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.
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!
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.
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.
When you're an actor you can only hope that you'll be proud to be part of a production,to be in the company of fine actors,to be treated with respect and support by the creative team and to be playing for an audience that is used to good theatre.All this and a great deal more is what I experienced at Irish Rep. New York is lucky to have them!
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!
It's a true artist's community and every time one works there the family gets larger. They really go above and beyond just producing theatre. It's a welcoming and nurturing home.
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.
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.
The Irish Repertory Theatre is arguably the best Irish theatre anywhere. I have been a patron and sometime participant for over 20 years.The quality of acting, directing and production values are always top drawer.They also make courageous choices and always deliver the goods. In my opinion, it is a National Treasure
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!
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.
As a professional actor one of my most rewarding experiences has been as a member of the acting company at the Irish Rep. I have also attended many productions as an enthusiastic audience member and a financial contributor. On all levels I have been embraced warmly, welcomed as a member of the "family". All the productions have been superb with the recent EMPEROR JONES reaching extraordinary heights of brilliance, innovation, and imagination. Unforgettable!
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 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.
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.
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.
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 have had the pleasure of working with the Irish Rep as an actor and have also attended many performances there. My experiences on both counts have been wonderful. The company is run by people with a strong awareness of community and a true love for what they do. There is always a great sense of family and fun coupled with a high level of professionalism and mutual respect towards colleagues and clientele. The Irish Rep's work reaches beyond its physical space in a most positive way.
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!
The Irish Rep is such a wonderful place to see theatre. Certainly my favorite Off-Broadway venue, it's always so warm and welcoming to come to, a real family atmosphere, while the performances on stage combine the best in skilled storytelling and theatrical ambition. Whether it's taking chances on new material, such as in the recent "When I Was God," bravely bringing fresh life to classics, such as in their recent outstanding production of "The Emperor Jones," or just plain being the best place to see Irish drama done richly and truthfully, as in their recent moving "Aristocrats," the Irish Rep is unique, vital and leading the way for other theatres to follow. I know I never miss a show there.