Review: Irish Theatre of Chicago Presents The Weir at the Den Theatre (December 16, 2016)

The Weir is about a group of regulars at a bar telling stories to a new woman who just moved to town. One by one, they tell long haunting stories about the town’s history to a newcomer. It’s a regular old night at the pub and a slow burn of a play.


Theatre is at its best when it shows a story instead of just tells one. An hour and a half of fictional characters just telling stories is a test of an audience’s attention span, especially with the thick Irish accents used. It’s also just one long scene. It would be much more interesting if each time a story begins, they cut to a separate part of the stage and the story is acted out.

Get tickets now for The Weir through January 22nd.

Quinn Delaney

Also see our review of Spinning by the Irish Theatre of Chicago.

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