Ironbound
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Ironbound NYC Reviews and Tickets

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(40 Reviews)
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Mixed
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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.

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Member Reviews (40)

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
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

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
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.

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
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.

534 Reviews | 488 Followers
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.

501 Reviews | 103 Followers
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.

406 Reviews | 188 Followers
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

247 Reviews | 107 Followers
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.

255 Reviews | 40 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (15)

The New York Times
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 out of poverty. Ms. Ireland positively vibrates with the force of will that keeps Darja moving...'Ironbound' has been directed with economy and delicacy by Daniella Topol."
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Time Out New York
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 tough, moving portrait of a woman stuck in place."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 reveals an authentic feel for the play's gritty milieu, and the male actors make vivid impressions in their smaller roles. But it's Ireland who's the standout of the production."
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New York Daily News
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 with an intensity that matches Ireland’s."
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Lighting & Sound America
March 28th, 2016

"Even though we encounter Darja at various times over nearly 20 years, she never really ages or changes...Still, Ireland is, as always, a force of nature…The director, Daniella Topol, clearly has a sharp eye for casting…Even at its weakest, 'Ironbound' offers a view into the lives of characters we rarely see on stage, and they are rendered with considerable perception and wit. It would be nice, however, if this collection of scenes from one woman's life added up to a more complete portrait."
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TheaterScene.net
March 22nd, 2016

"Darja is played with rawness and vigor by Marin Ireland… Ireland’s performance is riveting and heartfelt from beginning to end…Daniella Topol has procured truthful performances from her actors who drive the story from beginning to end....Topol’s production is peppered with private moments that reveal deep, glaring truths about the characters’ inner lives...'Ironbound' is unsettling and unapologetic, and is most notably grounded by a visceral and electric performance from Marin Ireland."
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Theater Pizzazz
March 16th, 2016

"Under Daniella Topol’s clear-eyed direction, all the performances are rich; the salty, and sometimes funny, dialogue has the snap and crackle of working-class and broken English; and Marin Ireland, on stage throughout, offers a rainbow of strengths and vulnerabilities. Dramatic development, however, takes a back seat to character depiction, and the effect is more a sequence of lively scenes than an emotionally absorbing or very convincing play about an immigrant’s struggle to survive."
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CurtainUp
March 16th, 2016

"What saves 'Ironbound' from becoming oppressively depressing is Majok's flair for finding humor in the hubris of her characters. Although much of the play, even at eighty minutes, seems overwritten and often redundant, it ultimately finds its pace under director Daniella Topol. Ireland, who has never turned in a less than a memorable performance, lashes out in barrages of motor-mouthed vitriol with a Polish accent that are as laughable as they are lacerating."
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