Tara Players - The Weir - Directed by Margaret Harvey-O'Kelly. Richcraft Theatre, Shenkman Arts Centre, Orleans.
Just in from a powerful production on this Conor McPhearson play. Set in a pub in rural Ireland, Margaret Harvey-O'Kelly has put together a strong cast with Michael Guest as "Jack" returning to the stage after 10 years. This pivotal role is a character that is found in every town and village in Ireland and Guest represents that character excellently. The cast, consisting of Guest, Bryan Morris, Mike Hefferenan, Lawrence Evenchick and Christina Kindl, bring us into the lives that McPhearson has created and through an evening of storytelling at the local pub, old stories and local legends are recounted, all revealing a vulnerability of the characters.
As a team, the 5 cast members interact seamlessly and comfortably portray the lives of their characters. The set is well designed and the lounge format for the audience, brings them into the pub as witnesses that happen to be there and overhearing and watching the unfolding evening.
There are two more nights to catch this production. Curtain time is 7:30pm.
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Review by: Austin Comerton, host of The Gaelic Hour