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The Hen Night Epiphany

DEBORAH KENNEDY
7:30 pm Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 pm Sundays through June 29, Sunday June 22 | $15-$25
CoHo Theater
2257 NW Raleigh St.
 
If your idea of a good hen night—the Irish equivalent of a bachelorette party—involves dancing, flirting and enough booze to float a boatload of Chippendales, Jimmy Murphy’s The Hen Night Epiphany might puzzle you a wee. Bride-to-be Una has invited four women to her remote cottage, ostensibly to celebrate her last week of singlehood. But her real motive is free labor. She’s hoping her friends will help her get the place—recently repossessed and a mess of trash and children’s toys—move-in ready. Una’s hen night, while not exactly another Hangover waiting to happen, does turn out to be full of surprises. There’s something amiss with nearly everyone. The groom’s godmother is tortured by a secret. Una’s besties are either mid-breakup or mourning yet another failed love affair. The only seemingly happy hens are Una and her future mother-in-law, Olive, but as the night wears on it becomes clear that no one in this motley crew is without wounds, whether psychic or corporeal. Under the smart direction of Gemma Whelan, the performances in this Corrib Theatre production, particularly those of Amanda Soden as Una and Luisa Sermol as Olive, are first rate. But they can’t save what is ultimately a somewhat sluggish tract on the abuse women suffer at the hands of their menfolk. That’s not to say there isn’t a story here. There is. And it’s told with a sprinkling of poignant humor a la Steel Magnolias, but Murphy’s writing is a bit like the hike the women have to take to get to Una’s nest on the hill—heavy-going, muddy and sure to leave you parched for a pitcher of “Bitch Whiskeys.”

Where: CoHo Theater
Address: 2257 NW Raleigh St.
Website: http://corribtheatre.org

 
 

CoHo Theater

2257 NW Raleigh St.
Portland, OR
97210
 
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