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Theater Review: “Outside Mullingar”

April 29, 2015

outside mullingar“Outside Mullingar,” performed in superb fashion by a stellar cast at Whippoorwill Hall Theatre at the Armonk Library is an outstanding play produced by the Hudson Stage Company.

Its writer is John Patrick Shanley, who also wrote “Doubt” and “Moonstruck,” among other treasures.

The current showing in Armonk (through May 2nd), directed by Dan Foster, provided a mesmerizing and exciting way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It is an “Irish Moonstruck,” and then some!

The four person cast all made their compelling characters resonate as life, time, money, faith and other “little things” like that manifested.

Sean Hayden as “Anthony” and Susannah Schulman Rogers as “Rosemary” sparkle with more than just chemistry, as their feelings, hopes and past are revealed.

Both Davis Hall as Anthony’s father and Susan Pellegrino as Rosemary’s mother set up the play, revealing history and doing so with humor and pathos.

A question and answer period after the show, which included the cast, director Dan Foster and fellow Hudson Stage Company founders and “Mullingar” producers, Denise Bessette and Olivia Sklar, was most informative.

Tidbits included the ways Mr. Hayden and Ms. Rogers eventually mastered their accents. Ms. Pellegrino talked of working with the legendary Kim Hunter while Mr. Hall did the same, regarding the superb character actor John McGiver.

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