Already closed | 1h 20m | West Village

Ironbound

From 40 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Relevant

About the show

Rattlestick Playwright's Theatre and the Women's Project present a new play about a working-class Polish immigrant woman and her many misadventures in love in America. More…

At a bus stop in a rundown New Jersey town, Darja, a Polish immigrant cleaning lady, is done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of 20 years, three relationships, and three presidents, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. Playwright Martyna Majok’s 'Ironbound' is a darkly funny, sad portrait of a woman for whom love is a luxury–and a liability–as she fights to survive in America.

1h 20m | Already closed | Rattlestick Theatre (West Village)

Member Reviews (40)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intense, Great writing, Relevant
84
Avg Score

80
Great acting, Absorbing, Original, Poorly plotted, Slow

See it if you like virtuoso acting. Ireland is the Meryl Streep of her generation. She fully embodies, complete with stellar accent, fascinating Darja

Don't see it if you want a sensible plot. This is full of holes and inconsistencies, but it doesn't matter because the performances are superb.

76
Great acting, Great writing, Drawn out, Moving, Absorbing

See it if great writing/storytelling, believable characters. Poignant moving story. Clever staging. Really powerful performances all around.

Don't see it if Unfortunately some points the author wants to make are drawn out & beaten to a pulp in the same scenes. Could be trimmed. Trust the audience

64
Great acting, Slow, Disappointing, Monotonous

See it if You like stories of people struggle to survive and make ends meet. Great acting especially by Ireland.

Don't see it if The show is slow at times, the scenes between Darja and her male counterparts begin to feel monotonous and drawn out.

75
Great acting, Great writing, Tense, Compelling, Messy

See it if you like to see REALLY great acting across the board, particularly Marin Ireland.

Don't see it if you need to leave a show feeling uplifted.

84
Absorbing, Great acting, Intense, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You like intense drama and relate it to real life stories. Marin Ireland is masterful in her role.

Don't see it if You expect a light, fun George Bernard Shaw comedy. Or if you are in a sad state of mind

77
Absorbing, Great writing

See it if You like darker shows. Everything at the Rattlestick is at least good

Don't see it if You want to see anything flashy.

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Sad, Great writing

See it if you like heart-wrenching dramas, you like Marin Ireland, you immigrated from another country, or you were ever poor.

Don't see it if you want something light.

89
Absorbing, Amazing performances, Romantic, Refreshing, Relevant

See it if You want to see every actor giving a brilliant performance, finally get the appeal of Ireland or see a great atypical love story play out.

Don't see it if You're expecting Gina Gershon because she dropped out of the production.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Riveting

See it if you'd like to see a truly phenomenal actress give an ovaries-to-the-wall performance in a compelling character study.

Don't see it if you need every play neatly resolved and every question answered.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Must see, Intense

See it if You like good dramas.

Don't see it if You like comedies or musicals.

90
Relentless, Powerful, Great acting, Relevant, Intense

See it if You are up for hard packed drama and an exploration of women's economic dependency in the modern economy.

Don't see it if You want something light & fun - this is the opposite of that - it is painful but great

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91
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Resonant

See it if A superbly acted, strongly written drama is something you'd like. Tour de force performance by female lead. Gritty, real & heartwrenching.

Don't see it if A play about the lives of regular people going through tough times, decisions & results, wouldnt interest you-or if u need lighthearted fare

79
Great acting, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You like dark drama with strong female leads.

Don't see it if It's date night.

83
Absorbing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Great acting, Relevant

See it if you like an interesting story well acted

Don't see it if you can't fit it in

79
Great acting, Intense, Resonant

See it if Marin Ireland gave a ravishing and beautifully complex performance. Socially relevant issues. Support the awesome Women's Theater Project!

Don't see it if The acting is worth the admission price. Great student and artist discounts. Certain parts of the show can be a tad slow.

86
Great acting, Refreshing, Beautifully designed, Resonant

See it if you're eager to see the excellent Marin Ireland (and an great supporting cast) in a quietly compelling drama. Beautifully lit and designed.

Don't see it if if you're turned off by or have trouble listening to heavy accents or have difficulty following non-linear plays.

95
Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Riveting, Original

See it if you want an incisive, witty, and moving character study of a fascinating woman-- a surprising play with real things to say

Don't see it if you only like plays about rich people

70
Great acting, Great directing, Thin script

See it if You would enjoy a series of mostly well-written vignettes (a bit too long at times) that present a depiction of one character

Don't see it if If you enjoy plays that present a more nuanced and full story and explore what lies behind characters' decisions and actions

79
Great acting, Fluffy, Thought-provoking

See it if you care about social issues related to immigration; you want to see a solidly executed play with not too many unexpected twists.

Don't see it if you're in the mood for something edgy or controversial. There is nothing wrong with this production and this is just about the only problem

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if A no frills production with punch. The stark nature of the staging allowed raw dialog well-acted by an amazing cast to flow thru.

Don't see it if You only like big splashy musical.

92
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Resonant, Intense

See it if MARIN IRELAND MARIN IRELAND MARIN IRELAND.

Don't see it if you aren't a fan of Marin Ireland?

95
Smart, Funny, Great writing, Must see, Great acting

See it if you thought nothing engaging can be done with four actors and an iron bench. Best writing this year, hands down!

Don't see it if you need a big production to feel like you are having a truly transforming experience

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Riveting, Quirky, Intense

See it if you are interested in seeing a masterful performance by Marin Ireland and likable, albeit flawed, characters

Don't see it if you prefer plays with ambiguous endings that can lead to discussion and debate after the show.

75
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Intense, Disappointing

See it if You like vivid, natural acting and plays that are like watching the pieces of a puzzle be put together.

Don't see it if You want a more linear story or a flashier production.

80
Absorbing, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense

See it if You like interesting theater.

Don't see it if can't think of any reason why you wouldn't want to see it.


March 16th, 2016
"Marin Ireland gives a performance of beautiful complexity in 'Ironbound'...a quietly gripping play...Ms. Majok’s perceptive drama, with its bone-dry humor and vivid characters, illustrates how vulnerable people like Darja are, hostages to the vagaries of chance, unless they can manage to climb o...
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March 16th, 2016
"Majok’s topical and insightful drama, skillfully directed by Daniella Topol, moves back and forth in time to show us a younger Darja...Onstage for all 85 minutes of the play—and wrung through a harsh machinery of pride, hope, desperation and regret—the excellent Ireland digs in and delivers a t...
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March 16th, 2016
"Ireland anchors the non-linear drama with an emotional fierceness that inextricably draws you into her character's plight...The lack of a sustained narrative makes the play drag at times. But its slower patches are compensated for by some genuinely moving moments...Director Daniella Topol reveal...
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March 16th, 2016
"Rising star Marin Ireland’s stirring and consistently believable performance as Darja, a Polish immigrant holding on for dear life amid crises with men and money, gives the intriguing work by Martyna Majok a sharp focal point...As directed by Daniella Topol, the three men inhabit their roles wit...
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