The Darkroom

Backstage at the Everyman Theatre

The Baltimore Sun

“Dancing At Lughnasa” is a nostalgic look at a family of five unmarried sisters in 1936 Ireland.

The Mundy sisters are caring for their older brother, Jack, a Catholic priest who was sent home under suspicious circumstances after ministering in Africa for 25 years. Their story is narrated by Michael, the son of sister Chris, who recalls growing up in their vibrant household in a small Irish village. Times were difficult but often fun.

The cast of eight actors on stage receives most of the attention, but behind the scenes, an organized bevy of professionals keeps the action moving. Stage manager Cat Wallis gives direction from the control booth. Sound board operator James LaDow makes sure the actors are just as audible as the lively music, and master electrician Juan Juarez keeps the lights on. Wardrobe supervisor Matthew Smith cleans and presses the costumes, and deck chief J. R. Schroyer mixes and bakes authentic Irish soda bread for the kitchen scenes.

Everyman Theatre’s season-opening production of this memory play, which is a Tony Award-winner written by Brian Friel, runs through October 7.

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