The Prophet of Monto
John Paul Murphy's two-hander is well-acted, but there's just too much tell and not enough show.
Larry (Mellamphy) and Zoe (Sexton) recount details of their relationship with Liam, Larry's brother and Zoe's former lover. Mellamphy has a commanding presence that's instantly felt when he walks into the spotlight for the first time. It's a thuggish kind of cool with a gentleness buried deep within that would not be out of place in a Conor McPherson play or even a Guy Ritchie film.
Larry takes us through a pivotal time in his brother's life, starting from when he meets Zoe -- and by revealing details of their relationship, he tells us how she became an integral part of his life. The problem is that while we hear about his growing infatuation with Zoe -- and how as he falls deeper for her, he loses more and more of himself -- we don't feel it.