Thursday December 18, 2008 / 7:30pmThe Seafarer
Assigned at Box Office
How was your experience?
First my Goldstar experience, and then my review of the show: *** Buying the tickets was fast and easy. I was so pleased to find availability for this show! I printed my receipt to take with me, but I ended up not needing it to get the tickets from Will Call. The #8 bus down Halsted took us to the front door of the theatre. We arrived about 20 minutes early, giving us plenty of time to read the dramaturgical displays and old production photographs. The seats were just fine: top row of the balcony, middle-to-right of the house. They are the furthest away form the stage as you can be, but they were excellent seats. No bad seats in this house, really. Not being able to select my seats myself will not keep me from buying from this site in the future. My experience with Goldstar was wonderful--quick, painless, without and hiccups. I can't wait to buy tickets to another show on Goldstar. *** A fine play performed by consummate professionals. The acting and directing are both in top form for this show. It is a pleasure to see John Mahoney on the stage, and the rest of the cast is just as notable. I had a good time, but the show was not without its imperfections. For example, most of their dialects slipped noticeably from time to time. Also, this is not a masterpiece of Irish playwriting. Though it is by no means a bad play, it does suffer from an unnecessarily long introductory scene. The scenic design and sound design are both wonderful. Bringing artistry to this type of naturalistic show can be awkward, but it comes through beautifully in this case. The themes of Christmas, alcohol, women, and the supernatural are all dealt with poetically, generating true dramatic tension at times. However, I found myself feeling those times were too few and far between to give this production four stars.