Arts

Aris Theatre Presents Two Works By The ‘Chekhov Of Ireland:’ Brian Friel

Actors Christina Leidel and Eric Lang star in the "Yalta Game" at Aris Theatre.
Actors Christina Leidel and Eric Lang star in the "Yalta Game" at Aris Theatre.
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Brian Friel was known as the “Chekhov of Ireland,” an Irish dramatist who had a Russian soul. In addition to his original plays, Friel adapted and translated works of the great Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. Aris Theatre is presenting two of these works with “The Friel Deal: Two Plays After Chekhov.” Director Kathleen McManus will be presenting “The Bear” and director Tim McDonough will present “The Yalta Game.”

Brian Friel was considered one of the greatest living English-language dramatists until his death in 2015. His works “Philadelphia, Here I Come!” and “Dancing at Lughnasa” were some of his best known plays which brought him multiple Tony Awards. He felt a special connection with Russian writers and plays due to their universalism.

“What we want to give our audiences are these two exquisite kisses. This wonderful Romanticism that lives within Irish playwriting, but doesn’t always take it to that very passionate place,” said McManus.

“The Friel Deal” is showing now through June 23 at 7 Stages Theatre Back Stage.