“An Uplifting Night at the Theatre”: Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

Tuesdays with Morrie

It is rare that you get a play that is moving and humorous at the same time, but this stage version of Mitch Albom’s highly acclaimed book Tuesdays with Morrie manages this balancing act.

It is set around Mitch, a big shot sports journalist who, in his pursuit of wealth, has forgotten what is important in life. He has also forgotten Morrie, his old college professor and mentor, until he sees him on the television talking about his battle with a debilitating disease. He remembers a broken promise he made to Morrie that he would stay in touch after graduation. So, after sixteen years he decides to pay him a visit.

It was only supposed to be one visit but what emerges is a rekindling of the friendship between the two, and a voyage of self-discovery for Mitch. He is so taken by Morrie’s words that he agrees to visit every Tuesday, even thought he will miss some important work commitments. Morrie’s illness is crippling but his talk is not maudlin; on the contrary he talks of what is beautiful in life and maintains his wonderful sense of humour which has the audience laughing throughout. Mitch learns from Morrie that life is about giving of oneself to those you love.

Terry Byrne puts in a great performance as Morrie, capturing his playful humour, as well as his great wisdom and humanity. Andrew Murray superbly portrays Mitch’s journey, as he learns from Morrie what he has forgotten about life.  Despite the play being about a man dying, it is ultimately an uplifting night at the theatre which makes you think we should all be more like Morrie.

There was a standing ovation at the end which was fully deserved; this is an inspiring and superbly executed production.

Dermot Hicks

Tuesdays with Morrie is now playing at the Civic Theatre from 4 – 8 September 2012. Book tickets here.

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About Civic Theatre

The Civic Theatre's Mission is to mount an artistic and challenging programme of contemporary and classical Irish and international work in Theatre, Dance, Opera and Music for the community of South Dublin county and environs. History The Civic Theatre, opened in March 1999, a project of South Dublin County Council and also grant aided by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. The first production at The Civic Theatre Tallaght was Howie the Rookie by Mark O'Rowe, directed by Mike Bradwell and starring Aidan Kelly and Karl Shiels. It opened on the 23rd March 1999. Since opening we have developed relationships with most Irish theatre companies and most opera, contemporary dance, ballet and children's theatre companies, developing healthy audiences for these. We are particularly proud of our co-productions – to date we've produced; or co-produced 22 plays, involving new Irish writing. We have hosted wonderful international productions, fantastic local work, and we have had some terrific nights of music on stage at the Civic.
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