Everyman Theatre, Hope Street
25 February - 19 March at 19.45pm
Three men - young (Matthew Dunphy), mddle-aged (Ruairi Conaghan) and
elderly (Ciaran McIntyre) - sit on chairs almost throughout the entire
play talking about their own lives and the way it has treated them. They
never speak to one another or acknowledge the existence of the other two
characters who share the stage.
Apart from the chairs , the only other props are three film screens behind
them which portray their head and shoulders. I am not sure whether this
adds or detracts from the production, although I suppose it gave the audience
something else to look at rather than constantly staring at three individuals
Set in Dublin, with many geographical locations from the city regularly
mentioned, Conor McPherson's play,"Port Authority', directed by Matthew
Dunster, left me bored. I felt no empathy with any of the three men with
their humdrum and shallow lives and humdrum monologues.
My attention while watching the play sometimes strayed elsewhere, because
it was like listening to a bloke on a bus bitching about how cruel life
can be, or how he could have achieved more from life if only.....
The play meanders along throughout with little dramatic llight or shade,
apart from the occasional burst of loud music. Although the three men
spoke at length about themselves, ultimately they had little to say!