After "Morlan---naturalness" I wrote: "He gradually unfolds to an expansive jovial fellow who, in the last act, meets Ian, who has come from a novice therapist to a man hiding from who he is." Also Neasa, fighting for her man is repeated twice.
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In the second act, we see Ian, in a violent confrontation with his pwmwife Neasa (Kerrie Blaisdell). He's determined to leave her and their baby. Act 3 is virtually a monologue in which John mumbles obsessively about his passion for Vivian. In Act 4 Ian has a homosexual encounter with a gentle male prostitute, Laurence (Benjamin Keepers). The play's stunning finale bringsJohn and Ian together again.
Conor McPherson, whose plays include several award-wunning ghost stories (The Weir& The Seaferer) doesn't write specifically about the faith he lost at age 15 but his tormented priest embodies it and, in the end, cannot escape it.
Stephen Sachs directs this production with his customary passion. Morlan Higgins plays John in a towering performance underlined by its naturalness. He gradually unfolds to an expansive jovial fellow who, in the last act, meets Ian, who has come from a novice therapist to a man hiding from who he is. Benjamin Keepers plays Laurence, a shabby sweet drug addict. Kerrie Blaisdell is Nessa, a woman fighting for her man.
The title stands for the elusive goal for which we all strive. It you see one play this year, let it be this one.
Editor's Note: For a review of the play in New York and in Chicago go here