The Wake: A New Play with Old Irish Songs
Sunday May 8, 2022 07:30 PM EDT
CL Critic Kevin C. Madigan Recommends: A wake brings together a motley assortment of cronies and ne’er-do-wells to remember one of their own. Finn O’Conner has left behind a trail of devastation and the event perpetuates it, throwing in memories, laughs, traditional songs, brawls and score-settling. The playwright is industry veteran Vynnie Meli, who also penned some of the lyrics. Additional music is by Scott DePoy, who has acted in theaters all over Atlanta and appeared on the Cold Mountain soundtrack, as well as singing at the Academy Awards with Elvis Costello and Alison Krauss. “You can’t not be happy listening to Irish music,’’ says Meli. “So when I hear Scott DePoy and this delightful cast start in with their harp, pipes, mandolin, banjo, bodhran and guitars — joy.” Direction is by Mira Hirsch. The cast consists of Trevor Goble, Christina Leidel, Rivka Levin, Spencer Stephens and Clark Taylor. Organizers say it will make for a lively evening onstage and in the audience. “You don’t have to wear your Sunday best, but a thick skin might come in handy.” — KCM
From the venue:Memories are the breadcrumbs we leave along the way for our friends and family to remember us by. And Finn O’Conner has left plenty. His old cronies gather one last time to raise a glass to their friend and to the sorry shape he left them in. Nobody has more fun at a wake than the Irish. The illustrious cast plays traditional Irish songs you know and love and some untraditional ones you’ll cozy up to. It’ll be a lively evening - on the stage and in the audience. You don’t have to wear your Sunday best, but a thick skin might come in handy.