Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Fans of all things Irish should flock to this show, chronicling the life of beloved Irish poet, balladeer and political muckraker Thomas Moore.
Ottawa’s Richard Hanna admirably portrays Moore, along with such famous acquaintances as fellow poets Byron and Wordsworth and King George IV, seamlessly transforming from one character to the next.
Seated in an oversize chair (Moore was only 4'8") Hanna brings Moore alive in both flesh and spirit, interspersing moments from Moore’s life with a healthy (maybe over) helping of his songs, in a reedy Irish tenor, of course.
Musically, the show suffers at points when a taped backing track is brought in as accompaniment, as Hanna doesn’t always stay in tune or in time. But when on his own, accompanying himself on electric harp or flitting from character to character, Hanna is delightful.
— Barb Stewart
From the Fringe program:
Expat Thomas Moore, loves being the singing lapdog of the Prince Regents court, but after best friend Irish Patriot Robert Emmett is hung as a traitor, it gets personal. Avowing revenge, Moore re-invents himself as Ireland's Bard, slyly propagandizing for the Irish cause, while audaciously remaining the darling of the Regency Elite. Richard Hanna is "the epitome of delightful" in this award winning tour de force.
Director: David Brown
Cast: Richard Hanna
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 mins.
Discount Tickets: $7 for Students, Seniors, Kids (12 & under), unemployed, Fringe performers
Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:44 PM CDT: