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Hangmen

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Funny

About the show

Following a successful run in the West End, Olivier and Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh returns to the Atlantic Theater Company with his first US premiere in 8 years. More…

In his small pub in the northern English town of Oldham, Harry is something of a local celebrity. But what’s the second-best hangman in England to do on the day they’ve abolished hanging? Amongst the cub reporters and pub regulars dying to hear Harry’s reaction to the news, his old assistant Syd and the peculiar Mooney lurk with very different motives for their visit.


Member Reviews (167)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Clever, Funny
86
Avg Score

80
Twisty plot, Memorable characters, Fine performances, Old-fashioned, Highly polished

See it if you like a dark thriller with chills and laughs (McD's specialty). Strong ensemble; standout Flynn. Not many insights, but entertaining!

Don't see it if you require deep thinking. H'men is for the plot twists. Some jokes fall flat (some land). Wild characters. Heavy accents. Great set.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if You want to be thoroughly entertained by a well written play with all top notch actors and an extraordinary set. Funny. Quirky. Smart.

Don't see it if You don’t like quirky stories filled with small town/local eccentrics to provide a backdrop of humor and a way to see yourself differently.

95
Thrilling, Intense, Witty, Morbid, Edgy

See it if Dark, dark satire that is so jarring, you can't help but laugh. Full of wit, humor and surprise. Great character acting. Huge standing O.

Don't see it if You won't like an extremely dark comedy with a serious theme. You can't enjoy detestable characters that serve the writer's purpose.

89
Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Refreshing, Captivating

See it if you want to see a stellar ensemble cast (w/superb direction) pull off a clever, droll, intense, quirky British barroom comedy-drama-mystery.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Martin McDonagh's off-putting dark humor and sinister, slightly menacing (but NOT creepy), yet endearing, characters.

65
Uneven, Fluffy, Engaging, Great staging

See it if you'd be satisfied by a thriller that doesn't have much more going for it than a plot you can get invested in.

Don't see it if you want a show that isn't about much more than the characters in it to actually have a point of view on human nature.

84
Edgy, Great acting, Intense, Riveting, Great writing

See it if McDonagh in fine form w/period tale of ending capital punishment by hanging in Britain Favorite themes of retribution & redemption abound

Don't see it if Extremely well acted & staged despite some pacing issues in 2nd Act Tends to get a little too verbose (even for McDonagh) in mid-section

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Hilarious, Intense

See it if you like McDonough's work, enjoy very dark humor, suspense & plots with red herrings, like discovering young actors, like Johnny Flynn

Don't see it if you have trouble with English accents, don't appreciate black humor, get anxious over suspense, not a fan of elaborate plot twists

Also There is some great writing here, as well as some clever situations an... Read more Read less

94
Funny, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Intense

See it if you enjoy dark comedies, period pieces set in the ‘60s, or British accents. If you’re a Martin McDonagh fan, this is up your alley.

Don't see it if you’re uncomfortable watching simulated hangings. I didn’t think it was that bad, but the woman next to me audibly gasped.

95
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you are a Martin McDonagh fan. "Hangmen" may not be at the top of his oeuvre, but it is one of the more entertaining evenings in town.

Don't see it if Black humor isn't your thing. Or if you don't like to see blood shed on stage.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Riveting

See it if You like Martin McDonagh’s dark comedies, full of twists & turns with fabulous characters. Totally engrossing and masterfully played.

Don't see it if You do not like dark humor and cannot understand heavy Northern accents from a very British cast.

Also Ensemble acting at its peak. The staging is ingenious. Do not miss!

81
Funny, Great staging, Great acting, Menacing, Edgy

See it if you want to see good performances especially by Johnny Flynn; good & fun yet stereotyped bar friends; funny, nasty humor.

Don't see it if you don't like to watch people behaving badly; sometimes difficult to understand accents; didn't live up to my built up high expectations.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intelligent

See it if you like crisp writing and a "did he or didn't he" plot.Acting is perfect. Set is brilliant.McDonagh takes you on a ride, great getaway car.

Don't see it if you are squeamish.McDonagh makes us confront the dark corners and see our role in creating them.He has complete control from soup to nuts.

77
Entertaining, Suspenseful, Overhyped

See it if you’re an anglophile & will enjoy seeing a small-minded, pompous jerk get what's coming to him in a surprising and satisfying way

Don't see it if for $90+ you expect a lot of bang for your buck—to have your point of view broadened/challenged, or see incomparable, career-defining work

Also My own fault I built this up too much in my head. These tix are above ... Read more Read less

83
Great writing, Great acting, Slow, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you like McDonagh's voice. This is pretty known territory for him few surprises. Mark Addy & Original cast members bring it.

Don't see it if You dont want to work. You want humor. The usual McDonagh humor is not here.

86
Great writing, Quirky, Absorbing

See it if you can get a ticket. Martin McDonagh has written another compelling play that keeps you guessing.

Don't see it if dark humor and a little bit of violence & gore aren't your thing.

83
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like good theater. A play with a real plot, a good story, great acting and fun characters.

Don't see it if you object to black humor.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if darkly comic play about a hangman in Northern England who becomes a pub owner; frequently very funny or chilling, often both at once; twists

Don't see it if would be offended by gallows humor, hanging scene or frustrated by Northern English accents; annoyed by pub banter or twists & turns

Also Great ensemble cast but the actor that plays the creepy ('menacing') M... Read more Read less

86
Riveting, Funny, Disturbing

See it if you are a fan of Martin McDonagh's dark humor, as I am. Great cast & direction. It's closing after sellout &1 extension. I hope it transfers

Don't see it if you don't like black comedies. It's not as disturbing as the Lieutenant of Inishmore, but still a dark quirky script.

89
Captivating, Mysterious, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if a highly dramatic beginning and a surprise ending are treats you've been craving. This was a treat served up well by a team of great actors

Don't see it if Thick accents are off-putting.

78
Clever, Entertaining, Edgy, Great acting, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of McDonagh ' s plays done with style and panache

Don't see it if You are expecting Beauty Queen or Pillowman , this is good but not as good as them

90
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Great writing

See it if you're a Martin McDonagh fan. It's fascinating to watch the interaction among his very colorful characters. And, it's a great story.

Don't see it if you have a problem with accents or dark, very dark, subject matter.

79
Entertaining, Fluffy, Hilarious, Great staging

See it if enjoy off-beat comedy about serious subjects

Don't see it if not a fan of Martin McDonagh. Not everyone's cup-of-tea

50
Confusing, Disappointing, Dated, Quirky, Excruciating

See it if only to just see the WONDERFUL stage craft of the CLEVER set design and set change 15 minutes into the play, right before your very eyes.

Don't see it if if 1960’s English pub fare isn’t something you have ever wondered about.

Also This production of the brilliant playwright Martin McDonagh is one of ... Read more Read less

91
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Intense, Darkly comic

See it if you enjoy dark humor and want to see some fantastic performances. Johnny Flynn is a standout.

Don't see it if you don't like dark humor or have trouble understanding strong accents--while they were done well, it was sometimes difficult to understand

Also I really enjoyed this play. This was my first Martin McDonagh play, bu... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you don't mind morbid, but also funny shows.

Don't see it if topics like death, rape, murder, etc. are never funny to you.


February 5th, 2018
"Criminally enjoyable...And aren’t we happy that Mr. McDonagh, who of late has mostly been otherwise engaged with movies, has reclaimed his mantle as the great deceiver of contemporary theater?...Directed with gleaming precision and grinning relish by Matthew Dunster...A happy-creepy reminder tha...
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February 5th, 2018
"Fans of the Irish-English auteur will be reminded of the qualities that make his work pop. Nasty humor twines with sadism...Rather than pushing that potential into new territory, he falls into comfy conventions that he winks at, but which also function as excuses for a thin and implausible story...
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February 5th, 2018
"Once again under the assured direction of Matthew Dunster, the play is right on brand for its author: sly, plot driven, and morbidly funny, with a masterly ear for regional voices and an array of plum parts for actors. While more deliberate and less full-on explosive than some of McDonagh’s earl...
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February 5th, 2018
"A delectably dark comedy about injustice, revenge and man's instinct for violence, state-sanctioned or otherwise...Those bristling themes make this expertly crafted play a lively companion piece to McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri...McDonagh is back in top form here...If the...
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