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

I have been going for more than 20 years. In the beginning you needed to follow them around in make shift theater spaces. It was terrific when they got their permanent home as it was so much easier to regularly get to see them. I would guess that I have missed no more than 5 productions in that period of time. Consistently interesting plays with good to breathtaking performances. I can say that if I were to pick the top ten performances I have been to in a 40 year span of going to the theater in NY and London, at least one or two would have come from the Irish Rep.

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

they do marvelous productions of interesting plays on a totally consistent basis

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

get them more money

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

great theater experiences

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

totally helpful

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

Do even more ambitious theater without the constraints of space and budget limitations that their current theater imposes

Ways to make it better...

can't think of a thing

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

sufficient resources

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

they should keep doing what they do

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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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

This theater is one of the best off Broadway experiences for thinking New Yorkers. We've seen two plays since learning of the theater in the past year or so and each time have marvelled at the productions. In both cases, they managed to transform a performance into an immersive experience replete with creative sets and transfixing actors. Most recently, The Emperor Jones, had sets that included puppets (we're not talking Elmo here) that were incredibly sophisticated and visually arresting. We only wish productions with many times their budget could be even a fourth as creative.

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

Put on even more remarkable performances by continuing to get outstanding talent.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

My husband and I saw "The Emperor Jones" at the Irish Repertory Theatre Company in October of 2009. We are not New York residents, but we made a special pilgrimage to this production. John Douglas Thompson was amazing, and the whole production was brilliantly creative... great, great theater in a congenial setting!

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

The IRT put on a production that surpassed virtually everything I've seen on Broadway!

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

Helpful and friendly

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

Change New York theater for the better!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Having acted in college, I was pleased when I saw the announcement of a produciton of a play I had been in as a young man. IRT's production of Philadelphia Here I Come was one of the more pleasurable theatrical experiences I have had in a lifetime of theatre going. The sensative and moving production had such a quiet charm and a grand feel for "irish working class" without ever giving into lucky charms stereotypes. The cast was well matched, the design spare and effective and the direction invisible in a way that made one feel as if you were peering through the window of the house to see a day in the life of the occupants. Fine theatre all the way round.

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

Ways that have enriched my life through the arts of theatre and story telling.

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

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

Ensure it's cotinued excellence in the theatre in a space that could handle over crwoding and in crease production values.

Ways to make it better...

It weren't quite so warm in the audience seating.

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

Financial

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Wonderful, authentic theatre. If you've never been, you've missed out. When I walk into the Irish Rep, I feel at home. When the lights go out and the show comes up, I feel transported.

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

different performances as an audience member.

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

their service to the community and their outreach to Irish citizens and Irish Americans.

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

friendly, informative and creative.

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

reach out to young people who are interested in preserving Irish theatre.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have had some amazing theatre experiences going to shows at Irish Rep. The work is always first rate. They acting and directing is Broadway caliber and the design work has the look of a much bigger budgeted theatre. Irish Rep is a jewel in the NY theatre scene.

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

the quality of their shows.

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

make it possible for them to pay higher salaries to the professional artists who work there.

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

the great shows they choose to put on.

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

always 1st rate

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

grow and produce more work.

Ways to make it better...

the seats were more comfortable.

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

the lack of funds in this down economy.

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

the work of the Irish Rep should be rewarded with grant money.

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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6 people found this review helpful

Irish Repertory Theatre Co is one of the very best in NYC, not only for the selection & quality of their productions, but for the extra special Yeats Festival. The depth of this Festival provided an appreciation of Yeats that was the highlight of my theatre year. I would mention that many other fine theatre companies are included in that comparison. Shakespeare usually tops my list. Irish Rep has my highest respect and thanks.

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

expand an already fine program. They have so much talent and dedication that any extra funding would allow more quality productions to reach more people. I need theater in my life and Irish Rep is one of the reasons I am enriched.

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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

The Irish Repertory Theatre is committed to presenting a high-quality, professional season each and every year. Their productions never disappoint and add untold value to our community's theatrical culture. One of the most solidly impressive theatre companies in NYC, and that's saying something!

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

always helpful and friendly. The performers are always top-notch!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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