See it if you like dysfuntional family stories...with an Irish accent. Set in a bar at Xmas, 3 generations of a family try to make their way in NY.
Don't see it if you dislike drinking (it's constant) or arguing (also constant). As others noted, this is a traditional piece, w a couple of twists. 2W, 4M.
See it if you enjoy plays set locally with good story references, good bar staging, acted well by the entire cast, and a little acapella singing.
Don't see it if you are bothered by abuse of drugs and alcohol or are tired of family dramas where swearing and flashbacks are used to tell the story.
“Jackson packs generations of family drama into this one-act 90-minute ‘jukebox’ play, which has some memorable moments, lots of laughs, but an all-too-familiar feel where love, loss, and liquor seep into every scene of Irish turmoil...The fractured relationship between mother and daughter epitomizes the best and worst of the limits of tough love. In this tidy play, there seems to be a stomach for the happy drunk but not the depressive addict.”
"'The Battles of Richmond Hill' is a small play with big emotions, a finely crafted character study of people who easily might have been caricatured. Jackson's writing and MacGowan's direction make these people important."
“’The Battles of Richmond Hills’ is a wonderful play with top notch performances and a story that will have you laughing one minute and bawling like a baby the next (I know I was). The relationships all feel as real as any family and it makes us long for everything to work out. Penny Jackson manages to create a story that anyone can connect to. One that I look forward to seeing more of in the future.”
“Jackson has told a universal story in 90 minutes in which anyone can identify. It moves swiftly, brings out the emotional, makes you laugh, and makes you love. The brilliantly talented cast is rounded out by Gilmartin as the loving and spirited patriarch, Frank O’Connor; Ahnquist as the loyal and protective grandson, Brian; and Ryan as her daughter, Mary who skillfully shows how the joy and innocence one brings to themselves and others can fade away by a dark choice.”