Closed 2h 30m
Molly Sweeney
Midtown W
80

Molly Sweeney NYC Reviews and Tickets

80%
(98 Reviews)
Positive
88%
Mixed
11%
Negative
1%
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. 

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Member Reviews (98)

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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

Critic Reviews (7)

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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October 23rd, 2019

5/5 Stars "Friel was not only prolific but also profound, though never showy. In the award-winning 'Molly Sweeney,' he remains commandingly quiet when speaking from the stage."
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November 4th, 2019

"Even with good acting, a play told entirely in monologues can be difficult to make lively."
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October 28th, 2019

"A solid revival…under the...direction of Jonathan Silverstein....Although well-performed, the work… eventually drags as the wordy passages accumulate over nearly two and a half hours. Without the give and take of inter-character discourse, what might have worked in 90 minutes grows static."
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