A Guide to Modern Playwrights, Plays, and Productions
The Night Season

This is only the second play by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who already is being hailed as a bright, new important addition to the theater scene for her “gift for combining the lyrical and the eccentrically comic” and her “shrewd psychological insights.” (Paul Taylor, The Independent)  Set in Sligo, Ireland, it concerns the Kennedy family, deserted by the mother fifteen years ago, leaving her three daughters, her alcoholic husband (David Bradley), and her mother Lily, played with verve by Annette Crosbie.  Into their lives arrives a handsome young screen actor (John Light) to lodge with them while a film crew shoots a movie about the love of William Butler Yeats and Maud Gonne.  He dances with Lily and has an affair with Rose (Justine Mitchell), one of the sisters.  Meanwhile, the oldest sister Judith (Susan Lynch) joins her father in a drinking contest in the pub, abandoning her usual responsibilities and looking up a former lover. (Lloyd Hutchinson).  Ms. Lenkiewicz wins praise from Benedict Nightingale of the Times for the “ movingly reported and beautifully written” offstage meeting between Judith and her mother.  Lucy Bailey directed the play at the Cottesloe Theatre.  National Theatre website: www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.