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  

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!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This is what a theatre experience should be....excellent productions..fair pricing ....great seating...no problem parking...If you can't get to Ireland to attend a show..this is the nearest best thing.

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

Numerous opening nights

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

Opening Night parties

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

very dedicated

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

Own their venue

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I LOVE everything about the IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE - it's flawless execution of great plays: casting, acting, costumes, musical arrangements, scenery, lighting, choreography, and staff. The quality of the patrons it attracts is especially delightful, too. The last show I ushered was "Ernest in Love", this past Sunday (February 7, 2010). I heard about the glowing review that the show had gotten, but I went thinking that no show would match such a review, not for me. Happily, I was wrong. The show itself ("Ernest in Love"), the production, and the whole experience was over-the-top superb! By means of comparison, please note that I recently (two weeks ago, for the first time) saw "Wicked". With a wonderful 2nd-row-center Mezzanine seat, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The clever story was new to me and I loved learning that the 'wicked' witch was not only NOT wicked, but that she "lived happily ever after". The performances, sound system, and costumes, all was tops. Again, for Broadway, it was great! Nevertheless, "Ernest in Love" was - by far! -- the better show and experience. At the IRISH REP, I was able to catch every facial nuance and I could distinctly understand ALL the wonderful lyrics. The show was more than just (just?) a clever story. It was the product of brilliant collaboration, in intimate and comfortable space, for the benefit of the very best audience experience. Yes indeed, all-in-all, in my humble opinion, "Ernest in Love" was much better than "Wicked" because it was produced at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Who am I? I am someone who selectively attends 25-45 shows per year. I highly recommend full support for and frequent attendance at the IRISH REPERTORY THEATRE... Box Office: (212) 727-2737

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

Earlier in 2009, I enjoyed: ..."The Aristocrats" ..."Cycle A - Yeats" ..."Cycle B - Yeats" ..."The Rivalry" During the 2009-2010 season, I enjoyed: ... "The Emporer Jones" ... "Ernest in Love" and I arranged to see "Candida" on April 18, 2010

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

... hire me to be an even more intregal part of their staff ('more' than a regular volunteer).

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

...The quality of the productions is dependably superb.

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

... professional, joyously efficient, and a pleasure to work with.

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

... buy the adjoining building just for additional bathroom facilities. Otherwise, the Irish Repertory could not do any better.

Ways to make it better...

I'm sorry, even I couldn't find a single fault. Yep, it was flawless.

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

... overcoming the economic realities of the world-at-large. Still, they handle these hurdles all the time and I have every faith in their continuance.

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

Please see my initial "review" on the previous page herein.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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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