With a name like The Seafarer, you might think Stage West's latest play would be set at sea. An adaptation of The Old Man and the Sea or The Perfect Storm, perhaps. Or maybe it's a full-blown, mega-production version of Kevin Costner's Waterworld. Unfortunately for all you special effects lovers, the play takes place in Dublin, where James "Sharky" Harkin has returned to care for his aging, blind brother. Finding themselves in the company of old friends, a card game ensues, placing this Conor McPherson play more squarely in the tradition of lesser classics like Honeymoon in Vegas, Rounders, and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. The New York Times called the play "a thinking person's alternative to It's a Wonderful Life as a flagon of Christmas cheer," and only thinking people use a word like "flagon," so you better believe them. The Seafarer plays through Sunday at Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd. in Fort Worth. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $24 to $28. Call 817-784-9378 or visit stagewest.org.
Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 3 p.m. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through Feb. 22, 2009