Zach Riley and Sarah Lynn Wilke shine as the star-crossed lovers, complemented by Hannah Fueka and Connor Kelly as the other lovers who almost don’t get together in the end. The sublime Boris Nikolovski is the town rascal Myles, Ian Whipp the sniveling hunchbacked servant Danny and Dustin Dikes all but twirls his mustache as the dastardly attorney Mr. Corrigan. Several other supporting players do fine work, everyone with pretty much flawless Irish dialects which may be a tad hard to understand – you have to pay attention.
The towering yet simple set(s) (Sarah Pearline) neatly divides the upper and lower classes, the gorgeous costumes (Kate Koskinen) accent the period perfectly and the green-washed backdrop (Heather DeFauw) with movable moon casts an enveloping glow over all the considerable action. In sum, it’s an evening of total immersion in 19th Century Ireland – but make sure you get there earlyǃ (A “colleen bawn” apparently means “a steadfast Irish girl,” but I’m not completely sure about that.)
THANKS to Guest GLUT Reviewer, Tom Klunzinger