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Distant Music

Distant Music

By James McLindon.

Product Code: DB1000

  • Full-length Play
  • Comedy | Drama
  • Cast size: 2m., 1w.

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Synopsis

On a snowy night in an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Connor, Maeve and Dev meet, each agonizing over an irrevocably life-changing decision. Connor, a seemingly cynical Irish-American law professor, has spent much of his life looking for something to believe in, but he's been repeatedly disillusioned, by his faith, the law, and, finally, love. Tonight may be his last chance as he mulls over the prestigious judgeship he's been offered and, far more importantly, the fact that the woman he has always loved, Maeve, a nun, may suddenly be available if she decides to perform a baptism for the child of two gay men in her parish. Dev, the bartender, is an unsettled Irish immigrant whose easy humor and tall tales mask his own dilemma: should he buy the local fish and chips shop with his brother and return to Ireland or admit that America is now his home? The three fight over religion and beer, whether truth exists at all, the differences between the Irish and Irish-Americans, the many failings (according to Dev) of the latter, and, finally, the capacity of stout to explain, metaphorically and metaphysically, most of life. As the evening unfolds, each is eager to tell the others exactly what they should do with their lives and equally resolved not to discuss his or her own. Ultimately, Maeve's determination to force Connor to confront their feelings for each other, and Dev's weakness for eavesdropping on them through the heating vent, bring all three face to face with their futures.

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Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Full-length Play
  • Product Code DB1000
  • Cast Size 3
  • Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
  • Cost $10.95
  • Approx. Run Time 95 min

Categories

  • Target Audience College and Adult | Family (all ages) | Senior Adults
  • Performing Group College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group
  • Genre Comedy | Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9781583426630
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

Customer Reviews

"Distant Music packs so much wit, wisdom and sheer delight into two hours that I can only begin to tell you about it in this space... I'd squeeze every blessed line into this review if only I could... How often do you enjoy a play so much you can't wait to see it again? So enchanted you quickly read the entire script...? My first experience with a play by James McLindon reminded me of my first viewing of an August Wilson play. I wanted to retain and relish every laugh line, every witty insight... Don't let the easy humor mislead you. It's always as wise as it is funny, meaty as it is mirthful."
Review by Warren Francke, The Reader, Omaha, Neb., reviewing a performance by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre
"The Brigit has done a lot of fine Irish plays, but Distant Music ranks among the best this reviewer has seen for its clever writing, interesting characters...it's exceptionally good theater... It's pretty funny stuff, and equally substantive. The dialogue is so witty I found myself scribbling quotes all night long... The show is a great mix of meaty moralism and funny, funny dialogue."
Review by Bob Fischbach, World Herald, Omaha, Neb., reviewing a performance by the Brigit St. Brigit Theatre

Media Reviews

"Brilliant theater … GO! Experience this little theatrical miracle for yourselves." -Theater Mirror

"It's a treat to see such a sharp mind at work. … Don't miss this intriguing new play." -Boston Globe

"Poetic, insightful … Fascinating … Biting wit and rich, lyrical dialogue." -Deseret News