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Christ deliver us by Ann Treacy
February 26, 2010, 7:16 pm
Filed under: Dublin

Last night Patrick and I went to see Christ Deliver Us, a play by Thomas KiIroy produced at the Abbey. When Patrick ordered tickets the box office told him that the play contained sensitive materials, there were no refunds, and only front row sees were left. Gulp!

So we were a little nervous going in – but while the show was bleak and certainly not for kids it wasn’t what I imagined. The show is a picture of Ireland in the 1950’s. So there are some statements about religion and sex – but the nudity was minimal and absolutely no audience participation. When I say the show was bleak – I mean the themes. It was very black. So that’s a little bit more my style than Patrick’s. The staging was really impressive.

The action in the first act was a little choppy but the staging was so creative that it worked. One scene includes a group playing hurling on stage – something that makes you a little nervous if you’re in the front row and not know for your quick eye-hand coordination. There’s a dance class scene that goes from awkward (dance class in a single-sex school is rarely everyone’s favorite) to fun to watch when two dancers are able to find the music. One character is killed and then buried under the floorboards in a clean easy sweep that is so surprising – and other great moves.

We started the evening at the Winding Stairs, a restaurant we have tried to visit before. It was worth the wait!

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