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Members say: Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant

About the show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents Owen McCafferty's new drama about what occurred in a particular bar in 1974, and what happened in Northern Ireland from the 1960s to the '90s. Part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival. More…

Belfast is a place where things need to be said. Following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, the guns were silenced but the chasm between the Republican and Unionist sides remains wide and bitter. Tonight, in a small back-street bar in 2009, while Northern Ireland plays Poland on the TV, Jimmy and Ian will meet for the first time. They share a violent past and this is a conversation that's been brewing for more than 20 years. The Abbey Theatre in association with the Public Theater brings this important new work to Irish Rep.

Member Reviews (56)


Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Relevant
Avg Score

Ambitious, Relevant, Slow, Intelligent, Well acted

See it if you enjoy "quietly" learning about political conflict and its human toll. Q illuminates No. Ireland's past and brings the story up to date.

Don't see it if you need action; this displays the Irish gift of the gab. Exposition gets tedious; accents are heavy. Strong acting helps. Don't go thirsty.

Absorbing, Edgy, Intense, Relevant, Ambitious

See it if You want some serious drama about a serious topic. You're willing to take a close look at violent acts and their aftermath.

Don't see it if You want a lighter experience.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if timely but depressingly familiar subject matter doesn't bother you; quality acting & writing still excites despite glum human outlook

Don't see it if have trouble accepting that human behavior remains sadly consistent despite best intentions; no good deed goes unstoned

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Resonant

See it if love great acting ..are a concerned person.. and can try to understand the hate problems of the world. The play is 75 minutes (one act).

Don't see it if you want a song and dance show. Be prepared to solve the 12 minute language adjustment rule.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Irish plays with Irish actors, nonviolent stories based on "the troubles," great acting and accents, gripping story & confrontation

Don't see it if you don't like stories about "the troubles," plots that roll out in stories told by the characters, plays set in bars

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Intense, Edgy

See it if See it for a portrayal of the effects of civil unrest, hate and bigotry on people's lives; you like intimate theater in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if you are looking for an entertaining, uplifting evening; you shy away from emotional topics.

Absorbing, Taut, Tense, Great ensemble work, Exquisite direction

See it if you are interested in contemporary Irish drama which reflects the troubled history of this country. Great acting. Great staging and design.

Don't see it if you are not interested in Irish drama. Also, if you do not like monologues, which keep popping up. This is intense theatre!

Great acting, Intense, Profound, Slow, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy great actors doing great work, in a very slow burn story.

Don't see it if You don't want to see just two guys talking in a bar. Plus a third character who doesn't do much. Not for everyone.

Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if you like plays that spark conversations. It's about what is and isn't forgivable, and how responsible are we for our actions as teenagers.

Don't see it if you have trouble with Irish accents. I am sure I missed some of the excellent dialogue because of that.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Intense

See it if You hate violence and want a more nuanced exploration of how it comes about and its aftermath.

Don't see it if You prefer fun entertainment and have problems understanding thick accents.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if you love Irish storytelling, where the plot unwinds slowly thru dialogue; a relevant play about the lingering effects of civil war & hatred

Don't see it if you want a fast-paced uplifting play; don't want a play where you have to pay careful attention to each line of carefully written dialogue

Disappointing, boring, thin, unintelligible

See it if you understand irish brogue and if you like a good set. only for those reasons

Don't see it if you cannot understand irish brogue; very hard to hear and to understand language. story actually not that interesting. short. not worth i

Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if you enjoy Irish storytelling and historical plays

Don't see it if you want more action

Slow, Talky, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if you like talky shows, you are interested in the Troubles, and/or you want to see two men try to put an unfortunate event behind them.

Don't see it if you dislike talky shows.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Relevant

See it if great Irish storytelling is what you seek. This is "Brian Friel" for a new generation and it's always worth seeing The Abbey Theatre.

Don't see it if small. intimate, intense story driven plays trying to make sense of the past are not for you.

Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like serious, challenging plays about social and political issues that confront us by examining them in the context of individual lives.

Don't see it if you don't like dealing with traumatic experiences and anger.

Absorbing, Great acting, Relevant, Riveting, Intense

See it if you enjoy theater that is challenging, thought-provoking and engaging. Irish rep has moved home and it is one of the best off Broadway venue

Don't see it if you want light, funny, easy entertainment.

Great acting, Resonant, Thick accents, Intense, Small scaled

See it if you enjoy great acting and have a strong interest in "The Troubles".

Don't see it if want a strong, complex plot or have difficulty with heavily accented dialogue.

Quirky, Relevant, Slow, Indulgent

See it if you like talky talky dramas that examine hot button issues.

Don't see it if you can't jump on board the emotional Acela train within five minutes of curtain.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if you can handle intense acting and challenging issues.

Don't see it if provocative theatre is not your bag.

Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like intimate drama with a real-life feel.

Don't see it if You are looking for charming Irish laughter.

Absorbing, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if 'small' plays that pack a powerful punch. liked it even more after I left the theatre and pondered it.

Don't see it if like plays that have a big dramatic climax and doesn't wrap things up neatly

Great acting, Relevant, Intense, Great writing, Depressing

See it if You are interested in "the Troubles" or in ethnic/tribal strife anywhere (not to mention Trumpism); you want good acting and no fluff

Don't see it if You are looking for a light-hearted day out; can't focus on Belfast accents; or are fed up with Irish plays set in bars

Intense, Powerful, Not for the faint of heart

See it if you want to see an intense drama about the corrosive effects of tribal hatred (not only Irish; the last line of the play is chilling).

Don't see it if you would find it too disturbing to hear graphic descriptions of what a bomb can do to the human body.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intelligent, Subtle

See it if you enjoy anything Irish. This is a bittersweet story about what might have been for one character and how two lives were changed by one act

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it.

July 28th, 2016
“It is difficult to imagine a piece of theater more perfectly suited to our jittery, antagonistic American moment than ‘Quietly,’ Owen McCafferty’s rage-filled, wounded, mournful play about terrorism, civil war and the damage that remains after the hatred cools. Directed by Jimmy Fay, this delica...
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July 28th, 2016
“The play unfolds in real time with the tension and urgency of Greek tragedy...O’Kane is harrowingly good, a bullet-headed knot of anger and bilious rue. Conlon’s stoical Ian is more contained, until he’s provoked past the paralysis of his guilt. And Zawadzki maintains a fine balance between the ...
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July 28th, 2016
“McCafferty unpacks their story in that most Irish of fashions: extended monologues recounting painful memories. Luckily, the three actors in this cast are particularly good at painting vivid pictures with their tongues...Director Jimmy Fay endows this production with plenty of deafening silences...
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July 29th, 2016
"A taut, intensely focused piece…Under Jimmy Fay's tense, highly observant direction, Conlon and O'Kane offer stunning performances...'Quietly' is only too relevant in this summer of terror; all the more valuable, then, is its eloquent argument that violence solves nothing, instead causing lastin...
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