BRENDAN COYLE has spent almost 400 performances, his elbows propped on a bar, a lager or a whisky at the ready, listening to his fellow players in ''The Weir'' turn a litany of ghostly tales into a haunting study of collective self-revelation. But playing a bartender also named Brendan, Mr. Coyle never gets a story of his own, unless you believe -- as some do -- that Brendan's tale begins once Conor McPherson's play ends...
Alone among the five characters of Conor McPherson’s hit play, "The Weir," Brendan, the owner and operator of the country pub in which the tale takes place, has no tale to tell, no monologue to deliver. Each of the others has an extended story to relate to the spellbound audiences filling the Walter Kerr Theatre, where the play opened on April 1, and one of them has two turns at bat...
By Joseph Hurley/ Irish Echo
Playwright Conor McPherson has pulled off the not inconsiderable feat of turning the stage of the Walter Kerr Theatre into a kind of scout camp bonfire around which his spellbound audience listens in rapt silence as an ensemble of five sterling actors regale each other with a string of fascinating ghost stories. The playwright, a 27-year-old Dubliner, supplies everything but the marshmallows...