Irish Eyes, Unsmiling: Mark O’Rowe’s The Approach Is a Three-Actor Showcase

The Approach, streaming from Dublin. Photo: Helen Shaw

The Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe doesn’t bring his work to New York often, but when he does, the seats catch fire. His Howie the Rookie has been performed in New York three times in the last 20 years—each time scorching the curtains—and anyone who saw his string-of-monologues Terminus in 2008 is probably still waking in the night, screaming. But our view of the man has been confined to the little windows those shows allow. They made him out to be the bareknuckle Homer; his dense, poetic, Irish slang-filled

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