A Thriller in Rhyme
in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theatre
By Ronán Noone
Directed by Conor Bagley
Starring Michael Mellamphy
“terrific one-man, one-act play… Mellamphy is a dynamic presence, shifting easily among male and female roles and a variety of accents, while showing off some damn impressive cocktail-mixing moves.” – Ken Marks, The New Yorker
“Rarely has a man’s moral decline been made so purely entertaining to watch.” – Theatermania
It’s 2023. Tim Finnegan is an Irish immigrant trying to make it as a writer on Amity, an affluent summer colony in Massachusetts, where tensions flare between the migrant and local communities after a fatal car crash. When he loses his job as a bartender, Tim gets drawn into the dark underbelly of the island. The Smuggler examines how far one man will go to restore his self-respect and asks the question, “What does it mean to be an American citizen?”
Written entirely in rhymed verse, Ronán Noone won the Best Playwright Award for this gripping, playful, and strikingly original work at Origin Theatre’s 1st Irish Festival in 2019. The 2020 production of The Smuggler was canceled due to the COVID-19 shutdown – Irish Rep is proud to return to this production and bring it to our stage this winter.
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Irish Rep Members get early access to all shows plus 20% off ticket prices. Complimentary tickets are available to Irish Rep members beginning at the Partner level. Learn about membership here.
The Smuggler is an Official Selection of the Origin 1st Irish 2023 Theatre Festival. For Festival Info, visit origintheatre.org.
“Mellamphy dazzles for 85 minutes… It is physical acting at its highest level as Mellamphy visually and vocally soars.” – Theaterscene
“When the thrills come, they pack a wallop.” – Talkin’ Broadway
“Mr. Mellamphy sustains this sense of urgency, and capably manages the balance of affability and darkness his role demands.” – The Sun
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*Irish Rep Members get early access to all shows plus 20% off ticket prices. Complimentary tickets are available to Irish Rep members beginning at the Partner level. Learn about membership here.