The Quare Land
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The Quare Land
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The Quare Land NYC Reviews and Tickets

47%
(5 Reviews)
Positive
0%
Mixed
60%
Negative
40%
Members say
Slow, Quirky, Boring, Repetitious, Funny

About the Show

Irish Rep presents the American premiere of this cantankerous comedy about a cranky Irish farmer whose bubble bath is interrupted by a slimy land developer.

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Repetitious, Loud, Long, Slow, Boring

See it if you enjoy watching Peter Maloney, one of our finer actors. Also, if you like looking at an interesting set design.

Don't see it if you have a low level of tolerance for yelling and screaming in a small space. If you don't like an overstuffed one-acter.

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Banal, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if Like light silly sketch comedies

Don't see it if Dislike the above

Critic Reviews (22)

The New York Times
October 1st, 2015

"When a character in a play so shreds your nerves that you find yourself itching to throttle him within the first 15 minutes, you can be sure an exhilarating night at the theater is not on the menu. When said character is one of only two in the play, the sole item on the menu is likely to be unrelieved agony. This, unfortunately, sums up my experience at John McManus’s comedy...Despite two excellent performances, the play grinds on for 90 minutes, sustained by what is essentially a single joke."
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Time Out New York
October 2nd, 2015

"Watching a 90-year-old man take his first bath in several years might not sound like a barrel of laughs, but put Irish Rep regular Peter Maloney in that tub, and you're guaranteed a good time...Some plot twists are overly tidy, but no matter. It's a treat to hang out with this rascally, irascible old-timer."
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Theatermania
October 2nd, 2015

"It's that kind of realism that distinguishes Ciarán O'Reilly's direction and the production as a whole...Though he never leaves the tub, Maloney fills the stage with his presence like a blustering King Lear. Collins also impresses with a nuanced performance. Both actors make 'The Quare Land' a must-see."
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Lighting & Sound America
October 2nd, 2015

"After 20 minutes or so of watching Hugh behave like the world's oldest spoiled brat, claustrophobia set in and I began to feel I might be trapped with him forever. It certainly doesn't help that, under the direction of Ciarán O'Reilly, Peter Maloney plays Hugh on a single note of bluster, shouting out line after line until you're ready to beg for mercy...Rufus Collins is made to stand around, trying to get a word in edgewise...It's a waste of a fine actor."
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Talkin' Broadway
October 1st, 2015

"Amusing but rudderless...At ten minutes in length, this would be straining; at 75 minutes, it's practically coma-inducing...Director O'Reilly creates a few dynamic moments among the static dramatic requirements playwright McManus has imposed. But he's still tasked with transforming low comedy into high drama without possessing the raw material that might make it possible. Knowing when enough is too much is critical, and it's not clear that McManus does."
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TheaterScene.net
October 3rd, 2015

"Irish playwright John McManus’ dialogue is laden with mordant Irish wit and plenty of colorful details woven in...Director Ciarán O’Reilly’s staging has a variety of business and keeps the pace and action energetic. Mr. O’Reilly’s work with the actors has yielded excellent performances of great charm and depth...It’s a hugely enjoyable blend of absurdity and harsh reality."
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Theatre is Easy
October 1st, 2015

"If you’re the type of person who enjoys watching a crazy but endearing old guy frustrate the hell out of a younger business man, then this show will deliver. If, like me, you tend to grow frustrated at conversations that don’t go anywhere, then you might want to sit this one out."
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Theater Pizzazz
October 1st, 2015

"This uproarious two-hander is a clever satire addressing greed, the relationship of the Irish to the land, and the changed values of the 'new Ireland' in the 21st century...A knowledge of Irish ways may make 'The Quare Land' a fuller experience, but it’s by no means a requirement for understanding the universal truths that McManus touches on. It’s a hilarious ninety minutes with a great payoff – time well spent."
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CurtainUp
September 26th, 2015

"It's inevitable that 'The Quare Land' belongs to the actor playing Pugh. But Collins gives a fine performance as well...The two have just the right chemistry for McManus's script. And under Ciarán O'Reilly's direction, their joint performance is an object lesson in comic timing and a highlight of the fall theater season."
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Stage Buddy
October 2nd, 2015

"Playwright McManus took his inspiration for 'The Quare Land' from a bathtub scene in the Clint Eastwood movie 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.' The play has a satisfying lawlessness that fits the stimulus. It is funny, wicked and full of mischief. O'Reilly's direction reels in the darkness with as much adeptness as Hugh Pugh's beer retrieving pulleys."
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T
October 2nd, 2015

"Under Ciarán O’Reilly’s steady and thoughtful direction, Peter Maloney and Rufus Collins make Laurel and Hardy look like amateurs with a comedic repartee that keeps the audience in stitches – until the surprise ending changes the mood drastically. Their banter is fast-paced and physical and the epitome of good timing."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
October 12th, 2015

"Hugh’s richly colloquial language, delivered in a thickly colorful Irish brogue, is all you could want from a character like this, but the man goes on and on at such length, and eventually grows so tediously nasty that you want the playwright to find a way to throttle him once and for all. That he does, of course, but perhaps a half hour too late to do you any good."
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Times Square Chronicles
October 4th, 2015

"Mr. Maloney captures the charm of this eccentric mischievous imp...Mr. McManus' script is witty and shows how the Irish feel about their land from two different viewpoints. Ciarán O’Reilly’s direction is spot on and he brings out the best from his two actors. The set is clever in the use of space and really brings the reality of High’s life into perspective."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
October 2nd, 2015

"Playwright John McManus has a devilish sense of humor and his nutty play, 'The Quare Land,' is a barrel of laughs, thanks both to his outrageously funny lines and Maloney’s canny performance that never lets up...Director Ciarán O’Reilly keeps the pace brisk and the monologue and dialogue rapidly confrontational, with excellent comic as well as dramatic timing."
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W
October 2nd, 2015

"John McManus’ play is quick, tight (till ¾ of the way through), clever, and entertaining. Pugh’s backstory is marvelously imagined...Director Ciaran O’Reilly does a terrific job with small business it will be more fun for you to observe first hand...My only caveat is that the piece is 10 to 15 minutes too long."
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The Huffington Post
October 7th, 2015

"An entertaining, nicely paced two-hander...Playwright John McManus has fashioned a cautionary tale that works, thanks to the deft performances...The production is aided by Charlie Corcoran's excellent set, which strikes a note of comedy and pathos. And while there are certain stretches in the script, it makes several key points. First, appearances are deceiving; second, that while money and power may corrupt, what's most corrosive to the soul is the casual cruelty that accompanies them."
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The Huffington Post
October 2nd, 2015

"Maloney is one of the theater's treasures and his cantankerous curmudgeon slowly turning into an avaricious wheeler-dealer is a joy to watch. Sitting the play's entire 90 minutes in a bubble-bath, he makes Hugh an eccentric charmer it's hard not to like. Collins is a selfless straight man to Maloney's Hugh and manages to achieve a measure of pity. Smartly directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, 'The Quare Land' is a delightful start to the Irish Rep season."
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T
October 1st, 2015

"Director Ciarán O'Reilly has all the elements we admire in an Irish comedy...It's possible McManus, a promising new playwright, intended the play as a comment on Irish obsession with land. McNulty and Pugh are equally avaricious and manipulative. But this deeper meaning is often lost in the humor. Most of this rather short play is filled with the ensuing duel between the two men. The humor is propelled by McManus's fine use of language and Collins and Maloney's excellent acting."
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American Theater Web
October 3rd, 2015

"'The Quare Land' induces some hearty chuckles. At the same time, however, it’s a bit difficult to accept the lengths to which Rob will go to seal the deal, and the demeaning ways in which Hugh turns Rob into a toadie fail to amuse. Similarly, the production’s climax comes not so much as a shock as quick-fix attempt to wind up this shaggy dog story...Regardless it’s a joy to spend 70 minutes in Maloney’s presence."
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C
October 5th, 2015

"Maloney keeps the cantankerous Hugh just likeable enough, and Collins elicits both laughs and empathy with Rob's increasing frustration and hostility. 'The Quare Land' looks to the past and the future, reaping both laughs and reflection, and, unless you're Rob McNulty, it's probably the most entertaining 90 minutes that you can have watching an elderly farmer in a bathtub."
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On Stage Blog
October 1st, 2015

"I’m ambivalent about ‘Quare Land’; leaning towards dislike, but able to acknowledge enough of it’s sizable prowess to prevent actively taking issue with it. In fact, I’ll still tell you to go see it, it’s an interesting piece, funny, and there’s a good chance you’ll get something good out of it. But for whatever reason, I didn’t."
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B
October 3rd, 2015

"An evening of engaging, moving entertainment...Maloney in the tub, and with little to go on but his voice and expressions, gives a performance full of rich nuance...A dark story is realized with good humor and an incredibly satisfying production."
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