Male psyche uncovered

This Connor McPherson play brought him some acclaim in London during its initial production at the Bush theatre, setting up the young writer for the tremendous success of The Weir a couple of years later. Since then. it has remained unproduced until this fringe, so a revival seems well in order.

McPherson's capacity as a storyteller is quite evident here, in a trio of interweaving monologues told by men of different ages and experience. A teenage boy recounts his experience with a school mate who he hero- worships - a lad of rough and rebellious background who proves not to warrant admiration. Meanwhile. his older brother plots revenge against the local bookmaker, who is extracting painful repayments from a loan given to their father. A third man is the boyfriend of their sister, a misogynistic and arrogant university lecturer with a philandering nature. The three are brought together by a crime.

There's no shortage of humour to this performance, and although the narrative tension dips on a couple of occasions, there are enough surprises to keep you interested. McPherson’s insights into the male psyche are legion, and one can‘t help but admire the sense of detail in his descriptions, which bring alive the suburban Irish world described. Well performed and cleverly realised, this is well worth the admission

(Steve Cramer)

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