Tag Archives: Conor McPherson

A Matter of Wife and Death: Shining City and Molly, reviewed.

My reviews of Scena Theatre’s repertory of Irish playwright Conor McPherson’s acclaimed Shining City and the world premiere of George O’Brien’s Molly are in today’s Washington City Paper. You are alerted.

Spectral Analysis: Kegan Theatre’s The Weir and Basra Boy, reviewed

Here’re my reviews of Keegan’s current two-fer of a recent (1997) Irish play and a brand-new one, Conor McPherson’s The Weir and Rosemary Jenkinson’s Basra Boy, respectively. I was pretty hard on their production of Golden Boy a few months back, so I’m glad these were better.

Three Guys Walk onto a Non-Metaphorical Dock: Quotidian Theatre’s “Port Authority”

Port Authority

James Flanagan, Steve Beall, and Steve LaRocque in Quotidian's Port Authority.

Conor McPherson’s unshowily devastating three-hander Port Authority is stocked with premises that are, summarized in their most reductive forms, utterly familiar: I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else, I Loved Her But the Flame Has Cooled, I Loved Her But She Died. So it’s a credit to McPherson’s humane, observant pen — and to the three adept actors who illuminate his material in Quotidian Theatre‘s local premiere of his 2001 play — that even when nothing much is happening, it feels like everything’s at stake.

Like so many other contemporary dramas out of Ireland, Port Authority is a tale told in cross-cut monologues. Continue reading