I went to see this show out of a desire to know more about this Nobel Laureate, and this production satisfied that need. It started with a lyrical dance sequence that I was a little disappointed to see end, and then became a dramatization of the poet’s life.
Sometimes the play told rather than showed, but for the most part it gave us a fascinating look into Yeats’ past. Neil MacArthur wrote the play and portrayed Yeats. I did not find his performance particularly convincing, although he does bear a certain physical resemblance. The main problem for me, though, was that the scenes between him and his lover Maud Gonne did not show much passion, either for each other or for Ireland. I could never see this as a great love affair. On the other hand, the scenes between him and his eventual wife, Georgie, were believable and had a nice flow.
Venue 3 — ALTO Portage Place