Theater preview: Terminus

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

When it comes to theater companies, few have a more storied history than Dublin's Abbey Theatre, the national theater of Ireland. Founded by Lady Augusta Gregory and William Butler Yeats, the Abbey launched the careers of playwrights John Millington Synge, Sean O'Casey and many others.

Mark O'Rowe is one of the Abbey's more recent discoveries. On the fifth stop of its current U.S. tour, the company brings O'Rowe's darkly comic "Terminus" to Ohio State's Thurber Theatre on Wednesday, March 9.

In this trio of interwoven monologues, a mother, her daughter and a serial killer relate the tale of one night's surreal and horrific events. Each character speaks in rap-like rhymes while lit by an overhead spotlight.

Some who have seen "Terminus" warn that it may not be for the faint of heart, proving that there's something explosive about the power of O'Rowe's words.

In interviews, O'Rowe has acknowledged the influences of David Mamet, Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett on his work. And one Australian critic likened O'Rowe's poetry to "James Joyce meeting Jay-Z."

O'Rowe may not be the next Yeats, Synge or O'Casey, but judging from reactions to "Terminus," his Irish voice demands a listen.


8 p.m. Wednesday, March 9

Drake Performance Center

1849 Cannon Dr., Campus