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Ballyturk

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Profound, Confusing

About the show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the US premiere of Enda Walsh's ('Once') enigmatic, two-person drama about two men whose lives unravel quickly over the course of 90 minutes. More…

Where are these men? Who are they? What room is this, and what might be beyond the walls? Equal parts comic and achingly poignant, 'Ballyturk' scratches beneath the surface of rural Ireland and Walsh’s worlds of 'Misterman' and 'The Walworth Farce.'

1h 30m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Edgy, Ambitious, Profound, Confusing
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Avg Score

83
Absorbing, Clever, Edgy, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy the expressionist, dystopian fables of Enda Walsh, sometimes disarming, often challenging, but always riveting, artful & touching.

Don't see it if you don't think you'll dig an abstract mashup of Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Sartre's No Exit, Emma Donoghue's "Room" & Morecambe and Wise.

79
Ambitious, Great acting, Funny, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if You're a fan of Enda Walsh & contemporary Irish theater, enjoy Beckett-like plots, like visceral, physical acting and awe-inspiring endings

Don't see it if You don't like frantic, bizarrely verbal plays, don't like plots that despite insane activity seem to be static, spiritual or focus on death

61
Edgy

See it if frenetic is your thing.

Don't see it if you don't like loud '80s music.

69
Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant, Edgy, Confusing

See it if you enjoy avant garde theater, where everything is unclear but somehow resonates with you. I don't quite know how to describe this show.

Don't see it if you want a straight forward play with plot and structure, dislike loud music and silliness, nothing is what it seems.

Also A very odd play. Not my favorite genre, but done well for what it is. ... Read more Read less

78
Quirky, Great sound design, Great acting, Edgy, Funny

See it if you enjoy abstract plays which veer more towards the absurd. A challenging play w/different layers of meaning. Great acting, staging & sound

Don't see it if you're looking for a play that is easy to interpret. This is an unusual piece of work and will certainly not be for everyone.

83
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Edgy, Great acting

See it if you like Beckett, Pinter; absurd, challenging, thought-provoking plays, Enda Walsh & his poetic writing combined with manic action

Don't see it if you want a traditional easy-to-follow story that you don't analyze long after you leave

Also Loved this but many won't.... Read more Read less

68
Confusing, Great staging, Quirky, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of the Beckett-style

Don't see it if you need concrete plot and concept.

84
Ambitious, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Intense

See it if you are a fan of existential theater that makes you think, particularly about life and death.

Don't see it if you are looking for a typical narrative play with a straightforward plot.

81
Ambitious, Confusing, Often very confusing.

See it if You like your theater difficult and thought-provoking to the point of confusion. Also maniacally funny. Or if you are a child of Beckett.

Don't see it if If you favor plots, coherency, logical progression and realism in acting and drama stay away from St. Anne's.

Also At first viewing I was befuddled. Scenes of near incoherence juxtapose... Read more Read less

65
Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Annoying

See it if you're willing to enjoy the sharp dialogue and outstanding acting, and ignore the massive plot derailment after the third character appears

Don't see it if you expect plots to make sense, have a lesson or moral, go anywhere... I really enjoyed Walsh's Arlington and was quite disappointed here

90
Great acting, Great writing, Great staging, Profound

See it if you love Walsh's unique and deeply poetic imagination. Fantastic acting by all three, moments of pure lyricism and masterful direction.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Walsh's hermetic vision or need a play that explains everything. I am a fan, but I know he can be obtuse at points.

66
Ambitious, Confusing, Indulgent, Slow

See it if You enjoy Walsh and understand his oeuvre.

Don't see it if You expect to understand what you are watching.

Also Set was quite creative and I was amused by some of the jokes and the m... Read more Read less

92
Refreshing, Riveting, Clever

See it if you like to see new cutting-edge exciting work. Huge Enda Walsh fan.

Don't see it if you like more traditional linear plays

Also this was a blast...I was spellbound. The 3 performances were just exce... Read more Read less

78
Entertaining, Edgy, Quirky, Great staging, Surrealistic

See it if for its wild, absurd and nonsensical approach to themes of life and death

Don't see it if you prefer something straightforward rather than abstract and surreal

83
Frantic, Wrenching, Funny, Dizzying, Edgy

See it if u want modern, hyper, hectic, confusing but passionate and heartfelt ultra-contemporary theater about dystopian living, community & kinship

Don't see it if u don't like Enda Walsh. Nightmarish violent confusing challenging rapid-fire & ultimately tragic & eloquently beautiful. Not for everyone

90
Ambitious, Confusing, Dizzying, Edgy, Intense

See it if You want to see a contemporary, very contemorary, writer following in the footsteps of Beckett and Sartre.

Don't see it if You need everything spoon fed to you.

84
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Intense

See it if you are a fan of Enda Walsh, plays with abstract settings, or plays that make you think

Don't see it if you are looking for something straight forward or with a happy ending, or if you can’t understand Irish accents.

Also I was so surprised at how funny it was. Ballyturk took me on an emotio... Read more Read less

73
Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Quirky, Slow

See it if You like experimental Theater; you like poetic.

Don't see it if You only prosaic Theater, with a clear story; if you don't like enigmatic shows.

Also The acting, staging, sound, and special effects, were all amazing. The... Read more Read less

89
Absorbing, Edgy, Great acting, Exquisite, Thought-provoking

See it if you like Enda Walsh

Don't see it if you need to understand what was going on the whole time

74
Confusing, Great acting, Quirky, Dizzying

See it if you appreciate theater at the edges, astonishing acting by actors at the top of their craft, or know and already love Enda Walsh's work

Don't see it if You think it'll be like Once. It is not. Or you need linear and clear narratives.

100
Clever, Great acting, Hilarious, Riveting

See it if you like Enda Walsh, delicious spoken word, masterful acting & movement, dynamic duos, existential mystery

Don't see it if you are confused by abstraction, don't want to read between the lines, need an intermission

Also I rushed to see Ballyturk at St Ann's after seeing Disco Pigs at Irish... Read more Read less

75
Clever, Great acting, Funny, Ambitious, Indulgent

See it if you like quirky re-interpretations of Waiting for Godot. The actors are excellent. Good staging!

Don't see it if you're tired of Beckett-esque things...

65
Disappointing, Great acting, Excruciating, Great staging

See it if you like plays with existential themes, crazy high jinx that seem to have no purpose and no cogent plotline other than a death ending.

Don't see it if you want something with a meaty plot, characters who have dimension and a satisfying ending.

86
Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Profound, Refreshing

See it if You lov phisicalcomedy, if you want to be surprised and if you want to think about deep stuff after the play!

Don't see it if If you are not in the mood for great action!

90
Enchanting, Great acting, Great writing, Masterful, Profound

See it if you like challenging, unconventional theater. If you want to see actors put their all into very physical roles.

Don't see it if you want to sit back and be told a pleasant story. If you don't like to have to think about theater.

Also I saw this a week after I saw Disco Pigs at Irish Rep. If you're a End... Read more Read less


January 14th, 2018
"The dark and enigmatic cosmic farce...'Ballyturk' is so verbally dense that it’s possible to be hypnotized, if not numbed, by some of its lush spoken arias. Even at 90 minutes, it would be better shorter...As a director, Walsh knows how to weave a web of images that defy language. And he infuses...
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January 14th, 2018
"Walsh crams big themes into small spaces...After immersing us in this busily static space—Beckett on uppers—Walsh pulls it down with the dramatic arrival of 3 (the magnetic Fouéré)...What this deliberately mysterious play 'means' is left to the audience to imagine. To me, it feels like a theatri...
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January 15th, 2018
“Thrilling...A wild, devastating cry from a playwright who’s both celebrating the small miracle of humankind’s creative impulse and interrogating its ultimate usefulness...A play full of stunning monologues...Walsh turns theatrical examinations of stuckness into exegeses on the art of playmaking....
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January 15th, 2018
"There are flashes when it’s funny and sad. But mostly it’s a mystery...What’s it all about? That’s never fully explained but intentionally left up in the air. But here’s the thing about a head-scratcher: It can also stimulate your brain. 'Ballyturk' does."
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