Conor McPherson's The Weir, the final open new play of the 1998-1999 and the one surprisingly absent from the Tony Awards, will close Nov. 28, exactly four days before the Lauren Bacall-Rosemary Harris Waiting in the Wings begins performances. The Weir played 276 performances on Broadway with 11 previews.
In September and October, The Weir added three replacement cast members, Niall Buggy, Jarlath Conroy and David Herlihy. Buggy, who won the Drama Desk, Obie, Clarence Derwent and Time Out Awards as Casimir in the Manhattan Theatre Club's 1989 production of Brian Friel's Aristocrats, took over the role of Jack from Jack Norton Oct. 14. Conroy, coming from the cast of The Iceman Cometh, joined the cast as Finbar Sept. 15, stepping in for Dermot Crowley. A Dublin actor who most recently appeared on Broadway in Translations, Herlihy replaced Brendan Coyle as Brendan Sept. 19.
Remaining with The Weir until the closing are Kieran Ahern (Brooklyn Academy of Music's The Steward of Christendom) as Jimmy and Michele Fairley (Never Land, Oleanna) as Valerie.
Conor McPherson's play of small town pub regulars who are spend a night telling ghostly stories to impress their new neighbor, a quiet young Dublin woman, opened on Broadway April 1, 1999. Although the play received no Tony nominations, The Weir will be the last survivor of 1999's new plays with a run of 276 performances. All four Best Play nominees, Tennessee William's Not About Nightingales, Martin McDonagh's The Lonesome West, Patrick Marber's Closer and Warren Leigh's Best Play winner Side Man, have closed.
For tickets ($60), call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200. The Walter Kerr Theatre is located at 219 W. 48th Street.