It may still be cold outside and the snow may still be falling, but New Surry Theatre is warming up the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater for Outside Mullingar, John Patrick Shanley’s romantic comedy set in the Irish countryside.
The Tony Award nominee for Best Play follows the story of Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon, two odd-birds who grew up next to each other on two farms in rural Ireland. Rosemary fell in love with Anthony at the age of six. However, Anthony had his heart broken as a young man and hasn’t dared open it to another woman since. When a land feud begins between the two families, it seems unlikely that romance will ever blossom.
Director Rebecca Poole was drawn to Shanley’s unusual love story immediately. Poole recently directed Sylvia and Doubt (also by Shanley) for NST. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, Outside Mullingar reminds audiences that it’s never too late to take a chance on love.
Says Poole: “Shanley has written a perfect love story for those of us who live in small Maine towns and have found love in the most unexpected ways.”
Patrick Harris plays Anthony, Erin McCormick is Rosemary, Leanne Nickon plays Aoife Muldoon and Michael McFarland is Tony Reilly. Artist Annie Poole has transformed the Blue Hill stage into the Irish countryside, set to welcome audiences to this quirky, tenderhearted celebration of love.
Perfectly situated between Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, Outside Mullingar will play at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24 and March 2 and 3 at 7 p.m. and February 25 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.newsurrytheatre.org or by calling 207-200-4720. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. For more information, visit www.newsurrytheatre.org.