Already closed | 2h 30m | Midtown W

Molly Sweeney

From 94 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing

About the show

Keen Company presents Irish master storyteller Brian Friel's ("Dancing at Lughnasa," "Faith Healer," "Translations") contemporary drama about the unexpected consequences of a medical miracle.  More…

From the show:

Having lost her sight at infancy, Molly Sweeney knows the world through touch, sound, taste, and smell. When her hopeful husband and ambitious doctor propose an operation to restore her sight, Molly and those around her begin to understand that things may not all be as they appear. Brian Friel, Ireland’s master storyteller (Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith Healer, Translations) creates a riveting contemporary drama about the unexpected consequences of a medical miracle. 

2h 30m | Already closed | Theatre Row Complex (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (94)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing
79
Avg Score

77
Insightful, Good acting, Thought-provoking, Slow, Absorbing

See it if u want to see a smart, talky, simple (yet profound) story, told in a series of monologues, about what it means to have "sight" & "vision".

Don't see it if ur looking for a show with physical action or thrilling theatrics; ur not a fan of verbose Irish drama; ur not able to focus & concentrate.

77
Quirky, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Confusing

See it if A trio of Impeccable performances infuses Friel's interlocking monodramas w/ a gravitas & Chekhovian yearning A simple story well told

Don't see it if Patience & keen sense of listening needed to get through accents & jagged story line despite Silverstein's able direction Worth the effort

77
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Fan of Brian Friel & Irish drama, curious about story of blind person regaining sight, three fine performances

Don't see it if Consists of 3 overlapping monologues with no interaction, little stage movement, downer psychological drama

74
Great writing, Story-driven, Slow, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if You love a good Irish yarn. This is an engrossing story told from three different points of view.

Don't see it if You dislike monologue plays that don’t provide any action. This is pure storytelling and, albeit interesting, it’s all talk.

75
Slow, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting

See it if Reliably favoured acting company delivers on the acting and the writing for this infirmity morality drama with three points of view.

Don't see it if Regardless of the talent on stage or behind the pen, one cannot prove the worth of two-and-one-half hours of monologues simply staged.

75
Overlong, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if you enjoy monologues given by the 3 main characters.

Don't see it if you don't like monologue driven plays. At 2.5 hours, it is way overlong. Wish stronger actors had been cast in this production.

76
Slow, Great set, Touching, Great acting, Great writing

See it if you are a fan of Brian Friel.It's well written & very well acted, but it is slow.It would be more powerful as a 90 min piece.

Don't see it if you are looking for something fun &funny.The point it is making is telegraphed early in the play, and it would do well with some editing

84
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if 3 character show, of monologues, discussing pros/cons of a 40+ woman undergoing vision restoring surgery. Fascinating considerations. A+

Don't see it if You like characters to interact, do not wish in depth experience. Gaining vision seems a no brainer, then you hear all the pros and cons.

60
Tedious, Long, Repetitious, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you appreciate long monologues about rare experience (regaining partial vision after a lifetime of blindness), no interaction of characters.

Don't see it if you prefer comedies, musicals, action and interaction among characters, lighter themes, or less wordiness and repetition.

90
Moving, Profound, Riveting, Intense, Absorbing

See it if you like monologs that tell you everything you need to know about the characters without having them interact; you like well-written pieces

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play consisting entirely of monologs; you prefer comedies or musicals

71
Thought-provoking, Masterful, Great acting

See it if Three beautiful interwoven monologues performed by three talented actors. The play is a touch overwritten, in return, rather lengthy.

Don't see it if Beware what you wish for, it might just come true and you won't like the outcome kind of tale while wearing out its welcome at 2 1/2 hours.

74
Intelligent, Flat, Well-acted, Untheatrical, Lovely

See it if you're a fan of Friel, literate playwriting, simply and directly presented.

Don't see it if you want something more kinetically and vividly entertaining.

74
Great acting, Masterful, Must see, Slow, Intense

See it if You want to see an interesting play (lots of monologues), you like Irish accent, amazing acting, great story telling

Don't see it if Bare bone theater or very long play (2.5 hours long!) are not your thing.

82
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if You want a thought-provoking play about issues around medical intervention and its unintended consequences.

Don't see it if You don't like a 100% talking play dealing with life issues. You want something light or a musical.

71
Good lighting and sound effects, Underwhelmed, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy narrating way of stories telling structured plays. Each character is telling separately about the others, no interaction at all.

Don't see it if You prefer a play where characters are interacting with each other

Also The more I listened to each character separately during the play, the ... Read more Read less

75
Disappointing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see fine acting; the play is too long and depressingly hopeless.

Don't see it if You are depressed

95
Masterful, Great writing, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if U appreciate the great master storyteller Brian Friel & his always riveting characters. U are a fan of Keen Company’s impeccable works.

Don't see it if U dislike heavy literate works filled with dated yet artful words. U prefer fluffy rather than intellectual dramatic. U are impatient.

Also This 3 character monologue narrative is admirably & professionally del... Read more Read less

86
Spare, Original, Instructive, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you wish to understand how a blind woman's recovery of some vision leads to tragedy as depicted separately by three different characters.

Don't see it if you do not like spare plays where each character tells his or her perspective on a story and there is little action on stage.

70
Over-rated, Well-written, Disappointing

See it if You like words. Friel's words are amazing as usual, but something's missing- 3 monologues don't really build a connection to the characters

Don't see it if You've heard great things about this play and have high expectations. Being talked at for 2.5 hours isn't always easy.

69
Slow, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You like Irish dramas that are strictly monologues (long monologues) and actors don't interact with each other

Don't see it if Long monologues with no action on stage.

Also I've got to be honest, I was falling asleep and left during intermissi... Read more Read less

81
Profound, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Thoughtful, well written play about the human condition

Don't see it if a play told entirely in monologues with no action or interaction between the characters

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if A well acted, well written play with 3 talented performances

Don't see it if The slight Irish brogues will throw you or you require elaborate scenery

60
Static, Slow, Disappointing

See it if Faith Healer by Friel is the best confessional drama, so I wanted to see this. Regrettably it is anemic in comparison and disappointing.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a failed Brian Friel play. The play is lacking in tension and the actors fail to command your attention and interest.

75
Great writing, Great acting

See it if 3 monoluges

Don't see it if a little long

100
Laughter and heartbreak, Great writing, A memory play, Three characters speak but do not interact, A gem of its particular kind

See it if you can be quiet and listen to strikingly distinctive actors embody hope and joy, prideful ambition and submissive desires to please.

Don't see it if you need action and changes of scene to pay attention, rather than voices full of melody and Irish lilt telling you a darkening story.

Also The variety of language and drama moves from airy to dense in the two ... Read more Read less


October 25th, 2019
"‘Molly Sweeney’ Review: An Eye-Opening Experience: In Brian Friel’s play, a blind woman has her sight restored by surgery, only to see that her life and relationships aren’t what they once seemed."
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October 28th, 2019
"Not Much to See, but a Lot to Listen to, in Molly Sweeney: Brian Friel's play about a woman who regains her sight gets a Keen Company revival."
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October 24th, 2019
"As if to prove the adage about the Irish and their gift of gab, in 1994 Brian Friel wrote Molly Sweeney, a play that talks itself into a standstill… it's a prose piece for the theatre, and it runs out of breath long before it is over."
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October 23rd, 2019
"It requires a good deal of concentration from the audience, but the rewards can be considerable. The Keen Company's revival directed by Jonathan Silverstein makes a persuasive case for a work that many critics have said succeeds more effectively as a book than as a play."
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