Reviews: Critics Weigh in On Gabriel Byrne's Walking With Ghosts | Playbill

The Verdict Reviews: Critics Weigh in On Gabriel Byrne's Walking With Ghosts

The two-time Tony nominee shares moments of his life in this solo play-meets-reflection, which opened October 27 in the Music Box Theatre.

Gabriel Byrne

Reviews are in for the Broadway run of Walking With Ghosts. Based on the memoir of two-time Tony nominee Gabriel ByrneWalking With Ghosts arrived on the stage of Broadway's Music Box Theatre following runs in Dublin, Edinburgh, and London's West End. The 75-performance run opened October 27 following previews which began October 18.

Part-solo play, part-reflection, Walking With Ghosts is the stage adaptation of Byrne's 2020 memoir of the same name. Byrne shares memories of growing up in a working class family in Dublin, learning from the "theatre of the street," struggling as an actor, the pressures of fame and all the comic, dark, and seemingly commonplace experiences in between. The meanderings down memory lane are described as a "lyricial homage to the people and landscapes that shape our destinies."

Read the reviews here.

Broadway News (Brittani Samuel)

Citi Tour (Brian Scott Lipton)

The Daily Beast (Tim Teeman)

Did They Like It? (Ran Xia)

New York Daily News (Chris Jones)*

New York Stage Review (Frank Scheck)

New York Stage Review (Melissa Rose Bernardo)

New York Sun (Elysa Gardner)*

New York Theater (Jonathan Mandell)

New York Theatre Guide (Joe Dziemianowicz)

The New York Times (Alexis Soloski)*

Talkin' Broadway (Howard Miller)

Theatermania (Kenji Fujishima)

Theater Pizzazz (JK Clarke)

Theatrely (Juan A. Ramirez)

Variety (Marilyn Stasio)

The Wrap (Robert Hofler)

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Playbill will continue to update this list as reviews come in.

Director Lonny Price helms the production which features scenic and lighting design by Sinéad McKenna, costume design by Joan O’Clery, and music and sound design by Sinéad Diskin.

Byrne returns to the Broadway in his fourth production, having previously starred in A Touch of the Poet, as well as A Moon for the Misbegotten and Long Day's Journey Into Night for which he received Tony nominations. With over 100 screen acting credits to his name, he has also starred in films such as The Usual Suspects, Excalibur, and The Man in the Iron Mask.

The piece was originally commissioned and produced by Landmark Productions. Anna Clarke, Mara Isaacs, and Neal Street produce the show on Broadway, with Wagner Johnson Productions serving as executive producer.



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