Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Molly Maguire"

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"Molly Maguire"

by Jon Lipsky
Directed by Carmel O'Reilly

Production Design by Michelle Boll & John MacKenzie
Set Design by J. Michael Griggs
Lighting Design by Neil Anderson
Costume Design by Sarah Chapman
Sound Design by Julie Pittman
Fight Choreographer Robert Walsh
Mask Design & Construction by Sam Chapman
Production Stage Manager Aimee Ricciardone

Jim Kelly.....................................Derry Woodhouse
Maura Kelly..........................................Jennie Israel
Jack Kehoe.........................................Billy Meleady
Maryann.................................................Stacy Rock
James McKenna/Franklin B. Gowen...Victor Warren
Father/ Chairman of Union........Paul Patrick Murphy
Neighbor/ Sergeant Belfry......................Liz Robbins

This is a review I probably should not try to write. I had taken a muscle-relaxant to stave off back-spasms, and just before I got to the theatre I took a dose of cough-suppressant to keep my loud voice from interrupting the play. The combination sent me so drowsy I couldn't concentrate on the production, and only snatches remained on my way home. I do know it was a very intense play, told in short, sharp scenes and moved along by a capella folk-songs that, even though the Pennsylvania coalfields setting of 1875-78 had a compelling harmony. What I recall most is the Neil Anderson's murky lighting of J. Michael Griggs' dingy, underground mine-shaft setting, the loud "droppings" of water from Julie Pittman's sound equipment, and ritual warnings and red flashes as explosions shook coal loose deep within the oppressive mine. The union and anti-union emotions, the Pinkerton spies and the desperation of men I know tore families apart and shattered society with insults and shunning. I remember thinking "This is like Brecht" which for me was a compliment --- but what I mostly thought was "I should come back tomorrow night after a full night's rest and maybe I can do this show justice!" Apologies to one and all.

Love,
===Anon.


"Molly Maguire" (4 - 20 April)
SUGAN THEATRE CO.
Boston Center for The Arts, 539 Tremont Street. BOSTON, MA
1(617)497-5134


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