James O Neill sailed to America from the South East of Ireland in 1850 where he had a successful career as an actor. So it was fitting that the first professional production of a work by his famous son, Eugene should have an Irish premiere in Waterford. Luminaries from the Irish theatre scene and local arts and business community turned out to fill the house for the opening night of A Moon for the Misbegotten directed by Ben Barnes at the Theatre Royal last night.
|James O Neill|
|Donald Sage Mackay|
The production is visually very pleasing. Joe Vanek's tall triangular farmhouse set inspired by the paintings of Andrew Wyeth, frames the action evoking 1920's rural Conneticut. Over the course of the play the Anne Wrightsons' striking lighting effects bathe the set in a palette of orange, blue and sand as day turns to night. I
'May you rest in peace forever in forgiveness and peace' Josie's words to a departing Jim steer an evening of turbulent, powerful emotions to a conclusion of peace at last.
Final night in Waterford Sat 12th March moving to Belfast and Rochester NY
|Pennsylvania Barn Wyeth|