On bare stage, Trad goes on a quest "So funny I wept, so tragic I couldn't stop laughing — yes, there’s no doubt about it. Mark Doherty's Trad is a quintessentially Irish play."
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Trad delivers a kiss and a kick to Irish drama "Tir Na producing artistic director Colin Hamell, Billy Meleady, and Nancy E. Carroll — play the piece with precision and wit, with only the mournful strains of Morgan Evans-Weiler’s fiddle and Chad Kirchner’s guitar to hint that Trad, though bent on propelling its stunted characters either out of this world or into the future, is more than just a lampoon of boastful, blindered, blarney-strewn Irish tradition."
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Defining states of mind "Doherty's play tackles that issue through absurdist comedy. Hamell plays 100-year-old Thomas, who goes on a bit of a quest with his 150-year-old Da, played by Billy Meleady. Nancy E. Carroll, fresh off a Broadway run in Present Laughter plays a 150-year-old lass named Sal and the tale-spinning Father Rice."
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