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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.



91
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.

91
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Masterful, Profound

See it if Gorgeous visual expression of class conflict & alienation with outstanding ensemble beautifully choreographed and staged &Cannavale is great

Don't see it if you can't take expressionist O'Neill in uncomfortable seats - but it is a small price to pay for extraordinary production should be seen

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see something outside the "Broadway" norm. The staging is masterful, acting brilliant, and the Alsace used to maximum effect.

Don't see it if You don't like Eugene O'Neill, like his much longer shows, or want to come out humming a pretty song.

91
Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Intense

See it if you want something different than what is usually seen on stage.

Don't see it if you are not interested in deeply intense shows

91
Absorbing, Great staging

See it if You like good theatre

Don't see it if You don't want to be stimulated to think

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Resonant, Quirky, Dated

See it if You are open to new takes on classic theater pieces

Don't see it if You are more of a traditionalist

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Challenging

See it if You have an open mind to a modern interpretation of a 100-year old play. The story is relevant and the production design is ASTONISHING!

Don't see it if You're expecting this Eugene O'Neill to be traditionally performed. It may seem "stilted" or "contrived" to purists, but it's BOLD & FRESH!

90
Ambitious, Clever, Great staging, Resonant

See it if you enjoy ambitious "director's theater". This one offers a fresh perspective while remaining absolutely true to the text.

Don't see it if you dont enjoy sometimes abstract staging and mixing of theatrical styles and modes. the thing is that this one really let me hear the text

90
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

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Profound, Relevant

See it if You appreciate innovative staging, interpretation and consummate acting. And if you like Bobby Cannavale, who is breathtaking

Don't see it if You are looking for a fun night out. This is a very intense play with serious staging and acting.

90
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You want to see the words of Eugene O'Neill brought to scintillating life w/ clever staging in a venue like you've never seen before.

Don't see it if You can't get your hands on a ticket in the next 3 days. otherwise - go,

Also It is worth going if nothing more than to see a show in the Park Avenu... Read more Read less

90
Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Riveting, Clever

See it if you like O'Neil and want to see an inventive way of staging him. The set is amazing and so is the lead actor.

Don't see it if you don't like creative sets and heavy plays.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking

See it if You love O'Neill, particularly the expressionist plays, or you just want to see a show like nothing you've ever seen before.

Don't see it if You have a short attention span for monologues or you do not want to see a surreal, symbolic representation of reality.

Also I love O'Neill and I had read this play a few times over the years but... Read more Read less

90
Experimentally environmental, Expressionististic naturalism, Tour de force all around ...literally, Must see, Brilliant concept/staging/acting

See it if wild ride is on your bucket list, surprise after surprise from tableau to man in the moon balloon, TheVISIT's yellowShoes, & donut turntable

Don't see it if you can't be surprised any more, dislike O'Neill, can't stand examining class issues, don't like monkey fur, can't climb stairs....Go anyway

Also Classic day of unforgettable theatre in the other worldly Park Ave Arm... Read more Read less

90
Edgy, Great staging, Great acting, Quirky, Relevant

See it if You want to see first rate actors doing a classic play with mind-blowingly creative but simple staging.

Don't see it if you are bothered by a touch of "Sprockets" a la Saturday Night Live...

90
Great staging, Masterful, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if you want to see a superb example of environmental theater or are a fan of Bobby Cannavale.

Don't see it if you are not interested in exciting revivals.

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Profound

See it if You want to see an imaginative and creatively staged production of an O'Niell classic with an outstanding lead performance and ensemble cast

Don't see it if You don't like to have to listen and think at the theatre.

Also This show also offers a visually stimulating experience using almost e... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Epic, Relevant, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to see a play staged in an epic way with great performances

Don't see it if If you want to be uplifted by a feel-good story

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Resonant, Masterful

See it if You are curious how classics can be made entertaining to a modern audience. You want to experience incredibly dynamic staging and acting.

Don't see it if You aren't fond of symbolism. You want a strong story line. You don't care for "experimental" theater.

90
Ambitious, Relevant, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy Eugene O'Neill's plays. Even if you don't, it's worth seeing for the staging and the performances..

Don't see it if You need comfortable seats, or if you don't like expressionist dramas.

Also Visually, it was absolutely amazing.

90
Refreshing, Profound, Great staging

See it if You want to see a unique, innovative, and brilliant piece of theater that is masterfully directed.

Don't see it if You are not willing to really think and focus and you have to understand everything. You are more of a purist.

Also This is really very different from a lot of the other productions curr... Read more Read less

90
Great staging, Epic, Ambitious, Must see, Masterful

See it if you love phenomenal design, operatic staging of a straight play, are a fan of Eugene O'Neill's plays, and strong acting.

Don't see it if you hate the color yellow.

Also In my limited experience of O'Neill (primarily seeing The Iceman Comet... Read more Read less

90
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.

90
Ambitious, Great staging, Great acting, Must see, Fantastic design

See it if Incredible and inventive lighting, set, and sound design coupled with riveting performances truly make this a one-of-a-kind experience.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a serious piece, you want a conventional theater-going experience

Also The Park Avenue Armory as a venue itself is quite awe-inspiring- both ... Read more Read less

90
Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Masterful, Resonant

See it if You enjoy dark period dramas. Can listen to quick, but critical dialogue. And if you want to see amazing acting.

Don't see it if you are looking for light-hearted or very modern story lines


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