Season in Union Square

"Nate Rufus Edelman’s winning drama [is] a pressure cooker at steam heat!" -New York Times

The Belle of Belfast

by Nate Rufus Edelman
directed by
Claudia Weill

Extended through June 14, 2015
at the DR2 Theatre in Union Square

In 1985 Belfast, fiery and profane Anne Malloy drinks and smokes her days away with her chubby curry chip-addicted best mate. When she turns to her parish priest, Father Reilly, seeking the comforts of the flesh in addition to the comforts of the soul, she discovers her troubles have just begun. A wry and  bittersweet portrait of a city at war, The Belle of Belfast forces us to consider what is wrong and what is righteous.

*Mature language & situations, recommended for ages 16 & up*

Performance Schedule:
Tues at 7pm | Wed at 3pm & 8pm
| Thu at 7pm | Fri at 8pm | Sat at 3pm & 8pm | Sun at 3pm
Tickets: $70

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Opening Night: Thursday, April 23, 2015

What the Critics Are Saying:

"It’s 1985, and Belfast is a city at war, but, remarkably, not lacking in humor....The playwright, Edelman makes fine use of the Confessional as a space of piety and flirtation....One gripping scene after another is masterfully managed by the director, Claudia Weill, and a first-rate cast."” –The New Yorker

The characters don’t renounce their faith or their political convictions in “The Belle of Belfast.” But they question both, and that makes for very rewarding drama. -The New York Times

The Belle of Belfast examines the extent to which religious beliefs can inspire and comfort followers… And playwright Edelman's humanity lies in the depth of his empathy for those troubled. Directed extremely well by Claudia Weill, it is a touchingly unsettling work.–Huffington Post

"Under the sharp directorial eye of Claudia Weill, this ninety-minute production shows impressive efficiency in developing compelling characters with whose struggles we can empathize, regardless of how far we might be removed from Northern Irish violence. Anchored by the dynamic performances of Lydic and Allan-Headley, the production approaches violent political turmoil on the level of warm and insightful personal struggle." -Exeunt Magazine

"Doubt meets Lolita" -Onstage

"Sensitively written...wonderfully human...authentic and gripping" -John Simon, The Westchester Guardian

A “Best Bet” Pick
Captivating…The genius of The Belle of Belfast is in the way things that are compelling are juxtaposed with things that are flip. One moment you can be laughing because of a wisecrack, but the next moment, your heart can be tugged by a tender look. The dynamics between Lydic and Allan-Headley are chief among those that create this yin and yang, but under Claudia Weill’s tight direction on a modest, well-used stage, the whole cast is impressive. A must-see.” –Theater is Easy

“A funny, sad, affecting and deep tale of forbidden passion and survival amid senseless violence through a straightforward sequence of exceptionally well-acted scenes, sharply and sensitively written. The Irish Rep has produced another winner.-Blog Critics

The Belle of Belfast, a little firebomb of a play, is now detonating eight times weekly in one of the best acted productions I've seen at this venerable Off Broadway venue... This is good theater. And that's the fecking truth.".” –Broadway Blog


Take a look behind-the-scenes of The Belle of Belfast with exclusive cast interviews!

Cast: (in alphabetical order)
Hamish Allan-Headley   Ben Reilly
Patricia Conolly
  Emma Malloy
Arielle Hoffman   Ciara Murphy
Kate Lydic
  Anne Malloy
Billy Meleady   Dermott Behan
Artistic Staff:  
Claudia Weill
John McDermott
 Scenic Design
Terese Wadden
 Costume Design
Justin Townsend
 Lighting Design
Daniel Kluger
 Sound Design
Jeff Larson  Projections
Rick Sordelet  Fight Director
Stephen Gabis  Dialect Coach
Christine Lemme
 Production Stage Manager
Rebecca C. Monroe
 Assistant Stage Manager












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