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‘The Ferryman’ on Broadway is Jez Butterworth’s epic story about a family in Troubles-era Northern Ireland

That trouble would most like come from the dead man’s brother, Quinn Carney (Paddy Considine), an Oedipus-like figure who has abandoned the struggles in favor of a chaotic family life harvesting the land. His farmhouse, the setting for the rest of the play, holds a seething mass of mutually dependent humanity — teens, pre-teens, oldsters, barnyard creatures and, festering under it all for Quinn, the fraught but essential possibility of sex with Quinn’s resident sister-in-law, Caitlin (the perfectly cast Laura Donnelly), a passionate woman who does not know she is a widow until we watch the news arrives at her door.

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