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click to enlarge Bradley Grant Smith, Dan Waller, Sarah Wellington, and Brad Armacost

Bradley Grant Smith, Dan Waller, Sarah Wellington, and Brad Armacost

Emily Schwartz

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Jan. 22 2017
Price: $26-$30, $20-$25 students and seniors
irishtheatreofchicago.org
Here’s a real knife in the heart from the Irish Theatre of Chicago. In Conor McPherson’s The Weir, a night of serious drinking is under way up at Brendan’s pub in Northern Ireland. With a cold wind blowing off the sea, two regulars, Jack and Jim, plop down at the bar to wet their whistles, and these are men who know every old house in the area down to the last floorboard, who can recall from memory the entire history of every clan in Sligo. In walks the tycoon Finbar, a married man, with a Dublin woman named Valerie on his arm. What follows might be called a seance; beginning with a few ghost stories, the night finally concludes at the outer limits of emotional beauty and honesty. I’ve never seen anything like Brad Armacost as Jack, but really each actor’s performance is a triumph. —Max Maller

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