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When: Tuesdays-Sundays. Continues through Feb. 22 2009

For most of its 90-minute first act, Conor McPherson's 2006 play--about a pair of aging, alcoholic brothers moldering in their suburban Dublin basement--delivers the booze-soaked pathos one expects from great Irish storytelling. Blind fussbudget Richard (John Mahoney) and his long-suffering caretaker Sharky (Francis Guinan) plan a mirthless Christmas Eve with hapless neighbor Ivan (played with bumbling grace by Alan Wilder). But just as the trio's tortuous, intricate relations begin to jell into tragedy under the methodical urgency of Randall Arney's direction, McPherson interjects a supernatural twist that renders his human tale largely incidental. Still, the cast's meticulous performances make the hijacked narrative compelling. --Justin Hayford

Price: $20-$70


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