Do not expect a tale of marine life from Conor McPherson’s The Seafarer. The only thing the characters in this play are swimming in is alcohol. Oceans of it. Mixed with self-loathing, shame, regret and despair. It wouldn’t seem to be a fertile field for comedy, but The Seafarer delivers plenty of lighter moments and has been called McPherson’s funniest play.
Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick returns off-Broadway to the Irish Repertory Theatre to star in Conor McPherson's The Seafarer - the Tony and Olivier Award-nominated Best Play, which originally premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2006.
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After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.