On Blueberry Hill
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On Blueberry Hill

On Blueberry Hill NYC Reviews and Tickets

(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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942 Reviews | 225 Followers
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
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?

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you love great drama. If you enjoy unusual formatting, poetic language, exceptional acting and thought provoking ideas. All the good stuff!

Don't see it if If incarceration is a triggering issue for you. You are impatient with subtly evolving plot development.

668 Reviews | 155 Followers
Redemptive, Evocative, Intense, Affecting

See it if you are interested in hearing 2 prison cellmates tell the intensely human, intertwining stories of how they got here.

Don't see it if for you a drama is only a drama when the characters interact to a significant degree: the 2 characters here speak mostly to the audience. Read more

502 Reviews | 127 Followers
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Intense, Compelling

See it if Gorgeous writing expressed by brilliant acting. Great emotion is on display beckoning you into the lives & stories of two prison cellmates.

Don't see it if you prefer dialogue to monologue; you prefer comedy to tragedy and the experience of feeling a gamut of emotion.

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Great writing, Masterful

See it if you want to see two stellar performances from Niall Buggy and David Ganly. Sebastian Barry's language is absolutely stunning and poetic.

Don't see it if you do not like alternating monologues that eventually come together.

464 Reviews | 70 Followers
Brilliant acting, Intense, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you love terrific acting and a script that is almost poetry.Very touching show.I really LOVED this show.It's really special. Go!

Don't see it if you want light, fluffy musicals.This is a show that makes you think, makes you challenge your beliefs about forgiveness, guilt, love.

410 Reviews | 74 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Riveting

See it if love Irish story telling* with dark humor. Alternating monologues by 2 characters that converge at end, stories that come in bits & pieces

Don't see it if don't like slowly developing stories, dark humor, Irish accents (although fairly easy to understand), 1hr. 45 min. without intermission Read more

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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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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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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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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