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)
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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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!

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.

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

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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.

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

the quality of their shows is outstanding.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 3 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

We used to go to one or two performances every year at the Irish Rep and enjoyed them immensely, but since I became a wheelchair user, it has become too frustrating to continue. Their front door is inaccessible, they do not keep a ramp out, there is no easy way to contact them about putting it out even when they are called in advance about doing so, and the door saddle is a huge impediment. Wheelchair users sit right where actors jump on and off the stage and it is uncomfortable. Attempts to get the Irish Rep to do things differently have fallen on deaf ears so we no longer go and I do not want to donate anymore to an inaccessible theater when there are others that I could donate to.

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

have them all use motorized wheelchairs for a week and see how they get around their building. Then, maybe they would "get" it. I would also have them all undergo disability sensitivity training with an expert.

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

the variety of plays they put on.

Ways to make it better...

they would take wheelchair accessibility seriously. Everyone else does. They will be known as the little theatre that didn't.

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

not theatrical. They are disability access.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I still remember the JOY and visual beauty of one of the first IRC productions "GRANDCHILD OF KINGS" I certainly wished them well then but never dreamed that almost 20 years later they would be able to maintain that JOY and visual originality and beauty. Be able to establish a true neighborhood theatre community of such high quality. As a professional actor I am always impressed by the consistently high artistic standards. As an audience member I am impressed and comforted by the acknowedgement of the importance of the Theatre Company to the neighborhood. The welcome from neighborhood restaurants and other establishments is a real perk.One thing that really sets the IRC apart form other NYC companies is the extraordinary imaginative use of a very small awkward space.It is thrilling to see how they have solved the "problem" uniquely to such a wide variety of plays and styles.

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

plays, musicals, small casts. large casts, comedy,drama,modern,period,well known repetoire,little known repetoire....IRC is fearless in its approach to each season.

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

knowing when I arrive at the theatre I will see something unusual something not done by anyone else in NYC and something FIRST RATE

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

always friendly and helpful. You know the audience is IMPORTANT and TREASURED like family.

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

have the flexibility to move critical and box office HITS to another venue or extend in its own season. It is always nice to think of being able to pay the staff...the actors..the creative team with more $$.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

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 have enjoyed the Irish Repertory Theatre for many, many years. My first experience was "Grandchild of Kings" by Sean O'Casey. I have not lived in New York for several years now, but, I do try to see one of their productions every time I am in town. I introduced my husband to the Irish Rep and he enjoys seeing their shows as much as I do. As others have stated, there are no bad seats and definitely no bad performances.

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

have a permanent home in New York City and produce the best shows in town.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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