The Plough and the Stars
The Plough and the Stars
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The Plough and the Stars NYC Reviews and Tickets

81%
(54 Reviews)
Positive
85%
Mixed
13%
Negative
2%
Members say
Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

About the Show

O’Casey's 1926 drama centers a young woman who fights to keep her family afloat, as Ireland stands on the brink of revolution. Get prime orchestra seats for only $55 (regularly $70) when you buy a Show-Score Select! 

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95
Thought-provoking, Tragic, Resonant, Masterful, Epic

See it if Joys & sorrows of working class tenement life. Colorful characters. 1916 uprising ruins the lives of innocent people. Was it worth it?

Don't see it if You are uninterested in the relevance of this historical play to today's world. Syria is one parallel. You would prefer lighter fare.

85
Intense, Resonant, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if Outstanding culmination of IRT's O'Casey Trilogy! Same evocative set holds cast of 14 in it's brutal depiction of 1916 Easter Rebellion

Don't see it if Outside of occasional garbled, overlapping dialogue (often due to high passions) not much to fault Clancy & Plunkett lead impassioned cast

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
May 15th, 2019

“Starts off in such a jolly manner that you may think you’re in for a comedy....Moore’s naturalistic production makes us care for everybody, no matter how vituperative, pigheaded or cartoonishly comical, and the cast is largely excellent...Each character is lovingly rendered, honoring the play’s complexity...’The Plough and the Stars’ illustrates the company’s approach at its most successful...The show has an elemental appeal that testifies to the timeless power of a story well told.”
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The Wall Street Journal
May 2nd, 2019

"Staged with unmannered directness by Charlotte Moore and acted by an ensemble cast whose members sound as though they’d just stepped off the morning plane from Dublin, it will leave you wondering why O’Casey’s plays aren’t done by every top-tier theater company in America...The abject desperation of Ms. O’Malley’s performance is but one of countless great things about this production. I cannot begin to catalog its virtues."
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Theatermania
April 30th, 2019

“Director Charlotte Moore has done an outstanding job eliciting the humor of the first two acts before immersing us in the tragic events of the play's second half. The cast is exceptional, with hilarious performances...One of the theater's foremost antiwar playwrights, O'Casey is unsparing in his depiction of violence in "The Plough and the Stars," and Irish Repertory Theatre has produced this trilogy in three equally unsparing and masterfully executed productions."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 15th, 2019

“The Irish Rep's Sean O'Casey trilogy ends on a note of triumph with Moore's staging of this little-seen report from the embattled streets of Dublin...’The Plough and the Stars’ is a polyphonic display of voices -- comic, tragic, wounded, furious -- bearing witness to a city at war with itself...This is the most expansive play in the trilogy, and it has a design to match...This stunning revival thrills even as its observations continue to prove heartbreakingly relevant.”
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Talkin' Broadway
April 30th, 2019

“This moving revival is the perfect capstone to O'Casey's heartbreaking examination of struggling, tenement families...A solid cast with outstanding supporting performances...‘The Plough and the Stars’ takes a dim view of Irish nationalism, is contemptuous of any sentimentalizing of war and is rightfully scornful of the misery brought on by the curse of poverty. Many consider it O'Casey's masterpiece so do yourself a favor and see it in this timeless and heartfelt production.”
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New York Stage Review
April 30th, 2019

“Directed by Moore with enormous vigor and unflinching honesty (I’m tempted to call it her best work in a long list of outstanding work)—is a must-see. It certainly is as played by a flawless troupe within Corcoran’s four cleverly shifting sets...O’Casey’s ability to fuse comedy and tragedy into the same moment becomes indisputable...The characters throb with life. And with death...’The Plough and the Stars’ is greatly distinguished by the players.”
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New York Stage Review
April 30th, 2019

“Given a masterful production here, it remains a fine, moving study of everyday individuals swept up in ugly circumstances...’The Plough and the Stars’ begins more rather than less as a comedy, which grows nearly farcical...’The Plough and the Stars' throbs with robust life. Charlotte Moore, the theater’s artistic director, skillfully unites her 14 players into a finely-meshed ensemble. All of the performances are never less than vibrant.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 7th, 2019

"Having also helmed that inaugural Irish Rep production of the play thirty years ago, director Charlotte Moore knows these characters well, perhaps even better than O'Casey knew them himself. While it's easy to get lost in O'Casey's verbosity, Moore continually focuses our sympathy where it should be and makes effective use of a talented cast to distract from some choppy plotting in the loosely connected acts."
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CurtainUp
May 5th, 2019

"It still sends chills down one's spine as a play that sprung from the blood-stained soil of reality...The current production...has much going for it. Its chief aces are its realistic set design and the superb acting ensemble...In Moore's new staging...one can truly listen to the bittersweet music in his drama and reflect on the real sacrifices of people who are never mentioned in the pages of history books."
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Front Row Center
April 30th, 2019

”See this production for several reasons: because it's O'Casey in rep being put on by one of New York's most vibrant off-broadway companies; because it has something to say about what is happening in our society today; because MaryAnn Plunkett's talent will make you feel compassion for someone you thought you despised."
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T
June 20th, 2019

“O’Casey’s themes of nationalism, divisiveness, religious freedoms and ‘rights,’ the merits of socialism, and fantasy versus reality counterpoint powerfully with the current political climate in the United States and throughout Europe. Charlotte Moore directs the cast with a passionate commitment to excellence. Her staging brings out the best in each actor and assures that each actor’s character is fully developed and differentiated.”
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T
May 17th, 2019

"Making it all work to brilliant effect is…Corcoran's remarkable set-which also turns the surrounding walls into those of a Dublin slum…The unusually well-balanced cast contains too many notable performances…so I'll note only the stirring performance of Maryann Plunkett as Bessie…Director Charlotte Moore…has made 'The Plough and the Stars' a powerhouse of electrifying acting, helping each actor create indelible verbal and physical images that resonate with feeling and meaning."
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Broadway & Me
May 11th, 2019

"Weariness seems to have gotten the best of the cast and there were stretches of overly-accented dialog that I couldn’t understand. It also took too long to figure out all the relationships between the characters. But, under the direction of the Rep’s artistic director Charlotte Moore, the show still manages to get across O’Casey’s disillusionment with all sides in the conflict."
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scribicide
June 9th, 2019

"With almost a century of postcolonial struggle that followed 'The Plough and the Stars' - including, of course, the recent border issues raised by Brexit -the safe and conservative choices by Moore feel practically anemic."
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N
May 1st, 2019

"'Plough' has its funny moments, most of them in Act 1. O’Casey had a fondness for dark humor. He populated the play with undereducated barflies from the lower depths who wax philosophical and political, the kind Eugene O’Neill would love. They are funny in a sad way, an Irish way...Part of O’Casey’s genius lies in his talent for depicting tragedy in situations that could simply be melodramatic."
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