The Seafarer: Chicago Premiere of Irish Drama at Steppenwolf
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The last date listed for The Seafarer was Sunday January 11, 2009 / 7:30pm.
Currently at Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre
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Featured review from Nathan Wonder
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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.
Steppenwolf Theatre Company presents _The Seafarer _by Conor McPherson, directed by ensemble member Randall Arney. The production features ensemble members Francis Guinan, Tom Irwin, John Mahoney and Alan Wilder with Randall Newsome.
It’s Christmas Eve in Dublin. In the rundown house where Sharky cares for his blind brother, old acquaintances gather for a card game—joined by an ominous stranger. As the booze flows and the game intensifies, Sharky discovers he is playing for his soul. In this eerie, darkly humorous tale, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson examines how we face the demons of our past as we struggle to find redemption.
The Seafarer makes its Chicago premiere following a critically-acclaimed Broadway run.
Born in Dublin, playwright Conor McPherson’s plays include include The Seafarer (premiered on Broadway in 2007), Poor Beast in the Rain, Port Authority, Dublin Carol (premiered on Broadway in 2002), The Weir (premiered on Broadway in 1999), St Nicholas and This Lime Tree Bower. Mr. McPherson won London’s prestigious Olivier Award for _The Weir _and received a Tony nomination for Shining City.
Ensemble member Randall Arney has directed Conor McPherson’s The Weir at L.A.’s Geffen Playhouse, where he serves as Artistic Director. Other directing credits include Atlanta, Speed the Plow, All My Sons, Take Me Out, I Just Stopped by to See the Man, Boy Gets Girl and God’s Man In Texas. Steppenwolf Broadway transfers under his leadership include The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Song of Jacob Zulu (six Tony Award nominations) and The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Award winner).
The design team for The Seafarer includes: Takeski Kata (sets), Janice Pytel (costumes), Daniel Ionazzi (lights) and Richard Woodbury (sound). Christine D. Freeburg is the Stage Manager and Rose Marie Packer is the Assistant Stage Manager.