THE SEAFARER (Irish Repertory Theatre)

Pro: Unlike a lot of other stars who only agree to appear in the same old classics, Matthew Broderick actually uses his commercial clout to sell tickets to more unconventional material.

Con: His performances tend to let down that material.

For example: click here to read my review of the Irish Repertory Theatre’s revival of Connor McPherson’s The Seafarer.

I’m probably a bit harsher on the production than it deserves. But if you’re going to revive a play that’s only a decade old — one that played on freaking Broadway no less — then you should really present a good reason for doing so.

No element of this revival justifies revisiting the play, and that’s coming from someone who’s a fan of the text!

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