Joseph Whelan

July 18 WTFestival: Off the Main Road

Left: Aaron Costa Ganis as Gino and Kyra Sedgwick as Faye Garrit in the Williamstown Festival Theatre production of William Inge's "Off the Main Road" (photo: Charles Erickson)

William Inge’s ‘Off the Main Road’ gets staged at last

But the ‘lost’ play, in its world premier performance at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, doesn’t measure up to the playwright’s best works

By Joseph Whelan

Six years ago some previously unproduced plays by William Inge were found in the library of a community college in Inge’s hometown of Independence, Kansas. Among the 25 or so works in various stages of development was the complete full-length play Off the Main Road, recently given its world premiere production at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with a stellar cast that includes Emmy Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick and Estelle Parsons, directed by Evan Cabnet…

July 11 DruidShakespeare: The History Plays

Charlotte McCurry, Clare Barrett, Rory Nolan, and Aisling O'Sullivan in DruidShakespeare. Photo by Matthew Thompson

The Death of Kings: ‘DruidShakespeare’ at the Lincoln Center Festival

Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company returns to the Lincoln Center Festival with an ambitious adaption of the Bard’s history plays

By Joseph Whelan
Contributing writer

Some of the best theater I have seen in the past decade has come from Ireland’s Druid Theatre, the Galway-based company with the tiny home down a cobblestone alley and an outsized international reputation…