Great writing

See it if you want to see a unique, thought-provoking play that explores the emotional rollercoaster of being a teenager

Don't see it if you want to see a play with a more traditional format; you can't keep up with Irish accents

Also Really different and creative play

Great acting, Intelligent, Edgy

See it if you want to see a wonderfully directed and acted two person play with minimum scenery.

Don't see it if this is not for everyone...very 'outside the box'. Edgy and exhilarating .

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Edgy, Intense, Poetic, Ambitious, Dizzying

See it if An energetic tumbling rumbling poetry spouting violent disco punk couple in love since birth. e

Don't see it if Have problems understanding accents and neologisms.requires intense attention to benefit from this inventive intense play.

Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Intense, Relevant

See it if You are interested in an early work by a genius playwright always experimenting with narrators and their storytelling

Don't see it if You don’t like accents and experimental language and movement

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Quirky

See it if you like experimental theatre, Joyceian poetry, new forms, dance/movement, 90s time period, club kids, Irish writers, intense performances

Don't see it if you want linear plot, have difficulty w Irish accents, can't relate to teenage love & anger,

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Absorbing, Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you like weird plays about growing up

Don't see it if you need to understand every single word of the show.

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.

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Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Riveting

See it if You love committed, specific performances, excellent direction and a poetic script.

Don't see it if You have no patience for heightened language.

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

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Engaging, Divisive, Great acting, Must see

See it if You're ok with a two-hander that is more tell than show. You need to be able to imagine what's being described in action and setting.

Don't see it if You have problems with thick accents and "gibberish" twin speak. You really need to be engaged to understand everything that happens.

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Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Confusing, Dizzying

See it if You’re looking for a high-energy virtuoso performance; you’re a big Harry Potter fan; you’re very Irish

Don't see it if Not understanding >half the individual words used will bother you

Dizzying, Irish, Soulful, Sweet, Poignant

See it if You love Irish theatre, have a soft spot for adolescent love/coming of age stories.

Don't see it if You hate working to decipher difficult to understand accents.

Intense, Manic, Beautiful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like abstract, intense work

Don't see it if you like linear stuff

Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Not for everyone, Fierce

See it if you like Enda Walsh's edgy plays (ONCE does not count). You're up for an unsettling, high-energy show that nicely resolves itself at the end

Don't see it if u need to follow every word (u're not meant to). U want light entertainment or a traditional show; it's raw, fast, dense, & emotion-packed.

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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

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.

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Absorbing, Edgy, Refreshing, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a very unique take on a coming of age Story. Brilliant staging and incredible acting.

Don't see it if You are easily confused by languages and accents. Cannot sit through shows with no intermission or a fast paced story.

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Absorbing, Riveting, Excruciating

See it if You want an unusual theater experience. The frenzied performances were hard to take but impossible to stop watching..

Don't see it if You want a show that is easy to follow.

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.

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Quirky, Dizzying, Ambitious, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want to see energetic young actors give physical, boundary-pushing performances.

Don't see it if You don't want to put in the effort to understand the text. If you're lazy.

Great acting, Intense, Electrifying, Great writing, Edgy

See it if u can commit to rapid-fire Clockwork Orange-esque violent playful endearing twisted lyrical banter in a Cork accent. And great movement.

Don't see it if u want sets, costumes, a comprehensible narrative. There r none of the above. Just raw, exciting, overwhelming fun dialogue and high energy

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.

Riveting, Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Enda Walsh, high energy shows

Don't see it if you need sympathetic leads

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