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.
See it if Like light silly sketch comedies
Don't see it if Dislike the above
See it if Irish brogues remind you of your parents (or grandparents)
Don't see it if You want something meaty. There's not much to this. I'm a big fan of Irish Rep but this was my least favorite show there
See it if Outstanding acting could not save this sadistic and edgy play. The denoouemont was predictable and uncomfortable but well acted.
Don't see it if You are not happy with viewing sadism.
See it if You are an Irish Rep subscriber and can't foist your tickets off on anyone else
Don't see it if You love Irish plays with endearing characters and rich language. Disappointing one-note performances by both actors who deserve better.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."