Sharon – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre – Review by Frank L.
Sharon written by Katie Holly
Until July 7th 2018
Sharon (Irene Kelleher) is in her late twenties making her way in Dublin. She gets too closely involved with her boss. She tells this to her old school friend in a telephone conversation. As a result of her professional and emotional upheaval she decides to return to her home, in a rural village, where her loquacious widowed mother rules the roost. The actor who plays the mother is Mark Lawrence and the best friend is played by Marie O’Donovan. Each of them play several other parts in the play, and neither sex nor age proving a barrier. Sharon is not a conventional person and being a mother and/or a wife is not her main preoccupation in life. The play is about how she adapts or fails to adapt on the return to her childhood home.
The set consists of a small round table and two chairs. While Kelleher as Sharon is always on the stage, Lawrence and O’Donovan are coming and going with a fair degree of rapidity as they interpret their various roles. Remarkably Lawrence not only plays Sharon’s formidable mother but also her lover Nigel. Not many plays require an actor to play such divergent roles. Lawrence was effective as the diffident lover while also showing a genuine flair in interpreting the garrulous mother. O’Donovan and Lawrence were also impressive as two old male codgers sitting at a pub counter having a chat.
Kelleher carries the burden of the play as she displays the angst which Sharon endures as she is not particularly interested in babies nor in being married. There are many moments of high comedy which the three actors reveal with good timing. But there are more serious moments where illness and even death are the driving force of the narrative. Kelleher delivers assuredly this array of frustrations and emotions. This is a fine piece of lunchtime theatre and it deserves to be seen.
Written and directed by Katie Holly
Starring Irene Kelleher, Mark Lawrence and Marie O’Donovan