The Smuggler (Irish Repertory Theatre)
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The Smuggler (Irish Repertory Theatre)

The Smuggler (Irish Repertory Theatre) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(20 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Clever, Great acting, Absorbing, Thought-provoking

A new monologue in verse, about an Irish immigrant is living the American dream.

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Member Reviews (20)

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1113 Reviews | 280 Followers
Slow, Edgy, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Thought provoking play about immigrants. Well staged and directed.

Don't see it if Long monologs make it slow at times.

989 Reviews | 346 Followers
Slow, Well-acted, Indulgent, Quirky, Overrated

See it if you enjoy long monologues, well delivered. Fun barroom showmanship. Raises question of how immigrants can get ahead (including citizens).

Don't see it if you want profundity. Facile justification for bad acts. Everyone's a villain. Long, even at 70+mins. Many forced rhymes. Gr. set, well-used.

745 Reviews | 113 Followers
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you like a well told story of an immigrant that is both entertaining and thought provoking. The actor is very personable and the set is fun.

Don't see it if you don't like one person shows or don't like talk of immigration. There is language and some of the talk is mature so don't bring the kids. Read more

669 Reviews | 131 Followers
Great staging, Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Entertaining

See it if Dark and funny about people take advantage of other people. The stage is a bar.

Don't see it if Not light, make you think. One man show.

501 Reviews | 251 Followers
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if A very dark play about illegal immigration & those who take advantage of them. Tremendous acting!

Don't see it if If you prefer a lighter topic, then skip this one. I

493 Reviews | 137 Followers
Actor *******, Entertaining, Absorbing, Original, Clever

See it if This is a superbly crafted one man show. You enjoy plays with a contemporary historical context. You enjoy Irish theatre.

Don't see it if You have to have an elaborate set and costumes and a 20 piece orchestra to make you feel as if you are watching the best of the best theatre

496 Reviews | 133 Followers
Risky, Storytelling that raises questions..., What would you do?, What have you done?, Thought-provoking

See it if one man show about immigrants & price of the American dream is food 4 your thoughts, pub setting invites U, Irish accents lull U

Don't see it if don't want 2 think about what we end up agreeing to just to get on, basement pub settings make you claustrophobic

453 Reviews | 73 Followers
Intelligent, Riveting, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want a great story that is original and unexpected

Don't see it if you don't like one man shows and characters who are morally ambiguous.

Critic Reviews (8)

The New York Times
January 27th, 2023

"If 'The Smuggler' aims to be about the price of the American dream and the moral cost of being a successful American citizen, it takes more than a few measures of doggerel from a black-market bartender to do so."
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New Yorker
January 26th, 2023

“Mellamphy is a dynamic presence, shifting easily among male and female roles and a variety of accents, while showing off some damn impressive cocktail-mixing moves.”
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January 26th, 2023

“ ‘The Smuggler’ does raise enough troubling questions about what being an American truly means in this day and age for Finnegan's extended barroom anecdote to be worth seeing and contemplating.”
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Talkin' Broadway
January 26th, 2023

“There is much food for thought in ’The Smuggler,’ and much of it leaves a bitter taste. But you'll be glad you partook.”
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Theater Pizzazz
January 26th, 2023

“While the verse format is less effective in serious moments—forcing sentences into specific rhythms undermines the emotions of a scene.”
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Front Row Center
January 26th, 2023

"Be advised, the drinks, and also the plot, are served with a twist."
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January 27th, 2023

With his throaty Irish accent and magnetic presence, Michael Mellamphy dazzles for 85 minutes as a legal Irish immigrant unemployed bartender who gleefully embraces a life of crime in author Ronán Noone absorbing contemporary solo play. It lives up to its billing as a “thriller in rhyme,” with its punchy rhyming sentences and gritty film noir-style plot twists and turns among corrupt police officers, vicious human traffickers and scheming strivers.
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Off Off Online
February 24th, 2023

“The performance is a physical as well as verbal feat. Bagley’s direction of Mellamphy is skillful and well-paced, energizing the 70-minute play.’The Smuggler,’ however, leaves the moral quandary of thievery and smuggling a tangled mess.”
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