ITC’s 2016-17 Season

The Weir | New Irish Voices Festival | Little Thing Big Thing fbook_head

THE WEIR

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH FEBRUARY 4th!

By Conor McPherson
Directed by Siiri Scott
at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago (2nd Floor)
Run Time: 95 Minutes with NO INTERMISSION

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FOUR ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES:
Wednesday Feb 1st @ 8pm
Thursday Feb 2nd @ 8pm
Friday Febuary 3rd @ 8pm
Saturday February 4th @ 3pm 

The arrival of a mysterious single woman from Dublin upsets the balance among the men who frequent a tiny pub in rural Ireland.
Pints in hand, they vie to impress her with tales of the supernatural – but what starts as stories of ghosts and fairies leads to revelations about love and loss, forging bonds of friendship and illuminating the healing powers of community and kindness.

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Irish Theatre of Chicago proudly presents a revival of their hit Jeff Awards-recommended 2010 production of Conor McPherson’s THE WEIR, featuring original cast members Brad Armacost, Jeff Christian, Sarah Wellington, and Brad Smith with Dan Waller.


CHICAGO SUN TIMES
“Ideal for a cold winter’s night… A haunting, beautifully written play with a light, comedic touch and a deep lived-in feel… All the performances fit easily into McPherson’s world. Wellington is quietly understated as Valerie, a women looking to find a sort of redemption after a searing tragedy in her life. Weller is finely tuned bluster as Finbar, a man about town who may or may not know his own limits. But it is Armacost, whose performance is one you won’t soon forget. He is riveting as the jovial elder statesman of the group who years earlier lost his one chance at romance. You can’t take your eyes off him… In the end, “The Weir” is not merely a series of chilling stories filled with Irish myth and magic; it goes much deeper than that. It’s about the future and all the things that a person must face alone. And it’s about community, about the moments of friendship, which pull these people together and offer respite even as the loneliness, grief and regret continue to hover in their corner of the Irish countryside. RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


CHICAGO TRIBUNE
“A suitably wistful end to a year filled with upheavals and losses… It’s a sturdy and resonant night out that hits the spot between forced holday cheer and grim cold winter gloom… Merje Veski’s detailed set is filled with old photos and furnishings just tatty enough to suggest that Brendan’s watering hole is more a man cave than a going concern… Joe Court’s howling-wind sound design suggests the damp loneliness of the night just outside the door… A suitable holiday show… Finding comfort and joy, or at least a bit of momentary solace, among our fellow beings (whether family, friends or strangers) might be the only way we get through this thing called life. What happens on the other side of the veil will have to remain a mystery. RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


EDGE MEDIA
“On a cold winter’s night, in the intimate confines of the Den, Irish Theatre of Chicago wonderfully captures the play and all its appeal. Aly Renee Amidei’s subtle, effective costume design simultaneously distinguishes the characters… Merje Veski’s set skillfully creates the fractured, falling-down world of the pub, just as Joe Court’s barely-there sound design dislodges the action from the here and now to whenever… But it’s the adept, reverent treatment of the play’s language that carries the day. Not a single line of dialogue feels artificial, and just as importantly, not a single moment of silence feels empty. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


NEW CITY STAGE
The pub is cozy, the brogue is thick: this is a production that looks and feels like rural Ireland… This is a very natural feeling production and director Siiri Scott engages the audience at every level. Armacost is brilliant… his final story is a powerful commentary on the haunting nature of regret. RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


THE READER
“In The Weir, a night of serious drinking is under way up at Brendan’s pub. What follows might be called a seance; beginning with a few ghost stories, the night finally concludes at the outer limits of emotional beauty and honesty. I’ve never seen anything like Brad Armacost as Jack, but really each actor’s performance is a triumph. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


THIRD COAST REVIEW
“The Weir isn’t your typical Christmas play, but I’ll take it any day over the traditional treacly tales that grace our stages this time of year. The cast of this 105-minute spellbinder, directed by Siiri Scott, features some of Chicago’s finest actors. The Weir is a story of losses and missed connections, with a hint of hope at the end… Through the course of the play, four of the five characters tell their own stories, in a tour-de-force demonstration of the Irish talent. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


WINDY CITY TIMES
“Irish Theater of Chicago lives up to its baptismal name of “Seanachai” (Gaelic for “storyteller”) under the deft direction of Siiri Scott, who ensures that no moment is wasted nor any narrative advancement rushed to its conclusion. On dark winter nights when winds howl and restless souls walk, playgoers will find welcome refuge in this shabby oasis tucked into Wicker Park’s Den Theater. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” ~ read full review


New Irish Voices Festival

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February 9 – February 24, 2017

Performed at Chief O’Neill’s Pub and Restuarant, 
3471 North Elston Avenue in Chicago

ITC presents three weekends of works from Ireland’s most exciting young playwrights, with pieces never before seen in the USA. These fully-staged readings, performed by members of the ITC ensemble with select guest artists, will offer audiences a new play every week, and the chance to spend intimate evenings with some of the freshest voices in Irish theater.

Plays, casts, and directors TBA

 


LITTLE THING BIG THING


littlebigboxMay 17 – June 25, 2017

A Midwest Premiere
Written by Donal O’Kelly, Directed by Jeff Christian
Starring ITC ensemble members Brad Armacost and Jamie Young

Performed at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago

Brad Armacost and Jamie Young play multiple roles in this cloak-and-dagger comedy involving a botched robbery of the Virgin Mary and a secret roll of film that brings together an ex-convict and a nun for a series of escapades in an unforgettable tale of goodness, guilt, and an aching backside.