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5115 Star Starred
The Lyceum Stage
79 Horton Plaza San Diego, CA 92101
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3.8 / 5 Rated by 13 members
Review from STown

Very enjoyable.

reviewed Nov 28 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from drama man

A dark Christmas play with the classic "devil comes a calling" theme.
The two brothers were outstanding.

reviewed Dec 12 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from kent swedell

I had heard the actors talking about the play on KPBS and was interested to see it. However, I didn't find the play followed all the plot talk on the radio in the hopeful manner they described it.

reviewed Dec 03 2009 report as inappropriate
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Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Delicia Turner-Sonnenburg

A one-of-a-kind comic-drama that has become a holiday hit on American stages from New York to Seattle since its dazzling Broadway debut in 2007.

In a forgotten corner of Northern Dublin on Christmas Eve, four old friends have gathered in a well-worn bungalow to face the holidays the only way they know how: with a bottle of whiskey and a deck of cards. A crusty old sot, recently blinded by dumpster diving on Halloween, is wielding a walking stick like a club while ferociously bellowing Christmas carols. His brother is on day two without a drink and his hair-trigger temper is barely in check. Neighborhood buddies join the fray, bringing a mysterious, natty stranger who wants a piece of the action. With eyebrows curling up diabolically, the newcomer’s sinister behavior raises the stakes to the highest level.

One of Ireland’s most celebrated young playwrights, Conor McPherson has a peculiar genius for writing gritty, rollicking, suspenseful, very funny and strangely seductive stories set on the foggy coast of northern Ireland, a magical part of the world where the natural and the supernatural, ghosts and ghost stories live side by side with the hard-living working man.

McPherson makes suspending skepticism about the supernatural easy and is not afraid to ask what is knowable and what is unknowable in life. His “reality” astonishes. When ghosts crash into the lives of ordinary people in The Seafarer, it’s the Prince of Darkness himself who knocks on the door. As McPherson says, “If God arrives at the door, the game is over, and it’s already a happy ending, isn’t it? But when you play with the devil, there’s more at stake. Besides, if you have the devil in the story, you automatically have God there, because you can’t have one without the other.”

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