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The WEIR

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L-R: Jerry Praver, Sharyn Young, Blake Spiller, Rick Bruce

photos by Iain MacAdam

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The Fourth Show of Our 37th Season

The W E I R

by Conor McPherson

A Spellbinding and Haunting Tale-Spinner!

Sep 27 thru Nov 3, 2013

The Pewter Plough Playhouse presents The WEIR, by Conor McPherson, one of the most acclaimed plays of the past decade, an eerie and spellbinding tale of ghosts, spirits and Irish fairies, steeped in the supernatural; while more deeply, it is a moving, funny and engrossing tale of loss, love, missed opportunities and our yearning for human connections! In an Irish country pub on a dark and blustery night, several fellow regulars gather round the fireplace spinning spooky and amazing stories, with typical Irish bravado, each successively more gripping than the one before, trying to impress a mysterious woman stranger from Dublin. Her presence in this male bastion and her own mesmerizing story prompts the others to emotionally unburden themselves, keeping these characters and the audience simply enthralled! We feel the warmth, pain and desires of these characters, while they poke fun at each other, as the Irish typically do. A wondrously compelling and witty drama, with a strong sense of heart and humanity, that is thought-provoking and captures the essence of Irish culture!

Since first premiering in London in 1997, the play has been hailed with a remarkable number of accolades! Rarely does a new play elicit these kinds of incredible comments (see quotations below). It won a place on the Royal National Theatre's Survey of the Twentieth Century's 100 Most Significant Plays, won the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for 'Best New Play', the Critics' Circle/Evening Standard (London) 'Most Promising Playwright' Award (for its author) and was a hit on Broadway running for eight months. During the past few months, it has enjoyed a phenomenally acclaimed revival at the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York City.

Conor McPherson has become one of the outstanding Irish playwrights of our time, he has an ingenious way with words and his stories are rich and vivid. The writing in The Weir is a grand testament to the enduring power of storytelling and imagination. Some of his other plays are Shining City, The Seafarer and The Night Alive. Incidentally, the weir of the title refers to a small dam; one located near the pub, symbolizing the ebb and flow of these stories and the characters' lives.

"A rich mix of storytelling, humor and pathos... director Sandy Bosworth has inspired her cast to take the gripping play and run with it...a challenge well-met" — Joan Crowder, The Cambrian and The Tribune, Oct 3, 2013. Click here to read the full review.

"A rich mix of storytelling, humor and pathos... director Sandy Bosworth has inspired her cast to take the gripping play and run with it...a challenge well-met" — Joan Crowder, The Cambrian and The Tribune, Oct 3, 2013. Click here to read the full review.

"A spellbinder that transfixes you...no praise in fact is too high" — The Guardian (London)

"Sheer theatrical magic...a modern classic...tremendous" — London Daily Telegraph

"Play of the decade...a modern masterpiece" — Daily Express (London)

"For shivers, laughs and a night of master storytelling, you cannot top 'The Weir'" — Time Out New York

"As potent a dram of pure theater as one could ask for" — Scott Brown, New York Magazine

Our cast features Rick Bruce, Jerry Praver, Sharyn Young and Blake Spiller, who have each performed on the PPP stage, the last three in various productions. This is Rick Bruce's debut as an actor at the Plough, having previously taken the stage as The Village Wizard. The director is Sandy Bosworth, who last directed Audience With Murder earlier this season and has directed a number of other plays at the Plough, including Wait Until Dark, Playhouse Creatures and The Mousetrap, as well as serving on our Board of Directors.

* Note: This play contains adult language.