A long-ago night in Ireland in The New Electric Ballroom
Under Jeff Storer's nuanced direction, this strong quartet also reveals what happens when fantasies leave people totally unequipped to deal with life's betrayals and disappointments.
Artists turn on the power at Manbites for THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM
In the current show at Manbites Dog Theater, director Jeff Storer leads a dream cast of well-known and much-admired area actors in Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s The New Electric Ballroom (2005). It’s an ideal play for Storer: It requires a tight ensemble of actors; it is built more on storytelling than action; it explores dark reaches of the heart, and is not in a hurry about it. It has a moral, but doesn’t beat you up with it—both writer and director seem content that it catch up with you later, maybe one day when you are about to shut the door on love.