With Eugene O'Neill's classic "Long Day's Journey into Night" as a backdrop, "The Second Girl" is set in the downstairs world of the Tyrone family kitchen in August 1912. Two Irish immigrant servant girls and the chauffeur search for love, success, and a sense of belonging in their new world in this lyrical and poignant world premiere by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ronan Noone (Brendan, The Atheist) and directed by Campbell Scott (The Atheist).
|Kathleen McElfresh as Bridgety|
in the Huntington Theatre Company production of the moving Irish drama
The Second Girl by Ronan Noone, directed by Campbell Scott,
playing January 16 – February 21, 2015
at the South End/Calderwood Pavilion
In subtle ways, the action in this drama mirrors that of the play that inspired this work. In "A Long Day's Journey Into Night," Mrs. Tyrone keeps herself enshrouded in a drug-induced fog to keep herself in denial of the fact that her son is dying. In this play, Bridget's drinking helps to drown the pain of her shame and the fact that her son is being raised by others. She fears that a letter may arrive any day announcing that he has died.
This play is a fine evocation of what the Irish immigrant experience must have been like for many Bridgets and Cathleens who came over to make a new life for themselves. I encourage you to come and experience this worthy new work for yourself.
The play runs through February 21st at the Calderwood Pavilion.