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A Whistle in the Dark


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In 1960, Dublin's Abbey Theatre rejected Irish playwright Tom Murphy's debut effort. It's not difficult to see why: this hard look at a violence-prone working-class Irish family eking out a living in Coventry, England, pulls no punches. Nor is it surprising, given Murphy's gifts as a storyteller, that one year later the same play would be a hit in London. In Seanachai Theatre Company's spirited if sometimes slow-moving revival, director Jeff Christian and his cast, who range from good to great, succeed at re-creating Murphy's relentlessly unsentimental world. Even when "Da" sings a sweet old Irish air, we sense the cruelty and barely suppressed anger behind his beguiling lilt and tear-filled eyes. Through 5/14: Thu-Fri 8:30 PM, Sat 8 PM, Sun 3:30 PM, Victory Gardens Theater, first-floor studio, 2257 N. Lincoln, 773-871-3000, $24-$28.

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