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Woman and Scarecrow

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow

About the show

In Irish Rep's New York premiere, a woman revisits her life with biting humor and brutal honesty. A fierce, passionate, and moving lament for a life half-lived. More…

Woman is dying. Mother to eight children and wife to an unfaithful husband, she is living her final hours with Scarecrow, her alter ego – her closest confidante and greatest critic – as death noisily interrupts from the sidelines.  

Member Reviews (39)


Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Absorbing, Slow
Avg Score

Ambitious, Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Relevant

See it if Carr's feminist fever dream of a life unfufilled; Irish black humor mixed with Chekhovian regret Strong potent writing at times strident

Don't see it if Staging engulfs black box space Haberle captures angry regret yet comes off too vital/heathy at times; Soules nails stoic Irish Catholicism

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intense, Cliched

See it if you like Irish plays, seeing a playwright in her NY debut: a tragic predictable tale of a long-suffering wife & mother figuring out her role

Don't see it if don't like talky plays with two actors playing the same character, frustrating back and forth dialogue, element of the supernatural

Overlong, Excruciating, Plodding, Cliched

See it if you want an introduction to Marina Carr, one of Ireland's leading playwrights.

Don't see it if you want a fast-moving drama. This could have been effective as a one-acter. It is way too long. Haberle Roth strikes the wrong note.

Banal, Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating, Slow

See it if you enjoy being tortured, really TORTURED!

Don't see it if you have you have ANYTHING better to do other than being tortured for tour and a half hours.

Also Play was AWFUL on many levels!!! It was badly written, badly staged an... Read more Read less

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Great acting, Great writing

See it if You enjoy intense dramas superbly performed

Don't see it if You're not comfortable with stories of death or performance in small spaces

Intelligent, Intense, Thought-provoking, Slow, Confusing

See it if You appreciate fine acting in an intimate setting.

Don't see it if You like fast paced exciting or amusing theatre. Somewhat obtuse but well acted.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Profound, Resonant

See it if you want to see a woman at the end of her life reflecting on her choices

Don't see it if introspection and intensity doesn't grab your attention

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Remarkable play by Marina Carr, outstanding performances from Pamela J. Gray, and Stephanie Roth Haberle, was staged with directorial

Don't see it if if you do not like irish playwrights

Also prowess by Ciarán O’Reilly in a very tight space (not an easy task). T... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent, Intense

See it if you enjoy Irish delving into the philosophy of life and death

Don't see it if you don't like lots of philosophical dialogue in a very small theater.

Entertaining, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting

See it if you're up for a meditation on dying.

Don't see it if you'd rather walk down the sunny side of the street.

Also Pretty much everything produced by the Irish Rep has quality and subst... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if You like great acting and thought provoking monologue.

Don't see it if Your afraid to think about life and death

Ambitious, Great acting, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Insightful exploration of the mind of a dying woman and her alter ego keeps an otherwise immobile performance alive until it explodes at end

Don't see it if You get itchy and impatient as one's character slowly develops in front of you: be patient.

Absorbing, Clever, Funny, Great acting, Profound

See it if You enjoy fast-fire witty cutting dialogue.

Don't see it if You are disturbed by the topic of death.

Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Creepy (somewhat), Intense

See it if Irish theater that explores the line between self and the world, who we are and who we present ourselves to be.

Don't see it if Dark themes and intensity.

A well acted play dealing with death very well acted

See it if you like a good drama dealing with death

Don't see it if if you have issues with dealing with death

Intelligent, Great writing, Great acting, Unique, Great staging

See it if you like great writing and immersing yourself in a completely different world that tackles tough themes and stories head on.

Don't see it if you don't like dark, morbid stories that hold up a mirror to the most difficult aspects of humankind

Riveting, Resonant, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you want to experience one of the best performances by a lead actor. Phenomenal! Brilliant! Captivating! Thought provoking!

Don't see it if you are not ready to face some of the conversations of truth that one encounters when facing death's door.

During previews
Quirky, Dizzying, Confusing, Intense, Long

See it if you would like to experience the work of a major Irish playwright whose plays are infrequently performed in the US.

Don't see it if intense encounters in small, closed spaces intimidate you.

Also Marina Carr is a major voice in Ireland but her work isn’t often produ... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if Superb acting by entire cast. Great directing. Touchy topic. Intimate space What more does one need?

Don't see it if It is not fun in a fun sense. It is sensitive.. Not for those who need an uplift dancing eve.

During previews
Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Slow

See it if Very intense, makes you think a lot as you watch it and even after you watch it

Don't see it if If you're feeling a little down it might not be the best play for you but it might be a good play to see because you might appreciate life.

During previews
Interminable, Confusing, Everyone whinges, Characters all unlikable

See it if Love Irish plays w/o reservation & are ok w deathbed story of a woman as she looks back and regrets her life. Oy vey, such drama. Not light

Don't see it if You want a neat/tidy story that strives to be profound. This is confusing, long, slow, excruciating at times. Religious and familial themes.

During previews
Great acting, Intense, Wordy discourse

See it if Woman on deathbed struggles with Scarecrow, her inner adversary, to let go of regrets, failures, accomplishments and get to the other side.

Don't see it if You won't enjoy a talky, dark, slow moving play that discusses deep issues. References to great Irish authors/literature go over your head.

During previews
Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense

See it if you think about issues of identity and what is really important at the end. Particularly for women who are taught to conform to expectations

Don't see it if you don't like thinking about your mortality and think women who rebel are just hysterics.

During previews
Ambitious, Confusing, Disappointing, Quirky

See it if If you enjoy fables about Irish folks. Interesting concept however you must have patience for this story.

Don't see it if Do not see if you expect a well paced and constructed drama.

During previews
Sobering, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Profound

See it if pondering the inevitability of your own demise is not overly discomfiting, and if you appreciate drama that cuts to the bone--surgically.

Don't see it if you don't want to think about shuffling off your mortal coil, or if death is a difficult subject for you to sit through for two hours.

Also My hat is off yet again to the Irish Rep for bringing this important w... Read more Read less

May 22nd, 2018
“A blistering beauty of a play that rages with regret and pitch-black humor...A poetic drama with a peculiar, tricky shape...The production can’t find its tone...Straining for laughs, it undermines the humanity that Carr’s comedy needs to stand on...It piles on obtrusive design elements that over...
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May 21st, 2018
"Death is rarely easy or pleasant, and neither is Marina Carr's chamber play about the process of dying and what that might reveal about how we should live...The performances are committed, and the design is wonderfully eerie...But even if most of the action is a morphine-fueled deathbed dream, H...
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May 20th, 2018
"Directed with the right amount of etherealness...The play itself is nonlinear, and O'Reilly's physical production gives off a similar vibe...Only Haberle's performance feels tonally out of sync, pulsing with energy that feels too excessive...This vitality is strangely jarring, and throws off the...
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May 21st, 2018
"Callous as it may seem, after a while one begins to wonder if she really will manage to shuffle off this mortal coil, so many grievances has she to share...Admittedly, for a good chunk of its running time, 'Woman and Scarecrow' coasts on its lively, rancorous exchanges...But, as it gradually sin...
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