It’s a very real cast, grounded by a moody set and lighting that’ll have you wanting to spend your Christmas Eve in Ireland. AN IRISH CAROL is a lovely spin on the traditional Christmas tale surely on its way to becoming a classic in its own right.
The play, written by company member Matthew Keenan, is now in its sixth year. Infused periodically with new cast members, it deals with a disaffected and wealthy man who’s focused too much of his life on tending to his business and not enough on being a complete human being … AN IRISH CAROL has a profane and lyrical way with words. It’s a good fit with the Keegan repertoire, which has always been an Irish stew of mostly contemporary plays… The redone theater has both a modern and an intimate feel to it. It’s welcoming, like the company itself.
Come in from the cold, grab your pint, and enjoy The Keegan Theatre’s most recent staging of “An Irish Carol.” Written by Matthew Keenan and directed by Mark A. Rhea, the play is a delightful reimagining of Dickens’ tale of redemption.
The Keegan Theatre introduces Keegan PLAY-RAH-KA, a new brand that’s uniquely designed to inspire and empower young people and emerging artists to find their authentic voices, and announces the launch of the new brand’s website at www.keegantheatre.com/playrahka.
[Director] Brnadon McCoy, a Keegan company member, has assembled an able cast and design team to bring to life Guare’s well-spun yarn. … Matthew Keenan’s spare and elegant set consists of a two-sided spinning Kandinsky and free-floating pieces of white flats that hang like disengaged puzzles pieces.
Keegan is thrilled to announce that the 20th Anniversary Season will be funded in part by project and arts education grants from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Moreover, Keegan is honored this year to receive support from the Nora Roberts Foundation to advance new Bright Stars school residencies, providing hands-on theatre training for youth in the District of Columbia.
Keegan Theatre’s stimulating production of Six Degrees of Separation is worth seeing for all the reasons my colleagues Julia Hurley and David Friscic have pointed out. The reason that knocked me out last night, however, was the fascinating performance of Ryan Swain.