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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.



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

See it if you are interested in a rare O'Neill play given a magnificent expressionist staging in a unique setting.

Don't see it if you have little interest in O'Neill and don't care for large-scale stagings.

90
Absorbing, Clever, Great acting

See it if If you love O'Neill , a production that is electric and s timely comment on our times.

Don't see it if You don't like plays with lots of language and serious content.

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

See it if you want to see a highly-stylized version of O'Neill's expressionist polemic. Cleverly staged and powerfully acted, esp by Cannavale.

Don't see it if you prefer O'Neill's more naturalistic family dramas or if you have xanthophobia (fear of the color yellow).

90
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Relevant, Riveting

See it if You're a fan of O'Neill. Hell, even if you aren't a fan see it for the incredible staging and acting. It's as relevant today as it ever was.

Don't see it if You're expecting a light night of theatre.

90
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great staging, Relevant, Resonant

See it if Absolutely one of the most beautifully staged productions I've ever seen. Takes fantastic advantage of the Armory space and scale.

Don't see it if Seriously, just go.

90
Ambitious, Edgy, Resonant, Must see, Intelligent

See it if you like dynamic and unique staging, great sound design, intense acting, and a modern, expressionist tale of the clash between classes.

Don't see it if you don't like Bobby Cannivale, expressionism, or heavy handed political plays.

90
Clever, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Intense

See it if You enjoy a clever and imaginative staging of a Eugene O'Neill play.

Don't see it if You want light fare and/or traditional plays.

Also The staging of this play was exceptional. I felt immersed throughout. ... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Intense, Relevant

See it if you appreciate the timeless work of Eugene O'Neill and the talent of Bobby Cannavale. Powerful message for our time, as it was when written

Don't see it if you don't like classic plays or can't appreciate an expressionist performance.

90
Great acting, Must see, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Masterful

See it if You want to spend an amazing evening at the Park Ave. Armory watching an amazing cast in a very innovative, moving show.

Don't see it if You are not into avant gatde theater.

90
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.

90
Great staging, Masterful, Resonant, Intense, Riveting

See it if you appreciate masterful visual storytelling with raw, visceral performances.

Don't see it if you don't like dramas and only like totally naturalistic works.

90
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

90
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.

90
Visually stunning, Thrilling and unique, Ambitious, Memorable, Intelligent direction

See it if Want to see unique piece of theatrecraft on huge scale, & can accept that at times the spectacle is bigger than the story. You like O'Neill.

Don't see it if Don't like expressionist/avant-garde, want realism in plot & acting styles, want story to move you emotionally. Painful seats/lots o'steps.

Also I found this thrilling from the moment I entered this cavernous, aston... Read more Read less

90
Absorbing, Great staging, Riveting

See it if you want to see a visually astounding presentation of an O'Neill work.

Don't see it if you prefer straight story-telling.

Also Although stylized, the scenes are choreographed to present such imagin... Read more Read less

90
Riveting, Intelligent, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you want to see a classic play staged in a way that offers new insight and understanding about belonging.

Don't see it if you are only interested in traditional staging. Here, you are in the center of it all.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Profound

See it if A most thrilling theatrical experience, Not to be missed by any theatre lover. Amazing direction, set design and phenomenal performance.

Don't see it if If you only enjoy light comedy and musicals.

89
Great staging, Edgy, Riveting, Thought-provoking, Great acting

See it if Jones' stunning expressionistic staging is a visual knock-out & gels perfectly with O'Neill's dramatic intent. Cannavale's perfect as Yank

Don't see it if Audibility & accents sometimes problemic & message a little one note but just quibbles It's a rare must-see for any avid theater goer

89
Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if you want to see a wow of a production of O' Neill's play.

Don't see it if O'Neill's expressionistic plays are not for you. But it's really worth it just for the incredible staging in an incredible venue.

89
Great acting, Great staging, Ambitious, Dated, Must see

See it if Visually, one of the best shows I've seen in years. The Armory is one the most important performance spaces in NYC. Cannavale is great.

Don't see it if you don't like sitting on Hard molded plastic seats. Bring a cushion but see it.

89
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

89
Absorbing, Great staging, Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant

See it if You enjoy inventive staging. O'Neill writing staged beautifully. Very thoughtful performances.

Don't see it if Your just looking for light entertainment. Full of insight.

89
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.

89
Great staging, Great writing, Riveting, Intense, Great acting

See it if Great epic play held in a stunning venue. The use of the stage was amazing, as was the acting & lighting. Very well done!

Don't see it if Looking to see Bob Carnnavale in a dunny role. This wasdramatic & riveting

89
Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if you love great writing, acting, staging in a landmark space. The play is old but still relevant. Great NYC theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you want conventional plot and narrative or you expect Bobby Cannavale to be funny. This role is a game changer for him.


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