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Off-Broadway Review: “The Aran Islands” at Irish Repertory Theatre’s W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre

At the suggestion of W. B. Yeats, John Millington Synge visited the The Aran Islands (Inishmore, Inisheer, and Inishmaan) during a part of each year from 1898 until 1902. Yeats urged Synge to live there as if he was one of the people themselves and “express a life that has never found expression.” His journals from these visits – “The…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Woody Sez: The Life and Music of Woody Guthrie” at the Irish Repertory Theatre

Currently playing at the Irish Repertory Theatre is a musical revue that has been making the International rounds for the last ten years appropriately titled “Woody Sez: the Life and Music of Woody Guthrie.” The cast of four perform about forty musical numbers from Guthrie’s songbook that conquer the feelings, sights, hardships and situations he experienced: from the Great Depression,…

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Off-Broadway Review: “The Emperor Jones” at Irish Repertory Theatre

“Ain’t a man’s talkin’ big what makes him big-long as he makes folks believe it? [Sure], I talks large when I ain’t got nothin’ to back it up, but I ain’t talkin’ wild just [the] same. I knows I kin fool ’em—I knows it—and [that’s] backin’ enough [for] my game.” – Brutus Jones It is not easy to watch Eugene…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Crackskull Row” at Irish Rep Theatre in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre

Legend has it that on May Eve all sorts of sorcery abounds in the country sides of Ireland. That is certainly the case on Crackskull Road somewhere in Dublin 2 on the April 30 in question in Honor Molloy’s delightful psychological thriller “Crackskull Road” currently playing at Irish Rep Theatre. For eighty riveting minutes, the complex Morrigan family system splays…

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Off-Broadway Review: “Finian’s Rainbow” at Irish Repertory Company

November 6, 2016 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

The 2016 Presidential Election has been perhaps the most contentious in modern history. Erupting from the three debates – as well as prior to the nominations – there has been a disturbing barrage of bigotry, xenophobia, sexism, and racism. Economic disparity has been used to woo voters without providing them any concrete paths to a better future. For these reasons,…

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Off-Broadway Review: The Abbey Theatre’s “Quietly” Shouts Out at the Irish Repertory Theatre

July 28, 2016 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

“A bit of shouting – everyone shouts here – it’s the national sport.” – Robert to Jimmy in “Quietly” Fifty-two-year-old Ian (Declan Conlon) appeals to his teen years’ nemesis Jimmy (Patrick O’Kane) to meet in the neighborhood Belfast pub where they first became aware of one another thirty-six years ago when they were both only sixteen. It is not the…

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“The Quare Land” at The Irish Repertory Theatre at the DR2 Theatre (Closed Sunday November 15, 2015)

October 2, 2015 | Off-Broadway > | Tags: , ,

Hugh Pugh (Peter Maloney) neither bathes nor opens his mail on any regular basis. He has not bathed in four years and his mail has been abandoned under the letter box “this decades.” Hugh succumbs to a bubble bath in anticipation of the visit from his ninety-one year old alcoholic brother. Hugh is ninety and is a small-time farmer living…

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“The Weir” at Irish Repertory Theatre at the DR2 Theatre (Closed Sunday August 23, 2015)

July 12, 2015 | Off-Broadway > | Tags: ,

Conor McPherson’s “The Weir,” a haunting play of effervescent charm, finds a cozy home at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Directed by Irish Rep veteran Ciarán O’Reilly, the play bathes comfortably in old-country charm, fireside folk tales, and sepulchral gloom. The play centers around one night at a bar in rural Ireland. Excitement stirs in the placid village when Valerie, a…

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“The Belle of Belfast” at Irish Repertory Theatre (Closed June 7, 2015)

May 1, 2015 | Off-Broadway > | Tags:

It’s Doubt meets Lolita in Nate Rufus Edleman’s pontifical comedy The Belle of Belfast, currently at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Anne, a seventeen-year-old girl living in Belfast during the violent Troubles, falls in love with Ben, a dashing young(ish) priest. Initially he resists, but when Anne shows up at his parish soaked through from the rain and teary over her…

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