Irish Rep's Acclaimed Dancing at Lughnasa Is Extended

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Off-Broadway's Irish Repertory Theatre has added two weeks to its popular current run of Brian Friel's Tony Award-winning play Dancing at Lughnasa, with performances now playing through Jan. 29, 2012.

Ciaran O'Reilly
Ciaran O'Reilly Photo by Carol Rosegg

The play many consider Friel's masterpiece is at the Irish Repertory's Francis J. Greenburger Mainstage at 132 W. 22nd Street.

A new schedule began Dec. 13, with Off-Broadway performances Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8 PM; plus 3 PM matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

IRT artistic director Charlotte Moore directs a cast that includes Orlagh Cassidy, Kevin Collins, Michael Countryman, Annabel Hägg, Jo Kinsella, Aedín Moloney, Ciarán O'Reilly and Rachel Pickup.

It opened to strong reviews on Oct. 30.

This is billed as the 20th anniversary production. The play — a study of five unmarried sisters, named for Friel's mother and sisters, who live in a modest cottage in Donegal in 1936 — opened on Broadway in October 1991 and won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play.

Tickets are $55 and $65, and are available by calling (212) 727-2737 or online at

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