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A Skull in Connemara

World Trade Center Theater (map) Downtown
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through March 1 2009

$25-29 (student $16)

A Skull in Connemara's central conceit is appealingly gruesome: The graveyard in Leenane, Ireland's is full up, and so after seven years in the ground, bodies must be removed from the graveyard to make way for new ones. Mick Dowd (Bruce Burkhartsmeier) is charged with the unenviable task of excavating the bones—he's also suspected of deliberately killing his wife, who died in a drunken driving accident while he was at the wheel. When it comes time for Mick to dig up the missus, her bones are missing, arousing the interest of a bitter, bumbling local detective (Michael O'Connell). The ensuing did-he-or-didn't-he takes a quick turn toward the philosophical before a too-glib conclusion, for which the ensemble and the playwright are equally to blame. Had this show been produced by any other company, this review would be a rave—but Third Rail has rapidly and rightly gained a reputation as one of Portland's finest ensembles, and the bar for their work is accordingly high. Connemara is solid, but from a company that generally delivers the spectacular, solid is a letdown. AH

World Trade Center Theater

121 SW Salmon, Bldg. #2, Portland, OR 97204

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  • Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through March 1 2009