Transport at the Irish Rep

Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 04:22pm
I can't find any threads about this musical. Has anyone seen it yet? I have a ticket for tomorrow and have no idea if it is worth it. Thanks.
SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 04:36pm
I have been working on it in my shop but haven't as of yet sat through a preview. Heard a little of the music.
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Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 04:47pm
And how is the music???
SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 04:56pm
Very Irish. LOL! What little I heard sounded pretty good. There is a small orchestra on stage. I believe a four piece. I will probably see it right after it opens. I have heard Tony Walton is still tweaking it a bit.
Those Blocked: SueStorm. N2N Nate. Good riddence to stupid! Rad-Z, shill begone!
Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 04:59pm
It's opening on Sunday, so it probably is frozen by now. Interested in seeing reviews. Will let you know.
stevenycguy
Leading Actor
joined:12/7/05
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 05:19pm
I absolutely loved this show, especially the music, and hope they release a cast CD. 1 hour 45 minutes including the intermission. It tells the true story of what happens to Irish female prisoners who are about to be shipped by boat to Australia (to start a penal colony there to balance out the Australian male population). The captain of the boat mistreats the women on the long voyage, and let's just say the women are pretty feisty and have some revenge in mind. Act I ends with a shock and then you see where that leads in Act II. Definitely an emotional rewarding show. And what beautiful singing!!!
Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 05:25pm
Thanks, now I am excited.
SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/14/14 at 05:29pm
Stevencguy, how did the back wounds look?
Those Blocked: SueStorm. N2N Nate. Good riddence to stupid! Rad-Z, shill begone!
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/18/14 at 05:50pm
Stevencguy, the side section states it is partial view, is a lot missed to those who sit there? Thanks
stevenycguy
Leading Actor
joined:12/7/05
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/18/14 at 05:54pm
People sitting in the side section may have an actor's back to them when they climb up on the tall mast of the ship (for a couple minutes at most), but they also enjoy a very intimate view of the actors in many other moments of the show. A great bargain for $30.
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/18/14 at 06:45pm
I can't speak to Transport, but I sat in the side section for a production last year. I found the seats awful. In addition to seeing everything from the side, being right next to the band was horrendous. There's this sound blaring in your ear, and the actors are projecting the other way, making for a surrealistic brand of horror. Plus, I had a pillar blocking my vision. I complained to TDF after this incident, and I'm glad to see that now TDF has added a note saying that the seats are on the side and partial view.



Updated On: 2/18/14 at 06:45 PM
Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/18/14 at 06:46pm
I would not sit in those side seats if I were you regardless of the bargain. This thing is blocked so that it is played straight out to the front section almost all the time. I don't know how anyone in those side seats can see anything at all.

As to the show itself, it was not for me. It is almost entirely made up of ballads. By what seemed like the 25th woe is me song, I was ready to bolt. The story sounds compelling on paper, but it is all very flat here, and the physical production looks like they spent three dollars on it. I've seen better production values at the Fringe. The only review I've seen so far is the Post, and they panned it. Too bad. I wanted to love this.
CurtainsUpat8
Chorus Member
joined:6/1/13
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/18/14 at 07:08pm
I have to agree with the Post review. As a matter of fact I said the exact same thing. Many of the songs sound like rejects from Les Mis.Almost nothing happens in the first act until the last five minutes. The second act is a little better but it just doesn't take off. I imagine I would enjoy listening to the music again. The book is just awful.I was one of the people sitting on the side. It's not so bad because I do enjoy being close. I have seen many things at the Irish Rep. I have the greatest respect for the shows they do there. This is a really good production of a really so-so show. I don't understand why The Irish Rep hasn't moved to a different theatre by now. I get the impression that Charlotte Moore, who must be an amazing person, somehow enjoys that damn pillar.

SNAFU
Broadway Legend
joined:4/20/04
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/18/14 at 07:47pm
They will be closing the theatre this year for renovations. The side section will be closed off and become a wing and they are adding a balcony (breaking through to the second floor) to keep the seating numbers the same. It is an exciting prospect but I hope they don't destroy the ambiance of the theatre.
Those Blocked: SueStorm. N2N Nate. Good riddence to stupid! Rad-Z, shill begone!
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/19/14 at 02:08am
Oh wow, how cool! I love auditioning for them because you get to go to their offices on the second floor. It's a nice space, and I can see why they wouldn't move.
Pammylicious
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/10
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/19/14 at 10:57am
I liked it, I thought the score was haunting and sung beautifully. Didn't hurt that two of the male leads were drool worthy.

I was row AA seat one, not a TDF ticket but another club. The seat was fine and I would have preferred to be a little further back.

I didn't see any empty seats after intermission.
Luv2goToShows
Broadway Star
joined:9/13/09
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/20/14 at 07:14pm
Thanks for all the responses on the side section, I never sat there for any production, but did notice some shows worked better for those sitting there than others. I was thinking of grabbing a ticket on TDF but think I'll just use a discount code and sit in the main section.

Copperfield2
Stand-by
joined:11/4/06
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/20/14 at 07:37pm
I won't be seeing the show until the end of March. If they are renovating the theater I hope they can improve the sightlines. Thought the first row is so close it's the only time I know I won't have a head blocking my view. And the rows are too close together.

The cast looks very attractive from the video and photos online.
Matt Rogers
Broadway Star
joined:10/4/04
Transport at the Irish Rep
Posted: 2/20/14 at 07:56pm
They are taking their own sweet time reviewing this but theTimes as well as the Village Voice are now out and unfortunately they are both pans (even thought he Voice lost all relevance the day they canned Michael Feingold)

Hereis a link to the Times review:

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/02/20/theater/politics-history-and-exile-are-at-heart-of-transport.html?_r=0&referrer=