The Weir | Irish American Heritage Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader
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When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 17 2010
Price: $22-$26
Conor McPherson's 1997 gab-fest about ghosts and regrets is less impressive than his more recent work, especially 2006's The Seafarer. But Seanachai Theatre Company's low-key, handsome production has charm and heart. It takes a while for Matt Miller's five-member ensemble to find their rural Irish rhythms, but, once they settle in, there's an old-shoe comfort to their tales--which is then upended by Sarah Wellington's beautifully rendered revelation of the tragedy that haunts her character, Valerie, a newcomer to town. Brad Armacost initially overplays the stage-Irish qualities of Jack, an aging bachelor, but he pulls together the denouement with sorrowful compassion; Jeff Christian's mama's-boy handyman aches with incipient loss and confusion. --Kerry Reid



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