Dublin Carol
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Dublin Carol
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Dublin Carol NYC Reviews and Tickets

78%
(43 Reviews)
Positive
84%
Mixed
14%
Negative
2%
Members say
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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Member Reviews (43)

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670 Reviews | 149 Followers
83
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

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
79
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

567 Reviews | 147 Followers
81
Intense, Indulgent, Great acting, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if Holiday visitors spur a man to reflection and regret a life less-lived because of the drink. Compelling drama.Great set. Accessible accents

Don't see it if The great acting is the thing here.An Irish play that blames the uncontrollable sway of the drink.Cliched.Still, it's emotional, nonetheless

460 Reviews | 257 Followers
97
Must see, Intelligent, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a just-about-perfect revival of Conor McPherson's gem of a play featuring a wonderful central performance by Jeffrey Bean.

Don't see it if you do not like Irish drama or a slow-moving piece is not your cup of tea.

401 Reviews | 74 Followers
79
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if an alcoholic recalling memories of the damage his behavior did to himself & those around him; many excuses

Don't see it if want an uplifting play, don't want profanity, want a clear happy ending

321 Reviews | 103 Followers
82
Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like Conor McPerson’s work. It is a dark but uplifting Irish play. Beautiful acting by all three actors.

Don't see it if You don’t like a talky play with little action. I thought the words were beautiful and the play unfolded nicely. It’s worth the effort.

293 Reviews | 123 Followers
80
Absorbing, Poignant, Great acting, Great set

See it if you want to see a small, one-set, 3-character play. The actors bring the characters to life with McPherson's usual moving dialogue.

Don't see it if tales of alcoholism, family estrangement, Irish life aren't your cup of tea--many of which are consumed during the course of the 90 minutes.

279 Reviews | 53 Followers
50
Same old story

See it if You want to watch a man drink too much, try to sober up with tea, drink some more and then drink some more tea.

Don't see it if Unimaginative Irish story telling at its most boring.

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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Theatermania
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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CurtainUp
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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