Four friends reconnect over drinks. Sounds like a pleasant evening, right?! Not the way Playwright Tom Murphy tells it. Murphy uses a guy’s hometown return as the impetus for a drunken sh#tstorm. As the drinks go down, the tension goes up and the gloves come off. Murphy’s characters grapple with politics and religion. And just below those broad topics are the real issues; resentment, jealousy, regret, disillusionment. Murphy sets his tale in Ireland in 1974. It could just as easily be Oak Lawn in 2012. Conversations on a Homecoming is a sobering saga about being stuck in the in-between. Past and present. Traditional and modern. Reality and delusion. Hope and cynicism. Read the rest of my review at Chicago Theater Beat.
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