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The Hairy Ape

From 25 critic and 287 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.



96
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.

96
Ambitious, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You loved well staged and designed shows and enjoy surreal experiences with challenging social commentary

Don't see it if You really dislike Eugene O'Neill or surrealism. You prefer Broadway musicals and/or realism.

96
Must see, Indulgent, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy theatrical experiences that are once in a lifetime.

Don't see it if Go see it. You can tell your frandkids about it. Such a cool experience and Bobby Canavale was born for this role.

96
Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Original staging, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy great acting. Bobby Cannavalle deliveries a tour de force performance. Great ensemble and well staged.

Don't see it if are looking for easy entertainment with this thought-provoking drama that is as relevant today as when it was written in 1922.

96
Ambitious, Absorbing, Epic, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if You love gorgeous and epic interpretations of classics that remain relevant today.

Don't see it if You aren't interested in beauty or being challenged.

95
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.

95
Great staging, Great acting, Edgy, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like expert ensemble actors led by Bobby Cannavale in the timeless story of man's search for his self-worth. Do not miss this!

Don't see it if You are looking for a happy ending. Do not like modern interpretations in a moving steel stage set.

Also Eugene O'Neill is an American treasure. This play is full of thought- ... Read more Read less

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intense

See it if you want to see a beautifully written, thought-provoking, profound and incredibly acted and staged great work.

Don't see it if you prefer light, brainless entertainment.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if You want a dynamic, riveting production. You want great acting. You want a classic play that is still relevant.

Don't see it if You want a contemporary play. You prefer traditional staging. You don't like O'Neill, though this production, may change your mind.

95
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Riveting, Visually stunning

See it if You want to see an early O'Neill play done right. You like to be surprised at the theatre. You want to be mesmerized by an amazing piece

Don't see it if You think this might be a disney musical about a well meaning monkey. You don't like to pay attention. You have trouble with dialects.

95
Great writing, Great acting, Great staging, Relevant, Profound

See it if Social class struggles give you a cause for concern. Upward mobility can be challenging when working within the depths of a ship's bowels.

Don't see it if Eugene O'Neill's writing makes you uncomfortable.

95
Riveting, Resonant, Intense, Great staging, Great acting

See it if you're thrilled with the idea of epic theater. Genuinely inventive directorial contribution to a great play.

Don't see it if you like more conventional theater.

95
Absorbing, Great staging, Great acting

See it if You want to see amazing performances and incredible staging. So impressive!

Don't see it if You don't enjoy plays about the struggles between the classes

95
Great acting, Riveting

See it if into class distinction in 1922 which resonates in 2017 and brilliant staging as a backdrop to a stellar performance.

Don't see it if You want to miss a spectacular evening

95
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Epic

See it if you like: Bobby C -relish his visceral performance; expressionism; innovative staging; class struggle that is still timely; striking imagery

Don't see it if you want light hearted fare; you don't like big, bold performances and staging; you're tired of social issues.

Also The plastic seats are a little uncomfortable but there is more leg roo... Read more Read less

95
Masterful, Great staging, Epic, Must see, Riveting

See it if you like stunning visuals, spectacular staging, tour de force performance and classic O'Neill.

Don't see it if if you if you think the best theatrical event this year is Bette in Hello Dolly. It isn't. This is.

95
Ambitious, Great staging, Must see, Relevant, Great acting

See it if You are up for a serious social commentary on the suppression of the working class You enjoy staging that is not realistic, acting that is

Don't see it if You can not sit in plastic seats on highly raked bleachers for 90 minutes Find arty theater tiresome

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Profound

See it if you want to see one of the best Off-Broadway productions of the year; it takes you to another world and you never quite come back out of it.

Don't see it if you are opposed to Eugene O'Neill.

95
Ambitious, Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if ...you like innovative productions of classic plays, plays in fascinating venues, political plays.

Don't see it if you dislike plays that challenge your world view.

95
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if Great acting by all in a great venue. Staging was excellent and Bobby Canavelli was at the top of his game.

Don't see it if Seating was uncomfortable

95
Absorbing, Clever, Great staging

See it if You want o see an imaginative, striking production with an Obie-worthy performance by Carnavale

Don't see it if if you can't relate to a time almost 100 yrs. ago when unions were on the rise, folks alienated by the splt betw. the rich & the common man.

95
Great staging, Profound, Relevant, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if You want to see this play done on a truly grand scale. The actors are all top notch, the direction is brilliant. It's as relevant as ever.

Don't see it if You like your drama served straight up. This is a "re-imagining" that worked VERY WELL for me.

95
One of the most visually stunning productions i've seen, Great staging, Great writing, Relevant, Masterful

See it if you want to experience one of Eugene O'Neill's expressionistic plays. You are a fan of Bobby Cannavale.

Don't see it if expressionistic drama isn't your thing. You do not like stylized direction.

Also This is a production to cherish. The production is stunning—even as yo... Read more Read less

95
Must see, Great staging, Clever, Dazzling, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to feel the wonderment of a uniquely staged and choreographed production that turns a classic play into an astonishing experience.

Don't see it if you don't like O'Neill or prefer only traditional productions; or if you have trouble climbing stairs or sitting on uncomfortable seats.

Also I loved this production but I do admit that the action and staging wer... Read more Read less

94
Absorbing, Exquisite, Masterful, Relevant, Profound

See it if you love old pieces that still have incredible relevance and age like fine wine, the work of O'Neill, or out of this world productions

Don't see it if you don't like plays no matter how extravagant and incredible they are, or you rather see a play more focused about race than class tension


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