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On Blueberry Hill

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Members say: 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. More…

"On Blueberry Hill" is bursting with humanity as it explores murder, forgiveness, survival, and ultimately, love in the prison of the human heart.

Part of the 2019 Origin 1st Irish Festival.


Member Reviews (34)

MEMBERS SAY:

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

83
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.

80
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?

89
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.

Also In “On Blueberry Hill” 2 cellmates take turns telling us in bite-sized... Read more Read less

90
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.

92
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.

90
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.

82
Great monologues, Absorbing irish storytelling, Dark stage with one dim spotlight

See it if Prison cellmates take turns telling their confessional stories that end by tying together in bazaar vows, which in song “were never to be”.

Don't see it if You want dialog and physical action, & don’t want to hear a play about murder, confrontation, rage, forgiveness, and eventually compassion.

94
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.

86
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

Also *personal bias - I love Irish storytelling.... Read more Read less

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if You want to see an original, poetic, and beautiful Irish story. Mostly monologues so it’s important to listen closely to to story.

Don't see it if You don’t have the patience to let the story unfold.It is well worth it, the superb acting, the entrancing language, and the original script

83
Great acting, Unusual structure, Plot unfolds gradually, Language is exceedingly beautiful

See it if You're not fazed by a play that takes place in a prison cell that is basically all narration about past events.

Don't see it if You want a play with a more typical structure.

Also The acting is wonderful in this very unusual play, which is basically ... Read more Read less

74
Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Quirky

See it if you love Irish writing and Irish actors because this play is sensational in both - in spite of an unbelievable plot.

Don't see it if you only like light entertainment.

90
Great writing, Great acting

See it if You're looking for a gorgeously written and brilliantly acted show that deftly handles complex emotions.

Don't see it if You're bothered by plays with slow starts and intermittent slower pacing.

86
Great acting, Minimalist staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you love the theater, the pure joy of seeing 2 great actors burning their way through a thoughtful and relevant script; you want 2b moved

Don't see it if your theater has to hit you in the face with lights, song, dance; this one is pure poetry

86
Enchanting, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you love beautiful language brought to life by two terrific actors.

Don't see it if you don't like 'two-handers' or 'quiet' productions .

Also for the first half of the play, I felt I was almost hypnotized by the ... Read more Read less

55
Disappointing, Cliched, Slow, Poetic at times, Relevant

See it if You like all things Irish, won’t be upset or bored by characters who don’t connect, and are fine with all “action” described and offstage.

Don't see it if You need contact between characters, action onstage, or credible motivation. This is like 2 one-man shows.

Also I had a hard time staying with this play. There were glimmers of poetr... Read more Read less

75
Great acting, Implausible story

See it if you can allow great acting to sweep you along to the point where you can overlook wild implausibility in the story.

Don't see it if you can't. I know that forgiveness and redemption can come in many forms, but the cynic in me couldn't buy that they would take this form.

82
Great acting, Euphonious, Tragic, Great writing, Masterful

See it if 2 men, a bunk bed, and poetic, beautiful, melodious monologues - intensely and masterfully acted - are enough to enthrall you.

Don't see it if if u don't appreciate 2 meandering series of monologues that never constitute a dialogue but develop into a beautifully unified aching story

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Must see, Do not miss

See it if One of the best plays writing acting as only the Irish can do Must see

Don't see it if You do not like difficult uncomfortable story

79
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if A well-told tale that holds your interest throughout providing some light moments as each character alternates telling the tragic story

Don't see it if You prefer interaction between characters as opposed to alternating monologues. Also play closes Sunday so if you don't have a ticket ...

83
Absorbing, Clever

See it if You enjoy good writing performed by competent and able actors

Don't see it if You enjoy big productions with large casts and fancy scenery

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Must see

See it if You love Irish plays and storytelling sling with masterful acting.

Don't see it if If you like plays with strong dramatic, physical action.

91
Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if Saw at the original venue loved every minute and not surprised it is on broadway now. Amazing singing dancing story costumes plot,has it all

Don't see it if If you hate having a fabulous night at the theater avoid at all costs

86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

See it if it already closed, really well written, different show

Don't see it if you can't now

80
Great acting, Clever, Absorbing

See it if a thoughtful and well-developed story narrated by two superb actors.

Don't see it if a faster moving linear play.


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 ...
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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 languag...
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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 Barr...
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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 shamel...
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