The Naturalists
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The Naturalists
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The Naturalists NYC Reviews and Tickets

77%
(39 Reviews)
Positive
87%
Mixed
10%
Negative
3%
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.

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Member Reviews (39)

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708 Reviews | 155 Followers
80
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

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506 Reviews | 1001 Followers
88
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.

339 Reviews | 77 Followers
85
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.

292 Reviews | 63 Followers
75
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.

266 Reviews | 60 Followers
74
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.

255 Reviews | 44 Followers
75
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.

155 Reviews | 17 Followers
85
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.

117 Reviews | 13 Followers
80
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.

Critic Reviews (14)

The New York Times
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 play and its desultory rhythms are a gift to its actors...The way each of them sustains the others is a thing as beautiful as any of Francis’s redwoods or violets."
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BroadwayWorld
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, but...no moment feels out of place...The performers feed off of the rich text, bringing to life characters who are at once charming yet natural...‘The Naturalists’ is both quiet and loud, a lovely tale of making peace.”
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Lighting & Sound America
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 of the day...If McCarrick could liven up the first act and tone down the second, 'The Naturalists' would be far more coherent. Still, it is striking enough."
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New York Stage Review
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 eventually implodes. In addition to its significant motivation issues for the characters, the plot is overloaded with excessive back-stories...The characters talk on and on and on."
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TheaterScene.net
September 13th, 2018

"A tender character study of a spirited young woman becoming the housekeeper for two troubled middle-aged brothers devolves into a clumsy hostage drama...Staging has steadiness and simplicity which serves most of the play well, particularly in the outdoor sequences that convey an awe of nature. Julie Voshell’s choreography enlivens the occasional dances between the characters...With fine tuning of its writing and staging, it could very well more cohesively succeed."
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Theatre is Easy
September 17th, 2018

McCarrick's world premiere play is bursting with love and light...and hilarious dark comedy...‘The Naturalists’ is about being open-minded and diligent in pursuit of love and redemption...It's also very funny...Rarely is nature's power to heal and draw people together so well-represented onstage, and with such humor—a real triumph for the cast, writer, and director. ‘The Naturalists’ is sure to remind you of something you'd forgotten about selfless love for folks around you, and the planet.”
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Front Row Center
September 13th, 2018

"Much of the finesse of Jaki McCarrick’s script is in the loaded, telling silences her characters share. I would argue the first act is indulgently long, but I wouldn’t trim the silences...This is fresh and authentic theater. The direction is deft. The characters capture you quickly; you never doubt them. The script is a glimpse of a moment fraught with all the breakage engendered in the Troubles before, all the specific damage visited on these four people, and all the slim hopes of redemption."
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Exeunt Magazine
September 13th, 2018

"This new play set in contemporary Ireland offers some moments of beautifully written prose and a carefully calibrated central performance. However, the production suffers from too much muted naturalism in the direction at the expense of legibility...It’s an interesting setting, with a fascinating character at its core. But the understated execution of the production can leave us drifting far too frequently."
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