A man’s death casts a seemingly endless shadow over a family’s life in “The Ferryman,” the breathtakingly good, devastating drama by Jez Butterworth that instantly kicks the Broadway season into high gear. Set in Northern Ireland during the middle years of the turmoil known as “the Troubles” — a grimly understated epithet — the play depicts in granular emotional detail, and to harrowing dramatic effect, the human cost of that long-standing battle between the Irish Republican Army (and its supporters) and the British government and its allies. “The Ferryman” is not, however, a political play. It is most deeply a…

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