The Off-Broadway Irish Repertory Company is mounting a revival of 19th century playwright Dion Boucicault's 1874 melodrama, The Shaughraun , with previews beginning Oct. 30 for a Nov. 12 opening. There is no scheduled closing date at present.
Boucicault's London Assurance was recently given a well-received staging at the Roundabout Theatre Company, starring Brian Bedford. The Shaughran (translated as "The Vagabond") was written some 34 years after Assurance and was Boucicault's last success. He died in 1890.
The play, set during the Irish Fenian Uprising in 1866, concerns a handsome drifter whose skill on the fiddle is sought at every fair and funeral.
The cast is full of such Irish Rep regulars as Patrick Fitzgerald and Daniel Gerroll (both in the Rep's The Importance of Being Earnest). Other cast members include Jimmy Cunningham, Terry Donnelly, Lucinda Faraldo, Jason Killalee, Paul McGrane, Marion Thomas Griffin, Ciaran O'Reilly (The Irish, And How They Got That Way ), Amy Redmond, Peter Rogan, Geddeth Smith and Fiona Walsh. Irish Rep artistic director Charlotte Moore will direct.
Irish Rep is located in Chelsea at 132 W. 22nd St. For ticket information, call (212) 727-2737. -- By Robert Simonson