Monday, March 17, 2008

Where Irish Eyes Are Smilin'... In The Theatre

Where Irish Eyes Are Smilin'... In The Theatre

Since today's the day when everyone and everything is a wee bit Irish, it's time to take a stroll down the Great Green Way.

Even though Monday's are the day when most of Broadway is dark -- and certainly all eyes, Irish and other, will instead be focused on New York's new Governor David Paterson -- perhaps it's just as well. Despite the abundance of Irish playwrights hitting Manhattan in recent years, it's a bit surprising that only one of them is currently represented among the Main Stem theatres: Conor McPherson via his superb The Seafarer., playing at the Booth Theatre through March 30.

Here's what I had to say in January about the performance:
In his mesmerizing new and often funny morality play set on Christmas Eve -- in a hellhole of a home (courtesy of Rae Smith's shambles of a set design) in Baldoyle, a tiny town north of Dublin -- McPherson proves he's all aces. Both writing and directing this cautionary tale, he magnificently weaves a harrowing, on the edge of your seat nailbiter that's as much about giving the devil his due as it is about the potential for redemption for two card-playing good-for-nearly-nothing drunks for brothers.
If tomorrow comes and you're still in the mood to get your Éire on, consider taking in this terrific show. After all, the Irish are known for keeping the party going and this one is hot.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
Seafarer Set To Sail Out Of Broadway Berth (January 30, 2008)
The Seafarer (The SOB Review) (January 28, 2008)
After Seeing, Faring With Critics (December 7, 2007)
Seafarer Opens Sail On Great White Way Tonight (December 6, 2007)
All Of Great White Way Gleams Tonight (November 29, 2007)
Add August To The List? (November 14, 2007)
Strike Fallout, Part Two? Opening Nights In Question (November 12, 2007)
McPherson's Seafarer To Navigate Broadway In Fall (June 14, 2007)
Sunday At The Grosvenor House With Laurence (February 19, 2007)
Laurence Olivier Award Nominations Announced (January 18, 2007)

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