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Juno and the Paycock

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Entertaining

About the show

Sean O’Casey’s 1924 drama offers a devastating portrait of wasted potential in a Dublin torn apart by the chaos of the Irish Civil War. More…

Jack Boyle is out of work and determined to stay that way. He postures and drinks with his sidekick Joxer while his long-suffering wife Juno struggles to support their family and maintain their dilapidated tenement flat. Their son Johnny, crippled fighting in the revolution, cowers indoors to avoid the bitter new civil war, while his sister Mary considers her options for the future. When a handsome visitor arrives with news of an inheritance, the family begins to plan their new life, but their apparent salvation soon reveals itself to be the cause of their ruin.

Member Reviews (59)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Profound, Entertaining
Avg Score

Well staged, Shifting tones, Strong acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy solid, old-fashioned plays. Well drawn chars, interesting plot, hist'l backdrop, Humor and pathos. Nice set. Lovely accents.

Don't see it if you hate misogyny. Women in 1922 were mistreated. W are strong, intellig, loving, capable. Desertion is the only escape. Support ea other.

Also O'Casey draws wonderful, memorable characters. The plotting in JUNO is... Read more Read less

Cliched, Tragic, Masterful, Funny, Resonant

See it if Family drama with O'Casey's colorful characters. Family does better when coming into money & falls apart when not. Strong acting.

Don't see it if O'Casey's use of the Book of Job paradigm may have been fresh in 1925, but this is the third Job play I've seen in the past year.

Resonant, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Irish Rep's masterful revival scores across the board - writing, acting & staging on Corcoran's grand immersive set Pepe's direction stellar

Don't see it if O'Casey's lamentation on human foibles while not w/o humor is fairly bleak esp in context of Irish civil war but Plunkett & O'Reilly shine

Great writing, Slow, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Promise of small inheritance can't shield Irish tenement family from Civil Wartime tragedy.Maryann Plunkett back Off-B'way where she belongs

Don't see it if Ten authentic, yet accessible accents sometimes addressed to walls.Pregnancy subplot."If a guy was dyin, you'd try to give him a cuppa tay."

Also Title refers to the brogue of "peacock(paycock)," or "tea (tay)."

Epic, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if you’re interested in rags-to-riches-to-rags stories. This play is rich in character and features eye-catching, immersive scenic design.

Don't see it if you have trouble with accents. I didn’t quite catch all the dialogue at the beginning, but it eventually all sunk in.

Dramatic, Overrated, Dated, Classic, Great acting

See it if You’ve been interested in seeing this play and/or enjoy classic Irish dramas. This production is small, but mighty.

Don't see it if You dislike drawing room/kitchen table dramas about poor people hoping for wealth that will “change their lives”.

Tragic, Good direction, Great set, Masterful, Great acting

See it if you are a fan of Irish theater depicting the time & suffering of its people during the Irish Civil War; masterfully directed and acted.

Don't see it if Some of the characters' personalities can get on your nerves, like nails screeching on a blackboard; you know this story cannot end well.

Masterful, Great writing, Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a first-rate revival of Sean O'Casey's classic play. The ensemble cast, as well as Neal Pepe's direction is exquisite!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy classic Irish plays. But do see it—this is a very fine production.

Good production of classic o'casey.

See it if You are an O'Casey fan.

Don't see it if You don't like Irish plays about the troubles.

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

See it if family drama with humor & sadness that takes place in Dublin during Ireland's Civil War, great acting by Plunkett as strong woman*

Don't see it if don't like historical dramas (this takes place in 1922), Irish stories; don't want to see the human cost of war

Also *character (Juno) and O'Reilly as Boyle (the 'Paycock'). Keating also ... Read more Read less

Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a well acted, well directed, and beautiful production of Juno and the Paycock. Couldn’t take my eyes off Maryann Plunkett.

Don't see it if You don’t like historical Irish plays and being reminded of the difficulties of war.

Also The Irish Rep is such a gem. Well worth seeing this trilogy.

Intelligent, Intense, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to experience a totally satisfying production of a timeless classic done by a cast of exceptional actors

Don't see it if You have trouble with accents and historical drama...even with humor

Great opportunity to see a classic play, Required concentration, Excellent performances

See it if You enjoy Irish drama or want to become more acquainted.

Don't see it if You wish to see something funny.

Also I take every opportunity to see Maryann Plunkett in something! Here, s... Read more Read less

Great writing, Profound, Great acting, 3rd (and best!) of the dublin trilogy, Must see

See it if You want to see a terrific production of O'Casey's best play. You appreciate great acting -- Plunkett & O'Reilly were born for these roles!

Don't see it if You prefer pablum or vacuous theatre.

Also An absolutely amazing production of this important, historical, well-c... Read more Read less

Great staging, Profound, Riveting, Great acting

See it if You admire Sean O'Casey & want to see one of his best plays performed sublimely!

Don't see it if You have no interest in Irish history.

Masterful, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You want to see a beautifully acted and directed revival of a great Sean O. Casey that made me laugh heartily until it made me cry.

Don't see it if You don’t like plays that delve into early 20th Century Irish history.

Surprisingly topical despite stereotypes

See it if fine acting - particularly O'Reilly & Plunkett - in a rarely produced "period" piece of Irish writing is of interest. You want more O'Casey.

Don't see it if slowly paced, often stereotype heavy characters, and too familiar Irish political strife are not of interest to you. Not O'Casey's best.

Profound, Great acting, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a family drama with a few big twists. A story of no inheritance and family secrets. Very riveting to the end.

Don't see it if You do not like dramas. You don’t like sad endings

Intelligent, Entertaining, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want to see a great Irish play with an extraordinary cast - especially the sublime Maryann Plunkett.

Don't see it if you don't like O'Casey, Irish accents, or sad endings.

Also I saw this as the final part of a "Dublin Saturday" - a chance to see ... Read more Read less

Intense, Resonant, Funny, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if there are very funny bits, but make no mistake: this is a tragedy. O'Casey embodies the pain and struggles of a century ago that echo today.

Don't see it if you want a light comedy.

Indulgent, Cliched, Slow, Dated, Disappointing

See it if you like Irish plays no matter how they are performed. This is not up to Irish Rep's usual level of performance. There is something missing

Don't see it if you have seen the last production at Irish Rep of this play which was devastating. the characters seem to be going through the motions

Based on reviews, expected much better

See it if you don't mind sitting through a dragging 1 hour, 20 minute 1st act, full of grating cliches & over-the-top acting. 2nd act, better.

Don't see it if you don't want to sit through yet another piece about the Irish Troubles, & Republicans (Diehards) vs. Statists.

Also Based on the wonderful reviews at Show-Score, I expected a much more e... Read more Read less

Resonant, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you are an O'Casey fan, are amenable to Irish historical material, enjoy great acting esp. Plunkett who is a joy, overall fine production.

Don't see it if you are up to your eyeballs in revivals of classical Irish plays, can't manage varying degrees of brogue, have no compassion for the poor.

Funny, Entertaining, Profound, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Excellent mounting of Sean O'Casey's most famous play. Directed by Neil Pepe, it's very well cast with Maryann Plunkett & Ciarán O'Reilly.

Don't see it if It's barely possible to find negative: perhaps O'Reilly's Capt. Boyle is a bit too puckish & Plunkett works v/ hard to rev-up the emotion.

Disappointing, Dated, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if Life of the poor in Dublin, 1920s, during the Irish civil war; impressive acting from “Juno” & “Mrs Tancred”; singing is in full character

Don't see it if You’re not Irish, the story may feel irrelevant and the accent too strong to comprehend; the ending is not strong enough; the acting uneven

Also Got a $55 ticket through Show-Score, seating is good (2nd from left, 3... Read more Read less

March 20th, 2019
"Starts out as a domestic comedy before evolving into the stuff of Gaelic tragedy...Under the meticulously calibrated direction of Neil Pepe, this production is a gem of Irish realism, expertly transitioning from humorous banter to life-altering epiphanies. The production’s evocative design and l...
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March 28th, 2019
"Jack has the flashiest part, and Mr. O’Reilly, who also played him in 2013, is equally fine this time around...Nevertheless, it is the actor who plays Juno on whose stooped shoulders rests the ultimate success of any revival of 'Juno and the Paycock,' and Ms. Plunkett is more than equal to the c...
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March 19th, 2019
"Performed by a dynamic cast led by O'Reilly and Plunkett, Pepe's take feels fresh and relevant while remaining faithful to O' Casey's nearly 100-year-old play...Pepe gives the play a thrilling jolt of realism in a handful of tense, shouty scenes between Juno and her son and husband that take pla...
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April 12th, 2019
“It is a work both delicate in its structure and brutal in its implications, a heartbreaking comedy set against a bitter background of sectarian violence, a play that seems to contain an entire tumultuous world...One of the most remarkable things about Pepe's production is how it captures the way...
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