It may be February outside, but inside NY's Irish Arts Center, it's November. A Night In November to be exact, a solo comedy by Marie Jones, starring Dan Gordon as a raucous soccer fan cheering -- from a New York Irish pub -- for Ireland at the 1994 World Cup Tournament.
The play looks at the tension between Northern and Southern Ireland during that tournament (the match came soon after Irish loyalist gunmen slew seven in a predominantly Catholic bar.)
Pam Brighton directs this comic tale, which runs Feb. 18-March 1. Prior to New York, A Night In November played in Belfast, Dublin, London and Copenhagen. Ed Burke and Georganne Aldrich Heller are producing the NY mounting.
According to spokesperson Adam Meza (of Shirley Herz Associates), author Jones is resident writer for Ireland's Dubbeljoint Productions. Star Gordon has appeared at Belfast's Lyric Theatre and London's Tricycle Theatre.
The play received a Belfast Telegraph Award for Best Actor and a Glasgow Mayfest Award. For tickets ($20) and information on A Night In November at the Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st St., call (212) 581-4125.
-- By David Lefkowitz