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James Joyce's the Dead

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James Joyce's the Dead

type:
Stage
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Christopher Walken

We gave it an A

It takes moxie to turn a work by James Joyce into a musical — especially ”The Dead,” written circa 1914 and considered by many to be the world’s greatest short story. But steeped in Joyce’s wit, ambiguity, and sepia literary tones, Shaun Davey and Richard Nelson’s beautifully voiced Irish melodies soar (though star Christopher Walken’s singing voice could use some work). As the wistful and contentious Christmas dinner unfolds, the colorful characters explore the heart of the Irish people. The end result is revelatory: gentler than the landmark 1987 John Huston film yet somehow closer to the lyrical soul of the original work. A