Irish Import, Carr's Portia Coughlan, in Boston Through Mar. 14

News   Irish Import, Carr's Portia Coughlan, in Boston Through Mar. 14 Portia Coughlan, a play by the Abbey Theatre's playwright-in- residence Marian Carr, has made its way from Dublin to Boston -- where it's having its North American premiere at the Sugan Theatre Company through Mar. 15.

Portia Coughlan, a play by the Abbey Theatre's playwright-in- residence Marian Carr, has made its way from Dublin to Boston -- where it's having its North American premiere at the Sugan Theatre Company through Mar. 15.

The setting is the Irish boonies; the title character is a 30-year old woman who's married to the county's wealthiest man (who she despises). She shuns her three children -- but is obsessed with her twin brother, who drowned 15 years earlier but is still very much present in her life.

The Boston Globe called the play "a jewel in Boston's rather sparse theatrical tiara" and praised "Carr's bog folk, [who] come to seem like David Mamet characters who've stumbled into Brian Friel territory."

The director is Carmel O'Reilly. Kathleen Troost is Portia.

Remaining performances are Thu.-Sat. at 8 PM at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. For information, call (617) 426-0320. -- By Rebecca Paller

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