IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE COMPANY INC

Rating: 4.9 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 132 West 22nd Street New York NY 10011 USA

Mission: The mission of The Irish Rep is: to bring works by Irish and Irish American masters and contemporary playwrights to a broad American audience, to provide a context for understanding the contemporary Irish American experience; and, to encourage the development of new works focusing on the Irish and Irish American experience, as well as it relates to other cultures. The Irish Rep offers a balanced fare of programs through Theatrical Productions, the New Works Reading Series, and Arts Engagement activities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I had the great privilege of seeing Brian Friel's The Freedom of the City on this past weekend. It was an outstanding production from a theatre company that seems to specialize in outstanding productions. From O'Neill to Friel to Shaw to delighful musicals like Finian's Rainbow, there is simply nowhere in New York City that comes close to the consistent quality that this company offers. We support this group on an annual basis and will continue to do so. They represent the best.

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2012

Rating: 5 stars  

The Irish Repertory Theatre provides exceptional dramatic, comedic, and musical experiences. The intimate space allows for a wonderful, and very different experience. The theater staff is professional, courteous, and especially accomodating to people with physical disabilities. It is ALWAYS a joy to attend a production there!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their productions and watching entire audiences enjoy the experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to help them own their "space" and introduce more of my friends and family to the Irish Rep.

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Rating: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My husband and I have been attending the extraordinary productions at the Irish Rep for many years.We have introduced many friends and relatives to this marvelous experience. My husband was using a manual wheelchair for a while, when walking or standing for any length of time was impossible. We were accomodated with compassion, grace and sensitivity. My husband has since lost both his legs and while we have NOT attended shows recently, we were, at our last visit, treated with the same sensitivity.I let a young man in the lobby know that we were there, and he got their folding ramp, came down the street to help me get my husband out of our van, set up the ramp again at the theater door and showed us all the way to our seats. Two front row seats were removed to accomodate my husband's motorized wheelchair.We would attend more regularly if my husband's hearing and vision losses were not so bad as they are. We have UPGRADED our membership donations as a result.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, caring, accomodating, and professional

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sustain itself without having to rely so heavily on donors, and it could afford greater outreach in order to make more people aware of its wondrous existence!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-6-01

Rating: 5 stars  

I have consistently been enriched by the theatrical productions I have attended. For me theatre of this quality contributes to the quality of my life. Their relatively humble beginning was also accompanied by talent and a laser focus on their mission. They believed that the Irish theatre tradition had made a major contribution to drama in Ireland, in America and around the world. That tradition, they knew, deserved to be shared in the great theatre culture of New York City with a dedication full of respect, knowledge, talent and integrity. I and thousands of New Yorkers have been blessed with the resulting quality of Irish theatre both old and new in a beautiful diversity of content. This tireless hard work deserves all the support and gratitude we can provide.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the many plays and entertainments they have presented over the years.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more resources to insure their survival and ability to do their best work.

Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

When you're an actor you can only hope that you'll be proud to be part of a production,to be in the company of fine actors,to be treated with respect and support by the creative team and to be playing for an audience that is used to good theatre.All this and a great deal more is what I experienced at Irish Rep. New York is lucky to have them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my capacity as an actor.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Ready,willing and able to give 101%!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy the building that houses it.

Ways to make it better...

the show had run longer...for the joy of it!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

probably financial.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

For the past several years, I have attended most of the productions offered by the Irish Repertory Theatre. I continue to go there because of their wonderfully interesting choice of plays, the consistent excellence of the actors, and the amazing creativity and imagination of their productions in that tiny space with limited financial resources. But even after years of being impressed with their work, nothing could have prepared me for the brilliance of their production of "Emperor Jones". I saw it a couple of years ago in a huge production at the National Theatre in London; at the time, I thought it was pretty good, but by comparison it didn't even come close to the extraordinary experience that Irish Rep gave us! If this is what they can do on a shoestring, just imagine what they could do with sufficient financial support!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

consistently good productions.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It's a true artist's community and every time one works there the family gets larger. They really go above and beyond just producing theatre. It's a welcoming and nurturing home.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

an employee capacity and as an audience member

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

coming back

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and efficient

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

sound proof between the studio and the theatre

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I am of Irish ancestry and really appreciate this opportunity to see Irish plays, often with Irish actors, beautifully performed in this small, intimate setting. Last year works of Joyce that are not often performed were read or played. I have been attending performances over the years and always feel en-ergized by the authenticity of the performance and the sense that they are speaking directly to me.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of their work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Personable, helpful.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We have been going to shows at the Irish Rep for 8-9 years. Probably seen at least 25-30 shows. ONLY ONE of those was a show we didn't thoroughly enjoy, and they were responsive to our criticism. Compare this to the recent offerings on Broadway, and you'll see why we love it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the quality of their shows is outstanding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Irish Repertory Theatre is arguably the best Irish theatre anywhere. I have been a patron and sometime participant for over 20 years.The quality of acting, directing and production values are always top drawer.They also make courageous choices and always deliver the goods. In my opinion, it is a National Treasure

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many wonderful productions over the years

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The quality of theatre

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Get a bigger better space.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

The Irish Rep never fails to inspire. This intimate setting is home to some of the best theater in all of New York... polished, intelligent, provocative, and always entertaining. The highlight of this year's season for me was The Emperor Jones—a glittering production that featured the prodigious talent of John Douglas Thompson. What a thrill!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a wider appreciation for the beauty of theater.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the intimacy of a meticulously rendered theatrical production.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

interesting and enjoyable to be with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

move to Broadway!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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