Irish Repertory Theatre's revival of this 2008 Tony-nominated play stars Matthew Broderick as Mr. Lockhart, a mysterious visitor to Dublin whose arrival turns a game of poker into a perilous gamble for one player's soul. More…
After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.
See it if McPherson's dark, nifty Irish parable of a literal 'Hell on Earth' in a decrepit house w/ a bunch of drunk Irish bros Great ensemble & set
Don't see it if Star Broderick doesn't quite muster the needed menace as 'Mr. Lockhart' Merely competent not malevolent O' Reilly's direction a little staid
See it if you like small, intimate productions, or are eager to see Matthew Broderick on stage.
Don't see it if you have a hard time understanding thick accents or prefer some speed to your story. This one takes nearly an entire act before it starts.
See it if you want to see Matthew Broderick play the devil with not much menace, and would enjoy a rather depressing slice of life with a twist.
Don't see it if you struggle to understand heavy Irish accents, and lots and lots (and lots) of drinking is a trigger for you.
Also The balcony is partial view and should be sold as such.
See it if you like Mr. McPherson's stories, Irish stories that develop slowly, Irish craic (lively conversation), a wonderful Andy Murray as Sharky
Don't see it if you want the character Mr. Lockhart (played by Matthew Broderick) to be creepier or if you can't understand Irish accents
See it if you've seen it before and were profoundly moved. You will enjoy this production very much
Don't see it if You have no patience with drunkenness and slovenly behavior.
See it if If you adore McPerson, intricately developed performances of unlikeable characters don't intimidate you, and a look at good and evil appeals
Don't see it if you have no tolerance for drunken Irishmen on stage (and can't get over the stereotypes)
See it if you want to see perhaps the most interesting role that Matthew Broderick, cast against type, has ever played, along with wonderful writing.
Don't see it if you are easily frustrated by the difficulty of understanding Irish accents or if you are not open to plots with a religious dimension.
See it if you like McPherson, a playwright who examines profound moral issues, but can be vulgar and hilarious too.
Don't see it if you're put off by characters who are serious drunkards living in semi-squalor or dislike any hint of the supernatural or strong accents.
See it if you like plot twists and a small, intimate cast in a small, intimate setting
Don't see it if you can't understand Irish accents or don't like to see how the lower class lives
See it if If love McPherson plays. An Interesting, liquor laden slice of Irish Life theater.
Don't see it if Don't like genre of Irish plays or playwright McPherson.Can't listen to Irish accented dialogue.Offended by profanity & drunks.
See it if Not a great play, but this is Matthew Broderick's best performance in many many years, maybe decades.
Don't see it if You have trouble understanding Irish accents. First 30 mins was difficult. Got better after Broderick entered.
See it if you care more about acting and character development than plot. This is a great show for cynics and pessimists. Some actors are great.
Don't see it if you can't overlook Broderick's horrible Irish accent and how much he is miscast for his role. The plot is trite. lots of hard drinking.
See it if If you're a Conor McPherson fan, this is one of his most entertaining yarns. The ensemble is quite strong and it's a fine production overall
Don't see it if If you saw the original Broadway production, this won't eclipse it. I enjoyed it being so fond of the play, but I missed the original cast.
See it if you love the Irish plays filled with "down in their luck" men drinking too much, but who have a great gift of the gab
Don't see it if You have trouble deciphering the Irish brogue.
See it if you can appreciate pathos and humor in the same situation, and want to see some great acting in an intimate theater
Don't see it if you don't appreciate the Irish brogue, or only laugh at antic humor
See it if A lot of work to get to what amounts to one or two key moments. A story that’s been told before. Broderick was ok. One actor was exhausting.
Don't see it if Your don’t like Irish dramas or drinking.... lots and lots of drinking.
See it if Alcoholic friends encounter the devil on Xmas Eve. Well developed characters, physical humor, and a plot twist revealing hidden meaning.
Don't see it if You would be turned off by heavy drinking and accents. You are not curious why the playwright is dwelling on a bunch of losers.
See it if you like Irish ghost stories, character-based plots that can be quite funny, great ensembles, delicious plot twists, fan of Conor McPherson
Don't see it if you are a fan of Mathew Broderick who disappoints significantly, don't like plays about the devil, have trouble with thick Irish accents