“Isaac has crafted the production beautifully to make every scene fold into another with minimum fuss and lightning speed. She is aided by the energetic and fearless Sticklin …This is a play not to be missed, and, moment for moment, it’s a performance packed with dynamite and delight.”
The Washington Post “Subtle but magnetic … the audience is transfixed as the characters, one at a time, sink into long, spellbinding speeches recounting eerie, inexplicable events … Rhea and the actors do know how to use stillness to advantage … As a piece of dramatic writing, “The Weir” is exquisite – gripping and deeply
The Washington Post “In a succinct 70 minutes that pulse with slangy lyricism, “Basra Boy” paints a vibrant portrait of an exuberant teenager and his quirky, down-at-heels community. As brought to life by director Abigail Isaac and the appealing performer Josh Sticklin, who portrays multiple characters, it’s a piece that starts as a funny, antic
In “Basra Boy,” Keegan Theatre’s new production, a teen aches to join the army, if only to escape the boredom and sheer claustrophobia of small-town life. If the story of a young man bound for the Mideast has a familiar ring, perhaps that’s because it could have easily been set in Topeka or Tennessee or Texas.
But “Basra Boy” takes place in Belfast, home of playwright Rosemary Jenkinson, who has witnessed the current wars affect her own insular community.
The Keegan Theatre’s production carries on the play’s award-winning tradition, dropping its incredibly-talented cast into a cozy, intimate rural Irish pub and letting the players take it from there …
“The Weir” is art, entertainment, and a spiritual quest all rolled up into one deceptively simple bundle …”.
Keegan Theatre’s One-Man Northern Irish Punk Rock War Story: “Basra Boy is a Belfast play to its core. The one-man production centers on an 18-year-old Belfast punk, who has a dirty mouth, a penchant for trouble, and who debates joining the Royal Army to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan. It was written in dialect, with plenty of Belfast slang. And, needless to say: Its playwright, Rosemary Jenkinson, is a Belfast native.”
Keegan Theatre’s production of Conor McPherson’s THE WEIR has received a recommendation from the Helen Hayes awards. by Conor McPherson Directed by Mark A. Rhea FEBRUARY 12 – MARCH 13, 2011 Featuring Kevin Adams, David Jourdan, Susan Marie Rhea, Mick Tinder, and Jon Townson On a chilly night in a cozy Irish pub, four friends and one
On Saturday, the Keegan Theatre welcomes “Basra Boy” to the Church Street Theater for a world premiere. Penned by Northern Irish playwright Rosemary Jenkinson, the play follows two trouble-making teens in Belfast: Speedy and his best friend, Stig, who wants to enlist with the British army in Iraq.”
A one-man tour de force, BASRA BOY features Josh Sticklin playing all the characters, a thrilling challenge for actor and director alike. “This play speaks to me on many levels,” says Isaac. “It’s about Belfast, our troubled youth, our attitudes toward the war in the Middle East. But the core of this play is a fascinating story of friendship, a story that is uniquely poignant, I think, because one actor portrays both friends.”
THE WEIR, called “beautiful and devious” by The New York Times, will be directed by four-time Helen Hayes nominee and Keegan Artistic Director Mark A. Rhea. The cast of THE WEIR are no strangers to the stage or to Irish theater, with 15 Ireland tours, 5 Helen Hayes nominations, and dozens of roles in Irish works between them.