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A mystical tale of longing and regret plays out in ICTC's 'The Night Alive'

Regret is a recurring character in the work of Irish playwright Conor McPherson, a favorite of the Irish Classical Theatre Company and its audiences.

McPherson’s dark and somewhat mystical work returns to the Andrews Theatre stage on March 2, when the company opens a production of his 2013 play “The Night Alive.” (It last produced a play of McPherson’s, the devastating “Shining City,” in 2011.)

The show is set in a Dublin boarding house, where a group of less than fully employed men count down the days of their existence against a backdrop of near-total destitution. When these men welcome a prostitute into their already seedy surroundings, a certain kind of McPherson-esque drama ensues.

Writing on the production in The New York Times, critic Ben Brantley called it "a group portrait of five highly imperfect people fumbling in the dark, which is true even when it’s daytime" that mixes "boisterous comedy" with "aching poignancy."

The cast features Vincent O’Neill, Brian Mysliwy, Cassie Gorniewicz, Kevin Craig and Adam Yellen.

The Night Alive”: March 2 to 25 in the Irish Classical Theatre Company’s Andrews Theatre, 625 Main St. Tickets are $20 to $45. Call 853-4282 or visit

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