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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

Great staging, Indulgent, Thought-provoking, Quirky

See it if like Bobby Cannavale and want to see theater in an interesting performance space.

Don't see it if you don't want to leave the theater scratching your head.

Cliched, Dated, Disappointing, Excruciating, Overrated

See it if You want to sit in an uncomfortable plastic stadium seat and hear dated, melodramatic dialogue for 90 mins. Staging is interesting

Don't see it if You don't like trite plays that are depressing and offer little hope

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Dated, Great acting, Overrated

See it if complicated, unnecessary play. Great staging

Don't see it if What was this revived and even transferred? Saw it in London and could not wait to get out.

Disappointing, Overrated, Slow, Epic, Ambitious

See it if you're interested in innovative set design.

Don't see it if you want to care about the characters.

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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