Saturday, November 22, 2008

Dublin Carol (Steppenwolf Theatre) - 11/22/08

Conor McPherson's lovely "Dublin Carol" is being given a truly wonderful production by the Steppenwolf. I had seen this play in its premier showing at the Royal Court Theatre in London. There, I was moved by the melancholy of the play (about an undertaker dealing with a life gone wrong), but was also underwhelmed by the static staging and looming sense of preciousness. In the hands of the "heart on their sleeves" players at the Steppenwolf, the play has acquired much needed accessibility and humor that makes the heartbreak that much more heartbreaking. The trio of performances here, which include CSI's William Petersen, are top-notch.

Rating: **** (out of *****)

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