Theatre Preview: The Seafarer - For the Love of the Irish!

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It was a dark and stormy Dublin night when a game of cards took a sinister turn. In Conor McPherson’s suspenseful, dark comedy, The Seafarer, produced by Pacific Theatre, old promises and forgotten bargains can come calling at any moment. For Sharky, that moment comes when an all-night poker game with a few old friends is attended by an unexpected guest.

Sharky and his friends may be the poster children for the ‘down and out’: their lives are marked with constant drunkenness, getting kicked out of bars and their homes, infrequent bathing and failing health. Their visitor is different. Composed and well-dressed, he knows more than any man should about their pasts. Unbeknownst to the rest, he and Sharky are playing for more than just a few quid.

“The script is top-notch,” says Ron Reed, Artistic Director of Pacific Theatre and Jessie Award-nominated actor, on the choice for the company’s 30th anniversary season. “Honestly, it’s a hard play. It’s a workout for the cast and director. It’s dark. But it’s also screamingly funny – one of those ‘I can’t believe I’m laughing at this’ kind of plays.”

Director Anthony F. Ingram thinks the artistic team is up for the challenge, “I get to work with – quite honestly – some of the best male talent in Vancouver.” Under Ingram’s direction are John Innes (King Lear), Ron Reed (A Christmas Carol), Andrew McNee (Boeing Boeing), John Emmet Tracy (Terminus), and Tim Dixon (The Music Man). Set design by Drew Facey. Lighting design by Lauchlin Johnston. Costume design by Sydney Cavanagh. Sound design by Luke Ertman. Properties master Philip Miguel. Stage management by Jethelo E. Cabilete.

The Seafarer
March 7 – 29, Wednesday – Saturday at 8 p.m.
2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays & Thursday, March 20
Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.
For tickets ($19.99 – $29.99) call 604-731-5518 or visit www.pacifictheatre.org.

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