The Irish Classical Theatre Company, no longer content to draw its Irish material strictly from the ancient annals of Irish drama, has lately been on the hunt for contemporary material from the Emerald Isle. The company first got into the world premiere business in 2005 with its popular production of Bryan Delaney's "The Cobbler." In 2010, it followed that up with Shay Linehan's "The Cant," the first winner of its ambitious Mr. & Mrs. Frank J. McGuire International Playwriting Competition.
Now, the theater will premiere Gillian Grattan's "Fish Out of Water," a dark comedy about a woman's return to her family's rural village. The production, directed by Fortunato Pezzimenti, stars Diane Curley as that woman, Christian Brandjes as a neighbor with a "titillating and hilarious secret," and Beth Donahue as the neighbor's wife. Grattan, a native of Dublin who studied at the University of Ulster and San Jose State University, will be in town this weekend for talk-backs with audiences following the shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets are $34 to $42, with more information available at www.irishclassicaltheatre.org or 853-4282.
-- Colin Dabkowski