The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal
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The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal
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The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal NYC Reviews and Tickets

76%
(27 Reviews)
Positive
70%
Mixed
19%
Negative
11%
Members say
Quirky, Clever, Great acting, Delightful, Entertaining

About the Show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents a new dark comedy about a recluse in rural Ireland whose life is disrupted by a stranded stranger.

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Member Reviews (27)

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691 Reviews | 212 Followers
95
Edgy, Hilarious, Delightful, Intense, Quirky

See it if Juxtapostion of wonderful characters leads to unexpected twists, humorous scenes, and personal growth.

Don't see it if You don't like dark humor, profanity, and sexual content.

687 Reviews | 113 Followers
68
Ambitious, Confusing, Raunchy, Slow, Well acted

See it if Quirky well acted Irish drama but unable to sustain consistant tone Odd love story tries to emerge with clear McDonagh influence helping

Don't see it if Tends to veer wildly between the supernatural & overwraught Often feels overwritten Impressive work from leads but to no avail

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
78
Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Confusing

See it if quirky sometime silly humor and some serious thinking

Don't see it if you do not like to be challenged.. (Beware: 16 steep steps & limited loos) Read more

372 Reviews | 70 Followers
49
Boring, poor writing, repetitious

See it if you like really quirky characters who sometimes say and do anything without reason. The set, although small, is quite good.

Don't see it if you find irish brogue difficult to understand, if you do not like f..k said alot, if you don't like outlandish characters.

369 Reviews | 51 Followers
85
Clever, Great acting, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great staging

See it if you enjoy a show with a unique combination of quirky characters, who are both humorous as well as touching.

Don't see it if you prefer lavish shows in big theaters as opposed to an intimate setting and heartfelt performances.

289 Reviews | 60 Followers
79
Great acting

See it if you enjoy stories of rural Irish life with quirky characters and a bit of Irish superstitions thrown in. The interaction between 2 strangers

Don't see it if you don't enjoy Irish plays with crazy off the wall characters who meet and challenge each other with their being

216 Reviews | 55 Followers
93
Edgy, Intense, Riveting, Ambitious, Great writing

See it if You like working class stories, you relate to messy & redemption - You want to see new Irish themes & tone

Don't see it if You are offended by rough language or irritated by street dialect, you are looking for a nostalgic Irish play

199 Reviews | 77 Followers
90
Irish eyes are smiling!

See it if Sexy leading lady creates perfect showcase. Two great comedic perfs. Ace support by second and third bananas. A daffy, zany play. Slainte!

Don't see it if Basement is an inconvenient venue. Main stage show ruckus can get loud. Irish raise the roof on both floors. Theater in full holiday mode!

Critic Reviews (9)

The New York Times
November 27th, 2016

"There’s a lot of dialogue and plenty of depredation, but having put these characters together, Ms. Sexton and the director Alan Cox don’t know quite what to do with them. Despite a persistent theme of innocence and experience, 'The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal' mostly feels like a one-act that outgrew itself. A little less conversation wouldn’t hurt. But action concerns Ms. Sexton far less than providing a vigorous, sometimes vulgar showcase for herself and the other actors."
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Theatermania
November 28th, 2016

"The intimate space is perfect for this oddly charming little play...With a typically Irish handle of language and its comic potential, Sexton draws laughs by contrasting Pigeon's time-warped existence with the trashy excess of Lolly and her ilk...As Pigeon, Keating gives the heftiest performance, fully inhabiting a specific rhythm that feels very real in its strict artifice...Director Alan Cox commits to the tonal contrast of the script in staging and design."
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Lighting & Sound America
December 5th, 2016

"The play's early scenes constitute a bruising acting challenge and John Keating handles it like a master...The playwright, Laoisa Sexton, has a gift for creating harrowingly vivid characters, but she overloads them with tics...Sexton simply fails to make a case for why we should be interested...Alan Cox's direction maintains a good pace, but he can't make the lines funny, nor can he do much about the many holes in the plot."
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CurtainUp
November 27th, 2016

"'The Pigeon in the Taj Mahal' is true to form with its cast. What's unexpected is that director Cox has mounted this play with drop-dead production values...'Taj Mahal' will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates something wild and wooly...Cox has elicited powerful performances from his actors...There are times when the activities in 'Taj Mahal' are excessively over the top. You may also miss bits of the fast-paced authentically Irish dialogue. But most of the 90 minutes fly by."
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W
November 28th, 2016

"Director Alan Cox utilizes the small space with creativity. Relationships are visually as well as verbally illuminated...What occurs offstage is well communicated. Reining in Ms. Sexton would’ve helped the piece. John Keating never disappoints...As Lolly, playwright Laoisa Sexton too often seems too forced. It’s difficult to discern how much of this is due to overwriting...The play needs editing, but most of all, we need to care. And don’t."
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BlogCritics.org
November 29th, 2016

"An intriguing play…The playwright has contrived Lolly’s and Aunty Rosie’s partying with Eddie to reveal their characters, and that’s the meat of the action…Sexton and Watkins convey this raucous forced fun with authenticity…The set design, staging, and music cohere to make ‘The Pigeon in The Taj Mahal’ an entertaining theatrical evening."
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NY Theatre Guide
November 29th, 2016

"A fecund 90 minutes of beautiful melancholia…I found the text to be fresh and absorbing…Sexton has drawn characters that are heartbreaking and beautiful in all of their frailty. Sexton is a striking presence on stage, entirely captivating…John Keating as Eddie is magnificent…Director Alan Cox has sculpted a tight, well-oiled work…He has elicited great performances from the cast and created an unforgettable dark, interesting gem…It’s a truly wonderful experience."
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Epoch Times
December 8th, 2016

"Things hilariously go over the top…It is John Keating’s show. He imparts almost a saintliness to the character of Pigeon…Playwright Sexton has performed a service in writing a play that offers high—or low—comedy on the one hand, and at the same time hints at a more serious matter."
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