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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705 Reviews | 214 Followers
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.

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
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

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
91
Profound, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Spectacular set. Most of the cast of 14 appear in all 3 productions at Irish Rep. (Amazing) Nice exhibit on the upper level ALSO

Don't see it if some dialogue lost in the rear rows Read more

479 Reviews | 714 Followers
50
Incomprehensible, Slow, Confusing, Great staging

See it if you have a hard time understanding thick accents, but enjoy a challenge.

Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding thick accents, and don't enjoy a challenge. I understood about 10%; the rest was accents.

567 Reviews | 146 Followers
84
Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if The innocents of Irish tenement drink & gab first half, then in the second, the Civil Wartime toll calculated for those innocents. Maryann!

Don't see it if Varied accessible brogues of large talented cast. Uprisings are messy. Maryann Plunkett leaves the stage. Read more

432 Reviews | 93 Followers
65
Confusing, Great acting, Disappointing

See it if You like O'Casey's work and want to see talented (but tired) actors get through this play.

Don't see it if You want an easy to understand play- both linguistically and plot wise. There was a LOT of screaming for no reason. Read more

414 Reviews | 74 Followers
92
Very moving, Riveting, Great writing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if historical play with a variety of Irish characters in 1915/16 Dublin tenement, very moving (especially 2nd half) but with humorous moments

Don't see it if don't want violence - Easter Rising in second half so a couple of scenes with bloodshed; don't want Irish accents; want something happy

WH
355 Reviews | 61 Followers
78
Part 1 of dublin trilogy, Absorbing, Historical, Great acting, Intense

See it if You are a fan of O'Casey, Irish history, and/or fine ensemble acting. A terrific beginning to the Dublin Trilogy.

Don't see it if You don't like historically-based theatre or are bothered by voracious arguing and threats of violence.

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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