Port Authority (2019)

by Conor McPherson

QTC Archives: 2019-2020 Season

October 25 – November 17 , 2019

A tale of the lost loves and missed opportunities of three generations of Dublin men. Directed by Jack Sbarbori and featuring Chris Stinson (Kevin), Matthew Vaky (Dermot), and Joseph Palka (Joe).

Photo by Steve LaRocque of Chris Stinson, Matthew Vaky, and Joseph Palka.

Bethesda’s Quotidian Theatre Company is the most McPhersonian of them all, having staged 10 McPhersons, including the U.S. premiere of The Veil… This anthology of three interwoven monologues by Dublin men—one young, one middle-aged, and one living out his final years in a nursing home—is as observant in its details and rich in small epiphanies as any of McPherson’s character studies… As he did 10 years ago, Jack Sbarbori has cast three dudes—different dudes, to be clear—who interpret the material with sensitivity and grace.

Washington City Paper‘s Chris Klimek- Read the Review

Photo by Steve LaRocque of Chris Stinson.

QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori directs the play with an affectionate touch and a respectful hand, trusting the actors to carry long stretches of monologue and it pays off in sensitive, resonant performances.


DC Theatre Scene’s Roy Maurer awards 5 stars to Port AuthorityRead the Review

Photo by Steve LaRocque of Matthew Vaky.

McPherson’s Port Authority, now in a stunning revival mounted by Quotidian Theatre Company in Bethesda, is a masterpiece of storytelling, told in the form of interlocking monologues that are as entertaining as they are moving… The play is performed by three consummate actors and directed by Jack Sbarbori, who co-founded the theater 22 years ago…

DC Metro Theater Arts’  Ravelle Brickman- Read the Review

Photo by Steve LaRocque of Joseph Palka.

Port Authority is an evening of deceptively easy chat; the turmoil, the struggles, hover over the stage and only occasionally come crashing into view. If you come to see this fine Quotidian production, don’t be surprised if you find yourself haunted by these characters, in much the same way that they are haunted themselves.

MD Theatre Guide’s Andrew White – Read the Review

To be sure, director Jack Sbarbori has designed a sturdy pier and a waterside shed with his usual attention to visual detail. But the passions inside three characters make this play and production riveting.

Broadway World’s Mary Lincer- Read the Review

Again the fascination is to be found in enjoying a good afternoon or evening of slightly nostalgic storytelling. While the play itself prescribes to the philosophy of the “what might have been” the reality that these performers set down is “what was as they might have lived it.” And that is a far more fascinating approach, honed and guided under Jack Sbarbori’s sagely stage experience, to do justice to the piece.

Theatre Bloom’s Amanda Gunther- Read the Review

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