Rory & the Devil

ensemble theatre · by david mcelwee · Ages 13+ · United States of America

world premiere
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June 09, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

RORY is a brilliantly spun one-act brought to magnificent life by a wildly talented group of actors. Equal parts historical melodrama and paean to the transcendent power of story, the taut script wastes no time in beckoning the viewer into the internecine extended family dynamics at play in an Irish pub in the 70s, then makes quick work of pulling the stool out from under us just as we’ve begun to settle in at the bar. The casting is superlative and each performer has his or her turn commanding our attention and breaking our hearts.

What I didn't like

The second-floor space can heat up a bit on a warm day, so be sure to wear short sleeves for daytime performances.

My overall impression

A bold and ambitious script beautifully articulated by spellbinding performances by all six cast members. Can’t recommend highly enough this engrossing new drama — it’s a truly arresting and devastating ninety minutes.

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