Press

“The topics are those of history: war heroes, politics, religion, a divided country, patriotism, tribalism.  But despite any connections to our world we might make while watching Irish Heritage Theatre’s fine and absorbing production, this play, by the great Irish master Friel, is about real events in 16th-century Ireland.” Toby Zinman on Making History (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Told in the format of rotating direct-address monologues, the funny and heartrending three-hander requires a director and cast who can deliver all of the humor and pathos, hope and despair, enthusiasm and pain, and joys and hardships inherent in life, as reflected in Friel’s masterful, and very demanding, script. Irish Heritage Theatre’s current production–directed by Peggy Mecham and starring Kirsten Quinn, Ethan Lipkin, and Michael Toner—does it beautifully, with thought-provoking acuity, profound sensitivity, and genuine humanity.”- Deb Miller on Molly Sweeney (DC Metro)

“Molly Sweeney is one of Friel’s lesser-known plays, but it shares with his more famous work a seriousness and density that smart audiences welcome.  Mecham’s finely acted version honors that seriousness. This is Irish Heritage Theatre’s first production that’s Barrymore Award-eligible; more than that, it’s Barrymore worthy.”-David Fox on Molly Sweeney (Philadelphia Magazine)

“Turn off your phones, step away from your laptops, and run, don’t walk to the Irish Heritage Theatre’s first ever Barrymore-eligible production.” –Jess Foley on Molly Sweeney (Phindie)

“Toner, a beloved local Irish theater specialist for over four decades, is superb as Rice, maintaining a posh accent until drink and regret force his Irish brogue to the surface. Lipkin excels as a more realistic, human-sized character than he usually plays, revealing Frank’s charms and failings…Quinn plays Molly’s blindness with subtle mastery, and makes a character often taken for granted by those around her rich and complex.” –Mark Cofta on Molly Sweeney (Broad Street Review)

“…There’s no doubting the power of O’Casey’s writing, with its tangy admixture of dark comedy and mournfulness. We Americans have few opportunities to see his work— in fact, it’s been more than 40 years since the last Broadway revival ofPlough and the Stars. So especially if you’re an Irish literature, theater, or history buff, this is a rare opportunity.” –David Fox on Plough and the Stars (Philadelphia Magazine)

“Under Peggy Mecham’s compassionate direction, the lead actors deliver consistently powerful portrayals with believable Irish accents (dialogue coaching by Kate Danaher).”-Deb Miller on Juno and the Paycock (Phindie)

“Peggy Mecham’s pleasing and entertaining production of Juno and the Paycock touches thoughtfully on the Irish war for independence. It registers most as a comedy. Albeit one at which you’re often laughing with a lump in your throat.”-Neal Zoren on Juno and the Paycock (Nealspaper)

“Anderson, Patane and Rodden are three impressive young talents to watch. The lead actors are supported by a fully engaged ensemble, with not a weak link among them.” –Jim Rutter on The Shadow of a Gunman(Philadelphia Inquirer)

“The three short one-acts that comprise “A Night with Lady G” offer a rarely seen glimpse into the roots of modern Irish theater. No one – or no one in America – produces the plays of Lady Augusta Gregory nowadays, even though she wrote or translated more than 40 of them around the turn of the 1900s, when they were enormously popular in Ireland.” Howard Shapiro on A Night with Lady G. (Newsworks)

“Directed by John Gallagher, this production has the right air of melancholy and some terrific performances. This play is filled with more than its share of standard Irish theatre “types,” but they are not too overdone here. Gallagher also does well in creating the nervous tension brought about when a bright young man tries desperately to find proof that his father loves him before he leaves the old man behind.”-Dennis Dougherty on Philadelphia Here I Come! (Stage Magazine)