Friday To-Do: '‘Dancing at Lughnasa'' | Rock Candy

Friday, February 22, 2008

Friday To-Do: '‘Dancing at Lughnasa''

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‘DANCING AT LUGHNASA'
7:30 p.m., the Weekend Theater. $10-$14.

The Weekend Theater once again presents a challenging, award-winning play. Set in a small village in Ireland in 1936, “Dancing” centers around the festival of Lughnasadh, a drunken celebration of the pagan god of harvest. Narrated by Michael, the 7-year-old illegitimate child of Christine Mundy, who together with her four unmarried sisters lives a spare existence in a cottage outside of a small village, Brian Friel's play finds its protagonists responding to the tensions between pagan traditions and Catholic prohibitions of divorce, contraception and abortion. Also in the mix is Jack, the Mundys' brother, who's recently returned home after 25 years in Africa. He returns enthralled with the freedoms of a non-Christian culture and suffering from malaria, which affects his memory.


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