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13 reviews
10 stars
Parking lot across street is free weekend evenings, but it fills up -- don't arrive last minute.
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10 stars
Persimmon, just around the corner on Wisconsin Avenue, is great -- not cheap, and don't rush it. We ate at 6 for 8 pm show then walked across street for coffee.
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"Dancing at Lughnasa"
21 ratings
4.3 average rating
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27 events
9 reviews
14 stars
attended Apr 21 2012

The acting was outstanding...the set simple but lovely. Just a delightful evening

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5 reviews
1 stars
attended May 05 2012

Amazing local theater. Casting was excellent and each character was well acted. Great entertainment.

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5 reviews
8 stars
attended Apr 21 2012

Excellent acting in an excellent play.

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Directed by Craig Allen Mummey, featuring David Dubov, Rebecca Ellis, Doug Krehbel, Steve LaRocque, Leah Mazade, Stephanie Mumford, Laura Russell, and Alyssa Sanders.


Dancing at Lughnasa_ opened on Broadway in October, 1991 and won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play.

This extraordinary play, widely regarded as Friel’s masterpiece, is the study of five unmarried sisters, named for Friel’s mother and sisters, (“those five brave, Glenties women”) who live in a modest cottage in Donegal. On the threshold of the autumn of 1936, the household revolves around the eight year old love-child, Michael, and the Mundy brother priest, Uncle Jack, recently returned from 25 years in a leper colony in Uganda. Ancient tribal customs and Christian beliefs clash as the autumnal fires celebrating the Harvest God, Lugh, bathe the high grass in golden light and distant music on the radio floats across the fields.

The sisters, with unfailing courage and sweet forgiveness dance in a wild, final celebration of their way of life before it changes forever.