How It’s New York: This production is part of the 1st Irish Festival, happening now in New York. For a compendium of New York critics’ reviews (including mine! They said I gave it an “A”) check out StageGrade. And it’s happening at the Mint Theater Co., one of New York’s gems, that specializes in reclaiming dramatic works for the stage.
How It’s Irish: Teresa Deevy was the darling of the Abbey Theatre in Ireland in the 30s. The play is in the genre of Peasant Play, as it examines the struggles of an evicted couple, Michael and Min Donovan– with each other, with G-d, with Life.
I love, love LOVED the Mint’s reclamation of Teresa Deevy’s play Wife to James Whelan last year (download my review here!). I said it was one of the best things I’d seen in a long time. It stayed with me a long time, too.
Temporal Powers is a very different play, but equally powerful in its own right. And equally provocative. Listen to Director Jonathan Bank, Professor Christopher Morash of NUI Maynooth, and Actor Aidan Redmond discuss in this week’s podcast, coming soon!
This is the review I wrote for Irish Examiner (USA) last week. It will be in the lobby of the Mint as well, my first lobby pull out, and I literally jumped up and down for joy when Jonathan mentioned it at the 1st Irish launch on Wednesday. Because I’m just made that way.
Tuesday August 30, 2011
Temporal Powers: Love Is Eternal, And So Is The Material World
|Aidan Redmond, Rosie Benton in a scene from Temporal Powers, written by Teresa Deevy and directed by Jonathan Bank; presented by The Mint Theater Company (Richard Termine)|
MICHAEL: I did me best.
MIN: (Quiet, accusing) Your best! Michael Donovan, it was never in your heart to make money. Now, what worse thing could be said of any man?
MIN: Maybe you’ll tell me is this the law now – don’t be robbing from them you never laid eyes on, but take what you’ll like from them must live with you?
|Eli James, Wrenn Schmidt in a scene from Temporal Powers, written by Teresa Deevy and directed by Jonathan Bank; presented by The Mint Theater Company (Richard Termine)|
Michael Donovan has settled the place great. They are better off than below. Are they pleased?”
The Mint continues offering a limited number of seats for every performance at half-price ($27.50)