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An Irish Carol
1742 Church Street, NW Washington
Told as only the Irish can, An Irish Carol pays homage to A Christmas Carol. Written by Dublin native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who has lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve David's life may change forever when is challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of lonely future. The play, which was a hit in its 2011 premiere, is a modern fable told with the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright.
Presented by The Keegan Theatre
Thru - Dec 31, 2012
Running Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes with no intermission
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DC Metro Theater Arts - Highly Recommended
"... The Keegan Theatre’s An Irish Carol is destined to become one of the not-to-be missed DC holiday institutions that everyone sees whenever Keegan deigns to put it on. This production, the second annual, is a smashing success. Matthew Keenan, an Irish expat from Dublin and a Keegan company member, wrote this ingenious adaptation of Dickens’ classic novella for the company. Artistic Director (and show Director) Mark A. Rhea has made exploring Irish culture one of the core missions of The Keegan Theatre, along with producing great art and ensuring that their art takes a good, honest look at our human condition. He has succeeded with this production on every level."
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DCTheatreScene - Recommended
An Irish Carol , now in its second of hopefully many annual appearances at Keegan Theatre, is not your father’s Christmas Carol. Unless you father is a drunken, aging Irishman hanging about in a near-deserted pub on the eve of Christmas.
This re-imagining is the brainchild of Dubliner Matthew Keenan and has all the trappings we might expect in an update. Except that the only real ghost in this retelling more closely resembles Clarence in the film “It’s a Wonderful Life” than old Marley and his grimly rattling chains.
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