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Three Small Irish Masterpieces

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Members say: 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. More…

A simple policeman looks into his heart and turns himself into a wide-eyed folk hero. A hungry trickster makes a hearty meal of a stone and a song. A poignant tale is told of a solitary man washed up by the sea on the faraway coast of Donegal. With their romantic views of the past, these three plays are full of politics, wild humor, unique displays of language, and finally, deep tragedy.

Member Reviews (16)


Great acting, Absorbing, Delightful, Great writing, Great staging
Avg Score

Slow, Absorbing, Quirky, Well acted, Resonant

See it if Beautifullly rendered chamber plays depicting Irish fortitude, black humor & independence Synge's Riders/Sea is the jewel in the crown

Don't see it if Lady Gregory's play rather obtuse & feels sluggish despite Moore's best efforts Staging a bit claustrophobic at times but minor drawbacks

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you are interested in Irish plays & history, want to learn more about Synge, Yeats & Lady Gregory, hear grand Irish accents

Don't see it if you don't like one act plays especially an evening of them, have no interest in Irish theatre or history, or don't like Irish humor

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.

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.

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.

Also I had read Synge's Riders to the Sea, but had never seen it. What a mo... Read more Read less

Rarely produced, essential to see

See it if for the pleasure of seeing work by important founding Irish voices; fine acting and singing; poetic writing; captures the era beautifully

Don't see it if period pieces, one act plays or Irish grief are not your things

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.

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.

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

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.

Great writing

See it if You have Irish sensibility. One was whimsical, one political and one tragic. Captures it all. Great acting in a small space. Very intimate

Don't see it if You’re not good with a brogue

Also These three plays are great example of the breadth of the Irish litera... Read more Read less

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

Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting

See it if Classic plays from the Masters. This is where Irish Theatre began.

Don't see it if if you don't enjoy the classics

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you love Irish theatre and great acting and like short plays!

Don't see it if your don't like one act plays strung together.

A solid night of theater

See it if you'd like a real piece of Irish culture

Don't see it if you have trouble listening to an accent

During previews
Absorbing, Enchanting, Resonant, Dated, Touching

See it if 3 well performed short plays that transported me to the 1904 Irish countryside. Period folk music. Levity, camaraderie, and grief.

Don't see it if A bit dated & cliched but charming. Captures the essence of peasant life in that time and place.

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 ...
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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 ...
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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 wit...
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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 ...
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