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An Irish Carol

Keegan Theatre
1742 Church Street, NW Washington

Set in a modern Dublin pub, An Irish Carol is an homage to Dickens’ classic — told as only the Irish can. The play, both comic and touching, follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But on this Christmas Eve — challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in this present, and faced with the reality of lonely future – David’s life may change forever. An Irish Carol is a modern fable, told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright.

Presented by The Keegan Theatre

Thru - Dec 31, 2011



Price: $30-$35

Show Type: Comedy/Drama

Running Time: 1 hour,20 mins with no intermission

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  Review Round-Up

DCTheatreScene - Somewhat Recommended

Matthew J. Keenan’s new play, An Irish Carol just opened at Keegan Theatre, has a gritty realism that is unmatched among the holiday fare now playing in the DC area; it’s as bracing as a shot of Bushmills, but not necessarily pleasing to those seeking something a bit milder.
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Steven McKnight


Washington Post - Recommended

"...Not much of a play, in other words, yet there’s something agreeable about the company “An Irish Carol” provides. Mark A. Rhea’s low-key production matches what Keenan’s script offers — an emphasis on understated banter, the mud-in-yer-eye jests the lads toss around over hoisted pints and whiskeys. The actors are mostly unfussy and sincere, with David Jourdan doing especially warm work as a good-time character who delivers a lot of jokes and exposition."
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Nelson Pressley


MD Theatre Guide - Recommended

"...There are some humorous moments in the show. When Dave demands an increase in price for the beer, he is asked , “When did that happen?” Dave responds, “It just happened!” There were loud laughs from the audience. When Michael – David’s younger brother announces that his wife is pregnant again – he is asked, “Is it yours?” He responds, “If it comes out drunk – it’s mine!”"
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Elliot Lanes



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