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Hangmen NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(167 Reviews)
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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.

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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.

Critic Reviews (42)

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 that Mr. McDonagh can still work his double-edged, sinister magic on a stage, making breathless, alarmed, and deeply satisfied dupes of us all."
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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. Dunster’s production adds to the sense of artifice, with lurching shifts of mood-lighting and a physical space that works directly against the attempted comic suspense of the play’s denouement."
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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 earlier work, 'Hangmen' still taps into the undeniable satisfactions of clever plotting and strong character work."
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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 later plotting becomes less precise, the dialogue crackles, the running jokes are devilishly good, and the characters are incisively drawn, providing choice fodder for an electric ensemble."
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February 5th, 2018

"Under the fastidious direction of Matthew Dunster, the ensemble work is slickly well-oiled in the best tradition of barroom plays...Despite the howling laughter earned at the expense of these northern bumpkins and their semi-literate discourse, there’s a black storm cloud behind McDonagh’s surface wit...It’s a treat to watch these antagonists, played with excruciating edginess by Addy and Flynn, circling one another with murder in their eyes."
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February 15th, 2018

"A galvanizingly black farce...A deadly serious play that is also chokingly funny...Glitteringly well-staged...Not since Robert Mitchum slithered onto the screen in 'Cape Fear' has there been a villain (if that’s what he is) quite so charismatically repellent as Mooney...McDonagh wants you to think, and it is his genius to do so by first making you laugh yourself silly. 'Hangmen' succeeds triumphantly on both counts."
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February 5th, 2018

"McDonah is in comfort zone with his thoroughly entertaining but not completely airtight play 'Hangmen'...Flynn enthralls even when the script fails to make a case for some of his illogical actions...Under the direction of Mattnew Dunster, the whole ensemble is killer...There have been better McDonagh plays in New York...But 'Hangmen' comes out swinging and despite questions that arise about why some characters do what they do, the play ropes you in."
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February 5th, 2018

"Martin McDonagh’s old-fashioned, engrossing and extremely entertaining new play...'Hangmen' is unquestionably one of the most exciting Off-Broadway productions of the season...This is a meticulously-plotted work containing interesting, well-developed characters and built upon elements of black comedy, pub drama, physical farce, whodunit mystery, action thriller, and legal drama...Finds the ideal balance between roaring entertainment and grim uneasiness."
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February 5th, 2018

"McDonagh's trademark black humor and violent depictions are front and center once again, making for yet another knockout production...McDonagh, a master storyteller, has laid out an edge-of-your-seat yarn that will draw both gasps and guffaws in equal measure...Keeps us guessing with his misfit characters, seemingly crafted as stereotypes until we discover they're not. And under Dunster's shrewd direction, you never see the plot twists coming. The cast...is to die for."
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February 5th, 2018

"Thrilling and chilling, ferociously hilarious, and wildly ambitious...Dunster's production is so excellent, and so fantastically acted, that the imperfections are easy to look past...Featuring all of the characteristics that delight McDonagh's fans: spine-tingling savagery, unexpected twists, and some truly macabre gallows humor...Dunster has staged the play as a pitch-perfect thriller...Imperfect but engaging, and with enough exceptional moments to keep us talking."
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February 12th, 2018

"It might be easier to pity the hardworking gentleman at the core of Martin McDonagh's new darkly comic drama, who loses his job when his employer eliminates his position, if it weren't for the fact that the function of his profession was to kill people...Violence is accompanied by realistically dark humor, played expertly by director Matthew Dunster's company...Rumors of a Broadway transfer are buzzing about for this enjoyably discomforting production."
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February 6th, 2018

"A little bit poky and underpowered, wedding a surprisingly old-fashioned thriller plot to a vein of humor...Part of the problem, I think, is that 'Hangmen' is populated by characters who aren't engaging enough to emerge from the onstage crowd...Much of the play's humor is lumbering and repetitive...A reasonably entertaining evening, but, coming from a playwright who has so often confidently mixed potent cocktails of laughter and shocks, it leaves us hanging."
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February 5th, 2018

"A brilliant, new black comedy...Mooney, played with chilling insolence by Johnny Flynn could have stepped out of a Harold Pinter or Joe Orton play. He's one of the creepiest characters we've seen onstage in years...Dunster, who's managed a seamless transition to the Atlantic's multi-national cast, weaves a spell of loony comedy with genuinely frightening violence to create a gallows-humor production that could only have come from the pen of McDonagh."
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February 5th, 2018

"Cause for rejoicing from the playwright’s many fans. Newcomers beware, though. Like some of McDonagh’s other plays, it’s a bit of slow burn – with a huge payoff in Act II, where McDonagh’s gifts for melding black comedy, tragedy, and surprise come together with almost peerless skill...While a well-conceived and brilliantly executed plot is one of 'Hangmen’s' many virtues, the greatest pleasure comes from its more incidental moments...There are really no false notes here to note."
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February 18th, 2018

“The sense of good, old-fashioned suspense is heightened by director Matthew Dunster, who also helps delineate the spot-on performances by the four remaining cast members--and regulars at Harry's pub, with distinctive personalities--Billy Carter, Richard Hollis, John Horton, and David Lansbury. And then there's the ongoing rain and lightning--with marvelous effects by Ian Dickinson, for sound, and Joshua Carr, for lighting. Together, they add significantly to the scare factor of the evening.”
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February 5th, 2018

"McDonagh's first play for the stage in ten years...Fortunately McDonagh's defection has not diminished his ability to shock and delight us with his gritty gallows humor...Add to the storytelling and staging pluses that the British production's director Matthew Dunster is on board to smoothly steer satisfyingly large ensemble...For all its darkly enjoyable humor, 'Hangmen' does send the audience home with a serious message."
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February 13th, 2018

"We are served up a goodly portion of violence...There is cryptic humor, braggadocio, and the kind of bi-polar mood explosions that leave your stomach churning...I was missing a story that I could believe, and characters who were more than two dimensional. The performances were quite excellent so this lack of a larger sphere of dimension seems to have been an artistic choice...Perhaps I am missing the intention of the entire shebang."
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February 21st, 2018

"Flynn plays Mooney to perfection with just enough seesaw villainy and likely lad nerve to keep you guessing as to his motives...The exceptional cast, gamely directed by Dunster, triumph in anguish and comedy...When Syd performs a clumsy chair stunt to conceal ghastly suffering, it is a moment of after-dark Buster Keaton hilarity...'Hangmen' tugs at the rotten business of retribution at the same time as eliciting unrepentant laughter. It may be McDonagh's best play yet."
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February 11th, 2018

"The first scene throws us quite quickly into the dark world...It’s a tense and electric scene, layered in twisted humor...'Hangmen' packs a powerful and dark humored punch that keeps you dangling on the edge of your seat...McDonagh’s writing shines as bright as the gallows is dark and deadly...Surprising us with a few unexpected, dynamic, and sometimes hard to swallow orchestrations and twists, all the while engaging us completely with a breathless and ferocious relish."
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March 8th, 2018

"Spins an intriguing tale about 'truth' and 'consequences'...This tragicomic turn of events wobbles deliciously between slapstick and pathos and keeps the audience on edge...Under Matthew Dunster’s keen direction, the members of the cast uniformly deliver stunningly authentic performances that honor Martin McDonagh’s rich, dark approach to disturbingly significant themes, many of which are playing out currently on the national and global stages."
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March 7th, 2018

"'Hangmen' is undeniably entertaining. The plot is suspenseful and full of twists. The 12-member cast is stellar...McDonagh’s signature sensibility is in good form...The plot, as clever in its set-up and surprises as it is, will leave the literal-minded with some nagging questions. And, as with many McDonagh plays, the mordant humor, as funny as much of it is, involves a gleeful reliance on violence bordering on the sadistic."
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February 16th, 2018

“McDonagh…again proves that, when it comes to sucking you into the vortex of a darkly funny, violence-tinted, dramatic world, nobody does it with quite the same reliably mesmerizing results…These things coalesce in a gruesome, wickedly funny, technically clever denouement highlighting McDonagh's themes of crime, revenge, and punishment…'Hangmen' has its feet in surface realism but, as devilishly well directed by Matthew Dunster, it's up to its neck in theatricality.”
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February 7th, 2018

"'Hangmen' is scaled to be a whale-versus-squid Battle of the Bad Men, and the whale has been recast with a pussycat...McDonagh's impressive orchestration of voices and his confident, suspenseful structure are still there. It's a solid night out for those who enjoy a bit of crawling dread alongside their jokes...Dunster is directing the broader characters to a balcony that doesn't exist, and his farce-choreography sometimes flattens out to a hieroglyphic line."
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February 5th, 2018

"Anyone amused by gallows humor has huge entertainment in store, courtesy of playwright Martin McDonagh...More often than not, the head-knocking and blood-spilling in his plays often comes packaged with high hilarity...Maybe the thick accents take the edge off McDonagh’s latest stage achievement? Maybe not with enough of an edge to undermine this exhilarating play? Maybe."
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February 5th, 2018

"There are strong overtones of Orton and Pinter...I could quibble about the haziness of Mooney’s motivation, but it didn’t bother me while I was caught up in the play. While I don’t think McDonagh quite reaches the heights of some of his earlier plays such as 'The Beauty Queen of Leenane' or 'The Cripple of Inishmaan,' he has nevertheless written a play that is entertaining, disturbing, and thought-provoking."
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February 5th, 2018

"It is vintage McDonagh, not just for its many Grand Guignol effects but for the ways in which evil is benignly wrapped around the most ordinary and normal of circumstances...Addy’s performance is so overpowering that it leaves almost no oxygen for any other actor on stage. Matthew Dunster’s direction, however, beautifully counters this force of nature with the far slyer, edgier performance of Johnny Flynn."
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March 7th, 2018

"Skillful misdirection plays on cowardice, self-absorption, malevolence, vengeance, and innocence…which is to say, you won’t see the playwright’s practiced hand as it repeatedly disappears metaphoric coins or manifests rabbits...One of the most entertaining and well crafted of McDonagh’s plays, 'Hangmen' is an ensemble piece. Director Matthew Dunster sees to it that every actor has distinctive personality affecting attitude and bearing."
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T
February 15th, 2018

"'Entertaining, well-structured, and funny, but it follows a familiar template and has little new to say...There are several hilariously macabre sequences...but the characters are too close to archetypes from other works...Dunster’s direction is slickly professional and well-paced and the cast exhibits exquisite comic timing...But 'Hangmen' feels more like a retread of familiar McDonagh themes and sitcom tropes rather than a frightening glimpse of humanity’s dark nature."
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March 3rd, 2018

"Director Dunster treats the play like an old-school farce and it's a luxury to watch 12 actors hitting every beat just right and without any of them burdened with the indignity of having to double. But the biggest kudos have to go to the sets and costumes by Fleischle that are so witty they deserve a curtain call of their own...The intentionally lower-class British accents can be difficult to understand, which caused some grumbling."
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February 6th, 2018

"McDonagh is an undisputed master of dark comedy. In 'Hangmen' he proves, once again, why he’s owed that title...The Americans in the balance of this excellent, ensemble cast blend seamlessly, though, and the play is unmistakably British...McDonagh’s worldview is decidedly grim, his finely etched characters steeped in moral ambiguity or indifference...A hilarious dark comedy about vengeance, packs the top-notch twists, violence, and laughs we’ve come to expect."
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February 5th, 2018

"The mystery is why Martin McDonagh’s brilliant, electrifyingly satisfying 'Hangmen' isn’t on Broadway right from the get-go...McDonagh’s command of language and pace is as mischievous as it is virtuosic; like Orton, he plays on words, subverts meanings, and knows how repetition and wordplay can work in glorious absurdity...These men have absolutely no idea what to do and now no power to protect themselves with. It is both quietly devastating and revealingly absurd."
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February 5th, 2018

"Under Dunster’s restrained direction, the rest of the cast keep the comic fires smouldering for nearly two and a half hours...Unlike McDonagh’s Oscar-nominated 'Three Billboards' whose plot struck me as scattershot and its dialogue as overly broad, theatre’s formal constraints here serve to rein in the author’s excesses, creating a gruesome sense of confinement. And while 'Hangmen' lacks the metaphorical richness of McDonagh’s greatest work, it’s still good nasty fun."
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February 11th, 2018

"McDonagh has always been able to turn things around on a dime to deliver a surprise, but here his writing, at least in Dunster’s production, doesn’t have the precision or balance of his earlier works...The play hinges on whether Mooney has done away with Shirley...It’s a showy part, but ultimately the writing in his scenes undercuts credibility. 'Hangmen' may not be McDonagh quite at the top of his game, but as usual he provides a good deal of pleasure, and fans won’t want to miss it."
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February 26th, 2018

"Expertly directed by Dunster who never allows the play to pause for a breath...Addy is utterly charming as the boisterous Harry...Caulfield is a hoot as Pierrepoint...But the success of the narrative depends on Mooney...And through it all, the real star is McDonagh, whose skill at writing dialogue and putting well-drawn, unique characters in emotionally and psychologically challenging situations is unparalleled...A sizzling black comedy, one of the best plays of the season."
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February 16th, 2018

"[T]he whole is somehow less than the sum of its parts; it feels more like a vehicle for those funny, clever lines than a cohesive narrative with a clear purpose. Perhaps there's nothing wrong with that; it's not as if we're overwhelmed by playwrights with acid pens. But from Mr. McDonagh, I expected more."
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February 6th, 2018

"McDonagh specializes in unsentimental looks at culpability that are filled with horror, dark humor, and ambiguity...McDonagh keeps that focus with 'Hangmen'...McDonagh's banter keeps things fascinating, along with the sense that everyone here is deeply flawed and/or confused...No one is quite what they seem, and it's best not to know too much in advance about what happens. Just submit to this well done journey into amoral anarchy."
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February 6th, 2018

"The dark comedy (in the McDonagh tradition) is an entertaining, gripping mystery at heart, full of the kind of twists that, were it a novel, would keep you up turning pages all night...Tautly directed by Matthew Dunster."
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February 5th, 2018

"This dark comedy lands firmly in inky black territory, at night, without the benefit of any moonlight while wearing an eye mask. 'Hangmen' is fantastic...Mesmerizing, combining terrifying thoughts and ideas with a liberal dose of comedy...The entire cast is superb throughout. Each character is distinct and realistic, yet theatrical. The words are even better, eliciting a 'wow' from my mouth on numerous occasions. 'Hangmen' is another triumph for the Atlantic Theater Company."
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W
February 10th, 2018

"What seems like an eccentric character piece becomes, in playwright Martin McDonough's deft hands, a darkly comic thriller that is also a meditation on the justice of revenge...'Hangmen' hinges on a handsome stranger...Flynn plays him with an understated malice that sets off alarm bells...One of the more sinister portrayals of a predator that I've ever seen...The uncertainty over what he's done and his motivations drives the twisty plot."
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Z
February 6th, 2018

"Charisma and criminality blend so well in the character of handsome Peter Mooney that you might want to look away, but you won't be able to...I won't give anything away because the fun of following the proceedings as they twist and turn at Mooney's beguiling beck and call is way too much fun...It's dark, it's funny, there are gasps and twists galore. In this playwright's world, none of us gets off free of charge. And, frankly, none of us deserve it. The performances are uniformly smashing."
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February 12th, 2018

"McDonagh’s darkly comic, terrific new play 'Hangmen' gives new meaning to the term 'gallows humor'...The dialogue, in typical McDonagh fashion, is simultaneously hysterical and tragic...McDonagh’s genius lies in his ability to make us laugh while we ponder 'big' issues. He holds up a mirror to humanity—and in most cases, the reflection isn’t pretty...Brilliantly directed."
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February 28th, 2018

"The thick as Guinness dialect is dense...At times the audience might need subtitle...but much comes through loud and clear, with the scent of true authenticity in the characters' patois...Dunster impeccably ratchets up the tension...The morbid wit of this playwright is on full display. All the pieces of the puzzle coalesce, then separate, then realign themselves….but not in the fashion one would presume. Questions, doubts and gallows humor run deep in the 11th hour of the play."
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