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Published on March 15th, 2009 | by Rick

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Ages of The Moon

I’m not a theatre reviewer at all up until this point. Movies, books, TV, music, I can do pretty much anything but I just don’t have any real experience of consistent theatregoing to base anything on.

I’m only saying all that so you know this is the unimportant opinion of a philistine.

Went to the new Sam Shepherd play Ages Of The Moon at The Peacock a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a two hander with Sean McGinley and Stephen Rea on a Southern U.S. porch, talking, drinking, pausing, staring at the moon and working their way through moments in their lives, waiting for a lunar eclipse just as Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot.

It’s slow, still, not in any hurry to get to whatever destination there may be, if there even is one, but that’s what i really liked about it. I’ve always found myself attracted to things that allow me space to think in between the pauses and this is very much one of those plays.

It’s spartanly staged, very atmospheric and Stephen Rea in particular is as watchable on stage as he always is on screen. There’s more about it here and fair play to The Abbey again for continuing to reach out and promote their new productions online:

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2 Responses to Ages of The Moon

  1. Darragh says:

    I’ve always found myself attracted to things that allow me
    space to think in between the pauses and this is very
    much one of those plays.

    Isn’t it though? Thought it worked best because of what it made me think about, which isn’t something that comes naturally in plays normally. I find a lot of writers try to get you to think as they’re thinking but this one seemed happy to say “here’s what’s in my mind, now, what’s in yours..?”

    I’m planning a return visit.

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