The Weir
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The Weir

The Weir NYC Reviews and Tickets

(10 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing

About the Show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents a series of tall tales told by four Irishmen vying for the attention of a woman whose own story puts theirs to shame.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (10)

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112 Reviews | 51 Followers
Great writing, Absorbing, Gripping, Relevant, Slow

See it if You value heightened naturalistic barroom theater with a warm sensibility and a touch of mystery.

Don't see it if Language and character should take a back seat to plot and spectacle or you'd rather drink than comprehend.

235 Reviews | 232 Followers
Enchanting, Intelligent, Profound

See it if The stories were captivating. And Irish accents... gotta love them.

Don't see it if You need strong, action filled shows.

156 Reviews | 62 Followers
Great writing, Quirky, Riveting

See it if Love Ireland and ghost stories. Set in a pub, each character relates a spooky tale. Yet who has the most frightening tale of all? A classic.

Don't see it if You don't care for long monologues.

548 Reviews | 1899 Followers
Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Resonant

See it if You love Irish storytelling.

Don't see it if You prefer heavy action in a play.

178 Reviews | 281 Followers
Delightful, Irish storytelling, Lifelike, Naturalistic, Pleasant

See it if You enjoy good naturalistic writing, exquisitely tuned acting

Don't see it if You need a dramatic story arc and relationships that go somewhere

260 Reviews | 62 Followers
Cliched, Slow, Overrated, Dated, Strong performance

See it if You enjoy traditional Irish themes, good acting, small venue

Don't see it if Enough already of the Irish ghost stories in bars - I saw a production many years ago that was more ghosty & more fun for that reason

1109 Reviews | 378 Followers
Disappointing, Slow, Unconvincing, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if you love ghost stories. Play's structure (ea character tells a story) is unsophisticated, as are the tales. Not my cup of Irish Breakfast.

Don't see it if you want a real play w lots of dialogue. If, however, you like a good yarn (or several) you'll have fun. Good performances.

712 Reviews | 252 Followers
Disappointing, Slow, Overrated, Indulgent, Excruciating

See it if You're a fan of old Irish yarns.

Don't see it if You require more action in plays to keep you interested.

Critic Reviews (24)

The New York Times
July 9th, 2015

"The Irish Repertory Theater’s superb revival of 'The Weir,' Conor McPherson’s haunting drama about strange occurrences and the comfort of sharing them with strangers, has returned for a summer run... In the cozy confines of a low-key Off Broadway theater, the play’s simplicity and subdued warmth may be easier to appreciate...An enticing production, which provides audiences an evening in very good company indeed."
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The Wall Street Journal
July 9th, 2015

“‘The Weir’ proves to be a profound meditation on the twin themes of loneliness and community, told so theatrically that you’ll savor each peat-scented phrase. The trick is to get the details right, and the Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival, staged with sure-footed simplicity by Ciarán O’Reilly, is totally believable. From the inch-thick brogues of the actors to the neon signs on the walls of the barroom set, it’s as convincing as a deathbed confession.”
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Theatre is Easy
July 9th, 2015

"It is always remarkable to me when I find a play so gripping, only later to realize it was simply brilliant dialogue. This wouldn't quite be the case, of course, if it wasn't brought to life by an impeccable cast...Each player contributes to build a message that reaches far deeper into us than star power can. Although much of this play’s appeal is the chilling effect of ghost stories, the lasting impact is one of radiant warmth."
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Theater Pizzazz
July 9th, 2015

"A splendidly evocative telling of McPherson’s elegant meditation on human fragility, loneliness and the power of the past... Director Ciarán O’Reilly keeps the pace moving and the action compelling. The acting is universally on the money, although Quaid seems to have not found the center of her character yet...'The Weir' ends with humor, for it’s humor that’s the grace that keeps us going despite loss and what could have been."
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Stage Buddy
July 13th, 2015

"For the most part, it is easy to get lost in 'The Weir,' to feel as if you are sincerely looking in as a silent patron sitting alone in the back of the establishment...The play is ultimately uplifting in a way; it’s a celebration of the power of tipsy conversation in the middle of the night. But this celebration comes at the cost of mourning, and there’s a portentous undercurrent of fear and grief in 'The Weir' that has more to do with the souls we’ve lost than the apparitions they might become."
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Exeunt Magazine
July 17th, 2015

"This show shines as a moving exploration of the balance between loneliness and community in rural Ireland...O’Reilly’s direction proves insightful in capturing McPherson’s characters’ powerful urge for sharing themselves with the community in the hopes of finding a more clear understanding of the world."
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Blog Critics
July 12th, 2015

"This production of McPherson’s award-winning play smiles with an easy accessibility and fluidity, but delivers a subtle, stark punch... In the hands of director O’Reilly and with the measured, beautifully balanced and powerfully understated portrayals by the ensemble, all elements combine to make this a memorable and poignant rendering of McPherson’s work."
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July 10th, 2015

"'The Weir' is an utterly naturalistic play in which the unity of the ensemble – the ease of the characters' interplay of speech and silence — is vital. In this production the performances are damagingly uneven...It's not the revival of 'The Weir' I was hoping for, but the production is still adept enough to give a strong sense of how good McPherson's drama is."
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