(BOSTON) – Due to popular demand, the Huntington Theatre Company has extended the run of its production of Kirsten Greenidge’s The Luck of the Irish, to May 6. The added performances are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, May 1 – 3, at 7:30pm; Friday, May 4 at 8pm, Saturday, May 5 at 2pm and 8pm, and Sunday, May 6 at 2pm. The Luck of the Irish plays at the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston.
The Boston Globe says The Luck of the Irish is “superb” and “beautifully realized,” and “Greenidge is a writer of compassion and deep understanding. A [plot] summary does not begin to capture how rich Greenidge’s dialogue is, how satisfyingly detailed the two interwoven stories are, and how uniformly well-acted it is.”
A new block of seats is on sale now. Single tickets start at $25 and can be purchased online at huntingtontheatre.org, by phone at 617 266 0800, or in person at the BU Theatre Box Office, 264 Huntington Ave. and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA Box Office, 527 Tremont St. in Boston’s South End.
The Luck of the Irish spans two time periods and three generations. In the late 1950s, Lucy and Rex Taylor, a well-to-do African-American couple living in Boston’s South End, aspire to move to a nearby suburb to provide a better life for their two daughters. Unable to purchase a home in a segregated neighborhood themselves, they pay Patty Ann and Joe Donovan, a struggling Irish family to “ghost-buy” the house on their behalf and then sign over the deed. Fifty years later, Lucy’s granddaughter Hannah lives in the house with her family, where she grapples with the contemporary racial and social issues that stem from living in a primarily white community. When Lucy dies and leaves the house to Hannah and her sister Nessa, the now elderly Donovans return and ask for “their” house back. This complex yet intimate new play examines the long-term emotional costs of racial integration in Boston and the universal longing for a sense of place.
ABOUT THE HUNTINGTON
Since its founding in 1982, the Huntington Theatre Company has developed into Boston’s leading theatre company. Bringing together superb local and national talent, the Huntington produces a mix of groundbreaking new works and classics made current. Led by Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso, the Huntington creates award-winning productions, runs nationally renowned programs in education and new play development, and serves the local theatre community through its operation of the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The Huntington is in residence at Boston University. For more information, visithuntingtontheatre.org.