“JANETMILLER IS MY KIND OF DIRECTOR…GOODPEOPLENAILED IT…” (Stage and Cinema)
“…EXTRAORDINARYENSEMBLEWORK…” (Frontiers LA)
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Dublin. 1964. Meet Alfie Byrne, a bus conductor with a poet’s heart.
In the morning he dispenses tickets and Oscar Wilde’s best verse to his regulars. After work, St. Imelda’s amateur theatricals are his passion. And, much to his sister’s distress, he cooks. Foreign things. With parsley on top.
Everyone knows Alfie can be maddeningly eccentric. But they follow him devotedly, because Alfie has a gift. He knows the difference between “real” life—working hard for his bread—and “true” life, where he works even harder to make art for his friends.
Sounds tidy enough, right? But there is just one problem.
Alfie is loved. But he’s not truly seen.
By his own choice, he is hiding in plain sight. A respectable cypher. A self-fashioned man of no importance. His secret has been kept safe these forty years—until he becomes bewitched by a princess. And not some black Irish lass, mind you, but the gorgeous and misunderstood Salome of Oscar Wilde’s transgressive imagination.
Well, when Alfie shows up with Salome at St. Imelda’s parish hall, all hell breaks loose. Truths tumble out, and judgments fly. But when the accounts of friendship are reckoned, Alfie’s true goodness, and his quiet philosophy—“you just have to love who you love”—wins out.
Winner of NYC’s Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE is a tender and beautifully woven tale of love, friendship and coming to terms with who we are.