Already closed | 1h 30m | Brooklyn

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

During previews
90
Quirky, Dizzying, Funny, Profound, Confusing

See it if High-energy surreal physical comedy about life, love and death. Rapid fire surprises. Stunning expressionist set and music. Super creative.

Don't see it if No traditional narrative or plot. Seemingly crazy nonsense that eventually sort of fits together. Do you like an avant-garde challenge?

During previews
94
Ambitious, Resonant, Intense, Intelligent, Profound

See it if you like theater that blasts beyond the bounds of the well-made play because the matter it wants to deal with just won't fit the form.

Don't see it if for you a play is only a play when it delivers its audience a fully coherent story about comfortably recognizable human beings.

Also Ballyturk does not present the standard play's recognizable domestic s... Read more Read less

During previews
70
Consciously bizarre, Overwrought, Purposely confusing, Yet ambitious

See it if 21st century post-expressionism is your thing. A very Irish meditation on small life & large death with more than a single shot of Becket...

Don't see it if thrown in. Sometimes daring can be pretentious & self-indulgent. A free-form presentation with a classic ending.


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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