… author ex machina …

Never mind the hype — this is not a good play.  The characters and their problems are interesting, but their dire situations are resolved too easily.

The setting is the junked up Dublin apartment of Tommy, and like the apartment that has the requisite parts — a sink, a bathroom, beds, chairs, the characters are recognizable but junked up, unable to engage fully with the regular world.  Tommy, whose ex-wife hammers at him for abandoning his kids, ekes out a living from odd jobs, employing Doc, a little guy who (we’re told) is slow witted and is wearing out his welcome at his sister’s place.  Going out for a snack one night, Tommy comes home with a beaten and bleeding girl, Aimee, whose tight low jeans and sparse speech convey bottom of the social barrel.

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