Originally published in Castine Patriot, February 8, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, February 8, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, February 8, 2018
New Surry Theatre presents Outside Mullingar
New Surry Theatre offers a “celebration of love” with Outside Mullingar, John Patrick Shanley’s quirky romantic comedy. Set in Ireland, the Tony Award nominee for Best Play follows the story of Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon, two odd-birds who have grown up next to each other on two farms in the Irish countryside, according to a news release from NST. Rosemary fell in love with Anthony at the age of 6. However, Anthony had his heart broken as a young man and hasn’t dared open it to another woman since. When a land feud begins between the two families, it seems unlikely that romance will ever blossom.
Director Rebecca Poole was drawn to Shanley’s unusual love story immediately. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, this tenderhearted portrait from the playwright of Doubt reminds audiences that it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
“Shanley has written a perfect love story for those of us who live in small Maine towns and have found love in the most unexpected ways,” Poole said.
Perfectly situated between Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, Outside Mullingar will play at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater February 16, 17, 23 and 24 and March 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and February 25 at 3 p.m.
Patrick Harris plays Anthony, Erin McCormick is Rosemary, Leanne Nickon plays Aoife Muldoon and Michael McFarland is Tony Reilly. Artist Annie Poole has transformed the Blue Hill stage into the Irish countryside.
Tickets are available online at newsurrytheatre.org and by calling 207-200-4720. For more information, visit the website.