Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ghostly scenes don’t Eclipse subtle Irish drama

Posted By on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 11:00 AM

click to enlarge AIDAN AND ABETTING: Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn, left) and Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle)
  • AIDAN AND ABETTING: Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn, left) and Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle)

Ghosts manifest at brief, eerie moments in The Eclipse, but the soft-spoken Irish drama also attends to other hauntings. Characters can obsess over one-night stands, brood over the fate of loved ones and even fall under the spell of good books. Spirits aren't the only things that can occupy somebody's head space.

Writer/director Conor McPherson employed the power of ghost stories to enthrall theater audiences in his play The Weir. In The Eclipse, he treats the possibility of undead visitations as just part of a narrative puzzle. He respects the audience to work out some of the ideas for themselves.

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