Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Upcoming: St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson , Hyde Park Theatre, February 17 - March 12

Found at AustinOnStage.com:

St. Nicholas

by Conor McPherson
February 17 - March 12
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $19 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, and Thursday performances are "Pay What You Can."
The Hyde Park Theatre is located at 511 W. 43rd Street. For more information and reservations, call (512) 479-PLAY (7529) or visit www.HydeParkTheatre.org.

Hyde Park Theatre Artistic Director Ken Webster returns as the jaded, skirt-chasing Irish theater critic in the comic one-man show St. Nicholas, written by Conor McPherson and running February 17th through March 12th. Webster won the Austin Critics Table Award for "Outstanding Lead Actor" during the play's extended-hit run at Hyde Park Theatre in 2006.

In the wry comedy, the theatre critic falls hopelessly in love with a young - and heartbreakingly beautiful - dancer and actress from the famed Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Following the young actress to London, the critic is drawn into a world of big-city vampires - a world that is elegant, sophisticated, and in the end, soulless.

In its original run, the Austin Chronicle said "Conor McPherson wrote one hell of a one-man show, and Ken Webster executes it beautifully. St. Nicholas is storytelling at its finest…a veteran performer, a famous young playwright, and a good evening of theatre...Webster is a joy to watch." The Austin American Statesman said "The strength of the play rests on McPherson's superbly crafted monologue and Webster's reading of it. The language ranges from physical to emotional to a collection of brilliantly turned phrases, constantly setting up an expectation only to discard it for humor or pathos. And Webster is the ultimate storyteller . . . more enthralling than his vampires."

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