I Hear You and Rejoice
Closed 1h 15m
I Hear You and Rejoice
83

I Hear You and Rejoice NYC Reviews and Tickets

83%
(30 Ratings)
Positive
90%
Mixed
10%
Negative
0%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

About the Show

Mikel Murfi paints a portrait of a bustling Irish town, focusing on an indomitable football manager.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (29)

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165 Reviews | 34 Followers
99
Delightful, Great acting, Must see, Riveting

See it if You appreciate Irish humor and enjoy solo performance pieces. This will, at turns, have you crying tears of laughter and sorrow.

Don't see it if You have no heart. You will be bored. Read more

88 Reviews | 26 Followers
98
A not to be missed performance from a masterful storyteller ...

See it if you want to experience Mikel Murfi's magnificent perf. &, as playwright, his splendid writing as he invokes the lives of these characters ..

Don't see it if you do not enjoy one-man shows,

144 Reviews | 42 Followers
97
Profound, Masterful, Great writing, Funny, Great acting

See it if Extraordinary Irish Story Telling w/ deep feeling & insight by the remarkable MIKEL MURFI. Read poetic inscriptions on the steps. Must See!

Don't see it if You do not like One Man Shows with a True Master. Every evening, Mikel receives a full Standing Ovation.

157 Reviews | 62 Followers
96
Enchanting, Entertaining, Great acting, Exquisite, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of Ireland's greatest actor Mikel Murfi. He is brilliant with his chameleon ability to portray an entire town. Pure magic.

Don't see it if If you have a problem with Irish accents or don't enjoy one-man shows. Otherwise,​ I can't think of any other reason why not to see this

601 Reviews | 285 Followers
92
Clever, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Exquisite

See it if Masterful writing & superb perf by Murfi, who is so funny, moving &believable in portraying cobbler's wife&lots of villagers that you feel*

Don't see it if You dislike 8 PM shows, especially if you live outside the borough. Read more

414 Reviews | 70 Followers
92
Entertaining, Great acting, Touching, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Solo show with a masterful Irish storyteller who portrays a variety of a village characters (& the sounds of musical instruments & animals)

Don't see it if you cannot get into the variety of characters portrayed in solo shows, need bells & whistles sets, don't like moving stories Read more

260 Reviews | 87 Followers
91
Rejoice is the choice

See it if Must love Irish theater and one man shows.

Don't see it if Hate a very inconvenient venue, being stuck with one actor for the duration or looking at a drab bare stage and a barefoot actor. Read more

73 Reviews | 15 Followers
90
Funny, Great acting, Clever, Romantic

See it if you enjoy characters.

Don't see it if you have difficulty understanding accents.

Critic Reviews (14)

Lighting & Sound America
November 6th, 2023

" 'I Hear You and Rejoice' is deeply moving and frequently hilarious, a profound portrait of a marriage, and an accomplished work from an artist who is carving out of his native County Sligo, a terrain as unforgettable as Brian Friel's fictional Ballybeg."
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The New York Times
September 17th, 2018
For a previous production

"Accomplished entertainer though he is, Tony Cleary doesn’t have a thing on his creator...This virtuoso is strictly small-time compared to Mikel Murfi, the inexhaustibly multifarious writer, director and sole performer...It’s ultimately impossible to resist the gale theatrical force as Mr. Murfi presents his heroine through a multi-angled prism, with body language as precise, condensed and evocative as Morse code."
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TheaterScene.net
September 18th, 2018
For a previous production

“Murfi is amazing...Murfi employs his vocal and physical prowess to conjure up an entire community on the stage that is bare...An exquisite theatrical experience of the purest form...Murfi is breathtaking as he clowns, mimes and barrels all over the space while distinctively rendering each character...He creates a work that combines humor and pathos with a characteristic Irish dark sensibility...Murfi’s simple staging craftily serves the material...The production has momentum and visual depth.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
June 13th, 2017
For a previous production

"I have to confess that for much of the 75 minutes, I felt I was trying to get a handle on a runaway chicken of a yarn, flapping this way and that. Those who’ve suffered grief and loss may be able to catch, if they’re quick-eared, nicely turned phrases of touching consolation...Miserable sinner that I am, I found much of it deathly, and rejoiced not a lot."
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The Stage (UK)
June 13th, 2017
For a previous production

"By turns heart-warming and heart breaking, Mikel Murfi’s 'I Hear You and Rejoice' is a gentle, elegiac multi-character monologue about grief and love in later life...The world Murfi conjures is luminously clear, if somewhat narrow in scope. Given Murfi’s sweet-tooth for sentimentality, it is unsurprising that the piece sometimes wobbles towards the mawkish. However, a backbone of truthfulness, humour, and tremendous warmth supports the show."
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WhatsOnStage
June 13th, 2017
For a previous production

"Mikel Murfi contains multitudes – still. The Irish actor can fill a one-man show with people: men, women, children. He brings whole villages to life...Murfi is legion and it is quite a thing to watch...This is a show that abounds with love – so much that, in many ways, it struggles to find the words for it...But it works less through words than through feeling. Through Pat, you feel like you've known Kitsy Rainey all your life."
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Time Out London
June 13th, 2017
For a previous production

"The Irishman delivers his words with a rhythm and a lyricism best described as hypnotic...Amid the laughter is a powerful meditation on the significance of a life well-lived, told from the bottom of a broken heart...What may sound like hyperbole elsewhere sounds perfectly natural in Murfi’s hands. This is a masterclass in the art of the monologue. Funerals have rarely been so enjoyable."
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The London Evening Standard
June 14th, 2017
For a previous production

"Here it is, pure distilled 100 per cent proof theatrical magic, conjured up by one man on one chair on an otherwise bare stage. The boundless power of words and storytelling to conjure worlds to involve and enchant an audience has rarely been so clearly demonstrated...Murfi is quite simply mesmerising in his engrossing evocation of this gentle world of vividly realised characters, not least his indomitable, irascible and warmly appealing wife."
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