Ends Nov 10 | 1h 30m | Chelsea

Dublin Carol

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense

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. More…

From the show:

John Plunkett is haunted by memories of a shameful past and shattered life. On Christmas Eve, an unexpected visit from his estranged daughter, Mary, forces John to confront his demons and grapple with his chance at redemption.

Member Reviews (29)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Intense
79
Avg Score

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

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

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.

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

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.

69
Fine acting & directing, disappointing script

See it if you are a dedicated Conor McPherson fan and interested in his early work; enjoy Ciairan O'Reilley's work and fine acting

Don't see it if you expect the usual sophistication of this author's work; can't tolerate too familiar stereotypes and weak storyline that is predictable.

75
Intense, Great acting

See it if You’re attuned yo Irish sensibilities and ways of storytelling. The swings from arch humor to desperate sadness cone often.

Don't see it if It unfolds slowly and is claustrophobic by design. If you like action this isn’t for you.

86
Resonant, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if You enjoy dark Irish dramas.

Don't see it if You don’t like stories about sad characters.

100
Thought-provoking, Profound, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you like Irish theatre and truly appreciate great acting. These three actors are not to be missed. Intense at time and thoroughly worth it!

Don't see it if you have some issue with Irish storytelling. Really enjoyed this one. Realism at its best.

91
Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You like quality writing and like watching actors bite their teeth into good material.

Don't see it if you like happy endings.

80
Entertaining, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a show that has really strong acting.If you want to see a really well done production, with an interesting set.

Don't see it if If you are expecting a big production. If your expecting an uplifting experience.

95
Must see, Great acting, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if The show had a fine cast, superb acting and was 100% absorbing. I hung on each and every word and mannerism of the characters.

Don't see it if If you have trouble with accents, alcoholism, profanity or dark shows.

90
Great theater, writing,acting

See it if great acting especially jeffery bean. wonderfully written, "backwards" peeling away issues set works well last scene is perfect

Don't see it if nothing negative

100
Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

See it if A very deeply moving play by Conor McPherson. The avoidance of taking responsibility for your actions based on alcoholism is heartbreaking.

Don't see it if don't know

During previews
67
Been there, done that, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you care about this playwright, or Irish writers or plays about Ireland.

Don't see it if you are bored already with Irish plays and discussions of drinking, as though it was as important as breathing.

During previews
86
Nmni, Quirky characters, Absorbing, Plot & characters revealed slowly, Terrific writing and acting

See it if You like a well-told, character driven story. Appreciate a contemplative night at the theatre. Want to see fine acting.

Don't see it if You are sensitive to language, family issues, alcoholism. Need an upbeat or fast-paced story.

Also Another fine production by Irish Rep -- high production values and ste... Read more Read less

During previews
71
Indulgent, Intense, Slow

See it if you want to become acquainted with yet another drunken Irishman who has opportunities for redemption, but may blow it yet again.

Don't see it if you prefer sober heroes.

During previews
79
Slow, Refreshing, Profound, Intense, Great acting

See it if You want a perspective on death and dying from a living persons perspective. The two characters the main guy acts with are pivotal to plot

Don't see it if You do not like dramas about imperfect people.

During previews
75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Relevant, Indulgent, Great acting

See it if you like/love Irish drama and the self-indulgence of its characters. The acting is very good and the story all too familiar. Effective

Don't see it if you have no patience for the Irish emotionalism. It is all over the play and stigmatizes the characters but it is worth seeing for craft

During previews
92
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Profound, Masterful

See it if Another fine, intimate, dark & intensely moving play from this fine Irish playwright, Conor McPherson. Super production from Irish Rep.

Don't see it if Thought it's not long (1 1/2 hrs) the pace is deliberate, the ideas and feelings are presented slowly. It's set in a dreary funeral parlor.

During previews
30
Boring, Thought-provoking, Banal, Disappointing, Slow

See it if you want to hear Irish accents for 80 minutes.

Don't see it if you want a coherent plot. This is an alcoholic talking about his demons with very little action or forward momentum.

During previews
75
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if You enjoy theater at the Irish Rep.!Acting is always superb. Or you are into family drama.

Don't see it if You are not into family dramas.

During previews
74
Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Slow

See it if You enjoy dramas about dysfunctional families where alcoholism is a factor. Great acting and good staging in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You prefer happier subject matters, musicals and an actual ending that doesn’t leave you wondering how/if it’ll work out.

During previews
70
Intense, Good acting, Cliched

See it if You like Irish plays, you like Conor McPherson, you’re interested in the struggles of men who can’t connect but do talk a lot.

Don't see it if You don’t want to see a play about an alcoholic, you like the action to happen onstage.

Also Not a Christmas play despite the name.

During previews
79
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Appreciates serious well written dramas. Excellent performance by a trio of pros.

Don't see it if Not interested in dark with a message


October 7th, 2019
"‘Dublin Carol’ Gets Lost in Its Drink: Set in a bar on Christmas Eve, this revival at the Irish Repertory Theater plays alcoholism for drama without resorting to boozy histrionics."
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October 1st, 2019
4/5 Stars "Conor McPherson's Christmas drama remains as potent as a shot of whiskey."
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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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