Three Small Irish Masterpieces
Three Small Irish Masterpieces

Three Small Irish Masterpieces NYC Reviews and Tickets

(16 Reviews)
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Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging

About the Show

Irish Rep presents an evening of three classic Irish plays, 'The Pot of Broth,' by William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory, 'The Rising of the Moon,' by Lady Gregory, and 'Riders to the Sea,' by John Millington Synge.

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Member Reviews (16)

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509 Reviews | 271 Followers
Absorbing, Exquisite, Great acting, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you want to see three gems from the Irish theatre that are rarely performed. Both the acting and the direction are exquisite.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy one-act plays.

353 Reviews | 74 Followers
Charming, Delightful, Moving, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if you want a dose of Irish culture without reading Ulysses. I felt like I was in an Irish cottage at the turn of the last century--great set!

Don't see it if Things Irish don't delight you. These are three delicate pieces, beautifully portrayed, acted and directed.

242 Reviews | 44 Followers
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Exquisite

See it if you appreciate outstanding acting, writing, and direction even in an extremely small-scaled setting, especially if you love Irish literature

Don't see it if you only like big productions and light-hearted plots.

356 Reviews | 134 Followers
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Great direction, Moving

See it if you love Irish theater. These are three examples of tightly wrought short gems, beautifully acted and directed. Brava Charlotte Moore.

Don't see it if one-act plays are not your thing. Read more

283 Reviews | 64 Followers
Great acting, Intense, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if you like intimate venues with a small cast telling stories you have never heard

Don't see it if you don't know how to whisper as sound amplifies in here or you want something uplifting

154 Reviews | 31 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Quirky

See it if I just spent St. Patrick’s Day being delighted by these three very ‘Irish’ short plays. Made for an enchanting day☘️

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy Irish storytelling and singing.

245 Reviews | 37 Followers
Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Fluffy, Hilarious

See it if If you want to see three short plays from Irish playwrights. The first two stories of getting conned are funny. The last is touching.

Don't see it if Don’t care for Irish theatre or want longer length material.

133 Reviews | 35 Followers
Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if Well acted. beautifully directed by Charlotte Moore, fine writing and amusing and intelligent. Amazing use of tiny space!

Don't see it if If Irish classics don't interest you

Critic Reviews (10)

March 11th, 2018

"Putting the word 'Masterpieces' in the title seems to set an impossibly high bar...And yet the Irish Repertory Theatre clears it (and then some) in this delightful excursion to Éire that packs more dramatic red meat into 75 minutes than most plays can achieve in much longer formats...The acting is central to these intensely human stories, and director Moore allows her cast to work their magic...You know what you're in for when you go to a show like this — and you really should go."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 12th, 2018

"Under the incisive direction of Charlotte Moore and performed by a nimble cast, all three pieces -- two of which are real rarities -- are given the best possible hearing...'Three Small Irish Masterpieces' is a golden opportunity to catch the work of writers who, these days, are more famous than produced. In addition to being eminently stageworthy, they are living remnants of a literary movement that changed Irish culture forever."
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March 30th, 2018

"In truth, only the much better known Synge offering, 'Riders to the Sea,' could rightly be called a masterpiece, though Lady Gregory's 'The Rising of the Moon' comes very close to earning this accolade as well. As for the equally obscure 'The Pot of Broth,' which Yeats wrote in collaboration with Lady Gregory, it's by far the lightest of the three works, both in tone and content. While it's entertaining enough...calling it a masterpiece is, at best, a tribute to good old-fashioned Irish hyperbole."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 16th, 2018

"The only thing 'small' about the stunning production is the intimate stage upon which these one-act gems are lovingly played...A trifecta of brilliance portraying a slice of Irish life gone by...Even without social or historical context, each stands on its own as a work of outstanding merit and just darn good entertainment...The entire ensemble cast delivered the goods throughout with superb acting...Well paced and the transitions between them seamless."
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March 13th, 2018

"The ensemble acting is seamlessly executed here, with many performers taking on multiple roles and doubling as musicians. Nobody hogs the spotlight but a true ensemble effort...Nothing but kudos belongs to the creative team...You will feel that you have been transported to the Emerald Isle itself...All in all, this triple-decker is a golden theatrical experience...A journey into Ireland's literary past and you don't have to travel thousands of miles to experience it."
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Front Row Center
March 21st, 2018

"All in all, these 'masterpieces' serve as a master class in the efforts of the Literary Resistance Playwrights...One caveat: with few exceptions, the production feels representational; that is, the characters stand for this or that and don’t easily break through to a realized, distinct identity...These one-acts feel like old friends on the one hand, and a tad stale on the other...Period drama — even written by these masters — seems to demand more indulgence than I could muster."
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Theatre's Leiter Side
March 17th, 2018

"All three are 'folk plays,' so to speak, or 'genre pieces,' dealing with members of the Irish underclass whose lives may be bleak but are nonetheless redolent with vibrant verbal dexterity and spiritual resilience…While only one of these plays is a universally acknowledged masterpiece, they are all masterfully done. For that, lovers of Irish drama interested in seeing what it had to offer just as it was about to achieve international recognition will be deeply grateful."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
March 18th, 2018

"These really are little Irish masterpieces, enacted by an excellent cast and crisply directed...'The Rising of the Moon'...Sheds light on issues of human relationships and moral principles. It is a very compelling piece...'Riders to the Sea'...One is emotionally pierced by Donnelly's outstanding performance...Moore directs with the utmost simplicity that brings out the essence of the writing without unnecessary flourishes. The result is an experience well worth the visit."
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