Rory & the Devil

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

world premiere
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Review by anonymous

June 15, 2019 certified reviewer
tagged as: murder · revenge · suspicion · family · Irish · War · story

What I liked

A lot. Great story played by great characters. There’s a lot in this play to pick apart, and even though it’s not a mystery there are still twists and turns you’ll be surprised to see. The acting was incredible, and their commitment to the story brought this play to life. Definitely deserves awards.

What I didn't like

Irish accents. I know I’m being picky, but sometimes it was distracting when it wasn’t fully right. Maybe try the play without the accents just to see how it feels? It does seem kind of baked in to the suspension of disbelief though… tough call.

My overall impression

Don’t fuck with family. The play, set during The Northern Ireland Troubles, is a tale of a murderous reunion. A story that keeps repeating itself, in the best of ways, told over and over from generation to generation. An “Irishman ghost” that comes back to save the day. When you first enter, you don’t really feel like you’ve entered a pub. Then you spot the bar with old counter-tops. After awhile the audience starts to banter as if they’re at a bar, be sure to grab yourself a drink before you enter. After about peak “bar feel”, the actors begin to take the stage and slowly interact with each other. Collin Callaghan (played by Brennan Murray) starts to break the 4th wall as he describes the details of the pub. You begin to forget that you’re in a small white room, and the characters leave one by one after they’re introduced. Collin leaves the pub after introducing himself last, and you feel as if you’re a fly on the pub wall as you watch Rory and the Devil unfold.

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