New York | 2h 15m | Ends May 25

Juno and the Paycock

From 9 critic and 13 member reviews
Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny, Profound

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.



95
New York Stage Review

"Superb, searing revival...'Juno‘'s second act, under Neil Pepe’s stringent but deeply compassionate direction, both excruciating and mesmerizing...Flawless ensemble...By the end of 'Juno‘s' third and final act—its last two scenes punctuated by a harrowing pause that Pepe allows to linger painfully—the party is over for all the Boyles.” Full Review

95
Front Row Center

“’Juno and the Paycock’ highlights an even stronger O'Casey, a writer ever more sure of his footing and able to align comedy and tragedy, having them walk hand-in-hand next to each other...Plunkett, who plays Juno, not only holds the play together as the character, but as an actress she creates a foundation and a present strength that anchors the production and is a lifeline for the audience through all the tumult. See the production just for her acting if nothing else.” Full Review

90
CurtainUp

"It isn't one of those classics that trigger the directorial urge to give any revival an edgy new interpretation...O'Casey's blend of humor and intense tragedy add to its enduring power to entertain and move audiences...'Juno and the Paycock’ is especially relevant...Plunkett is magnificent...Only someone with a heart of stone will fail to be deeply moved when Juno, after two hours of emotional restraint, burst out with a heart-wrenching cry." Full Review

90
Theatermania

"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 place offstage in an inner room, making us feel as though we're listening to real-life arguments of the family next door. It's a brave directorial choice, but the cast carries it out brilliantly." Full Review

90
Simon SEEZ

"What Sean O’Casey’s political tragicomedy 'Juno and the Paycock' lacks in plot, it makes up for in characterization. Under Neil Pepe’s splendid direction for the Irish Repertory Theatre, characterization gets its due...It remains for the virtuosity of O’Casey’s writing to take us from boisterous comedy to dispiriting situations, to tragic results, and yet leave us with a sense of the heroic." Full Review

90
Theater Time

"Sean O' Casey's 'Juno and the Paycock' is one of the highlights of this current season...Both funny and strikingly moving in so many ways...The large and brilliant cast abetted by Neil Pepe's strong direction makes this one not to be missed." Full Review

85
New York Stage Review

“IRT is now offering something resembling a revival of a revival...The cast features several actors repeating their 2013-14 performances...O’Casey creates so many of the ‘Juno and the Paycock’ figures with broad yet subtle strokes of his pen that they’re marvels for actors to take on. The returning players here must have been overjoyed to have another go at them...Well-done productions confirm first-rate writing. This 'Juno and the Paycock' hits that high mark.” Full Review

85
Time Out New York

"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 lived-in performances...bolster the verisimilitude...As the Boyles struggle to survive in a world where politics and religion aim to keep them down, their potent emotions are self-explanatory." Full Review

85
Third Coast Review

“A family story that will make you laugh and shed a tear; it’s superbly performed by a cast of many Irish Rep regulars and directed with care...The play explores the joys and sorrows, the rise and fall, of a poor Dublin family...Pepe directs an outstanding cast. Both O’Reilly and Plunkett shine as the Captain and Juno. Ed Malone, who plays Tommy Owen, a silly character, in ‘The Shadow of a Gunman’, is a believably angry man as Johnny.” Full Review


96
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if You want to see one is the best plays ever written.

Don't see it if You hate the world . This is life affirming.. Don’t miss if!

91
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting

See it if Fantastic acting and staging. Gripping plot laced with humor and heartbreak. This play transports youvti 1922 Dublin tenants.

Don't see it if You don’t like period pieces, ensemble dramas, slower paced dialogue intensive works

86
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

85
Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Very good rendition of this classic Irish play. Acting was wonderful and the 2 hours just flew by.

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

84
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

89
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny

See it if You're interested in Irish history and value top notch acting and belly laughs.

Don't see it if You've no interest in 20th Century British history.

100
Great acting, Absorbing

See it if brilliant revival of O'Casey. He's a genius and the Irish Rep are masters of Irish classics. Still very moving and relevant today. Amazing

Don't see it if if you only like comedies or don't like foreign drama I guests...but it has funny moments too.

94
During previews
Profound, Masterful, Great direction, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a beautifully acted (by all) classic O'Casey play. Irish Rep has done itself proud with such a terrific staging.

Don't see it if you have no interest in Irish history or dislike plays where the actors speak with accents.

Also The two hours flew by -- laughter, music, singing, dancing, tears. The... Read more Read less

85
During previews
Relevant, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see what acting is really about.

Don't see it if you're looking for light and fluffy.

84
During previews
Traditional, Touching, Faithful, Funny, Clear

See it if you’d like to see a strong, clear, faithful accounting of 1 of the great Irish plays.

Don't see it if for you stage Irishness in 2019 is so much kitsch.

Also Nearly a century after Sean O’Casey wrote his most famous plays he has... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Great writing, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You are into the O’Casey series at Irish Rep. this is 2 of 3 works.

Don't see it if Family drama, particularly Irish drama, and historical theatre is not your thing.

Also Fine cast, though Ms. Plunkett is difficult to hear throughout. Nicely... Read more Read less

75
During previews
Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A well-acted classic that brings a part of Irish history to life and what it means to be family with the right touches of comedy and tragedy

Don't see it if Classic plays and history are not your thing.

74
During previews
Entertaining, Profound, Intelligent, Great staging

See it if If you like a traditional irish play that is well staged.

Don't see it if If you want to see a light and fluffy play.


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