Conor McPherson

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The Night Alive

  • Caoilfhionn Dunne
  • Brian Gleeson
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Michael McElhatton
    Donmar Warehouse
    Tommy’s not a bad man, he’s getting by. Renting a run-down room in his uncle Maurice’s house, just about keeping his ex-wife and kids at arm’s length and rolling from one get-rich-quick scheme to the other with his pal Doc. Then one day he comes to the aid of Aimee, who’s not had it easy herself, struggling through life the only way she knows how.

    Their past won’t let go easily. But together there’s a glimmer of hope they could make something more of their lives. Something extraordinary. Perhaps.

    The Night Alive opened at the Donmar Warehouse on the 19th June 2013, in a production directed by Conor.

    The Night Alive

    that nebulous hope kindles a glow, both warming and chilling, you rarely experience at the theater. Ben Brantley
    The New York Times

    he reaffirms his talent by directing his fine new look at down-at-heel Dubliners Susannah Clapp
    The Observer

    Conor McPherson’s absorbing new play... McPherson is a tender writer whose damaged characters always hurt themselves more than anyone else. David Jays
    The Sunday Times
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    a superb, vivid and violent new play Michael Coveney
    What's On Stage

    a beautiful meditation on dependence and redemption Ben Dowell
    The Stage

    poses as many questions as it answers, though of the pleasurable kind that comes from the sort of investment in character that sets McPherson so richly and feelingly apart Matt Wolf
    The Arts Desk

    As both author and director, he demonstrates a tremendous lightness of touch Robert Shore

    a shaggy yet compelling tale of people struggling to connect with their incoherent lives Dominic Maxwell
    The Times
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    McPherson is a master at suggesting the loneliness and the unappeasable demons of shame and despair that stalk our lives... These gifts are richly apparent again here Paul Taylor
    The Independent

    Something bright and beautiful pulses in the shadows of The Night Alive, the extraordinary new play by Conor McPherson Ben Brantley
    The New York Times

    funny, melancholy, frightening and ultimately affecting... a captivating play rich in tenderness. David Rooney
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Like The Seafarer before it, The Night Alive is an agonizingly black Christmastide tale of poverty, despair and transcendence that ends with a sharp twist — and it, too, is a stunner. Terry Teachout
    The Wall Street Journal

    The Night Alive<br /> <br />
    The magic is in the certainty and depth of [McPherson's] understanding of his materials Jesse Green
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