Cases of mistaken identity can be awkward, funny—even tragic. Sean O’Casey’s play The Shadow of a Gunman plays the scenario out in all three directions. The play is being staged by the Seanachai Theatre Company at the Irish American Heritage Center. Set in the tenements of Dublin in the 1920s, the plot involves a middling poet mistaken for a calculating gunman. But does the play successfully marry comedy and tragedy? And can a modern staging capture the political tension of revolutionary Ireland? Eight Forty-Eight's Dueling Critics Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman joined host Alison Cuddy with their takes.
The Shadow of a Gunman runs through October 23 at the Irish American Heritage Center.