Basra Boy: Josh Sticklin Stars in One-Man Drama By Rising Star Irish Playwright
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Featured review from Chris Greaver
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I really did enjoy the show. Upon entering the theater I was given a "cheat sheet" of frequently used Irish words and phrases. I was happy I did, as I would've been lost to some of the humor otherwise. The actor, Mr. Sticklin, was very convincing at playing a youth, and very good at distinguishing between multiple characters. I would take the time and go see this show!
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The performance by Josh Sticklin is NOT TO BE MISSED. A 70-minute solo tour de force. He is a star about to be born. And the poetry of the writing is outrageously wonderful (but be sure to pick up the page of slang explanations in the lobby!).
Quotes & Highlights
- "Sometimes you just get lucky. A small theatre, a new play, a young actor, a sleeting night. Going out to theatre can seem a gamble not worth the pains. But tonight it all came together, and audiences who ventured to Keegan Theatre’s world premiere of <em>Basra Boy </em>were treated to the real deal. Both play and performance are terrific." --<a target="_blank" href="http://dctheatrescene.com/2011/02/22/basra-boy"><em>DC Theatre Scene </em></a>
- "Josh Sticklin has more talent in his little finger than most of the major talents in the DC area." --allartsreview.com
Speedy and Stig have been best friends since their first sling shots, but now Stig wants to leave Speedy’s dead-end street fights to fight in Basra. Rosemary Jenkinson’s darkly comic new play looks at the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and their impact on the streets of Belfast. Josh Sticklin stars in this one-man tour de force by one of Ireland’s most exciting playwrights.
The world premiere of Basra Boy is directed by Abigail Isaac, who co-directed the Helen Hayes Recommended Dancing at Lughnasa at Keegan last season. Basra Boy features Josh Sticklin in his Keegan Theatre debut. Sticklin plays all the characters in Jenkinson’s comic and moving script, a thrilling challenge for actor and director alike.
“This play speaks to me on many levels,” says Isaac. “It’s about Belfast, our troubled youth, our attitudes toward the war in the Middle East. But the core of this play is a fascinating story of friendship, a story that is uniquely poignant, I think, because one actor portrays both friends.”
Keegan Theatre produced Jenkinson’s Stella Morgan last season and the artistic staff had the chance to meet the playwright, who came to the States to see the show.
“It was an honor to have Rosemary see Stella Morgan and we couldn’t be more pleased that she allowed Keegan the first chance to produce Basra Boy. This is a great script by one of Ireland’s most exciting playwrights. Rosemary’s voice is like no other – and to introduce Josh to our audiences in a piece like this is also very exciting."