Being drunk on Christmas Eve is not a necessary event but it often helps survive the holiday. Just ask the scruffy blokes who inhabit the space that could pass for a flat in the seamy side of Dublin where lumpy and bumpy seem to characterize their existence. Plop yourself down, if you dare, on that well used sofa, being careful to not fall on the legions of discarded liquor bottles and beer cans strewn about for color. Martha Stewart is not coming any time soon and don't look for anything too cheery to boast about for the Christmas holiday.
The flat is
peopled with a sad lot of humanity, mostly drunk and hardly ever sober.
Enter the world craftily created by Conor McPherson in his play
“The Seafarer,” being brought to entertaining life by the New Haven
Theater Company from November 20-22, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at
One of Ireland’s best known contemporary playwrights, McPherson has
skillfully drawn a motley crew of characters with his sharpened quill.
It’s Christmas Eve and what better way to celebrate the savior’s birth
then with a bottle or three of whiskey and a rousing game of poker. The
stakes for the game are exceptionally high, even if most of the players
Jim Lones is wonderfully wrapped in the role
of Richard, a curmudgeon recently blinded in a freak accident, who loves
to make his brother “Sharky” (J. Kevin Smith) dance to his piper’s
Their poor friend Ivan (Steve Scarpa) seeks refuge at their place, to
give himself time to sober up and only manages to make his home
situation mountains worse. He is clearly afraid to face his wife Karen
and his children. To stir up a little fun and mischief, Richard invites
his brother’s nemesis Nicky
(Peter Chenot) over to share a brew, the man “Sharky” blames for much
of his disappointing life and Nicky, in turn, introduces a stranger
into their pathetic Christmas pageant. Will the unknown Mr. Lockhart
(George Kulp) be Scrooge or Santa or someone altogether different?
Deena Nicol-Blifford directs this Irish tale, peppered as it is with salty
language, with a firm and steady hand and a fine cast of talented
For tickets ($20), contact The New Haven Theater Company online at www.newhaventheatercompany.com.
theater is located inside the English Building Markets, 839 Chapel
Street, in downtown New Haven. This is the second anniversary at its
Pull up a chair, drink a drop of Irish in honor of the
holiday and ante up for a spirited game of chance where you may lose or
win much more than you bargained to wager.