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
80
Avg Score

75
Riveting, Profound, Absorbing

See it if you want a play that will make you think and powerful performances. great set and impactful end. reminds me of becket.

Don't see it if you want a traditional play and don't like when things go unanswered

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

77
Dizzying, Edgy, Great acting, Excruciating, Masterful

See it if you like theatre that isn't about logic, but viscerally and kinaesthetic response. you won't understand it but you'll feel it.

Don't see it if you like standard narrative structure and don't like experimental work brinking on near-performance art.

55
Odd, Confusing, Great acting, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if you like off-the-wall theatre that is very active and makes you really pay attention to try and figure out what's happening.

Don't see it if you don't like Twilight Zone-esque plots. It got a little weird and confusing for sure.

91
Ambitious, Profound, Resonant, Intense, Hilarious

See it if You're a fan of Enda Walsh, big themes, absurdist theatre, black humor and have patience for theatre that's not immediately comprehensible..

Don't see it if you need to understand everything that's going on immediately, you hate Beckett or you can't laugh and think at once...

79
Dizzying, Epic, Thought-provoking, Slow

See it if You like existential theater delivered by a skilled cast. Walsh's writing is dark and thought-provoking. Mikel Murfi is especially fantastic

Don't see it if You struggle with slow, non-narrative-driven theater. The central actors bring levity but the directing indulges in excruciating silences.

99
Surprisingly moving, Great writing, Masterful, Great acting, Hauntingly memorable

See it if You love avant-garde theatre, or don't but just go to the theatre to be moved. You will be moved and you won't understand why.

Don't see it if You have no tolerance for plays that seems pointless until half-way in. Or if you over-intellectualize and want everything to make sense.

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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