Basra Boy: Josh Sticklin Stars in One-Man Drama By Rising Star Irish Playwright
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The only thing that kept me from dozing off was the sound of the hard rain falling on the roof of the Keegan Theatre during the performance. To be honest I have an aversion to most things Irish and this 70 minute monologue (beautifully performed by Josh Sticklin) felt twice as long and God awful b-o-r-i-n-g. Not funny. Not poignant. Not illuminating in any way or in the slightest bit entertaining. The only thing that could have made it a more unpleasant experience would have been listening to Sticklin break out into song, singing Danny Boy or When Irish Eyes are Smiling. Sticklin is a talented young actor and easy on the eyes and I'm sure he has a bright future in the theatre, but I won't remember him in this pointless play.
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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 Basra Boy were treated to the real deal. Both play and performance are terrific." --DC Theatre Scene
- "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."
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Founded in 1996, The Keegan Theatre is a professional nonprofit theatre company dedicated to supporting theatre artists and technicians in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.