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.
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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
We love the Irish Rep!!! We saw "Earnest in Love" last Sunday (1/31/10) and highly recommend it. However, our hands-down favorite is "A Child's Christmas in Wales." We've seen both your upstairs and downstairs productions -- each wonderful in its own way. My wife and I met in Great Britain and had the priviledge of hearing Gareth Lloyd Evans, the drama critic on the London Times, do a reading of this Dylan Thomas piece. These are the things that memories are made of! Your holiday production of ...Wales brings back fond, fond memories. Please keep up such wonderful work!