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Review from joans
Red Velvet 137 events 45 reviews

One could pay more, go to Broadway or London, but theatre does not get any better than this local production of Dancing at Lughnasa! First, the play itself is outstanding in its construction. The simultaneous presence, on the periphery, of the...continued

reviewed May 20 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Greg H
Red Velvet 59 events 43 reviews

Most characters in this show are just alright, with standout performances by Maggie and the old man. The accents were way off, and the dance sequences (the whole point of the title) seems lackluster. Not much a feel of 'old' Ireland either, but...continued

reviewed May 06 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Goldstar Member
27 events 9 reviews

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

reviewed Apr 21 2012 report as inappropriate
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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.

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