The Dry House
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The Dry House

The Dry House London Reviews and Tickets

(7 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Funny, Clever

About the Show

The World Premiere of Eugene O’Hare's drama about getting sober, performed by an all-female cast.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (7)

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581 Reviews | 89 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a story that makes you think.It might hit too close to home for some, but I found it cathartic.Set is terrific, acting is excellent

Don't see it if you aren't ready to think about your life,your drinking,your relationships.Shows how we are formed by our childhoods,good bad or indifferent

120 Reviews | 13 Followers
Mediocre writing, Good acting, Indulgent, Cliched, Absorbing

See it if you are in a mood for a drama about coping with death of a loved one, complicated family dynamics, and grim level of alcoholism.

Don't see it if Topics or death and alcoholism are problematic for you or if you're looking for a light and upbeat show. Read more

55 Reviews | 4 Followers
Intense, Great acting, Confusing, Clever

See it if you would like to experience breathtaking acting

Don't see it if you get tired mentally and physically from hard topics like addiction. the play has some good points, but too straightforward

161 Reviews | 30 Followers
Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a powerful if sentimental show depicting the dangers of alcoholism. Well acted, but tonally inconsistent.

Don't see it if you don’t like long monologues that sometimes further the story, but all too often add little but melodrama to proceedings. Read more

10 Reviews | 0 Followers
Profound, Thought-provoking, Riveting, Great acting, Funny

See it if You’ve read the book, if you enjoy intense drama and if you want to be emotionally moved

Don't see it if You are triggered by alcoholism

3 Reviews | 0 Followers

See it if For anyone that has experienced alcoholism, whether being an alcoholic or being a friend or family of one, this play will resonate with you.

Don't see it if You’re looking for something lighthearted.

1 Review | 0 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Exquisite, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You love raw poetic and beautiful writing

Don't see it if You want to avoid challenging subjects

Critic Reviews (8)

April 9th, 2023

"McKinley's performance is equally strong but it's a shame that the writing does not galvanise her performance. There is nowhere else to go when you start at rock bottom."
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Time Out London
April 11th, 2023

“‘The Dry House’...has an underlying message about how ruinous presentationalism can be, how all the characters would have been better off if they felt able to talk about their problems’s just too inert as drama: a raw slab of uncooked misery that desperately needs seasoning.”
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The Times (UK)
April 7th, 2023

“There’s a superfluous scene, described by McKinley in squalid detail, which might have been lifted from a Martin McDonagh script. A near miss, in short, but one you won’t forget for quite a while.”
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The Stage (UK)
April 11th, 2023

“Though it’s loaded with compelling themes, O’Hare’s hectic production never settles on a tone, lurching between gritty emotional realism, lyrical reveries and misplaced platitudes. ”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
April 7th, 2023

“Flawlessly treading the balance with such triggering themes, ‘The Dry House’ is an absolute triumph. Shows as stunning as this make me thankful there are still opportunities for new theatre spaces to pop up, not just in London but all over the UK.”
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The Arts Desk
April 8th, 2023

"Eugene O’Hare’s 'The Dry House' is the kind of spare but oddly lyrical three-hander that would have made a good Wednesday Play back in the day."
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West End Best Friend
April 7th, 2023

“ ‘The Dry House’ is a deeply dark and emotional piece of theatre, which is brutally honest about the devastating impact of alcoholism but also focuses on the strength of family and the hope and support loved ones can provide during times of need...powerful, timely and beautifully acted.”
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The Guardian (UK)
April 7th, 2023

"Those inspirational qualities, which might make 'The Dry House' valuable for people coping with addiction, are what render it a shade less satisfying as drama."
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