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.
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Mother Road opens doors to the public in advance of its September production
Taps flowed, pizza was passed around and old friends joked together in the basement of JC’s NYPD pizzeria. As the cast and crew of Mother Road Theatre Company’s upcoming production of The Killer Angels gathered for its first rehearsal, the air hummed. I felt that familiar flutter as the first page of the script turned. Here we go! I thought to myself. This is the best part—the part where the magic of making a play all begins.
A Fish Called Water
It's the time of year when just about anything that falls under the spectrum of "theater" also falls under that of "Christmas." A lot of people like this, as evidenced by big turnouts at classic seasonal productions. For everyone else, there's Mother Road Theatre Company's The Memory of Water, being staged at The Filling Station (1024 Fourth Street SW). The play, written by Shelagh Stephenson and directed by Mark Hisler and Vic Browder, tells the story of three British sisters bonding with each other in the wake of their mother's death. There's also ghosts, pot and booze. Should get your mind off Yuletide schmaltz in no time. Tonight’s performance is at 8 p.m.
An exceptional pair of plays
Take two of the city’s finest actors, shake them together with an inspired and masterful theater company, slather on a large dollop of Academy Award-winning talent, and the chances you’ll end up with something satisfying and delectable are all but guaranteed. Such is the case with Mother Road Theatre Company’s newest offering, Virtual Reality.