Irish Repertory Theatre has announced extensions for its current productions of Samuel Beckett's Endgame and The Smuggler by Ronán Noone (The Second Girl). Endgame will now play the Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage for four more weeks through April 9, while The Smuggler has received a two-week extension to March 12 on the W. Scott McLucas Studio Stage.
Endgame began previews January 25 and opened February 2. Tony nominee John Douglas Thompson stars as Hamm, blind and chair bound, living out the end days in a dingy room with his servant Clov and his parents (who live in trash cans). Tony winner Bill Irwin plays Clov, the only inhabitant capable of coming and going...yet he does not go. Joe Grifasi and Patrice Johnson Chevannes are the parents Nell and Nagg.
Director Ciarán O’Reilly helms the production, which features a set design by Charlie Corcoran (The Butcher Boy), costume design by Orla Long (The Butcher Boy), lighting design by Michael Gottlieb (A Touch of the Poet), sound design by M. Florian Staab (The Butcher Boy), and properties by Deirdre Brennan (The Dead, 1904). Jeff Davolt (Autumn Royal) serves as production stage manager with Giselle Raphaela as assistant stage manager.
Michael Mellamphy returns to Irish Repertory Theatre in Ronán Noone's The Smuggler, a monologue play written entirely in rhymed verse. Mellamphy stars as Tim Finnegan, an Irish immigrant in America who is out of work, ashamed and angry, with his marriage on the rocks. Tim sinks into the seedy underbelly of his small town and with the help of a few friends, he soon sees opportunities to climb the ladder—so long as he’s willing to bend the rules.
Originally set to take place in 2020, The Smuggler's previous run was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nicola Murphy (Belfast Girls) directs its return which began previews January 18 and opened at the Off-Broadway theatre January 26. The production features scenic design by Ann Beyersdorfer (We Are The Tigers), lighting design by Michael O’Connor (Belfast Girls), and sound design by Liam Bellman-Sharpe (I Am My Own Wife). Michael Palmer (Jack Was Kind) serves as production stage manager.
See production photos of Endgame below.