‘Disco Pigs’ Assessment: Enda Walsh Breakout Play At Irish Rep

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Speak about a teenage wasteland. Relating to Enda Walsh’s star-making work “Disco Pigs,” that’s an apt description for the lives of the play’s adolescent inhabitants.

It additionally describes the dirty, grey, charred-looking setting created for the gripping 20th anniversary revival from London at Irish Repertory Theatre by way of Feb. 18.

Colin Campbell and Evanna Lynch make vivid impressions because the near-feral Pig and Runt. These are earthy and affectionate nicknames for 2 misfits who’re born inside minutes of one another on the identical day, in the identical hospital.

Now 17, they’re joined tightly on the hip (they dwell in their very own fantasy land), the mouth (they converse their very own language, together with slang, oinks and grunts) in addition to the pinnacle and the center. They each have violent streaks, that are exacerbated by the dependent duo’s rising sexual wishes — not essentially for one another.

The Dublin-born Walsh, a Tony-winner for the romantic “As soon as,” is at residence with tales stuffed with shadows and tortured souls. That features “The New Electrical Ballroom,” “Misterman” and, in fact, “Disco Pigs.”

Director John Haidar’s staging strikes at a becoming quick and livid clip. A lot so your ears could ache as they attempt to regulate to the accents, unfamiliar references and Pig-and-Runt converse. That will get marginally simpler over 75 minutes.

The lives of Pig and Runt don’t. At one level the 2 are entranced and impressed by “Baywatch.” It’s going to take greater than the Hoff and Pamela Anderson to rescue these two outcast teenagers.

 
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