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Rory & the Devil

ensemble theatre · by david mcelwee · Ages 13+ · world premiere · United States of America

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Review by MATT MORILLO

June 20, 2019 certified reviewer

What I liked

As a history nerd I was hooked immediately as I am familiar with the Irish-British conflict of yesteryear. The script perfectly humanized characters and showed how otherwise decent people, who under normal circumstances could be friends or lovers, can hate each other due to tribal conflict or nationalism. The cast was excellent with Jennifer Lane Oakley a particular highlight with her understated performance that pulls the piece towards its disturbing but inevitable climax.

What I didn't like

This show would be superb in a full run in a larger space with a permanent set design that evokes the time period. That would bring it to another level. But with the limitation of a festival setting, this team certainly did all it could and the results are great.

My overall impression

A nice slow burn towards a chilling climax built by excellent actors executing a solid script. If you’re into history or just good theater, check it out.

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