W.B. Yeats loved words, too, though with less fierce theatricality. Mystic, mythical, and ritual-based, his dramas lived in some stylized faraway locale; they beg for directorial magic. The Irish Rep's Yeats Project—two multiple bills in full production, plus a host of readings—is a bold undertaking, but Charlotte Moore, who staged Program A's one-acts (The Countess Cathleen, The Cat and the Moon, On Baile's Strand), sticks pretty much to verbal clarity. Yeats's words provide such magic as there is; occasionally, a cast member—most often Patrick Fitzgerald—gives a line an extra fillip. One wishes for a little more.

Astutely reworked: Next to Normal
Joan Marcus
Astutely reworked: Next to Normal


Next to Normal
By Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt
Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street, 212-239-6200

Joe Turner's Come and Gone
By August Wilson
Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th Street, 212-239-6200

The Yeats Project: Program A
By W.B. Yeats
Irish Repertory Theatre
132 West 22nd Street, 212-727-2737


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