How appropriate for Gloucester Stage to mount a production of Enda Walsh's Obie-winning play, "The New Electric Ballroom." Although set in an Irish coastal fishing village, there are universal truths that apply to almost all fishing communities. Boredom, gossip, petty grudges, class hierarchy, mind-numbing routine, and deep loneliness are not the sole property of the fishing village that Enda has created set on the west coast of Ireland. These are dynamics that wash in with tides all over the world.
Here is how the playbill describes this work by the same playwright who brought us the stunning "Once":
L to R: Patsy: Derry Woodhouse; Clara: Marya Lowry;
"The New Electric Ballroom"
Through August 15
Photo by Gary Ng