The Wake of Dorcas Kelly

Whores and clients sit watch during The Wake of Dorcas Kelly while a priest comforts the injured head of security, in spit & vigor’s debut of their artistic director Sara Fellini’s new play. Original production photos by Nick Thomas.
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By Andrew Andrews

Dublin, Ireland, 1761.

The body of Madame Dorcas Kelly has just been smuggled into her house of ill repute for a proper wake, after being hanged and burned by the angry mob outside.

Clients and a former whore pop in and out of the brothel to pay their respects, recall memories and gossip about the situation, as a priest who’s passed out from too much opium is dragged in through the window and bound in rope, to perform last rights when he eventually comes-to.

As the night goes on, the company uncovers increasingly-disturbing secrets about the deceased madame, eventually realizing that the angry mob was more justified in their action than originally anticipated.

The performance is punctuated by musical interludes.

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Andrew Andrews attended The Wake of Dorcas Kelly at Players Theatre in New York on Thursday, July 15, 2021 @ 8:00pm to write this review.

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