By Conor McPherson
Directed by Ciaran O'Reilly
Irish Repertory Theatre
What's It All About?
Its a ghost story. Well, actually a few ghost stories and Irish storytelling at its best in a revival of McPherson's 1997 play with a strong ensemble cast wonderfully directed by Ciaran O'Reilly. Jack (Dan Butler) stops in at the Irish pub owned by Brenden (Billy Carter) to shoot the breeze and put back a few. They are joined by Jim (John Keating) and the subject of conversation turns to the new woman in town, Valerie (Tessa Klein) who is being shown around town by hotel owner Finbar (Sean Gormley) before stopping at the pub. It seems there's a bit of a ghost story attached to the house where Valerie is staying and as liquor loosens tongues and inhibitions, a few ghostly tales are told. At first the men apologize to Valerie, but she has reasons of her own to be interested in their tales.Beyond being a storytelling fest, the play is a study of loss, loneliness and longing.
What are the highlights?
Top-notch production all around and a beautifully detailed set designed by Charlie Corcoran. Butler is particularly fascinating to watch as his character becomes more influenced by alcohol.
What are the lowlights?
None. This is a sit-back-and-enjoy show.
The Weir (which is actually a sort of damn on a waterway) has been extended through Sept. 8 at Irish Rep, 132 West 22nd St., NYC. Performances are Wednesday at 3 and 8 pm | Thursday at at 7 pm | Fridays at 8 pm | Saturday at 3 and 8 pm and Sunday at 3 pm. The show runs 90 minutes without intermission. Tickets: http://www.irishrep.org/theweir.html.
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