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The Devil Went Down to Dublin

Conor McPherson's The Seafarer is one of the most well-known Irish plays of the last decade. The devilishly wicked script concerns Sharky, a down-on-his-luck man returning home to care for his brother, Richard, who's recently gone blind. The two sit around on Christmas Eve and trade barbs with a pair of friends over drinks and cards. As the evening dwindles, a mysterious gambler appears. It becomes apparent that the stakes he's playing for are much more dear than cash. With this premise, McPherson expertly crafts a story that has many of the familiar staples of Irish theater: biting wit, impending doom and questions of the realm of the real vs. the otherworldly. Mother Road Theatre Company has taken on the production under the direction of Gil Lazier. It's part of the Southwest Irish Theater Fest, and this weekend marks Seafarer's last four performances. They’re staged at The Filling Station (1024 Fourth Street SW), with the first happening tonight at 8 p.m.