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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

Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Masterful

See it if just WOW! what a production..innovative and exquisitely done. The cast was magnificent and the story remains compelling today.

Don't see it if you don't like Expressionistic theatre and having to pay attention.

Also I was just blown away by the sets and lighting and sound effects. It i... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Ambitious, Epic, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love Eugene O'Neill, Bobby Cannavale, innovative direction, excellent ensemble work, great physical work.

Don't see it if I can't think of a reason not to see it.

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You are a fan of O'Neil plays and want to see something creative and inspired.

Don't see it if You are not a fan of O'Neil plays.

Also This is an engaging inventive production of a classic O'Neil play. Go ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Profound, Quirky

See it if You want to take a look at Eugene O'Neill's works. Never seen this fantastic staging before. Still relevant themes.

Don't see it if You prefer traditional and Broadway theaters. You are disturbed by modernist themes and expressions.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting

See it if You want to see a dramatic theatrical event.

Don't see it if You don't like edgy.

Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Must see, Ambitious

See it if A unique experience at the Park Av Armory. The huge space and staging should not be missed.

Don't see it if Only enjoy fluffy musicals.

Also Get to Armory early to enjoy the building.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Entertaining

See it if you love innovative new productions This takes a not so new play and makes it feel vibrant and contemporary

Don't see it if You prefer plays that are staged very traditionally

Absorbing, Masterful, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you are an O'Neill fan and want to see a play staged with great skill outside the box. Top performance by Bobby Cannavale. At PAve Armory

Don't see it if you can only handle traditionally stage theater. Find O'Neill too challenging.

Masterful, Must see, Profound, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You love Oneill's one act plays.

Don't see it if You are love traditional staging in theater.

Masterful, Profound, Thought-provoking, Resonant, Absorbing

See it if / to see Cannavale in a tour de force; if you like O'Neill; to be immersed in a space that fits the production like a glove.

Don't see it if you're not interested in a drama about class and societal-vs-self expectations; you like your set design rather literal.

Also I loved the sound design and the expressionistic set design, especiall... Read more Read less

Edgy, Great acting, Absorbing, Brilliant

See it if you want to see an unforgettable performance in a mesmerizing production of a play as revolutionary now as it was when it was written.

Don't see it if you are looking for light entertainment. This is a powerful, avant garde production pitting blue collar against the 1%. It hits its mark.

Entertaining, Great staging, Relevant

See it if you want to experience a large scale show at the Armory! Beautiful stage pictures. Very stylized. (Expressionist) Operatic.

Don't see it if you love the play. The production loses sight of the play at times, in favor of the spectacle.

Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you enjoy a theatrical event. Not a great O'Neill play but absolutely wonderful acting, great staging & lighting; Cannavale is superb!

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional staging and short plays (90 minutes); otherwise its a memorable performance and staging; very visual

Ambitious, Absorbing, Edgy, Masterful, Intense

See it if You enjoy Eugene O'Neill and expressionist or existential theatre. Absolutely stunning staging & incredibly strong work from Bobby Cannavale

Don't see it if You don't enjoy avant garde theatre or prefer easy to swallow narratives. This is out there, in the best possible way. Do your homework!

Clever, Great staging, Refreshing, Intense, Ambitious

See it if Interesting staging and production would recommend

Don't see it if Bad acoustics and hard seating bother you

Great staging, Excruciating

See it if O'Neill or not, this isn't much of a play, but the staging is awe-inspiring enough and a unique use of the space to make this worth a look.

Don't see it if Go elsewhere if looking for a compelling story, sympathetic characters, and less allegory.

Absorbing, Great staging, Intense, Dated

See it if you relish O'Neill plays, dated as they may be, and want to see a fantastic, over-the-top production in a unique setting.

Don't see it if you don't like dated early 20th plays, with little or no humor, and unsubtle irony.

Relevant, Must see, Great acting, Epic, Phenomenal staging

See it if you want your mind blown by a visually stunning production. Bobby Cannavale is fantastic in a dramatic lead role. Best ape costume ever!

Don't see it if Even if you don't like O'Neill's plays (I'm not the biggest fan), this is such an amazing production, you really should see it.

Also It covers a lot of ground in 90-min. There's the main message about hu... Read more Read less

Great staging, Quirky, Visually stunning

See it if you love to be amazed. The staging is beautiful and unique.

Don't see it if you want to be moved in deep emotional way. This is spectacle but imaginative and intriguing.

Clever, Extravagent, Masterful, Slow

See it if You love innovative theatre and/or Eugene O'Neill's writing. It drags a little bit, but it's such a gorgeous show that you don't mind.

Don't see it if You don't like straight plays and prefer classical, proscenium theatres.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Profound, Must see

See it if You must see it. No if's. A once in a life time experience!!!

Don't see it if You hate everything or want a big splashy musical. Basically, see it!!!

Great acting, Great staging, Must see

See it if you are interested in seeing a thought provoking play, with great ensemble acting and incredibly visually powerful staging

Don't see it if your not interested in serious plays that have strong opinions about social issues.

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

See it if timeless, searing, social drama is your cup of tea. O'Neill at his best as far as I'm concerned.

Don't see it if you don't appreciate expressionism or creative staging.

Great staging, Masterful, Intense, Ambitious, Thought-provoking

See it if Original and creative use of an enormous space. However, the dialect was so strong it was very hard to understand

Don't see it if Looking for light convetional drama

Great staging, Must see, Great acting, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want to see great staging with intense acting by Bobby Cannavale in the historic and beautifully restored Park Avenue Armory.

Don't see it if This play is almost 100 years old, but is performed in a manner that is very imaginative.

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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