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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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)."
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
See it if Perhaps there was too much build-up for this one. Female leads very well acted. The story is mildly interesting.
Don't see it if Male leads written and perhaps played too strongly, no nuance. The ne'er-do-well Jack is a total bum with no redeeming features.