West End Players present Irish drama 'The Seafarer'

2012-01-06T00:00:00Z West End Players present Irish drama 'The Seafarer'BY JUDITH NEWMARK • Post-Dispatch Theater Critic > jnewmark@post-dispatch.com > 314-340-8243 stltoday.com

St. Louis director Steve Callahan considers "The Seafarer" to be one of the most beautiful scripts he's read in years. Written by Irish dramatist Conor McPherson ("The Weir," "Shining City"), "The Seafarer" tells a story of risk and redemption among modern Dubliners, all men near the end of their rope. The West End Players Guild opens the play tonight.

What's the cast like? The cast is five men: Robert Ashton, Matt Hanify, Charlie Heuvelman, John Reidy and Barry Hyatt. And for our dialect consultant we have Jerry Moloney, a musician with a lovely brogue. Rehearsal has been a refreshing sort of male bonding.

What happens to the men they portray? Robert and Matt play brothers who live together. The way these guys live is — well, it's disgusting! They live in the most wretched bachelor squalor you can imagine.

What does the title mean? It's the name of a wonderful old poem that deals with the difficulties of a sailor on the icy winter seas. Nobody on land can understand what he has lived through. Sharkey's like that sailor, and he needs redemption, too. 

"The Seafarer"

When 8 p.m. Friday-Jan. 15 • Where Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 Union Boulevard • How much $15-$20 • More info 314-367-0025; westendplayers.org

​Judith Newmark is the Post-Dispatch's theater critic. Follow her in Culture Club and @JudithNewmark.  

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