The Seafarer | Den Theatre | Theater & Performance, Holiday Events | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 8 2014
Price: $21-$30
Conor McPherson's 2006 play unfolds in the squalid home of Irish brothers Richard, a petulant drunk who's recently lost his eyesight, and Sharky, a hotheaded drunk who's recently lost his job. They spend Christmas Eve playing poker with neighboring drunks Ivan and Nicky, as well as a suave stranger who turns out to be the devil come to collect Sharky's soul. It may not sound like ideal holiday fare, but McPherson supplies a kind of provisional redemption that feels more earned and far more genuine than what you'll find in most entertainment options this time of year. Matt Miller's fine staging for Seanachai Theatre Company is beautifully acted, particularly by an energetically cranky Brad Armacost as Richard and a touchingly befuddled Ira Amyx as Ivan. —Zac Thompson



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