(Mark Brown's article appeared in the Telegraph, 1/20.)
This revival confirms Conor McPherson’s play's status as a modern classic
They like a good Irish play at the Lyceum. This time last year they were staging an acclaimed production of Faith Healer by the late, great Brian Friel. They now begin 2016 with a fine staging of The Weir, Conor McPherson’s highly original, modern classic.
Ever since it premiered at the Royal Court in London in 1997, this strangely affecting piece has been insinuating its way into the minds and emotions of audiences. Set in a pub in the rural northwest of the Irish Republic, the play appears, at first, to be little more than four local men trying to impress Valerie, a young woman newly moved over from Dublin, with provincial ghost stories.