THEATER: Ghent Playhouse Becomes an Irish Pub for “The Weir” [Berkshire on Stage]

January 21st, 2016, 3:00 pm by Sara
Monica Brady, Donald Dolan & John Wallace in The Weit. Rehearsal photos by Dan Region.

Monica Brady, Donald Dolan & John Wallace in “The Weir” (Rehearsal photos by Dan Region)

The award-winning play, The Weir, by playwright Conor McPherson, will mark its regional premier when it opens at the Ghent Playhouse in Ghent on Friay (January 22) and runs through Sunday, February 7. Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm; Sunday matinee performances at 2pm. The production will be directed by Aaron Holbritter.

The drama, set in a rural Irish pub, revolves around reminiscences and the kind of banter that comes from men who have a shared upbringing. Four friends sharing drinks and stories of their personal experiences and those of others in the area in an attempt to impress a pretty newcomer to the area named Valerie. Soon their conversations, combined with more than a few drinks, turn to stories with a supernatural twist, arising from the popular preoccupations of Irish folklore: ghosts, faeries and mysterious happenings. But when Valerie tells her own story: the reason why she has left Dublin, her undoubtedly true and melancholy tale shocks the men who soon become softer, kinder and more real, leading to salvation and an eventual happy ending for two of the characters.

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