Quietly
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Quietly
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Quietly NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(56 Reviews)
Positive
89%
Mixed
9%
Negative
2%
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.

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Member Reviews (56)

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963 Reviews | 338 Followers
75
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.

703 Reviews | 213 Followers
85
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.

677 Reviews | 150 Followers
86
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

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
85
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

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
90
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.

501 Reviews | 127 Followers
84
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.

465 Reviews | 256 Followers
90
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!

463 Reviews | 70 Followers
85
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.

Critic Reviews (32)

The New York Times
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 delicately acted production arrives on the stage like Dickens’s ghost of Jacob Marley, dragging the chains of sins committed long ago.”
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Time Out New York
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 two, a gently comical observer, the bemused outsider. Jimmy Fay’s direction is rock solid and the terse, lean play grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go.”
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Theatermania
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 as the three men stare up at the TV screen. The air is charged with electricity...Maintaining a vague air of menace and intrigue, ‘Quietly’ never allows us to settle into a false sense of security.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 lasting harm to everyone whom it touches. At the performance I attended, it was received with the kind of rapt silence that occurs only when an audience is truly listening, hanging on every word."
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Talkin' Broadway
July 28th, 2016

“This is a bracing gut-punch of an evening that hits all the buttons you need but never quite goes where you expect it to...Fay's direction highlights this in its subdued tension, which is always roiling away just beneath the surface. O'Kane and Conlon make superb foils for each other...O'Kane is violently energetic, Conlon looks burned out from the eyes downward, and it's impossible to say who is scarier...'Quietly' rings out loud and clear.”
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TheaterScene.net
July 29th, 2016

"Both of the lead characters have such striking similarities that at times they come across as mouthpieces academically articulating 'The Troubles'...The production has accomplished actors in it that elevate the script...Fay has staged this small-scale work that’s essentially a series of interactive monologues with technical flair...'Quietly' is a theater piece that’s well rendered but is characterized by being overly schematic and doesn’t quite soar to the profound heights it aspires to."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 28th, 2016

"You could hear the proverbial pin drop in the hushed silence of the theater, as the two men spoke their truths, sometimes quietly, other times harshly and, hard to believe, eventually in a somewhat reconciliatory manner so that a level of understanding could be reached. McCafferty’s writing precisely controls the pace and emotional bits and pieces of the grief that each has lived with all these years...The threesome is brilliant as directed by Jimmy Fay."
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CurtainUp
July 28th, 2016

“Director Jimmy Fay complements the intense slow-burning dramatics with unhurried skill. But he also doesn't soft pedal one character's stunning bursts of brutal physicality...At its best, ‘Quietly’ is an impassioned play filled with gritty unpretentious dialogue. And the three terrific actors are splendidly recreating the vivid characters...It is a chilling reminder of how the climate of racism and intolerance and the threat of a terrorist attack has not significantly changed over the years.”
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