A Whistle in the Dark

by Tom Murphy

Seanachai Theatre Company at Victory Gardens Theatre

March-May, 2006


A searing portrait of an expatriate Irish family fighting for survival in 1960s England.  A critical and commercial success for the company, it helped launch the careers of many of its actors.

“Seanachai Theatre Company’s revival, directed by Jeff Christian, is so explosive it’s a wonder that the walls of the downstairs studio at Victory Gardens are still intact.  Astoundingly powerful.”     Chicago Tribune ****

“Christian’s direction evokes the claustrophobic world of the Carneys, foregoing pretty stage pictures and cleanly articulated speeches in an effort to capture the ugliness of the scene.   It’s satisfying in a horrific, now-I-must-pluck-my-eyes-out way.”    Time Out Chicago – Critics’ Picks

“Combustibly authentic in its depiction of an Irish family where manly means mean.”   Windy City Times – Year in Review

“Jeff Christian and his cast succeed at re-creating Murphy’s relentlessly unsentimental world.”  Chicago Reader – Critics’ Choice