On Blueberry Hill
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On Blueberry Hill
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On Blueberry Hill NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(34 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Following its world premiere at Dublin Theatre Festival 2017, Olivier Award-winning Fishamble brings its drama about Christy and PJ, the best of friends and worst of enemies, to New York.

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Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if If you want a well written play that has good acting and a very good story line.

Don't see it if Actors speak a lot to the audience. If you want something lite and breezy.

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Absorbing, Redemptive, Contrived, Lyrical, Indulgent

See it if Two lifetime prison inmates alternate mellifluous monologues of their journey from hatred to friendship. Challenging characters. Touching

Don't see it if but hard to believe. The motive for the first crime was hard to accept, and the second even more so. Were they so broken, and now cured?

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
January 13th, 2019

"The seriously imbalanced new play about love, hatred, and redemption...Barry has an uncommon gift for finding hypnotic music in this perspective. And when his language is delivered by consummate Irish actors like Buggy...it’s hard not to sink into a state of contented sadness that you half wish would go on forever...At a certain point in this 100-minute production, the plot that brings its two characters into convergence takes over with increasing, strong-armed clumsiness."
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Time Out New York
January 24th, 2019

“Two prisoners alternate soliloquies, taking turns and barely ever acknowledging each other...At its best, their monologue duet is purely beautiful; at its worst, it’s still pretty lovely...The writing is packed with perfect metaphors...At times the little Theater B at 59E59 pulsates with language so intense you can feel the sonic wave breaking on your chest. If the contrivances and plot twists of the play’s second half bother you, there are two incredible performances to fall back on.”
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BroadwayWorld
January 15th, 2019

“A two-hander that is mesmerizing its audiences...A drama that deftly combines heartache and humor in a story that you will long remember...This is a riveting tale of youth, promise, murder, betrayal, and redemption...The play stars Buggy and Gany...These accomplished actors master Sebastian Barry's finely crafted dialogue and capture the emotional, dramatic and humorous moments of their character's stories...A bittersweet tale that must be seen.”
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Lighting & Sound America
January 15th, 2019

“Because the playwright is Sebastian Barry, the dialogue is smoothly literary, as always a pleasure to the ear...But, because this is a Sebastian Barry play, one steels oneself for an evening of dueling monologues...If not played with total conviction, ‘On Blueberry Hill’ could come off as shamelessly contrived. But, under the direction of Jim Culleton, it's easy to travel with these characters along their occasionally implausible -- if often gorgeously described -- journey."
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New York Stage Review
January 13th, 2019

"There is, in this extraordinary (if imperfect) work, a path to transcendence, involving that most challenging of virtues, forgiveness, and fellow feeling...Barry does not hold back in charting his characters’ flights of sentiment; I stopped scribbling down similes about a half hour in, my fingers exhausted...For the audience the pair of powerhouse performances on display in this production will indeed provide a thrill, and then some."
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TheaterScene.net
January 21st, 2019

"At first we do not entirely know for certain that PJ and Christy share the same space, but eventually the play becomes one of murder, forgiveness and redemption. Aside from the highly poeticized language, the play also uses a great many Irish words that will not be readily known to American listeners (dozer, hurleys, anent, curach, palaver, screw, lag, and the first name Peadar). As Buggy's accent is working class that is another level of difficulty for non-Irish theatergoers."
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Theatre is Easy
January 15th, 2019

“A beautifully nuanced yet thrilling tale about loss, grief, and forgiveness...Barry’s play will leave an imprint on your heart the way a stream shapes a stone: gradually, almost imperceptibly, but unmistakably a force to be reckoned with...An unflinchingly intimate piece. Ganly and Buggy, two extraordinary performers, deliver the poetic text with ease and gravitas...A poetic play, yet one that is deeply grounded; it’s a play that captivates with patience, yet never lacks surprises."
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CurtainUp
January 13th, 2019

"A tour de force for its players Niall Buggy and David Ganly. It is also a riveting experience for the audience...Completely driven by narrative with no exchange of conversation, the play nevertheless moves on a highly dramatic trajectory...Barry's writing is so beautifully crafted that we overlook the plot's stretch of credibility...You should be going if you want to see two great actors in the kind of challenging and unusual play that you won't easily forget."
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Front Row Center
February 1st, 2019

“The story of ‘On Blueberry Hill’ is out of the box. One of those what if, and also what if, and then what if THAT...These are tales of deep sorrow and joy told in the plain language of facts...Both these actors are accomplished storytellers. They know how to paint with words...The story flags a teeny bit as we come round the bend, but in the end it picks itself up and leaps off the edge of the chasm. These two fine actors let their characters fly – and take us with them. Bravo Big Time.”
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Front Mezz Junkies
January 13th, 2019

"Beautifully written in dueling monologue form...Played strongly and sincerely by David Ganly and Niall Buggy...the two fluctuate between pain and happiness, confessing their stories of love, desire, and companionship as poetically eternal. Half the pleasure is their dynamic and engaging delivery...All this back and forth works its magic, thanks to the extremely grounded work of its two compelling actors and 'On Blueberry Hill‘s' talented director, Jim Culleton."
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T
January 14th, 2019

"Barry's writing, verbally lush in the tradition of the best Irish writing, allows PJ and Christy's memories to bath in the glow of nostalgia…And Barry's dependence on monologues rather than dialogue does occasionally sag in the tension department...Nevertheless,…Buggy and Ganly give what are among the finest demonstrations of restrained, totally believable acting on the current New York stage…We feel their pain, their confusion, their anger, their guilt, and their frustrations."
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Off Off Online
January 16th, 2019

“’On Blueberry Hill’, is less a traditional play than two intertwined monologues...but it is riveting. Although inherently lacking the excitement of actors facing off in conflict, monologues in the right hands can be thrilling. Barry dresses his in poetic imagery...Culleton’s production puts Barry’s gift for storytelling on full display...And keeps the audience guessing...Barry is a master storyteller—as are the two actors and their characters.”
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TheaterScene.com
January 25th, 2019

“This is a stunning and eventful narrative, yet made totally credible by Barry’s writing and the arresting work of the two actors, beautifully balanced one against the other...There are times when Buggy’s intensity takes his voice to a low volume level you may have to strain to hear him...Nevertheless, the magnetism of this actor keeps the audience rapt...The exceptional attentive stillness that both Ganly and Buggy engendered in their audience...became a memorable part of the event."
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British Theatre Guide
January 13th, 2019

“As close to small-scale theatrical perfection as you are ever likely to get...Meticulously, calmly and becoming emotional at moments of great stress, PJ and Christy roll out tales that initially seem to have no connection...Barry is canny enough to delve deeply into the hearts and souls of two lonely men...Ganly and Buggy deliver the kind of moving performances that take a beautifully written, poetic piece of writing and make it something haunting and quite extraordinary.”
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