Theater 808 revives Helen Edmundson's family drama set in 17th-century Ireland, during Oliver Cromwell's ruthless campaign to force out Catholics. More…
Robert, an English aristocrat, and his free-spirited Irish wife, Maddy, find their loving relationship threatened by Ireland's dangerous political climate. Should Robert ensure his own economic prosperity by betraying his wife and child, or should he risk banishment to an inhospitable land to keep his family intact? 'The Clearing' examines our universal desire for acceptance amid prejudice and fear in a tale of treachery, romance, and passion.
"A very powerful and beautifully written work...This outstanding production really is one not to be missed...The actors’ performances are superb across the board. I was especially impressed by Quinn Cassavale who is vibrant, courageous and passionate as Madeleine and by Neal Mayer who is as coldly Mephistophelian as Sir Charles Sturman as one can possibly imagine. But I also thought that Lauren Currie Lewis is delightful as the innocent Killaine." Full Review
"A masterful revival...'The Clearing' moves steadily from its naturalistic beginning to become more expressionistic in Act II, and the characters transform into representative types. If you find yourself caught up in the very human story of the individuals being portrayed early on, you will have to give it up for the near-mythic turn the play takes as events unfold...But even with the fading of the characters as real people, the cast, under Pamela Moller Kareman's direction, is quite strong." Full Review
“Playwright Helen Edmundson whose stage plays have been mostly adaptations of famous literature (‘The Mill on the Floss’, ‘War and Peace’, ‘Anna Karenina’, as well as ‘Coram Boy’ and ‘Thérèse Raquin’ both seen on Broadway) tells her story in the leisurely way one might write a novel. While the material is both shocking and surprising, director Pamela Moller Kareman has undercut the inherent tension in the play by the choices she has made.” Full Review
See it if You want to see a modern take on a classic story and have an interest in Irish History
Don't see it if You want periwigs and tights and are only interested in a traditional take on a compelling story
See it if you are a fan of Irish Drama - lots of that here. Intense and moving, heart wrenching plot, characters to love and hate.
Don't see it if Intense drama is not your favorite thing; cell phones and modern day dress in an historic setting upset your sense of time/place.
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