The Shadow of A Gunman | Irish American Heritage Center | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

The Shadow of A Gunman Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks Recommended The Short List (Theater)

When: Thursdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2011

In 1920, during Ireland's guerrilla war for independence, a young poet allows himself to be mistaken for an IRA gunman in order to impress a girl. The first act of this 1923 debut by Irish activist-turned-playwright Sean O'Casey plays like a light comedy--and drags a bit in John Mossman's staging for Seanachai Theatre Company. But the hammer falls in act two, when British soldiers raid the poet's rooming house and the girl gets killed. Mossman and a strong cast vividly evoke the queasy terror of life on the receiving end of counter-insurgency--Did the ex-roommate leave behind a hidden cache of bombs? Is the downstairs neighbor a rat? Is the hyped-up soldier who just kicked in your door going to shoot you?--while skillfully navigating act two's hairpin turns. --Dan Weissmann

Price: $24-$28

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