Photo credit: Andrew Greto

Synopsis

Written by Conor McPherson

Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer

June 20 – 30, 2019

Tommy rents a single room in his Uncle Maurice’s Dublin house. Doc, a friend with whom Tommy does odd jobs, bunks in, and the two scrape by in the disheveled, messy bedsit, untethered and without direction. The “routine” is disrupted when Tommy saves a young prostitute named Aimee from an assault and brings her back to the house to get herself together. She stays, shaking up the group dynamics, especially when her boyfriend shows up.

 

Sponsored by Rhonda and Carl Steeg

Cast

Artists

Set design by Edward Check

Costume design by Charles Schoonmaker

Lighting design by Lara Dubin

Sound design by Tom Shread

Stage managed by Leslie Sears

Reviews

Berkshire On Stage by Macey Levin

“Chester opens its 30th season with the excellence that has become a hallmark for this intimate theatrical space.”

The Night Alive is an interesting play on many levels and this production is perceptive in interpreting McPherson’s script and is intelligently directed and acted.”

“Direction by Chester’s artistic director Daniel Elihu Kramer is economical; there are no wasted movements or moments.  His actors bring their characters to life with sensitivity and insight.”

 

Valley Advocate by Chris Rohmann

“Daniel Elihu Kramer’s production is efficient and affecting”

“In the excellent cast, Justin Campbell gives Tommy a rough-hewn tenderness while Nick Ullett gives Uncle Maurice a shabby gentility. Marielle Young gives Aimee a determined toughness that doesn’t quite overcome her fresh-faced youth. Joel Ripka gives the sadistic boyfriend a slick street-wise sheen. And James Barry gives the show’s most engaging performance as the play’s most interesting character, Doc, gazing wide-eyed through big glasses with a kind of stunned enthusiasm.”

 

The Berkshire Record by Rex Hearns

“In their season opener, The Night Alive, Mr. Kramer has given the public a fine example of ensemble acting of the best kind.”

“Taking their bow as an ensemble emphasized how well this cast worked together in this tale of close relationships set in the Dublin of the European Union.”