11/5/2007: The Seafarer was an unexpected ticket (thanks, friend who couldn't use their ticket!). If you’ll recall, the last Conor McPherson play I saw was Shining City and I still wish someone would tell me what that play was about. Anyway, The Seafarer is very similar in that it has wonderful acting, excellent scenework, terrific monologues, good storytelling and yet—what? What is this play for? Why is it happening? What’s it about? I have no idea. I guess the answer is I just don’t ‘get’ Conor McPherson. I mean, I suppose I have a few vague ideas about this one, which is more than I could say for Shining City, but I find the ambiguity here more annoying than interesting or invigorating.
David Morse (who I have loved for nearly 30 years, thanks to St. Elsewhere) is excellent as a down-on-his luck Irishman who has returned home to care for his blind brother (a quirky and wonderful performance here by Jim Norton [he ended up winning a Tony for this performance]). It’s Christmas Eve and a few other colorful characters appear, along with someone from David Morse’s past. I can’t say much more because it will be a big spoiler. But I will say that the big spoiler didn’t really work for me in the first act, but I did feel some tension and excitement in the second act. The card game was occasionally chilling and Ciaran Hinds was quite wonderful.
|photo credit: Sara Krulwich|
For further reading:
Review of The Night Alive: HERE
Review of revival of Shining City: HERE