Bainbridge Island Review


Island Theatre presents 'The Weir' this weekend

October 26, 2012 · Updated 10:38 AM

Just in time for Halloween, Island Theatre at the Library presents “The Weir” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 and Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Bainbridge Public Library.

"The Weir," a 1997 play by Conor McPherson, will be directed by Kate Carruthers. The cast is Tony Gasbarri, Jim Anderson, John Ellis, Ken Enright, and Ann Wilkinson Ellis

In the play, a group of locals gathers at a small village pub in Western Ireland  to enjoy a pint, shots and “fags,” when Valerie, a mysterious newcomer to the area, appears with cocksure businessman Finbar who is showing her the area and introducing the locals. As the wind moans outside, a cozy fire and an excess of liquor warm the room and its occupants. Gradually, the usual jokes and banter among friends gives way to personal stories of faeries, hauntings, the paranormal and tragedy.

"The Weir" won the Critic Circle Award, The Evening Standard Award, and the Lawrence Olivier BBC Award as the Best New Play in 1999.

McPherson is one of Ireland's most produced playwrights. Other plays by McPherson include "The Good Thief," "Port Authority" and "The Seafarer."

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