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Irish Classical's 'Minding Frankie' tells tale of a Dublin community

It may take a village to raise a child. But under the right circumstances, it only takes two actors to bring that village to life.

In the Irish Classical Theatre Company's production of Shay Linehan's play "Minding Frankie," that task falls to two of Buffalo's most experienced performers: Christian Brandjes and Kirsten Tripp Kelley. They drive the action and take on all the characters in this North American premiere of Linehan's play, a story about a Dublin alcoholic raising a young girl with the help of his extended family.

Linehan, whose thriller "The Cant" debuted in the Irish Classical's space in 2010, adapted the play from Maeve Binchy's popular 2010 novel of the same name.

"Adapting a novel by one of Ireland's most well-known and best-loved authors is a challenging task indeed," said Irish Classical artistic director and co-founder Vincent O'Neill. "Shay Linehan adapted her work with extraordinary skill and sensitivity."

Chris Kelly directs the production, featuring a set by Paul Bostaph, lighting by Brian Cavanagh, sound design by Tom Makar and costumes by Vivian DelBello.

"Minding Frankie": Nov. 3 through Nov. 26 in the Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 853-4282 or visit

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