4 STARS! – “‘The Night Alive’ Shines with Dark Humor & Vivid Power” – The Buffalo News

by Melinda Miller,
Published March 3, 2018 –

There is a lot to like about Irish Classical Theatre’s production of “The Night Alive,” Conor McPherson’s dark comedy about a clutch of life’s losers trying to make a go of it in modern-day Dublin. McPherson has a sure hand with dialogue and gift for knowing just how much fear and despair he can pile an audience before giving them a much-needed laugh-out-loud release.

And the actors who are bringing McPherson’s work to life make the most of it.

The story is centered on Tommy, a hapless sort of hero … Brian Mysliwy plays him like he has known him all his life. He gives voice to Tommy’s casual profanity like he learned it as his mother’s knee, deftly applying it as punctuation for every moment, as he pushes along just doing the best he can. …

For a good part of the play the only real threat to this drifting existence is Tommy’s uncle and landlord, Maurice, an often drunken widower who interjects himself at inopportune times and knows more than he lets on. Vincent O’Neill plays the old-timer with gleeful relish, not quite hiding a rather decent heart under his gruff demeanor.

In a time when splashy musicals are getting the lion’s share of theatrical attention, McPherson, who is still in his 40s, is coming up with intense and satisfying drama. “The Night Alive” shines with excellent performances, challenging themes and a fair share of humor, including a particularly appreciated gag involving a bag of turnips.

It is what Irish Classical does best.

Read full review @ http://buffalonews.com/2018/03/03/the-night-alive-shines-with-a-dark-humor-and-vivid-power/.

4 stars