BLUE HILL — Join New Surry Theatre starting next week for a celebration of love with John Patrick Shanley’s quirky romantic comedy “Outside Mullingar,” opening at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater.
Directed by Rebecca Poole, “Outside Mullingar” is set in Ireland and was a Tony Award nominee for Best Play. The play follows the story of Anthony Reilly and Rosemary Muldoon, two odd-birds who have grown up next to each other on two farms in the Irish countryside. Rosemary fell in love with Anthony at the age of 6. However, Anthony had his heart broken as a young man and hasn’t dared open it to another woman since.
When a land feud begins between the two families, it seems unlikely that romance will ever blossom.
Patrick Harris plays Anthony, Erin McCormick is Rosemary, Leanne Nickon plays Aoife Muldoon and Michael McFarland is Tony Reilly. Artist Annie Poole has transformed the Blue Hill stage into the Irish countryside.
Poole was drawn to Shanley’s unusual love story immediately. Full of dark humor and poetic prose, this tenderhearted portrait from the playwright of “Doubt” reminds audiences that it’s never too late to take a chance on love. Says Poole: “Shanley has written a perfect love story for those of us who live in small Maine towns and have found love in the most unexpected ways.”
Perfectly situated between Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day, “Outside Mullingar” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Feb. 16-17, Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3. A matinee will be staged at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25.
Tickets cost $15 per adult and $12 per students and seniors. To reserve seats, call 200-4720 and visit www.newsurrytheatre.org.