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The Clearing

From 2 member  reviews
Members say: Intelligent, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

About the show

Theater 808 revives Helen Edmundson's family drama set in 17th-century Ireland, during Oliver Cromwell's ruthless campaign to force out Catholics. More…

Robert, an English aristocrat, and his free-spirited Irish wife, Maddy, find their loving relationship threatened by Ireland's dangerous political climate. Should Robert ensure his own economic prosperity by betraying his wife and child, or should he risk banishment to an inhospitable land to keep his family intact? 'The Clearing' examines our universal desire for acceptance amid prejudice and fear in a tale of treachery, romance, and passion.

Member Reviews (2)


Intelligent, Absorbing, Riveting, Intense, Great acting
Avg Score

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You want to see a modern take on a classic story and have an interest in Irish History

Don't see it if You want periwigs and tights and are only interested in a traditional take on a compelling story

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Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Riveting

See it if you are a fan of Irish Drama - lots of that here. Intense and moving, heart wrenching plot, characters to love and hate.

Don't see it if Intense drama is not your favorite thing; cell phones and modern day dress in an historic setting upset your sense of time/place.

October 11th, 2016
"A masterful revival...'The Clearing' moves steadily from its naturalistic beginning to become more expressionistic in Act II, and the characters transform into representative types. If you find yourself caught up in the very human story of the individuals being portrayed early on, you will have ...
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October 17th, 2016
“Playwright Helen Edmundson whose stage plays have been mostly adaptations of famous literature (‘The Mill on the Floss’, ‘War and Peace’, ‘Anna Karenina’, as well as ‘Coram Boy’ and ‘Thérèse Raquin’ both seen on Broadway) tells her story in the leisurely way one might write a novel. While ...
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October 11th, 2016
"Despite its thematic importance, 'The Clearing' is flawed. It imparts this chunk of horrible history with glancing blows, short-circuiting the power and gravitas of its awful and gut-wrenching circumstances...Unfortunately, Pamela Moller Kareman’s direction doesn’t successfully elevate Edmunson’...
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October 14th, 2016
"The flat first act partially stems from the playwright’s long exposition and artificial, meant-to-be 17th-century language. But the stilted direction of Kareman contributes to the fact that you don’t much care about the characters until the second act...The principal cast reminded me of Jon Lovi...
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