(Peter Crawley’s article appeared in the Irish Times, October 5.)

It isn’t remarkable that Mark O’Rowe, a master of sensational monologues, should return to dialogue for his first play since 2007’s Terminus. Nor, for a while, is there much remarkable about that dialogue, beginning with a politely awkward conversation between a middle-aged couple, Ciaran Hinds’s Michael and Sinead Cusack’s Margaret, and the new man seeing their daughter, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor’s clean-cut Dennis. But the construction of that dialogue is utterly remarkable, so fastidiously naturalistic that every hesitation, overlap, second thought or stumble feels like music in delivery.


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