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Jimmy Titanic

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

About the show

Irish Rep presents this one-man comedy starring Colin Hamell as a Belfast shipyard worker named Jimmy Boylan, as well as more than 20 other characters whose lives were connected to the doomed ocean liner. More…

From his new home in a humorously rendered heaven, Boylan remembers and relives events surrounding the voyage every day, consumed by its legacy. God is a Dublin gangster. Angel Gabriel is the plucky keeper at the gates of heaven and Titanic’s legacy isn’t the first class passengers, it is 700 crewmen enjoying newfound stardom in heaven. Having gone down with the ship, Jimmy has rock star status and boy does he milk it. Flirting with angels, rewriting history with a direct line to an unlikely God – 'Jimmy Titanic' is a unique comic take on the story of the most famous ship ever built.


Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny
79
Avg Score

85
Absorbing, Resonant, Quirky, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if Actor plays “Jimmy” from the Titanic and other people from 1912 and in heaven. Good depth and humor. Pride in our work outlasts disaster.

Don't see it if You aren’t interested in a fun offbeat solo show where the actor is playing a crew member one minute and Angel Gabriel the next.

80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Masterful

See it if you have an interest in the Titanic and enjoy watching an actor masterfully portray many characters -- on earth and in heaven.

Don't see it if you are offended by somewhat sacrilegious depictions.

68
Great acting, Great accents, Historical fiction, One man

See it if You like historical fiction. You are charmed by Irish accents. Have lived in Ireland. You like minimalist productions.

Don't see it if You dislike one man shows. If you are looking to learn about Titanic.

87
Great acting, Hilarious, Refreshing, Clever, Delightful

See it if You like great acting and amazing accents or delightfully dark humor

Don't see it if You know you don't like one man shows

63
Ambitious, Slow, Refreshing

See it if You want to see how many characters one actor can bring to life! It's an ambitious script for a one-man show and Mr. Hamell is engaging.

Don't see it if There are SO many characters that it is, at times, difficult to differentiate them.

During previews
83
Clever, Entertaining, Absorbing, Funny, Intelligent

See it if you'd like to experience the sinking of the Titanic through the eyes of the men who worked below the deck.

Don't see it if you have a low tolerance for single-person shows, or performers who talk at an audience.

Also Colin Hamell is a gifted physical comedian & a non-stop ball of energy... Read more Read less

During previews
78
Ambitious, Absorbing, Cliched, Great acting, Overdone

See it if you like one person shows with multiple characters carefully delineated by the performer, into Titanic history enjoy 90 minute plays

Don't see it if you don't like 1 person plays, no interest in Titanic stories, don't like a lot of shouting, have trouble following 1 actor doing all parts

During previews
84
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Riveting

See it if You want an unique view of the Titanic that merges historical fact & fiction. You want drama & comedy. You want great acting.

Don't see it if You want real history: in addition to the fiction, there's a 2nd story, w/musings on the afterlife & fame that can clash w/the main one.

During previews
79
Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You enjoy one man shows in which one actor plays multiple roles. You are interested in the historical significance of the Titanic.

Don't see it if You can’t deal with listening to very heavily accented Irish brogue.You don’t know anything about the infamous unsinkable Titanic and are no

Also Not interested in learning about it. I visited Belfast a few years ago... Read more Read less

During previews
80
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you enjoy a very intense, sometimes humorous, sometimes very sad tale of people who were on the Titanic told by one gifted actor.

Don't see it if you don't like a humorous view of heaven or anything to do with the Titanic.

Also Actor was really effective in portraying many roles and tragic situati... Read more Read less

During previews
81
Imaginative script, Tour de force performance, Entertaining, Absorbing, Surprisingly funny!

See it if You'd enjoy spending an evening in the company of multiple characters w different pts of vw about this historical event. Colin is fantastic.

Don't see it if You don't want your idea of heaven challenged, aren't interested in a fictional, often funny take of sad event, don't like 1-guy/many roles.

Also It would be hard to NOT be impressed by the skillful storytelling and ... Read more Read less

During previews
68
Clever, Disappointing, Great acting, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if you enjoy one man shows with a talented actor who slides easily into different characters. Plus a funny look at the afterlife.

Don't see it if The humor and creativity of the afterlife was great, but the slog through memory often got bogged down and exhausting.

During previews
74
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want an evening of light entertainment with a good performance and an interesting take on history.

Don't see it if you object to clever laughs that ultimately create a distraction, preventing the show from delivering a more meaningful message.

During previews
78
Heartfelt, Impassioned, Weaving of fact & invention, Clever, Ambitious

See it if A one-man revisit to the results of the sinking of the Titanic told from the vantage point of heaven. Great commitment on the part of both..

Don't see it if playwright and actor. Some information, some humor, some pathos, some indignation among the many voices in a simple set.

During previews
78
Delightful, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy solo pieces with strong character choices.

Don't see it if You want a really tight one-man show. This is SO CLOSE to being exceptional, just cut the fat and crystallize the thesis.

During previews
86
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You are a fan of Titanic stories and one person shows, a new approach to something we have seen before

Don't see it if You want big production values or documentary insights

During previews
67
Disappointing, Confusing, Cliched

See it if You like one-man shows, the Titanic and a lilting Irish Accent for much of it.

Don't see it if you dislike simplistic views of the afterlife. I found it very twee.

During previews
79
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Masterful, Hilarious

See it if If you want a new look at death and at natural disasters. Plenty of facts about the titanic. The actor doing the show was superb.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows or if one liners about death make you uncomfortable

During previews
85
Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if enjoy one man shows; want a brand new view of heaven; want to hear more about the history of the Titanic; enjoy a good night at the theater

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows, have trouble following dialogue where the characters keep changing; or are very serious about god and bible.

Also Kudos to everyone involved in this production. Colin Hamell was terrif... Read more Read less

During previews
85
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Intense

See it if you love the craft of theater and acting. This is a masterful performance with a well conceived and smartly written script. Worth it

Don't see it if ¥ou need glitzy sets and distracting entertainment. This is serious acting chops

During previews
70
Overwhelming topic for one man show, Challenged, Great acting, Needed streamlining

See it if You'd be charmed by Irishman tackling (in 1 show, solo!) ALL-from Heaven to Belfast shipyards & everything in between happening on Titanic.

Don't see it if Absolutely 2 much for any solo show to handle. Overwhelming, & unsuccessful as was far too large in scope. Needed to stay in Heaven OR Earth

During previews
100
Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if Told from the perspective of a coal trimmer, this fascinating epic tale intertwines more than two dozen characters real and imaginary

Don't see it if you do not like storytelling

Also to illustrate the fate of Titanic‘s passengers, and crew on board. Ber... Read more Read less

During previews
59
Great acting, Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You will enjoy one man shows with great acting

Don't see it if You require costumes sets staging multiple Actors and a coherent storyline

During previews
70
Clever, Ambitious, Banal

See it if You appreciate a performer giving his all in a one-man show.

Don't see it if You have a limited patience for one-man shows

During previews
71
Funny, Great characterization, Wildly varying tone

See it if you'd like funny vignettes of an irreverent Christian heaven mixed with poignant vignettes about the Titanic.

Don't see it if you'll be offended by an irreverent portrayal of the afterlife. Despite enjoying the portrayals, I'm not sure this made sense done one-man


January 30th, 2018
"An unabashedly strange solo play...Stars an enthusiastic Hamell...Far shorter and more intimate than the 1997 Hollywood blockbuster, yet it manages to pack in just as much schmaltz...All of his characters are given distinctive voices and physicality...Unlikely to offer anything new to disaster a...
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February 6th, 2018
"McMullan creates some lively and unusual situations...Far too much...is concerned with Jimmy's antics in heaven...These cutesy astral-plane comedy routines are jarringly out of sync with the passages focused directly on the Titanic disaster...As a result, the evening coasts on the skill of Hamel...
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February 2nd, 2018
"Hamell is a wonder to behold, moving energetically from one scene to the next in rapid-fire flashbacks, careening through time and place and running the gamut of emotion...McMullan, packs a great deal of substance into 75 minutes of play and he does it with a delicacy of storytelling that’s tita...
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January 31st, 2018
"Prepare to laugh and cry...No question that the piece has a serious underlining...The chief delight here comes from watching Hamell bring alive those 20-odd characters. He unabashedly dives in and inhabits crew members, the millionaire John Jacob Astor, a New York Times editor, the narrator, and...
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