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Title : The Night Alive
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ISBN : 9781848423367
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 96 Pages
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The Night Alive Reviews

  • Doug
    2018-11-24 02:40

    Full of McPherson's customary Irish charm, humor and a bit of sadness.

  • Maria
    2018-11-26 21:53

    This was published in the December 2013 issue of "American Theatre Magazine". It's set in Dublin and some of the intrigue for me came from little bits of life (coin operated lights, bedsits...) unfamiliar to me. It is a heavily male cast (4M, 1F) with the men ranging in age from 30's-70's and the lone female in her 20's and working as a prostitute. I found the lead character, Tommy to be sympathetic but the other characters around him didn't seem nearly as fully realized. In an interview about the play, McPherson says at one point, "It's almost like a nativity play for me, where the human beings are really yearning for the transcendent. And that seems to come for them in the shape of the idealized feminine, which comes into their world, and she sort of shakes everything up."So I think the play is successful in terms of the author's stated intent, but as an actor, looking for juicy roles for women, there's nothing to hold on to here. I am wishing for less "idealized feminine" and more "fully realized feminine" where women are agents in their own stories and allowed to have arcs and a range of ages and occupations.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-16 05:55

    Pretty good. There's a weird little diversion about two-thirds of the way through were it suddenly becomes a Martin McDonagh play; but, happily, only for a few pages. (Nothing against McDonagh, but if I want McDonagh I'll read McDonagh.) I'd be curious to see a production. After reading it, I wasn't left with very strong sense of why the thing was written - a competent staging would probably clear that up for me.

  • Chambers Stevens
    2018-12-08 02:54

    Conor McPherson is one of my favorite playwrights. I have read all of his plays. 'The Night Alive' is a little too much like 'The Seafarer' for my taste.But then again I wasn't a big fan of 'The Seafarer' when I read it either. Then last year I saw a wonderful production at 'The Alley" and it changed my mind about the play.That said...maybe I need to see 'The Night Alive' to see what I'm missing.

  • Livinginthecastle
    2018-11-22 21:57

    I was a bit disappointed with this one and I'm not sure why. The dialogue is very realistic, the characters who are barely clinging on are well realised and the scene where a violent thug preys on a vulnerable man is very upsetting, but I suppose overall it didn't resonant with me as much as his other plays.

  • Steven
    2018-12-09 02:47

    The title of Marvin Gaye’s song reverberates throughout. What is going on? “Marvin, you said it there, man,” Tommy says, high on adrenaline after dancing. “That is the question. The man who answers that one will ...” He doesn’t finish the sentence. After all, we can’t ever fully explain a world that often seems cruel and arbitrary.

  • Tom Romig
    2018-12-11 04:40

    I saw an excellent performance of this a week or so ago at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda and wanted to relive it, at least in shadow, by reading the script. What a great experience playing it again in my mind. The last scene is remarkably reminiscent of the last scene in Shining City, except here it's hopeful.

  • Yourfiendmrjones
    2018-12-11 00:58

    Not nearly as thrilling as his previous work, McPherson still writes about lonely people in Ireland- which he does very well. However, for someone who fell in love with his writing for the supernatural as much as the humanism, this was a little disappointing.

  • Jillyn
    2018-12-15 03:46

    Review to come.

  • Tom Elliott
    2018-12-01 21:44

    Reading this made me want to see the performances of Ciaran Hinds and Michael McElhatton.

  • Adela63
    2018-12-01 03:37

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  • Michael
    2018-12-06 00:48

    Great character studies. Dark but complex.

  • Chuck O'Connor
    2018-12-04 23:43

    Very interesting characters and a simple but profound structure, one I think I might use for my current piece of writing. This makes me want to read more of McPherson's work.