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St. Ann's Warehouse

St. Ann's Warehouse

I read a great review in the NYTimes http://nyti.ms/sxLKH3 of this play and decided it was one I couldn’t miss. That was wise of me. I had never been to St. Ann’s Warehouse before and was impressed with the venue. It’s a big space with riser seating which is always good as big tall people usually sit right in front of me and with risers this doesn’t matter. The play was written and directed by Enda Walsh, an Irishman and was co-produced by the Galway Arts Festival Production and Landmark Productions and this production was the American Premiere. The composer of the very good and effective music is Donnacha Dennehy of the Crash Ensemble in Dublin. The solo performer was Cillian Murphy (with recorded voices of his mother, Edel and a few other characters). The entire stage was used, side to side and top to bottom. It looked like a huge warehouse with small settings of home kitchen, workspace and a cemetery with crosses made of soda cans. The story was of Thomas Magill, an innocent and desperate young man trying to be good and moral by finding God and spreading The Word. He was mocked by his neighbors, hit on by a waitress and lost his mind. We see this madness begin when he can’t turn off the singing, “Everybody Loves Somebody” by Doris Day. Who wouldn’t go mad over that? The barking dogs, the vision of an angel, the mocking neighbors all serve as a catalyst for his descent. I found the entire production fascinating.