Season In Union Square
“McPherson’s profoundly felt humanism makes the piece warming on some deep, maybe even soul-deep, level.” -Time Out
by Conor McPherson
directed by Ciarán O’Reilly
June 30- September 6, 2015
At the DR2 Theatre in Union Square
In a remote country pub in Ireland, newcomer Valerie arrives and becomes spellbound by an evening of ghostly stories told by the local bachelors who drink there. With a whiff of sexual tension in the air and the wind whistling outside, what starts out as blarney soon turns dark as the tales drift into the realm of the supernatural. Then, Valerie reveals a startling story of her own….
Conor McPherson’s The Weir is a haunting evocative evening in the theatre you will never forget.
Superb… The intimacy of the production, gracefully directed by Ciaran O’Reilly, is a signal asset… this enticing production, provides audiences an evening in very good company indeed. –The New York Times
“This haunting, haunted play still smolders… a sneak attack of a play.” The New Yorker
“Conor McPherson’s The Weir provides a welcome respite from the summer heat: There’s nothing like tales of the supernatural to send chills down your spine…(It) reminds us that our memories can haunt us more powerfully than any ghosts.” -The New York Post
Some shows are even better another time around. As much as I liked the 2013 production by the Irish Repertory Theatre of Conor McPherson’s The Weir this new revival seems an improvement that has left me further in awe. –Wolf Entertainment Guide
And of the our original production…
“The Weir, invites us to re-examine the theater, and to ask ourselves what we seek from stories and those who tell them.”
– New York Times
“The Weir proves to be a profound meditation on the twin themes of loneliness and community, told so theatrically that you’ll savor each peat-scented phrase.” -The Wall Street Journal
“For shivers, laughs and a night of master storytelling, you cannot top The Weir…there’s no better A/C than the chill going up your spine” -Time Out Theater
“(It) has a power that sneaks up on you like a stealthy specter.”– New York Daily News
“an elegant, funny, moving distillation and celebration of the uniquely Irish way with words” -The New Yorker
“an engaging ghost story that actually merits the accolade ‘haunting.’” (****) -Bloomberg News
“McPherson’s deceptively simple barroom tale-spinner—where affably damaged countryfolk (and one out-of-place Dubliner) tank up, tell ghost stories, and reveal themselves—is as potent a dram of pure theater as one could ask for”.
–New York Magazine