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Afterplay

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Members say: Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking

About the show

Irish Repertory Theatre presents Brian Friel's play about the later lives of two of Chekhov’s enduring characters: Sonya from 'Uncle Vanya' and Andrey from 'The Three Sisters.' Part of Origin’s 1st Irish Festival. More…

They meet by chance in a late-night cafe in 1920s Moscow. The concert violinist and determined estate owner are unable to escape their origins—the circumstances furnished by their creator are still determining their lives. Part of Andrey remains a boy, while Sonya is still hopelessly in love with the local doctor. Now middle-aged, the characters are comforted by their encounter. There is promise in their meeting...until their stories unfold and the glow of their fantasies makes way for reality.


Member Reviews (35)

MEMBERS SAY:

Great acting, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great writing, Thought-provoking
86
Avg Score

90
Absorbing, Intelligent, Profound, Relevant, Romantic

See it if You want to experience two older people struggling with fantasy vs. reality and other issues. Wonderful dialog and acting.

Don't see it if You prefer something brighter or bigger. This is a "slice of life" with a lot to say. You don't need to be familiar with Chekhov.

75
Great acting, Great writing, Resonant, Masterful

See it if Exquisitely acted chamber piece about missed opportunities & thwarted lives, slight but poignantly staged

Don't see it if Not familiar with Chekhovian source material; not a fan of dialogue driven drama

87
Great acting, Enchanting, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy stories about strangers who form an intense connection, wonder what happened to famous literary characters after play is over

Don't see it if You find static, 2 character plays tiring, not a fan of Brian Friel, cannot fathom subtlety or nuance, don't like having to listen

100
Absorbing, Exquisite, Fine acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if you enjoy exquisite acting, especially from Dermot Crowley. The writing is intelligent. You need to know something about the characters.

Don't see it if you are not a fan of Chekhov, and do not know who these characters are and from what plays they appear.

78
Lyrical, Quiet and touching., Beautifully performed., Gentle and wistful., Stays with you.

See it if You are a fan of Friel (or Chekhov), like imagining the (after)life of fictional characters, enjoy interaction between 2 masterful actors.

Don't see it if Don't like quiet, all-dialogue, little-action work. You have NO knowledge of the plays these characters were in, can't hear implied thoughts

Also Lovely set in very intimate space. You do not have to have seen or rea... Read more Read less

80
Great acting, Exquisite, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy great acting and good, grown up dialogue.

Don't see it if You dislike small quiet plays without action.

84
Topnotch acting, Intimate, Ruminative, Affirming, Literate

See it if You wondered what became of characters once their play ended. Has the young persona essentially changed or not? What is the value of hope?

Don't see it if Revisiting literary characters isn't appealing. An exercise more than a play, we eavesdrop on Sonya & Andrey made human by master actors.

77
Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting

See it if A well written and performed drama.

Don't see it if If you prefer musicals

60
Thin, short, so-so

See it if you care about two checkov characters meet years later; excellent acting but very short and inconsequential. Good set.

Don't see it if you want longer shows. too short. forgettable...story not that interesting. better read then seen.

97
Delightful, Entertaining, Great acting, Great writing, Must see

See it if you like great theater.

Don't see it if you dislike Chekhov or haven't read/seen any of his plays.

79
Great acting, Engaging

See it if you like seeing well seasoned actors. Interesting play, lovely set. Knowing the two original plays, while not necessary, greatly helps.

Don't see it if you want action and don't like character-centric plays.

61
Disappointing, Slow, Clever, Intelligent

See it if You like the idea of "what happened to...."The idea of the play is engaging even if the execution falls flat. Lovely stage set but static

Don't see it if you want engaging and interesting characters who have something to say and something to do. There is no relationship between the characters

74
Resonant, Quirky, Great acting, Slight

See it if you are curious about what happened to Sonya from Uncle Vanya and Andre from Three Sisters.

Don't see it if you need more than talk.

95
Great acting, Great writing, Melancholy but not without humor, Chekhovian

See it if you believe that magic can happen when two great actors sit on a stage and speak a great playwright's words.

Don't see it if you don't like Chekhov, or you're such a Chekhov purist you can't stand the idea of someone else writing a play about his characters.

94
Absorbing, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy two old pros commanding the stage

Don't see it if You don't remember your checkov

100
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if This is a deeply touching play whose universal themes eloquently address life's challenges, vulnerabilities and small victories

Don't see it if You prefer big, flashy productions

85
Amusing, well-written, superbly acted

See it if you know and like Chekhov and want an entertaining and totally believable Twenty Years After. True to the spirit, brilliant performances

Don't see it if If you are not familiar with Uncle Vanya and Three sisters, it might not resonate but will probably still grip if you like talky plays in an

Also intimate theater

91
Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Intelligent, Refreshing

See it if You are a fan of Chekhov, but not wanting to see Chekhov per se.

Don't see it if You only like mainstream shows, and do not want to take a chance on something different.

76
Great acting, Absorbing, Resonant, Thought-provoking

See it if you enjoy seeing great acting in an intimate (in more ways than one) setting

Don't see it if the thought of a two-actor dramatic production staged in a small theater doesn't appeal to you.

85
Absorbing, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Wistful, Imaginative

See it if you enjoy a low-key show showing how great acting lures you in.

Don't see it if you want a show which doesn't require much of your attention.

79
Intimate, thoughtful

See it if Like two character plays with a lot of dialog and have familiarity with Chekov.

Don't see it if If you want something face paced and light hearted.

75
Great writing, Delightful, Timid, Intelligent

See it if you are familiar with Chekhov and these particular characters, you are looking for a quiet pleasant theatrical evening

Don't see it if you are not familiar with "Three sisters" and "Uncle Vanya" or if you don't like calm, dialogue-heavy shows

100
Absorbing, Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Great acting

See it if You love Chekhov & Friel

Don't see it if You are unfamiliar with Chekhov

100
Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing, Intense

See it if You would like to be in the presence of legendary Irish actors honoring the great Brian Friel's writing.

Don't see it if You want song and dance and mindless entertainment

100
Exquisite, Great acting, Absorbing, Enchanting, Clever

See it if you want to see exquisite acting in a gem of a play beautifully directed

Don't see it if you don't crave the above, but you'd be mad to miss it.


October 2nd, 2016
"Brian Friel’s melancholy, pocket-size play...Mr. Friel had been compared to Chekhov, with his gentle humor and reflective, subtle writing. That's certainly on display here. Nevertheless, the hourlong 'Afterplay' is a minor work by this Irish master, and could seem slight were it not for the supe...
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October 3rd, 2016
"Friel's one-act is infinitely gentle...'Afterplay' winds up as a mere atmospheric exercise by comparison, best enjoyed by those who know the sources. It is exquisitely executed, though. Joe Dowling's production gives Molloy and Crowley plenty of room to stretch, so even these miniature portraits...
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October 2nd, 2016
"The Irish levity of Friel's dialogue, directed with palpable heart by Joe Dowling, makes for an enjoyable back-and-forth. But the piece doesn't truly capture our imaginations until this carefully laid groundwork of exposition reveals an organic bridge between the two protagonists. Sonya and Andr...
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October 8th, 2016
"Friel was no purveyor of audience-baiting gimmicks, and his sensibility has led many to call him the Irish Chekhov. If 'Afterplay,' which can be enjoyed as an accomplished late-career chamber piece, proves anything, it's that these two playwrights, who lived decades apart, saw the world in remar...
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