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The Hairy Ape

From 288 member  reviews
Members say: Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

About the show

Park Avenue Armory and the Old Vic present O’Neill's expressionist drama, a searing social commentary on the divide between the rich and poor in the industrial age. Starring Emmy winner and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale. More…

Cannavale stars as Yank, an unthinking laborer searching for his place in a world controlled by the wealthy. His journey from the bowels of a transatlantic ocean liner to the wealthy neighborhoods of New York society literally revolves around the audience like the conveyor belt of a larger machine, serving as a metaphor for the struggle between the working man and the industrial complex. The revival is directed by Olivier winner Richard Jones and is based on a previous mounting he helmed in London.

Member Reviews (288)


Great staging, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intense

Disappointing, Repetitive, Great acting, Great staging

See it if if you want to see Bobby Carnevale in an interestingly staged Eugene O'Neill play.

Don't see it if you do not want to be hit over the head with the same theme for 1 & 1/2 hours in an uncomfortable, hard seat.


See it if you're up for a long 1.5 hour drama.

Don't see it if you prefer light fare. Makes basic observation that we all want to be loved or at least liked. Subtitle could be how terrorists are grown.

Also I may be in the minority, but no matter how well it's done, it didn't ... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Dated, Overrated, Great staging

See it if you want to see a beautifully acted and spectacular realization of a dated play. It's an early O'Neill and a good example of expressionism.

Don't see it if you need more than just a beautiful production (that people will talk about for a long time I bet) for at the end of the day I didn't care.

Ambitious, Amazing staging, Intense, Shallow acting, Disappointing

See it if You want to experience the amazing set design and directing that is truly memorable. The play is riveting and thought-provoking.

Don't see it if The acting is disappointing. Bobby Canavale looks great in the part but it's all in the surface

Great staging, Slow, Ambitious

See it if you're curious about seeing a flawed, but interesting, old play; entertained by vivid, inventive design work.

Don't see it if you're looking for a play with an engaging story

Great staging, Ambitious, Intense, Slow

See it if Dazzling staging amid the vast Armory hall. Great performance by Carnavale.

Don't see it if It's a dull play

Ambitious, Great staging, Riveting, Set design realness, Intense

See it if you appreciate true innovation in set design and staging. The design of this show alone is worth the trip.

Don't see it if you are expecting a captivating story. The story is a little repetitive and tonally uninteresting.

Dizzying, Intense, Great staging, Epic, Great acting

See it if you love high octane performances, epic staging/unusual venues.

Don't see it if you find it difficult to hear/understand fast-paced dialogue in heavy accents, or if you do not like abstract, meta-physical plays

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Great staging, Overrated

See it if you're obsessed with Bobby Cannavale and will do anything to catch a glimpse of him... or you want to see this rarely done play performed.

Don't see it if you're looking for a revolutionary performance. Mr. Cannavale's vocal and emotional stasis hinder the play's climax and confound the ending.

During previews
Slow, Thought-provoking, Ambitious, Intelligent, Grandiose

See it if you're an O'Neill die-hard, or you're fascinating by his post-naturalism catalog.

Don't see it if you're unfamiliar or uncomfortable with expressionism.

Also I caught an early preview and there's some fine tuning required techni... Read more Read less

March 31st, 2017
“A mesmerizing revival…O’Neill’s nightmarish parable of alienation and class conflict still feels close to home…Mr. Jones’s interpretation is ravishing enough to please the sort of aesthetes who worship Robert Wilson’s exquisite dreamscapes. But this production also rings with primal pain...Mr. C...
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March 31st, 2017
"A staggering, last-word revival...Cannavale's body is giving us expressionism while his smooth interpretation of the speech is giving us realism...It anchors a production, gorgeously directed by Jones, that is otherwise full-tilt expressionism on the grandest scale...The performances of the othe...
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April 10th, 2017
“Yank is an embodiment of the playwright’s ideas about theatrical naturalism and how to elevate it beyond the proscenium and make it deeper, spookier…Reading ‘The Hairy Ape,’ you’d never imagine what Jones comes up with, and those surprises are the reason the production is such a thrill…Jones’s t...
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March 31st, 2017
"Environmental theater doesn’t come any more powerful than the staging of 'The Hairy Ape'...Cannavale superbly brings his raw, macho physicality to the leading role...The play is not exactly subtle in its language and themes. Director Jones exploits that artificiality by visually emphasizing the ...
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