Already closed | 1h 30m | Gramercy

The Quare Land

From 5 member  reviews
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. More…

Old Irish farmer Hugh Pugh is having his first wash in four years. His sudden interest in hygiene has been brought on by the upcoming visit of his estranged brother, but another visitor arrives mid-soak. Developer Rob McNulty is hoping to buy a field to convert to a golf course, but Hugh is far more interested in spinning yarns than signing contracts. Excruciating negotiations ensue, amidst the suds and rubber duck, in this meeting of avarice and ambition.

1h 30m | Already closed | DR2 Theatre (Gramercy)

Member Reviews (5)


Slow, Quirky, Boring, Repetitious, Funny
Avg Score

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.

Banal, Funny, Indulgent, Quirky

See it if Like light silly sketch comedies

Don't see it if Dislike the above

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

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.

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.

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 unre...
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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, irascibl...
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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 m...
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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, shout...
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