Wistfulness is the order of the day in Billy Roche's play "The Cavalcaders," which opens at 7:30 tonight at the Andrews Theatre (625 Main St.) in an Irish Classical Theatre Company production. The show, set in a small Irish town, centers around the lives and lost loves of a four-member barbershop quartet. The show had its American premiere at Florida Stage in 2003, but it has rarely been performed outside Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Roche, an Irish playwright often compared to Brian Friel and Conor McPherson, is best known for his "Wexford Trilogy," a group of plays set in his hometown. Possibly owing to Roche's beginnings as a singer, this show has several songs, including "Syonara Street" and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." It stars Chris Kelly, Andrew Kenneth Moss, Guy Balotine and Tom Zindle as the quartet members and Cassie Gorniewicz and Beth Donahue as their respective foils and/or love interests. Derek Campbell directs.
The show runs through Nov. 23. For more information, call 853-4282 or visit www.irishclassicaltheatre.com.
-- Colin Dabkowski