Thursday, January 25, 2007

Oíche Tosaigh: Translations For Opening Night

Oíche Tosaigh: Translations For Opening Night

A dozen years have passed since Brian Friel's short-lived Translations first appeared on the Great White Way. But this evening marks the limited run Broadway revival for the work at the Manhattan Theatre Club where it is scheduled to run more than twice as long as the original.

The play concerns the miscommunication, and its resulting clashes, within the mythical 19th Century Irish community of Ballybeg.

While major stage names like Brian Dennehy, Dana Delany, Donal Donnelly and Michael Cumpsty graced the boards of the Plymouth Theatre during the drama's 25 regular performance run back in 1995, the new Garry Hynes-helmed revival features actors mostly unfamiliar to Broadway audiences. They include: Niall Buggy, David Costabile, Alan Cox, Dermot Crowley, Michael Fitzgerald, Morgan Hallett, Geraldine Hughes, Susan Lynch, Graeme Malcolm and Chandler Williams.

Will last year's belated, enthusiastic reception to Friel's Faith Healer translate into positive reviews? Or will the moldy residue from MTC's last work, Losing Louie, sour the critics' opinions of anything new opening at the Biltmore Theatre? I'll let you know via my critics' capsule tomorrow.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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