The Quare Land
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The Quare Land

The Quare Land NYC Reviews and Tickets

(5 Ratings)
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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Show-Score Member Reviews (5)

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133 Reviews | 35 Followers
Great acting, Edgy

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.

137 Reviews | 36 Followers
Disappointing, Quirky, Slow

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

186 Reviews | 25 Followers
Banal, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if Like light silly sketch comedies

Don't see it if Dislike the above

536 Reviews | 279 Followers
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.

178 Reviews | 281 Followers
During previews
Shouty, Boring, One-note, Dull, Cliche

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.

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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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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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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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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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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