Dublin Carol
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Dublin Carol

Dublin Carol NYC Reviews and Tickets

(43 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking

About the Show

In Conor McPherson's drama, haunted by memories of a shameful past and shattered life, John Plunkett is forced to confront his demons and grapple with his chance at redemption.

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Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Great writing, Slow

See it if A powerful central performance by Bean & solid support from Street impede McPherson's alcohol soaked drama from sliding into moroseness

Don't see it if Despite the virtuoso writing on display, it's essentially an alcoholic drunkalogue w/a few interruptions But redemptive ending plays well

Moving, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Irish drama & McPherson, stories about fathers & daughters, glimpses of a tragic difficult life, satisfying end to make you think

Don't see it if have difficulty with Irish accents, don't like stories dealing with alcoholics or attempts at father/daughter reconciling, plays set at Xmas

Critic Reviews (10)

The New York Times
October 7th, 2019

"‘Dublin Carol’ Gets Lost in Its Drink: Set in a funeral parlor on Christmas Eve, this revival at the Irish Repertory Theater plays alcoholism for drama without resorting to boozy histrionics."
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Time Out New York
October 1st, 2019

4/5 Stars "Conor McPherson's Christmas drama remains as potent as a shot of whiskey."
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The Wall Street Journal
October 9th, 2019

"The Walls of an Abyss: Now at the Irish Repertory Theatre, Conor McPherson’s play about a middle-aged mortician’s assistant with a weakness for booze and whose life has come to naught features a stunning performance."
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October 1st, 2019

3/5 Stars "Brian Cox plays a weakened LBJ in Robert Schenkkan's Broadway sequel to 'All the Way.'"
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Lighting & Sound America
October 18th, 2019

"The writing is honest, the action (such as it is) equally so, the facts at hand hard to dispute, but Dublin Carol makes clear early on where it is going and never deviates from its mournful path."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 1st, 2019

"A small gem of a drama...its success depends on optimal casting and a director, Ciarán O'Reilly, who keeps things simple. Luckily, the Rep's Dublin Carol has both, and boasts what could be a career-making performance by Jeffrey Bean in the lead role."
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New York Stage Review
October 1st, 2019

3/5 Stars "'Whiskey on the Rocks': Irish Rep stages a too-grim revival of one of Conor McPherson's grimmest plays"
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October 1st, 2019

"It was inevitable that Conor McPherson's morose but incisively impassioned one-act play would find its way to the Irish Repertory Theatre. Here it is receiving as polished and vivid a production under the direction of Ciaran O'Reilly as one would want."
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October 1st, 2019

"Conor McPherson's 'millennial' script is quite relevant. It is not the script that is at fault here; unfortunately, it is the production itself. Jeffrey Bean does not seem to know what do with his multi-dimensional character John."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 17th, 2019

"Essentially plotless,…garrulous character study about the ravages of spirits…, redeemed by McPherson’s…prose and…nuanced performances...Bean is a convincingly self-flagellating souse, but…there’s little…to make him notably different from countless other woozy, puking, remorseful stage drunks."
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