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Up goes the London flat from “Walworth Farce”

Performing Arts staffer Emily Taylor stopped by the McGuire Theater yesterday as stagehands from the Druid Ireland theater company built the set for tonight’s opening of The Walworth Farce. It’s unusual to see a detailed representation of everyday life on this stage — take a look at those authentically grimy sinks — but Enda Walsh’s […]

Performing Arts staffer Emily Taylor stopped by the McGuire Theater yesterday as stagehands from the Druid Ireland theater company built the set for tonight’s opening of The Walworth Farce. It’s unusual to see a detailed representation of everyday life on this stage — take a look at those authentically grimy sinks — but Enda Walsh’s play is anything but mundane.

The Walworth Farce has been getting rave reviews on its first North American tour, first in Toronto, then in Columbus, OH, where the Post-Dispatch said “this provocative and ingenious work offers a clever and revealing portrait of how story-telling can become an escape from reality, even a prison … ” We’re expecting more of the same here — and very much looking forward to Walsh’s talk with Guthrie Theater artistic director Joe Dowling this Sunday.

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  • Helen Lavin says:

    “We are nothing if not our stories”.

    I saw this play at the Walker last night. I thought it was phenomenal. As an Irish person whose parents lived in London in the 60′s & 70′s a lot of the content resonated with me. The acting was first class and the humour was very well integrated. Very much looking forward to Sunday’s lecture.

  • Julie Caniglia says:

    Walworth Farce reviews are coming in:

    Euan Kerr did a piece for Minnesota Public Radio on this “twisted take on family life”:
    http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/22/walworth-farce/

    … and at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dominic P. Papatola calls it “humorous and harrowing,” noting that locals might detect “faint echoes of Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s early work”:
    http://www.twincities.com/entertainment/ci_13618059?nclick_check=1

  • Rave review from Star Tribune:

    “Under the bracing direction of Mikel Murfi for the Druid Theater Company of Ireland, Walworth Farce is an engrossingly original marriage of forms. In two hours, the action goes from madcap comedy to mad tragedy, evoking horror at the story’s arc and awe for the bravura acting company.”

    Read the entire review (spoiler warning)!