Tales from the pub in 'The Weir' at TheatreWorks

By Jen Mulson Updated: January 23, 2014 at 9:17 am • Published: January 23, 2014 | 9:15 am 0
photo - "We tell stories to forget about our troubles and entertain people and ourselves," says director Joseph Discher. "Some are scary, creepy, funny, just like what we do for the theater. We come together in theater and share the story that is going on on stage, which is about us. The characters in the play come to the pub and share incredible stories."
Mandy Olsen, Andy Sturt and Patrick Toon star in "The Weir" by TheatreWorks. Photo by Isaiah Downing.
"We tell stories to forget about our troubles and entertain people and ourselves," says director Joseph Discher. "Some are scary, creepy, funny, just like what we do for the theater. We come together in theater and share the story that is going on on stage, which is about us. The characters in the play come to the pub and share incredible stories." Mandy Olsen, Andy Sturt and Patrick Toon star in "The Weir" by TheatreWorks. Photo by Isaiah Downing.

TheatreWorks, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Feb. 1 and 8, 4 p.m. Sundays, runs through Feb. 9, Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, 3955 Regent Circle, $35, $15 ages 15 and younger, free UCCS students, no kids under 5, not recommended for ages 12 and under; 255-3232, theatreworkscs.org. Something else: First Friday Talkback, with actors and director, runs after the show Friday, Jan. 24; First Saturday Gala, free drinks and snacks after the show; Prologue lecture - "Booze Roundtable," whiskey samples, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 (story on Page 11).

Four men and a woman walk into an Irish pub.

No, it's not a joke, it's the premise of Conor McPherson's 1997 play, "The Weir." The show runs through Feb. 9 at TheatreWorks.

Over the course of an evening, the play's pub crawlers will throw back a few drinks and tell stories. At first blush, it seems like just a night of storytelling, as the wind howls and the night darkens. But soon, they and the audience come to realize it's more than just tall tales.

"It grabbed me, charmed me and pulled me in," says director Joseph Discher, who directed "Red" last year at TheatreWorks. "The characters were terrific, the writing was compelling and there was great storytelling. Each tells a phenomenal story, and there's a great twist in the play, a surprising, shocking twist."

But it's not just about topping each other's story. At the end of the night, it's really about connection.

"It has a powerful message about the hard things we go through in life," says Discher. "But coming together and sharing conversation and story and a drink can help that. It's like any great night you have out with your friends. It's a very taut play about love, loss, regret and how companionship can really pull us out of a dark place into the light."

Jennifer Mulson, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

OTHER EVENTS

"Noche de Flamenco" - Flamenco Denver, with tapas and wine bar, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Manitou Bindu, 513 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, $15-$25; 200-6054, manitoubindu.com.

"Broadway to Basin Street" - With Laurie Gabriel and Dixie Q Band, 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, Central United Methodist Church, 4373 Galley Road, free; 237-9395.

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