"The three storytellers in Quotidian Theatre Company’s “This Lime Tree Bower” spin Conor McPherson’s Irish tale with low-key confidence. This 100-minute show — a string of interlocked monologues from three men — nicely captures the wry caper quality of McPherson’s early play.
Director Jack Sbarbori creates a simple fish-and-chip shop set at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, but the atmosphere really comes from McPherson’s characters. They tell tales that gradually overlap, starting with young Joe (Chris Stinson), who carries on about a friend of his. Brother Frank (David Mavricos) gets mixed up with the local mob, while friend Ray (Michael Avolio) teaches philosophy but always seems to be on a bender.
The lads unwind their long sagas directly to us and to each other: It’s a personable approach. You grow to like Stinson’s naive shine as Joe, Avolio’s low murmur and subversive humor as the snarky academic Ray, and Mavricos’s jumpy energy as Frank. These actors ride the current of McPherson’s thoughtful, funny plot with laid-back ease." Read the full review.
-Nelson Pressley - The Washington Post
"Not as well known or as often produced as Conor McPherson’s later works The Weir, Port Authority or Shining City, this superb production of This Lime Tree Bower is every bit as worthy, in the custody of Quotidian Theatre Company, which has become the best stage to experience McPherson’s plays in the Washington, D.C. area." Read the full review.
-Roy Maurer - DC Theatre
"Joe (Chris Stinson), the youngest, Catholic-school scrubbed, hair barely there and brushed back, fresh and dapper in light-gray slacks, white shirt, and navy v-neck sweater with school patch at the upper left (costumes uncredited), begins the first of what will be a series of uninterrupted monologues lasting up to 15 minutes or more. Do not, by any means, allow this to put you off. The skill of the writing, the acting and the directing will keep you riveted, like a suspenseful campfire story or bedtime tale." Read the full review.
-Leslie Weisman - DC Metro