The Weir: Conor McPherson's Chilling and Lyrical Play at Church Street Theatre
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The high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This musical comedy follows six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)." And the contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. With music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tony Awards in its original run, winning for Best Book. Learn More
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A great production of a good play. The cast is top notch adding heft to a diverting and entertaining bit of writing. The story itself is a bit light but very well written. But the performers characterizations are brilliant. Kevin Adams as Jack and David Jourdan as Jim deliver grounded, nuanced performances using the full range of their instruments to capture the audience and bring them in as if they are we are sitting in the same pub in real life with them.
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- “. . .beautiful and devious” —<em>The New York Times </em>
- “a quietly moving play composed of the kind of personal ghost stories that haunt us all … ” —<em>Chicago Tribune </em>
Featuring Kevin Adams, David Jourdan, Susan Marie Rhea, Mick Tinder, and Jon Townson
On a chilly night in a cozy Irish pub, four friends and one stranger form a redemptive circle of friendship through a round of conversation and storytelling.
The Keegan Theatre’s connection to Ireland and Irish theater is well recognized – since its founding, the company has produced more than 20 Irish works – and is highlighted by the company’s annual Ireland tour. “Anytime we approach an Irish play, our pulse quickens a bit,” says Mark Rhea. “Simply put: It’s our first and greatest love, and something that Keegan has a history of doing exceptionally well. Thanks to the annual tour to Ireland, we have a close relationship with Irish artists, and a deep, hands-on appreciation of Irish culture and history, as well as a familiarity and comfort level in approaching these plays.”