Jimmy Titanic opened at the New Repertory Theater in the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA this week. This energetic Ti Na Production culminated in a rousing standing ovation.
This humor-laced one-man show centered on Belfast shipbuilder Jimmy Boylan. It includes poignant and sometimes irreverent portrayals of characters ranging from furnace workers to God.
Colin Hamell’s versatility and body language in his rendering of of nearly two dozen characters exuded the energy and enthusiasm of an entire ensemble.
This riveting performance went full steam ahead from Belfast to heaven and from the terrifying to the sublime as the play explored a full range of characters, reactions and perspectives.
The play was written by New York journalist and playwright Bernard McMullan, who also wrote the screenplays The Hidden Wake and The Chicken House. The star of Jimmy Titanic, actor Colin Hamell, of Belmont, Massachusetts, is the Producing Artistic Director of Tir Na Theatre and is originally from Meath, Ireland.
Jimmy Titanic was directed by Boston’s Carmel O’Reilly, who in addition to her numerous other Boston-area productions is founder and Artistic Director of the Súgán Theatre Company. She recently served as a Visiting Professor in Theater Arts at Boston College. Both Mr. McMullan and Ms. O’Reilly are originally from Northern Ireland.
Jimmy Titanic is an incredibly fast-paced nearly 90 minutes of dialogue without an intermission. It runs through June 30.
See the website or call the box office 617-923-8487 for tickets.