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.
Results: Twenty-two seasons and counting . . . Just a few of The Irish Rep’s most notable artistic achievements include: 2008 ― Outer Critics Award, “Outstanding Revival of a Musical” ― Take Me Along 2007 ― Jujamcyn Theaters Award for “Outstanding Contribution To The Development Of Creative Talent.” 2006 ― Obie Award, “Best Actress” ― Dana Ivey, Mrs. Warren’s Profession 2005 ― Lucille Lortel award for “Outstanding Body of Work” 2004 ― Finian’s Rainbow, adapted by Charlotte Moore.  The production received widespread audience and critical acclaim, was extended for an unprecedented 13 weeks, and nominated for the Lucille Lortel awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Choreography of a Musical, Drama League award for Distinguished Revival of a Musical, and Drama Desk award for Outstanding Revival of a Musical. 2004 ― The Colleen Bawn by Dion Boucicault.  The production received a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Revival of a Play. 2001 ― The Irish…and How They Got That Way by Frank McCourt.  This world premiere production by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt received international acclaim and continues to attract a worldwide audience both through television (PBS) and sales of the movie on VHS. 1992 ― Received the Drama Desk Award for Excellence in Presenting Distinguished Irish Drama. Along with these artistic achievements, The Irish Rep has presented the American or World premiere of several Irish and Irish American works including, Harold Prince’s Grandchild of Kings (1991), Same Old Moon by Geraldine Aron (1995), Our Lady of Sligo by Sebastian Barry (2000), The Matchmaker by John B. Keane, Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding Off Broadway Play (2002), Bedbound by Enda Walsh (2003), new musical adaptation of Beowulf (2005), and Frank McGuinness’s adaptation of The Master Builder (2008).
Target demographics: The Irish Rep is acknowledged for its commitment to engaging communities in a greater appreciation of Irish and Irish American dramatic works.  The Artistic and Producing Directors, valued for their accomplishments within the theatrical and Irish American communities, provide a vital gateway to Irish culture both here and abroad.  The company maintains a database of audience members from the tri-state area and beyond from all racial, economic and social backgrounds.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 40,000 Audience Members Annually
Geographic areas served: Tri-State Area (NY, NJ, CT)
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I've seen several performances at the Irish Rep and every time, it is a wonderful experience. I particularly love seeing musicals in the intimate space. Somehow they manage to balance the instruments and the voices and there is no need to use microphones. I can't think of any other theatre, in this day and age, that can get away with that. It is MAGICAL. You're transported to another time when simply the voice was enough. No engineering the sound or boosting the volume through microphones. Simply the sound of the incredible voices. It's a wonderful experience.

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

completely dedicated. It feels like a family at the theatre, with everyone going way above and beyond what is expected from them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been a member for over 10 years and have brought family and friends to the Irish Rep productions - all rave reviews! They are talented, professional and hold a very important role in keeping Irish theater alive and current. Their productions have won every top award available to off - Broadway Theater. They make me proud to be Irish. Charlotte Moore and Ciran O'Reilly should receive medals for their dedication to this Irish art form and for their ongoing successes! If you are not a member now - join today and support this amazing jewel of a theater.

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

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

the way they are able to bring the Irish written word to life on stage for every ethnic group in the city and beyond. They are Irish for the world and every ethnic group is touched by these performances.

Ways to make it better...

the theater could raise funds to remove a large column on the right side of the stage. This would give all of the artists the ability to streatch themselves and offer the theater goers a better experience.

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

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I am an actress living in NYC. Over the years I have seen dozens of plays and always been thrilled by the experiences. Some plays are so Irish that I felt immersed in a different culture.

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

knowing I will see a quality production every time I attend.

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

friendly and helpful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I am a great fan of the Irish Rep theater & attend almost every presentation. It is a wonderful way to preserve the rich Irish culture. My grandfather emigrated to American in 1873 and I am a Irish citizen myself and am studying the language. It would be nice to have some plays in the irish language

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

many plays

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

no changes necessary

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

maintaining our Irish culture

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

enthusiastic

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

build a larger theater

Ways to make it better...

some performances were in the Irish language

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

money

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

all irish-Americans should support this theater group

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Don't know if there's much to tell. I am the son of a Kerry woman who had approached you with one of my plays, but was given no response. I have published one play which is presently being vended on BN.com, Amazon.com etc (:Carla and the Wolves), as well as two novels and several short stories. I have several "Irish" plays "Molly on the Shore", "Rory's Ghost" (Irish-American), "Ruskin: a Tragic Laughter", "The Burning Question..of the Diary of Lord Byron" (English)Anyway, much success with the Irish Theater. John C. Maxfield

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Your theater's founders had come to Springfield to participate In St. Patrick's Day. Their pictures appeared in our local paper. I clipped it and sent it on to the theater.

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Ways to make it better...

If I knew that the clipping was welcome. But there was no response.

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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?

2008-1-01

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12 people found this review helpful

The Emperor Jones was so outrageously outstanding that I saw it 3 times. It wasn't only the extraordinary acting of John Duncan Thompson, but the creative set, costumes, dance, music, drums, hums, and so much more, that it brought me back twice after first seeing it. Hooray for the Irish Rep Theatre Company!

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

bring its amazing theatre to the world. Imagine bringing Emperor Jones to cities and towns across the country!

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About every month

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2010-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

We love the Irish Rep!!! We saw "Earnest in Love" last Sunday (1/31/10) and highly recommend it. However, our hands-down favorite is "A Child's Christmas in Wales." We've seen both your upstairs and downstairs productions -- each wonderful in its own way. My wife and I met in Great Britain and had the priviledge of hearing Gareth Lloyd Evans, the drama critic on the London Times, do a reading of this Dylan Thomas piece. These are the things that memories are made of! Your holiday production of ...Wales brings back fond, fond memories. Please keep up such wonderful work!

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

outstanding Irish theatrical productions

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

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

the quality of the theater

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

wonderful, wonderful people

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

re-hab its current house and become even more fabulour

Ways to make it better...

it could have lasted longer

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

financial! But that's true of almost all non-profits

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

I hope you go on forever and ever

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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