The Hairy Ape
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The Hairy Ape

The Hairy Ape NYC Reviews and Tickets

(288 Ratings)
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Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

About the Show

Park Avenue Armory and the Old Vic present O’Neill's expressionist drama, a searing social commentary on the divide between the rich and poor in the industrial age. Starring Emmy winner and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (288)

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58 Reviews | 12 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if you want to see an amazing production with an excellent cast.

Don't see it if you dont like uncomfortable seats in a stadium like theater Read more

133 Reviews | 36 Followers
Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Brilliant

See it if you want to see an unforgettable performance in a mesmerizing production of a play as revolutionary now as it was when it was written.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. This is a powerful, avant garde production pitting blue collar against the 1%. It hits its mark.

52 Reviews | 31 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Intense

See it if You like great acting and amazing staging. It was written in 1922 but was very timely. It's a very physical show. Bobby Cannavale was rivet!

Don't see it if You are looking for something light and fluffy. It's very intense.

774 Reviews | 246 Followers
Epic, Masterful, Profound, Stunning, Riveting

See it if Every scene in this powerful expressionist story takes place in a visually stunning expressionist set. Great acting and symbolism.

Don't see it if You prefer something happier or more realistic. You don't want to think about the meaning of the colors, masks, balcony, etc.

63 Reviews | 8 Followers
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Bobby Cannavale - inventive staging - and O'Neil in short doses.

Don't see it if You hate Eugene O'Neill.

123 Reviews | 57 Followers
Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Intense

See it if You enjoy Eugene O'Neill and expressionist or existential theatre. Absolutely stunning staging & incredibly strong work from Bobby Cannavale

Don't see it if You don't enjoy avant garde theatre or prefer easy to swallow narratives. This is out there, in the best possible way. Do your homework!

102 Reviews | 46 Followers
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Profound, Must see

See it if You must see it. No if's. A once in a life time experience!!!

Don't see it if You hate everything or want a big splashy musical. Basically, see it!!!

154 Reviews | 31 Followers
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if just WOW! what a production..innovative and exquisitely done. The cast was magnificent and the story remains compelling today.

Don't see it if you don't like Expressionistic theatre and having to pay attention. Read more

Critic Reviews (25)

The New York Times
March 31st, 2017

“A mesmerizing revival…O’Neill’s nightmarish parable of alienation and class conflict still feels close to home…Mr. Jones’s interpretation is ravishing enough to please the sort of aesthetes who worship Robert Wilson’s exquisite dreamscapes. But this production also rings with primal pain...Mr. Cannavale’s emphatically flesh-and-blood presence makes him the perfect odd man out in a dehumanizing world of machines, literal and otherwise…The supporting cast is excellent.”
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New York Magazine / Vulture
March 31st, 2017

"A staggering, last-word revival...Cannavale's body is giving us expressionism while his smooth interpretation of the speech is giving us realism...It anchors a production, gorgeously directed by Jones, that is otherwise full-tilt expressionism on the grandest scale...The performances of the other supporting actors are just as subtly calibrated...What I’m not sure it matches is O’Neill. You don’t have the sense, reading the script...that something this chic could ever have been what he sought."
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New Yorker
April 10th, 2017

“Yank is an embodiment of the playwright’s ideas about theatrical naturalism and how to elevate it beyond the proscenium and make it deeper, spookier…Reading ‘The Hairy Ape,’ you’d never imagine what Jones comes up with, and those surprises are the reason the production is such a thrill…Jones’s talent is genius. By engineering this spectacle of O’Neill’s tragedy, he makes the playwright’s twenties modernism modern now, just for us, and it’s astonishing.”
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The Wall Street Journal
April 4th, 2017

“A stunningly beautiful staging…If you temporarily submit to the manipulations of O’Neill and Mr. Jones, you also come to see that the play is both more and less than agitprop. It is more because there are magnificent soliloquies in which we hear the rhythms and phrasings of actual people…At such moments, if you forget the author’s hectoring, you admire his artifice. The play is also less than agitprop, because it doesn’t fully accept the message it begins to peddle.”
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April 13th, 2017

"Could any play be timelier than this wrenching, tragic cry of an outsider looking for acceptance?...There’s nothing realistic about it, except for the emotional truths of alienation and dehumanization that suffuse the events leading to the play’s inevitable, tragic climax. Against this, and with the assist of a brilliant company, Cannavale gives a performance that’s utterly lacking in affectation, so completely open and raw, that by the end we’re left spent as well as rattled to our own core."
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New York Daily News
April 9th, 2017

"This massive and mighty revival of O’Neill’s 1922 play is awash in blaring, glaring yellow. It’s the color of a cage-like box representing the bowels of a ship, where grimy, brawny stokers do their drone-like thing...Which fits since nothing pleasant goes down in O’Neill’s expressionist look at class and identity as seen through the eyes of Yank (Cannavale, outstanding)...Jagged beauty abounds in the stirring production guided by British director Richard Jones."
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The Hollywood Reporter
March 31st, 2017

"Environmental theater doesn’t come any more powerful than the staging of 'The Hairy Ape'...Cannavale superbly brings his raw, macho physicality to the leading role...The play is not exactly subtle in its language and themes. Director Jones exploits that artificiality by visually emphasizing the elemental aspects...Throughout the piece there are striking visual tableaus...This landmark production provides a sense of the bone-chilling excitement it must originally have generated."
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The Washington Post
March 31st, 2017

“The lives of the working stiffs in Eugene O’Neill’s ‘The Hairy Ape’ may be brutal, but the portraits of their labors in Richard Jones’s visually stunning new revival are sublime…Surrealism and naturalism mix marvelously…The tableaux are mesmerizing…The visual panache extends all through the production’s 90 minutes…With excellent assists from the ensemble...the 'nightmare distortions' of 'The Hairy Ape' come exhilaratingly into focus."
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