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The Seafarer

 



A hardened alcoholic returns to his Dublin home to care for his brother in this new play starring Matthew Broderick.

From the producers: After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.

Author Conor McPherson's plays include "The Weir," "Port Authority," "The Night Alive" and "Girl from the North Country." "The Seafarer" premiered in 2006 at the Cottesloe auditorium of London's Royal National Theatre, receiving a 2007 Olivier Award nomination for Best Play. The Broadway production opened in 2007 at the Booth Theatre, garnering multiple Tony Award nominations in 2008. and winning one for Featured Actor in a Play (Jim Norton).

"The Seafarer" stars two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick ("The Producers," "It's Only a Play"). Broderick returns to Irish Rep - and a McPherson work - after headlining "Shining City" in 2016. He is joined on stage by Colin McPhillamy, Michael Mellamphy, Andy Murray and Tim Ruddy. Ciarán O’Reilly directs.


What is the Irish Rep? Occasionally, a group of artists finds a large room somewhere in the city, and settles down there for a decade or so to stage the plays that they like, in the manner that they enjoy making them. That's the case here. Though it's one of the smaller shops among the long-running Off-Broadway companies, these folks have been staging Irish drama in these rooms for 25 years, and the enjoyment can be infectious. More here.

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