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The Naturalists

From 39 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

About the show

Set in a rural hamlet in County Monaghan, Ireland, this world premiere is a story of secrets and atonement. More…

'The Naturalists' follows the story of Francis and Billy Sloane, whose isolated existence is shaken by the arrival of the mysterious Josie. It explores how we can be healed by the land, by each other and, maybe, by the perfect stranger.

2h 0m | Already closed | Walkerspace Theater (Soho/Tribeca)

Member Reviews (39)


Great acting, Absorbing, Slow, Intelligent, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Partner's 90 % and my 85%. Nice theater space. Set fits the mood. New role for John Keating done to perfection. Sarah Street very good.

Don't see it if Chat with your Irish pals or do a week in the "old" country to better adjust to t the speech patterns. Study the weekend subway changes.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Slow, Great acting, Quirky

See it if you enjoy Irish plays, stories about struggling brothers, the continuing impact of "The Troubles," good acting esp. John Keating, new writer

Don't see it if Irish plays are not your thing, don't need to be reminded of the IRA, etc., not fan of slower character studies, onstage violence or accents

Enchanting, Cliched, Great acting, Indulgent, Resonant

See it if You like a play that paints a beautiful picture of a landscape. You're interested in Ireland.

Don't see it if It's a wee bit slow, and while I wouldn't say it's cliche or anything, some of the paths are pretty well worn.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Thought-provoking

See it if Powerful story about relationships and shared history impeccably acted with great writing and beautiful craftsmanship.

Don't see it if you don't like interesting surprises, don't like accented performances, but otherwise this intense thought provoking drama was excellent.

Entertaining, Human scaled, Human paced

See it if You have an evening to kill, and are content with a largely quotidian view into a peculiar Irish life in the country. This is a good thing.

Don't see it if You need big stakes, powerful declaiming, and things that impact your life today. Small is the way we live and this reflects it.

Great acting, Great staging, Great writing

See it if Great acting and story telling about how people deal with emotional pain.

Don't see it if You don't like serious plays about the human condition.

Absorbing, Intense, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if you like intelligent well made family dramas up close. Incredible performance by Tim Ruddy as the younger brother.

Don't see it if Irish accents pose a problem for you.Or you mind the inevitable cross-over into melodrama that Irish plays dealing with "the troubles" take.

Clever, Great acting, Great writing, Profound, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a well-written, well-acted show that presents many dilemmas. and like life, not everything is resolved.

Don't see it if you have difficulty with heavy irish accents. i liked this play very much, but missed some statements.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting

See it if Irish play about relationships, family and politics. Each character's total different personality merges to show unity.

Don't see it if You have trouble with irish brogue. May have a slow start and over 2 hours long

Absorbing, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy excellent actors in ambitious plays. It doesn't totally succeed but there is a lot​ here to keep you engaged.

Don't see it if you can't sit for long plays that meander. The production lacks a focus and many of the important moments are not given room to play out.

Also All four of the actors do very good work. This company is one to watch... Read more Read less

Cliched, Disappointing, Great acting, Slow, Overrated

See it if you like Irish stories with good actors and a great set.

Don't see it if you want to see a play with great script and good direction.

Great acting, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if You enjoy a beautifully presented, involving play that isn't afraid to take its time to develop character and lay groundwork.

Don't see it if You get impatient. You have particular trouble with Irish brogues.

Also The accents here are very well-done; I believe much or all of the cast... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Slow, Thought-provoking, Funny

See it if you like thought-provoking theater; you like accents, travelling, and exploring other cultures; you like plays

Don't see it if you don't like gun shot sounds; you don't like accents; you don't like slower moving plays that build with time

Absorbing, Enchanting, Beautiful writing,, Great acting, Resonant

See it if you love gorgeous acting, like to be transported, love Irish writing, humor and complex characters

Don't see it if Worth seeing!!

During previews
Slow, Desperately needs editing, Interesting, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You like a good story, even though it’s way too long. Great ideas, some surprises. Good acting.

Don't see it if You don’t want to sit through a very wordy play that takes a LONG time to make its point.

During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Entertaining

See it if If you like a story about brothers, their past and moving forward. Good acting .

Don't see it if Shows that are longer then they need too be. If thick accents that are at times difficult to pick up and make out.

During previews
Deeply human, Too long!, Well played, Satisfying, Evocative

See it if you like a story that finds the human & even the lovable in some very flawed, scared human beings who somehow manage to lift one another up.

Don't see it if you have never acquired a taste for Irish stories steeped in lots of local color.

Also "The Naturalist" is too long by half an hour. Toward the end if its 1s... Read more Read less

During previews
Great staging, Entertaining, Great writing, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you enjoy good character development by good actors in a well-written play with a good twist in the second act.

Don't see it if you are apt to loose a lot of the dialogue due to accents and low voices, plus it could be tightened up a bit, thereby making it great.

During previews
Absorbing, Slow, Entertaining

See it if Story interesting about Irish - two brother, dealing with there past to move to the future.

Don't see it if It's long 2 hours 30 min. Accents sometime cannot instand what they were saying.

Also It is too long, the second part is better. Like the first part you get... Read more Read less

During previews
Must-see / thoroughly entertaining, Jammin' scene-changing music (steely dan!!!), Great claustrophobic set / nice use of space / detail-oriented staging (props), Character-driven / absorbing / refreshing / interesting twist, Excellent performances / intelligent book

See it if you want to actually CARE about a play's main characters, warts & all: a lovable grunt, a gentle former brute, a sweet caring strong maiden.

Don't see it if you're not int'd in the dynamics of rural familial relationships set in Ireland. Nothing wrong w/hearing strong accents, forcing U to focus.

Also You have to be patient...... Read more Read less

During previews
Absorbing, Great acting, Good writing, Intelligent, Riveting

See it if you want to see an absolutely astonishing performance by John Keating. All the case was excellent, but Keating was AMAZING. Just superb.

Don't see it if you're unwilling to listen to authentic Irish brogues.2 actors were difficult to understand at times. You don't "get" dark Irish humor.

Also The script was very good, not perfect, but good. I'd give the script a... Read more Read less

During previews
Slow, Confusing, Indulgent, Poignant, Intelligent

See it if you're patient w/ slow-burning story—secrets & resentments simmer btw brothers; ok w/ heavy accents, intimate venue & 2-1/2 hour production

Don't see it if you prefer brisk & steady paced plot, elaborate staging, large ensemble, unaccented dialogue; actors hold your attention but patience wanes

During previews
Edgy, Intense (eventually), Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you like character driven pieces with good acting and interesting plot twists

Don't see it if You don't like actors speaking with accents or can't handle onstage violence

Also some of the lines are delivered too softly (and with brogues) so sitti... Read more Read less

During previews
Great acting, Great staging, Intelligent, Intense, Irish story of lasting emotional damage after the ira and the troubles makes a poweful statement.

See it if You want to dive deep into the human cost of political violence and can make sense of the thick Irish accents.

Don't see it if You're unwilling to pay the close attention required to understand the Irish accents.

During previews
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you enjoy the characters speaking Irish - and at a measured pace

Don't see it if You have a hard time hearing an Irish accent

September 13th, 2018
"'The Naturalists' is a play that takes its time, in ways that are more and less successful. It’s also a play about time and about how change can happen very slowly and then very quickly...This is theater and we know this idyll can’t last. The anticipation of the crisis is agonizing...But the pla...
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September 12th, 2018
“McCarrick's play builds ambience with every word. The characters are definitive and haunted. When they share secrets or observations, it's just enough to feel satisfying yet realistic. The plot gets slightly muddied in the middle, moment feels out of place...The performers feed off of t...
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September 14th, 2018
"The play before us is a slightly strange thing, suffering from a pronounced case of split personality. So opposed are the moods of its two acts that at times it's like seeing two separate -- and diametrically opposed -- dramatic works. Cognitive dissonance, rather than spellbinding, is the order...
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September 12th, 2018
“The performances at least are sincere...Unfortunately, between the Irish accents and everyone’s efforts to speak naturally, at times it is difficult to comprehend what anybody is saying...The fatal error is choosing to produce McCarrick’s faulty play, which initially holds some charm but eventua...
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