Philadelphia, Here I Come!
Ends May 05 2h 15m
Philadelphia, Here I Come!
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Philadelphia, Here I Come! NYC Reviews and Tickets

82%
(27 Ratings)
Positive
92%
Mixed
4%
Negative
4%
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Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Funny, Clever

About the Show

In 1962, a young Irishman considers a new life in America.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (27)

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365 Reviews | 108 Followers
90
Wonderful, imaginative play of young man on cusp

See it if you enjoy Irish literature. Here, the reticent protagonist is portrayed by two actors, to humorous effect.

Don't see it if you struggle with Irish accents. In this case, they're not too hard to understand. Read more

554 Reviews | 270 Followers
87
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if Set in the rebellious 60s,the play mirrors a new Irish identity thru a few dichotomies:father vs son,guilt vs adventure,private vs public*

Don't see it if You don't like a charming ethnic accent. Read more

53 Reviews | 8 Followers
85
Absorbing, Funny, Irish, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you like Irish stories featuring great acting. It was an absorbing production of a great Irish play/playwright.

Don't see it if you have a hard time with accents (not sure that you would here - I thought they were very understandable.)

387 Reviews | 40 Followers
84
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like Irish plays done extremely well. As most of Irish Reps productions this one excels. Smart, well acted, and powerful in its message

Don't see it if you are looking for a blockbuster production. This is theater not spectacle. Great acting and great writing carry the drama

56 Reviews | 10 Followers
84
Great irish drama, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, A.j. shively shines, Great writing

See it if Fine rendition of the third play in the three-part Friel series. You come away with an understanding why so many Irish emigrated.

Don't see it if Irish drama, which can be dark, is not your thing. Some of the accents were hard to understand.

418 Reviews | 85 Followers
82
Great acting, Resonant, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if Friel's quasi-biographical dramedy of leaving home has a great conceit in having the lead's inner feelings said aloud Fine work from both

Don't see it if Yet the hat trick wears thin in Act 2 as we welcome the volumes that are being 'said' in the silences between father, son & housekeeper

85 Reviews | 6 Followers
82
Slow, Heartbreaking, Intelligent, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like Irish classical drama with a fantastic cast and beautiful direction.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding Irish accents or need a lot of action to keep your attention.

1128 Reviews | 383 Followers
80
Clever, Modest prod'n values, Long, Strong acting (shively!), Absorbing

See it if you'd like a sm story abt yg man leaving his sm town. Clever writing w/his inner/outer selves portrayed. Shively is terrific. Well-staged.

Don't see it if you need a compelling plot. PHIC is mostly an impt day-in-the-life. Strg acting elevates the modest story. Script needs cuts (redundant).

Critic Reviews (10)

New York Magazine / Vulture
March 25th, 2024

"...'Philadelphia, Here I Come!' is a rebuke of Irish masculinity."
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The Wall Street Journal
April 4th, 2024

"...is acted with luminous grace, digging into the ripe comedy"
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Theatermania
March 25th, 2024

"The play — Friel’s first major success...is arguably the most interesting and affecting"
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Lighting & Sound America
April 8th, 2024

“The nimblest double act in town consists of David McElwee and A.J. Shively…”
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Talkin' Broadway
March 24th, 2024

"Friel's play is pleasant and atmospheric, but it remains rather slight."
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New York Stage Review
March 26th, 2024

"The stellar performances of McElwee and Shively...make this revival compulsory viewing."
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New York Stage Review
March 24th, 2024

"...helmed by Ciarán O’Reilly captures the great play in all its tragicomic glory."
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Theater Pizzazz
April 1st, 2024

"...it’s a joy to report how successful an evening in the theater this is."
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