Sunday, 13 July 2008


Of all the actors and directors in Kansas City, Mark Robbins probably has more direct experience with the plays of Brian Friel than anyone else.

In the early 1980s he played Owen, a central character in “Translations,” at what was then the Missouri Repertory Theatre when Friel’s historical drama was still a new play.

He made his directing debut in Unicorn Theatre’s 1997-98 season with Friel’s three-character monologue play “Molly Sweeney.” In May he played Frank Hardy, the tormented and self-destructive title character in Friel’s “Faith Healer,” another monologue play considered by many to be Friel’s masterpiece.

And now we come to a new production of “Translations,” also considered among Friel’s finest works, which Robbins is staging for Actors Theatre KC.

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