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The Battles of Richmond Hill

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining

About the show

In this new comedy, over the course of one vodka-fueled evening filled with Irish magic and secrets, Sheila O’Connor will learn to overcome her fears and finally find the courage to face the next chapter. More…

Sheila O’Connor is in trouble. She has been drinking too much lately at her favorite pub, The Dublin Rose, and has become a danger to herself. When her worried grandson arrives, determined to re-locate her from her beloved Richmond Hill, Queens to an assisted living community in New Jersey, the battle lines are drawn.

Member Reviews (39)


Great acting, Absorbing, Great writing, Great staging, Entertaining
Avg Score

Touching, Strong acting, Absorbing, I can't be fully objective, i have a friend involved

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.

Also It's tough for me to be objective since I'm rooting for my friend's wo... Read more Read less

Great local flavor, Entertaining, Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing

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.

Interesting arrangement of seats, Subtle, Relevant, Extraordinarily detailed, Sweetly moving

See it if you have any connection with people experiencing aging issues. Beautifully detailed depiction expressed through humor and humanity.

Don't see it if you have problems seeing bars and drinking simulated on stage.

Great staging, Sentimental, Slow, Romantic, Cliched

See it if In the waning days of Irish Queens bar, rather than face her uncertain future, a grandmother clings to ghosts from her past. Divided stage.

Don't see it if Sentimental. Cliches. Stereotypes. Irish/Russian boozy caricatures. Drunken brawl. Only lead's acting is of note. Slight accents. Spit take.

Also "Do not judge your grandmother too harshly; she is, afterall, a mother... Read more Read less

Disappointing, Fluffy

See it if you want to see a story that involves an older woman who does not want to come to grips with the fact that she can’t take care of herself

Don't see it if You are hoping for a gritty family drama

Also Just about everything about this play is average. While the cast is ve... Read more Read less

Entertaining, Dated, Cliched, Relevant

See it if you enjoy plays about Irish drinking, slice of life type drama

Don't see it if you're looking for something cutting edge or insightful; you don't like stereotypes; drunks are a trigger for you

Romantic, Entertaining

See it if Dysfunctional Irish family at Christmas with a twist

Don't see it if Irish accents inconsistent. You don’t need to see another Irish drinking play.

Resonant, Relevant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you want a realistic, compassionate look at alcoholism, drugs and death. The set is so perfect - I wish I could grab a drink there!

Don't see it if you don't care for a well-written story of a family dealing with various addictions.

Also I was very impressed by the detail of the set - from the bar to the ju... Read more Read less

Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

See it if If you like plays that look at real life issues in a creative way with an wonderful ensemble of actors to tell the story.

Don't see it if You have a hard time dealing with issues that we all eventually face. There are some heart-breaking issues that you may not want to watch

Intelligent, Slow, Filled with stereotypes, Dated, Cliched

See it if u'll enjoy a new, but v. traditional character-driven family drama w/ merely adequate acting set in an Irish bar in Richmond Hill,Queens.

Don't see it if you're looking for something cutting edge or insightful. You don't like stereotypes. You can see a plot hole a mile away.

Also The plot & characters in this reminded me a bit of Kennedy's Albany tr... Read more Read less

Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Funny

See it if you like Irish comedies complete with a ghost. This was show was funny as well as, at times, a bit heart wrenching.

Don't see it if you don't like comedy/dramas about a family torn apart by drugs.

Pointless, Tedious

See it if Nice lobby.

Don't see it if If you've ever spent time trying to get a drunk friend to leave a bar,u know just how exciting this play is& how insightful the conversation

Romantic, Great staging, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I wasn't sure to expect, but, it's a great story of love/ hope gained and lost. The Irish accents were good, although one actor seemed to go

Don't see it if In-and-out. A "plot twist" for lack-of-better-term was unclear at first, but, then became apparent. There's really no reason not to see it,

Also Unless you hate the notion of Irish 🍀 and drinking 🍹!

Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a drama/comedy dealing with real-life issues facing seniors, with a good storyline and great acting.

Don't see it if issues such as alcohol abuse, drugs, violence, dementia bother you.

Also The well-acted show(with sub-plots) touched on problems facing many se... Read more Read less

Great staging, Cliched, Banal

See it if This play was all over the place...It goes from comic to dark in seconds. Great set of a Queens bar that has seen better days...90 minutes.

Don't see it if You are triggered by alcoholism, drug addiction or if Irish accents are confusing.

Slow, Romantic, Banal, Cliched

See it if Family drama in small theatre is your idea of spending Friday evening; banal but still the heartwarming plot about lonely people

Don't see it if Can predict every other word that coming from actor's mouth, do not like dramcom, small theatre, will not enjoy another play about Irish

Also First preview, not so many people, but they somehow know each other, s... Read more Read less

Sentimental, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if If you don’t mind a basically good play with basically good acting.

Don't see it if Your expecting great writing or acting.

Set in an irish bar in queens, ny, Moves slowly, So-so acting & fight scenes, Disappointing, Banal

See it if you enjoy Irish themes; alcoholism & senior citizen drunks are of interest; you know someone in the cast or like to support indie theatre

Don't see it if alcoholism, drug addiction & barroom brawls are a trigger; a good script & good acting are of prime importance to you; you prefer comedies

Also 90 minutes never felt so long watching this tired drama about aging al... Read more Read less

Problematic, Resonant, Relevant, Painful, Thought-provoking

See it if An uncomfortable subject for anyone who has an older relative w/dementia or alcoholism. V well acted at points, & written true to the matter

Don't see it if Lead actress has odd way of never looking fellow actors in the eye-this & a # of other choices left me constantly aware I was watchin a play

Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy light comedy taking place in an Irish pub about a woman who has to deal with. Fears of aging.

Don't see it if You like dramas and musicals

Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if It's got one truly standout performance, but everyone here is very good. It plays with time a little and tiptoes up to magical realism.

Don't see it if Senility, aging, and drug/alcohol abuse are all on offer, so avoid if those are trigger points. And some cursing, but you're an adult, yeah?

Great writing, Relevant, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you like to see a very well written, acted and staged family drama where all the characters are well developed and interesting. We loved it!

Don't see it if you don't like drama or you don't like to see plays about getting old or alcoholism.

Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like “ traditional “ plays ( with an Irish touch ) that deal with drugs, dementia, loneliness, dysfunctional families and alcoholism.

Don't see it if If are looking to be challenged and provoked. This play goes from drama to farce and back without any logic, 90 mins but still too long.

Intelligent, Great writing, Great staging

See it if you are aging, want a voice shared about your fears and dreams, and feel as if you are ready to face the future realistically.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment that will leave you laughing.

Realistic, Funny, Clever, Absorbing, Great acting

See it if U enjoy dramas that reflect real life issues about aging but has humor, action, & subplot to make it interesting. You like great acting.

Don't see it if Not for people who have no heart, no patience, or no appreciation of the elderly & their realistic issues of aging. This is for drama fans.

Also This is one of the best plays I have seen in 2019 season. The script i... Read more Read less

May 1st, 2019
“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 epitom...
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May 3rd, 2019
"'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."
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May 1st, 2019
“’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 mana...
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May 1st, 2019
“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 an...
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