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  

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.

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.

 
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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!

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

 
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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.

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

 
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6 people found this review helpful

My husband and I went to a show at the Irish Repertory Theatre during our honeymoon, and it was a wonderful experience. The theatre is intimate, and the shows are of the highest quality. The next time we are in New York, we will be sure to see whatever is playing there. I've remained on their mailing list specifically to recommend upcoming shows to our friends. It's good to know such a place exists.

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

An excellent show.

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 intimate theatre experience.

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

Very polite and helpful.

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

Change the world. :)

Ways to make it better...

I lived in New York and could visit all the time.

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

The same as any theatre: money.

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

This is a very special theatre that should be cherished.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We have attended many performances by this group and each one has been of superb quality in terms of the acting, directing, costumes, sets,choice of play, etc.

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

many, many theatrical productions of gripping, superbly executed plays.

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

their selection of plays from the historical,classical canon -- plays that focus on provocative ideas, verbal communication, insight into society and human relationships.

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

all efficient and courteous.

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

bring a boon to the NY theatrical scene.

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  

3 people found this review helpful

This is the biggest little theatre in town! Every performance is top drawer. Just choose the type of performance that interests you, and have a wonderful evening...guaranteed. Another plus,,,easy parking.

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

viewing many great performances.

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

the consistently superb level of performance.

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

I Love the IRTC..I have become a member because I Am SO impressed with their productions. I Don't know how Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O'Rielly do it. They are true artists. You can't help be affected by their professional productions and their respect for PURE THEATRE. I'm amazed at their energy level. No sooner does one wonderful production close then another is waiting in the wings. Through the years, I Have gotten a favorite actress..Terry Donnelly. If I See Terry's name, I Immediately request tickets. Whatever production this wonderful actress takes her hand to, it is always brilliant.

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

every production that has been presented for the last ten years..save 2-3.

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

Contribute money to their building fund.

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

In the arts,there is a sensitive balance between being open to new creative energy and talent and keeping the standards of entertainment for ALL up. The Irish reperatory Theatre does this time and time again...

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

Warm, authentic, true lovers of the arts.

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

get more exposure so others could be treated to an afternoon or evening of pure pleasure.

Ways to make it better...

the theatre was larger. They should have a bigger place to showcase their talent.

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

exposure and generous benefactors.

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

This Reperatory group is unique and exceptional. I Would love to see them recognized for their wonderful contribution to the arts..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

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 have seen the last 4 productions of the Irish Theatre Company and every one of them have been superb. "The Emperor Jones" was incredible, better than I ever expected - fantastic acting! I'm looking forward to seeing all their future productions. Even if I'm not familiar with the play, I will see it because I know this company will do a great job.

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

the enjoyable and beautifully acted productions they put on. I highly recommend them to every theatre lover.

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

I get just as much pleasure out of their productions as I do from the big expensive Broadway shows.

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: 4 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Going to the theater here is always a rich experience. The acting is very good and they do wonders in the limited physical space they have.

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

attending numerous productions

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

the warm friendly atmosphere

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

really helpful in making this theater a nice experience

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

go to a larger space

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I saw Emperor Jones in November. It was my first time at the Irish Repertory Theatre. This was an amazing production, with exceptional acting, creative staging, and an overall riveting production. I look forward to attending future productions,

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

November when I attended an amazing production of Emperor Jones

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

the creativity, talent and professionalism of the production I saw

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

all helpful.

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

expand to other locales

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

 
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