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When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m., Sundays, 2 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 28 2007
Price: $19-$32

Conor McPherson's 1997 ghost-story play a cozy staging nestled in Klyph Stanford's terrific Irish pub set, complete with rain through the windows. So complete is the laid-back air to Kevin T. Morales' production that it's easy to become lost in the lilting accents and ambient craic and realize belatedly that you've missed the important bit. It's hard to focus on the spooky stories as they're being told, and there's not much to the play other than those yarns - a lot of pub gossip and a bit of implied interpersonal back story, but nothing to trouble yourself about. Warren McClure has a nicely casual, genial charm as older patron Jack. Katie Pelensky is pleasant enough barstool company as Valerie, a young Dublin woman who's just moved to the boonies, but when she has to carry the scene she simply goes blank. It's up to the rueful reminiscences of McClure's Jack to give the play some emotional weight. (Through October 27 at Town Hall Theatre; or 925-283-1557)

— Sam Hurwitt


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