Already closed | 1h 25m | Brooklyn

Grief Is The Thing With Feathers

From 35 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Great staging, Dizzying

About the show

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Adapted from the novel by Max Porter, Enda Walsh's latest stars Cillian Murphy as the bereaved widower. More…

In a London flat, two young boys face the unbearable sadness of their mother’s sudden death. Their father, a scruffy romantic, imagines a future of well meaning visitors and emptiness. In this moment of despair they are visited by Crow – antagonist, trickster, healer, babysitter. This sentimental bird is drawn to the grieving family and threatens to stay until they no longer need him. 

1h 25m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Intense, Ambitious, Great staging, Dizzying
79
Avg Score

74
Great staging, Great acting, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if You like great performances of esoteric material. Most of the confusion does get mostly cleared in the end. Touching and brutal.

Don't see it if you like your material coherent and logical at all times.

Also Tour de force for Murphy. ... Read more Read less

70
Unconventional, Great acting, Confusing, Abstract

See it if You want to see a great performance from Murphy. I also enjoyed the staging and use of lighting & projections.

Don't see it if A little strange and confusing, def wont be everyones cup of tea. Ultimately it's well done but there were parts I wish had gone by faster.

85
Ambitious, Weighty, Unconventional, Great acting, Riveting

See it if you appreciate Walsh's moody, evocative, idiosyncratic style; u want to see Murphy soar in a powerful, physical, intense performance.

Don't see it if you can't abide highly stylized theatrics, symbolic imagery & postmodernism; you are triggered by grief & bereavement of a lost wife/mother.

Also Having read Max Porter's novella, I didn't expect the Crow to be quite... Read more Read less

72
Indulgent, Disappointing, Confusing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if For fans of Enda Walsh & Cillian Murphy, enjoy explorations of deep, unwavering grief, multiple creative & surprising visual, aural styles

Don't see it if Don’t like depictions of intense grief, neglected children, imaginary characters, loud noises, chaotic surreal plots, personal head games

Also Unusual frustrating theatrical experience that despite all the chaos, ... Read more Read less

83
Intense, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Tour de force acting by Murphy; pain of grief & healing is presented in a way that encompasses the cerebral, physical & emotional.

Don't see it if you are in need of something uplifting & fun or are easily overstimulated by light and sound; you prefer a more linear telling.

80
Great staging, Intense, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a tour de force performance by Cillian Murphy. It's intense and captivating. Great staging, interesting portrayal of grief.

Don't see it if you don't like plays that are strange and experimental. It's more or less a one-man show with small parts by two child actors.

85
Intense, Great writing, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you like great performances and theater that explores feelings that are difficult to articulate accurately - in this case grief.

Don't see it if you prefer linear plays grounded in reality rather than symbolism.

83
Edgy, Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like non-traditional, non linear theater, with some poetic sounding dialogue & a variety of projections; actor who plays a Dad & a crow

Don't see it if don't like Enda Walsh's work (see below), want happy fluff

Also Walsh is credited with writing the play but the dialogue is really str... Read more Read less

85
Disturbingly-dark, Poetic performance-piece (untraditional drama), Inventive, Powerful, Cyclonic

See it if a fan of boundary-pushing new works, Max Porter’s novel, or the uber-talented Cillian Murphy; invested in works about coping with trauma.

Don't see it if an image of a giant trickster crow, played by Murphy, helping a dad (also Murphy) and two sons cope with loss is unappealing; unimaginative.

Also Grief is the Thing with Feathers is a beautiful nightmare. It helps to... Read more Read less

50
Slow, Disappointing, Confusing

See it if only if a fan of Enda Walsh's writing (which I'm not)

Don't see it if want a better and linear story. Felt very long.

93
Punishing, Sensorial, Bleak, Cathartic, Impressionistic

See it if you are willing to derive catharsis from aesthetics, not narrative.

Don't see it if you are brainwashed into American theatrical conventions.

87
Profound, Thought-provoking, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting

See it if you'll be blown right out of the audience by Murphy's performance, the lighting, the sound, the grief.. then reeled back in

Don't see it if you are triggered by death, lost someone recently (unless you want to sob uncontrollably); can't bear loud, repeated noises

79
Excruciating, Classic enda walsh, Indulgent, Great staging, Amazing performance

See it if You enjoy fingernails on a blackboard, it is supposed to hurt. Truly amazing performance by Cillian Murphy in a classic Murphy-Walsh matchup

Don't see it if You enjoy plot, if loud repetitive often unintelligible sounds will make you want to run screaming from the theater. This play beats you up

Also I am in a love hate relationship with the Edan Walsh-Cillian Murphy co... Read more Read less

85
Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are looking for dark and strange look at grief through the eyes of the mourning husband , his sons and death like crow. Excellent acting

Don't see it if You dont want a very dark and strange play about grief very unconventional

85
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Confusing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You are a Cillian Murphy fan. His performance is fabulous. It’s a very thought-provoking play on how humans deal with devastating loss. Go!

Don't see it if play is very bizarre.confusing:Very hard to follow.VERYLOUD.Disturbing.Strobes.Heart-wrenching:I cried.Don’t go if themes of loss r trigger

85
Abstract, Disturbing, Highly creative

See it if you respond well to theater that utilizes symbolism and focuses on existential themes in a non-traditional way

Don't see it if you want a linear narrative, you are easily spooked or you are emotionally raw from mourning or grief in your own life

Also This is a unique theatrical experience that will only be embraced by s... Read more Read less

80
Intense, Edgy, Dizzying, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if You want to see a masterclass of acting by Cillian Murphy. If you like experimental theatre, or like the book.

Don't see it if You need to completely understand everything you are seeing. You don’t like loud noise, or can’t process grief.

Also I may not have processed, understood every word, or heard everything t... Read more Read less

90
Resonant, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if Open to visceral, immersive theater. And if you are a Cillian Murphy fan! Performance of a lifetime

Don't see it if Looking for linear plot and more deliberate pacing. Very loud and a bit overproduced

97
Great writing, Edgy, Dizzying, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want to see a genuinely interesting take on grief and mourning.

Don't see it if You don't like being aggravated emotionally in a theater.

Also I love Max Porter's book and Enda Walsh's direction and adaptation is ... Read more Read less

52
Excruciating, Dizzying, Confusing

See it if you are a fan of the writer and have read the piece and know what the story line is.

Don't see it if you want to be left totally confused at what is going on. The use of strobe lights was seizure inducing. At one point in the play, half the

Also audience had their fingers in their ears- too loud mega phone monologu... Read more Read less

100
Resonant, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You know from grief, relish a poetic and complex take on this multi-faceted emotion.

Don't see it if You want a sentimental sob story.

75
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You like inventive and original plays with interesting special-effects and really good acting.

Don't see it if Watching a play about grief would upset you. You get impatient with symbolism and ambiguity.

70
Loud, Disappointing, Great acting

See it if You are big Enda Walsh fan, appreciate non-linear, experimental theater, have a tolerance for somewhat painful sound design

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatrical experience, are very sensitive to loud noises

Also I preferred this to another Enda Walsh play I saw at St Ann's - Ballyt... Read more Read less

75
Profound, Dizzying, Great acting, Confusing, Absorbing

See it if you love when a great performance carries the piece — Cillian Murphy's performance is compelling enough to see this show.

Don't see it if you need a clear plot and through-line with external action

80
Thought-provoking, Intense, Edgy, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like avant garde theater. Cillian's acting is jaw dropping. Similar to previous Enda Walsh shows.

Don't see it if You don't like being shocked or disturbed. You don't want to be depressed. You want traditional theater.

Also A big fan of Enda Walsh but this production missed the target. It lack... Read more Read less


April 28th, 2019
"Walsh specializes in what might be called the theater of the elusive...Walsh has anchored the book’s abstractions in a recognizably mundane world...The muffled sounds of television and radio reports on the storms — and of sirens from the streets — beautifully evoke the way in which the whole wor...
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April 29th, 2019
"Walsh has adapted Porter’s heartbreaking little book into a handsome if frequently self-defeating stage version...When 'Grief' is at its best, though, Walsh finds a way to fully exploit the staggering talents of his frequent collaborator, actor Cillian Murphy...It’s not clear how sound designer ...
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April 28th, 2019
"Murphy’s volcanic performance anchors 'Grief,' which takes the tone and structure of its source material so much to heart that it can sometimes feel writerly and more than effectively fragmentary...Walsh’s play moves into that transcendent space where montage also becomes irresistible motion...'...
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April 29th, 2019
"Murphy is giving an extraordinarily accomplished performance, putting himself through a punishing physical and emotional regimen while switching between the dejected, defeated Dad and the demonic Crow...The production is a fine display of stagecraft, and, as such, will be of interest to anyone c...
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